Mel Brown #2

Oil on linen, 24×36″
$4500

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Waterfront Blues

Oil on linen, 22×30”
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Artist comment: This painting is the result of hundreds upon hundreds of photographs I have taken during the many years I have been attending the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon. This festival is unique in that it is a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, which brings the community together in a very special way. I knew I would do something with all of my photos someday… and that day finally came! I chose the 25th anniversary of this festival to paint the painting with some of the most memorable people and moments. I hope everyone has fun finding all of their favorite musicians!

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Buddy Guy II

Oil on linen, 18×24″
$3000
To purchase, email diane@dianerussell.net

Limited edition prints are available, 15×20″ – $150

 

Artist comment: This painting of Buddy Guy was taken from several of my photographs of his performance at the Roseland Theater in 2013. He is a legendary guitarist as well as an incredibly entertaining storyteller, and for this painting, I decided to frame him in his famous polka dots, as a nod to the story about his mother and the polka dot Cadillac he had promised to drive home to her after he made it big in Chicago. She passed away before he was able to do so, but the polka dots live on in every performance.

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Willie Nelson

Oil on linen, 18×24”
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13″x20″- $150

 

Artist comment: I waited a very long time to be able to photograph Willie Nelson, and several years ago I finally had my chance. This painting is the result of the photos that I took at the 2008 Oregon State Fair. There are so many photographs and artworks created of this great musician, that I was a little intimidated about doing a painting of him, so the photo I chose to use was a little different than most others I have seen… with just a touch of a smile. The intricacies of his face were both challenging and wonderful to paint, and I am hoping that I did him justice.

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Blues Cruise 21

Oil on linen, 24×30”
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Artist comment: This painting was commissioned by the Legendary Blues Cruise which offers two fully chartered cruises a year, one to the Mexican Riviera and one to the Eastern Carribean. The theme of this painting pays tribute to the Mardi Gras Indians, representing New Orleans (the second port stop of the cruise). The ship also stops at Key West Florida (for Fantasy Fest), and Progreso Mexico (Mayan Ruins). This is the official poster for the October 2013 Fantasy/Big Easy/Mayan cruise. To find out more about the Legendary Blues Cruise, visit their website at www.bluescruise.com.

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Little Richard

Oil on linen, 18×24”
$2500
To purchase, email diane@dianerussell.net

Artist comment: When I found out that Little Richard was playing at the Bite in Portland in 2005, I was so excited to photograph him. I had always been a fan, but had never had a chance to see him live. He was 73 at the time, and the performance was amazing. At one point, he even had the audience up on stage dancing along with him. I had so many photos to choose from, but this one said it all!

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Art Abrams

Oil on linen, 18×24”
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15″x20″- $150

 

Artist comment: This painting of Art Abrams was created as part of a series I am doing for the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame inductees. Art began his career as a teenager in the midst of the big band era. His whole life has revolved around music, whether it is playing, listening or teaching. His band, The Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, can be heard all over the Portland, Oregon area. Art is also one of KMHD’s most popular DJ’s. So it is no wonder that he was inducted into JSO’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Nancy King

Oil on linen, 18×24”
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15″x20″- $150

 

Artist comment: The first time I heard Nancy King sing, she was playing with Glen Moore, and I knew I was listening to something special. The two of them were magic together so it was only fitting that once I painted Glen, I had to paint Nancy as well. She has been referred to as “one of the best singers that ever walked the planet” and I have to agree. I could listen to her sing all day. I took this photo of her early in 2009 at a small venue in Portland, Oregon, and I knew when I saw it that it was the right one for the painting.

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Obo Addy

Oil on linen, 24×36”
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Artist comment: This painting of Obo Addy was taken from my photograph of his performance with Thara Memory and the Portland Festival Symphony in Portland’s Washington Park in 2005. Born in Ghana, and well known worldwide, Obo Addy was one of the key originators of “Worldbeat” music. Besides being a master drummer, composer, and teacher, he also founded the Homowo African Arts and Cultures Organization (now the Obo Addy Legacy Project). Obo Addy passed away in September 2012, but his Legacy Project continues with his vision of focusing on creating, performing, and teaching African Arts.

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Curtis Salgado

Oil on linen, 18×24”
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15″x20″- $150

 

Artist comment: This painting of Curtis Salgado was taken from my photograph of his performance at the Waterfront Blues Festival in the summer of 2006 in Portland, Oregon. At the time, he was waiting for a liver transplant, and it was amazing to me that he could perform like this under those conditions. However I believe it was his music that kept him alive until his transplant a few months later. Curtis has now recovered and his performances seem to have elevated to an even higher level.

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