Covid Blues

Oil on linen, 24×36″
$15,000

Limited edition prints are available
20″x30″- $300 13″x20″- $150

 

Certificate of Merit, NY Figurative Show, Salmagundi Club NYC!  https://www.dianerussell.net/ny-figurative-show-certificate-of-merit/

Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition! https://www.dianerussell.net/portrait-society-of-america-2021-finalist/

Best of Show and the People’s Choice awards at the Oregon Society of Artists Fall Juried Show 2021! https://www.dianerussell.net/blog/

Artist comment:  “2020 was a difficult year for everyone, and artists are no exception.  I had been missing live music terribly, and one day early in July (when the Waterfront Blues Festival usually happened) I was walking to the store and walked right into one of the Blues Festival’s eight traveling concerts which they had put together especially for Covid times.  I hadn’t expected to see this concert, and to say I needed this is an understatement.  I took as many photos as I could from about half a block away, and managed to have enough photos to compose my painting.  “Covid Blues” pretty much sums up this year of no art shows and no live music.  Somehow the music finds a way to be heard, and the art gets created.  I’m glad I was able to document this historical time in a way that made sense to me… with music.  The painting features the Bayou Boys (Dave Kahl, Steve Kerin, Brian Foxworth, Jimmy Russell, Dan Berkery) plus special guest Arietta Ward, who said the painting makes them all look like super heroes.  And she’s right… they are!”

 

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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Esperanza Spalding

Oil on linen, 18×22″
$3000

Limited edition prints are available
15″x20″- $150

Artist comment:  “Esperanza Spalding has performed many times at the Portland Jazz Festival, and last year I was able to photograph her amazing performance with Terri Lynn Carrington and Ravi Coltrane. The set was wonderful, and although I had many great photos, I chose this pose of Esperanza to work from because it best captured the joy and intensity of her performance.”

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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Trombone Shorty

Oil on linen, 18×24″
$3000

Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition!  https://www.dianerussell.net/blog/

Artist comment:  The first time I saw Trombone Shorty perform at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, I was blown away. That was in 2009, and since then I have not missed a performance. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of him and his band at numerous concerts in the last ten years, and each time the performances get better. After all those concerts, I finally had one photo that I felt would be perfect to use as reference for this painting. This one was actually from one of his most recent performances in Portland, at Revolution Hall (which was originally my old high school!)

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

 

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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Mel Brown #2

Oil on linen, 24×36″
$4500

Limited edition prints are available
20″x30″- $300 13″x20″- $150

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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Waterfront Blues

Oil on linen, 22×30”
SOLD

Limited edition prints are available
20″x30″- $300 13″x20″- $150

 

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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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


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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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Willie Nelson

Oil on linen, 18×24”
SOLD

Limited edition prints are available
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 & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Blues Cruise 21

Oil on linen, 24×30”
SOLD

Limited edition prints are available
20″x30″- $300 13″x20″- $150

 

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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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


Power of the Music

Oil on linen, 24×24”
$3000

 

Limited edition prints are available
20″x20″- $300 15″x15″- $150

 
Artist comment: This painting was commissioned by Patrick Lamb for his CD “Heavenly Brother” in 2007. It was a collaboration of ideas that resulted in this artwork, which speaks to one love, one people, one race. Performed by the NW Gospel Project, the CD was produced to benefit the Williams Allen Scholarship Fund. Northwest Gospel Project artists include: The Brown Sisters, Linda Hornbuckle, Patrick Lamb, Julianne-Johnson Weiss, Liv Warfield, Janice Scroggins, Kirk Green, Thurtis Channel, and more. Listen to the CD at Apple Music

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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings 


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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Blues & Jazz Oil Paintings