Saturday, December 1, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Let Us Adore Him Christmas Painting by Richard Lance Russell
This is Richard's newest piece. The original is for sale at the City Creek Deseret Book Gallery in Salt Lake City. I love this depiction of the Nativity, especially the tenderness with which Joseph is leaning over and comforting the baby. As a mother, Mary's adoration of the Christ child and the way she is holding his hand bring to mind how it felt gazing at my own children. The piece really captures one of those lovely little moments in family life. 

The piece below was finished last month, but I didn't get it posted here on the blog. It's such a fun, elegant little addition to the Shakespeare paintings:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Another New Piece

For those of you who haven't been to the Utah Shakespeare Festival's fall season, here's the new piece I unveiled opening weekend:

"Be Stone No More: A Winter's Tale" Painting by Richard Lance Russell
Be Stone No More: A Winter's Tale
by Richard Lance Russell
30" x 20"
Oil on Linen
Fun Painting Fact of the Day: Our models for Queen Hermione and King Leontes were actually husband and wife, and the model who posed for Perdita was really their daughter!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A new Oil painting as Promised . . .

Darling Buds of May
by Richard Lance Russell
Oil on Linen
24" x 18"

Well, here's the newest piece. This was one of those happy accidents that happen sometimes when shooting reference material. I was setting up a shot and glanced up to catch these two great models just naturally walking and talking. It was such a great image that I just had to paint it. The shape the period dresses made blowing in the wind was really to fun to pass up.

My apologies for taking a while to get it posted. We've got a project brewing around here . . . I'll keep you posted on that, too!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another Gallery!

Richard's work is in another gallery! In addition to being represented by Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM, the Blue Mountain Artisans Gallery has invited him to show his work there.

It's particularly fun because this is a local gallery, here in our hometown, and this gives locals a chance to see (and buy! :) his paintings as well.

Having work in a gallery is always a partnership. Richard works to create great pieces that their clientele will appreciate and want to take home, and the gallery works to promote his work and make people aware of what is unique and fantastic about his paintings. Everybody wins. We hope the new partnership with this gallery will be a great success for everyone!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Video Slideshow of the Shakespeare Paintings

Check out this fun video of my Shakespeare paintings:

Thanks, Seeing Shakespeare! It's awesome to see them like this!

Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Reasons to Visit Our New Online Store!

"Your blog is looking particularly spiffy," you might say to us.

"It's the new 'Buy' button on the left," we'd reply.

Because it's official: you can now buy Giclee prints on canvas of Richard's work online! We have a store! We've tried to make the original size available whenever possible, and we often have smaller sizes, too. If you'd like to check it out, go to:

And now for those 5 reasons to visit the store, as promised:

1) Because you need a great gift for a fine art collector, a literature lover, or a Shakespeare fan you know.

2) Because you'd like to see what's new. We'll be offering more sizes and reproductions of more paintings often.

3) Because you'd like to check out Richard's work but you aren't able to make it to his galleries or his solo exhibition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

4) Because you'd like to own some of Richard's work, but aren't currently in the market for an original.

5) Because you just can't help but click on that stunning yellow button!

(And a big THANKS to Russell Web Design for helping us make the store spectacular!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Where can YOU read Richard's Interview with 15 Bytes Magazine? Find out here!

Read the article here: Problem Solving: Richard Russell's Costumed Art, by Shawn Rossiter and then find out about the show opening by reading my post below.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival draws around 150,000 visitors each year. We met some of them on June 28th and 29th at the opening of Richard's exhibit. On Thursday evening we were treated to a show opening where we met  patrons, producers, and performers. Richard was asked to say a few words about the exhibit. I especially enjoyed his comparison between creating a painting and putting on a production. He mentioned how a painter has to cast, costume, and light a role, as well as design backgrounds and tell the story. His remarks really showed the connection between the exhibition and the Festival.

Artist Richard Lance Russell just before the opening of "Truth, Mirth, and Turmoil,"
his 2012 solo exhibition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The opening of the show coincided with the opening night for The Merry Wives of Windsor, and we got to see it that night. It was sensational! As is often the case with Shakespeare, you've got to see this play to fully appreciate it. And when Shakespeare's wordplay is combined with the comic hilarity of such actors as: John G. Preston and Matt HolzfeindMelinda Pfundstein, and others, the text takes on a new level of enjoyment. They were completely true to the text, of course, and there was just enough updating to catch a modern audience. My favorite part? John G. Preston's "I got my eyes on you" gesture at the end of Act 3, scene 3. Watch for it. Ha!

The next day, Richard had a signing at the Randall Jones Gifts and Gallery. As an artist, he works on his own a lot. Just him and the canvases in the studio. It was so rewarding for him to actually get to see people responding to the work, to talk to them about which paintings they liked and why, and to share his vision with the Festival patrons. We made a lot of friends and enjoyed the signing immensely.
Artist Richard Lance Russell
signing prints at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
At the signing, Richard was approached by an artist and journalist we have long admired: Shawn Rossiter. He is the editor of Utah's Art Magazine: 15 Bytes and besides being a very nice guy is a great writer. I'm especially fond of his work now, because while we were at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, he scheduled an interview with Richard and subsequently wrote a fantastic article about him in the magazine! Check it out: Problem Solving: Richard Russell's Costumed Art, by Shawn Rossiter Here's the interview photo Shawn Rossiter took (you can also find it in the 15 Bytes article):

Painter Richard Lance Russell
at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
The exhibit runs through October, so if you haven't had a chance to see it yet, start planning your trip to Cedar City to catch some great plays and some great paintings!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Truth, Mirth, and Turmoil: Sneak Peeks

Well, the show (Truth, Mirth, and Turmoil: Shakespeare Paintings by Richard Lance Russell) is on display in the lobby of the Randall Jones Theatre in Cedar City, Utah! I'm posting a few sneak peeks of some of my favorite pieces:

First up, Oberon and Titania from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." I love the moon, the luminescence of her dress, and the perfect embodiment of these characters!
Swifter Than the Wandering Moon
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Richard Lance Russell
35" x 17"
Oil on Linen
This one has the grace and tenderness that characterizes Romeo and Juliet.
Farewell, Farewell! One Kiss
Romeo and Juliet
Richard Lance Russell
24" x 18"
Oil on Linen
To see more, visit the show in person or go to

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Solo Exhibition This Summer!

Richard has been invited to do a solo exhibition of his work for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. I have seen the paintings, and they are spectacular.The paintings will be hanging upstairs and down in the Randall Jones Theatre, so make sure you see them all! In addition, prints of the originals will be available in the gift shop there.

It has been a wonderful process so far. The USF is fantastic to work with. The organization is full of professionals and everything they do is done well, from the costumes to the paperwork. We have enjoyed getting to know them and being privileged to work with them.

The Festival's 2012 season is full of magnificent shows this year: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Les Miserables, and Hamlet, to name just a few.

Come, on! Hamlet! At the Utah Shakespeare Festival?! Nobody should miss that!

I could rave about the Festival, as Richard and I have been going for years (both before we met and since). The VERY BEST production of The Taming of the Shrew I have ever seen was performed there. In fact, I miss that production whenever I see the play now. It is a reminder of the magic of the stage: how a particular cast, a particular costumer, and countless others can come together with a particular director's vision and create something amazing. And if you aren't there, you'll never get the chance to see it. So GO! You won't regret it.

Richard's work will be there during the whole season, so whichever plays you're attending, be sure to stop over in the Randall Jones Theatre and check it out.

Friday, February 10, 2012

More Great News!


We just found out that this painting: "Lead Kindly Light" (which you may remember from my post a few days ago) has been accepted into the 9th International Art Competition!

It will be exhibited from March 16th, 2012 through October 14th, 2012 at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah! If you're in the area be sure to check it out!

We are SO excited!

 Lead Kindly Light
Richard Lance Russell
48" x 30"
Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Great news!

Just found out that Richard's painting, "Beijing Afternoon" will be exhibited at Salon International 2012 at the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas!

This painting is part of Richard's series of paintings: "CHINA: Modern Life in an Ancient Culture." It was inspired by our trip to China. My favorite part? The teapots in the shop window.

Beijing Afternoon
Richard Lance Russell
24" x 18"
Oil on board

The show will be in April. So exciting!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valerie's Attempt at Pondering: I Am Such a Slow Learner

Found "Lead Kindly Light" in a great blog post about becoming a true believer.
Click here to check it out:
Valerie's Attempt at Pondering: I Am Such a Slow Learner

Thanks, Valerie!

For the Soul

Today's post shows off some of Richard's latest religious work. These two paintings were painted last year, but they have been off at shows so I'm just getting them posted. They both hung in the Springville Museum of Art for the fall Religious and Spiritual Art Show.

The first picture is of the Savior. It is titled "Lead Kindly Light." Amid the encircling gloom, Jesus Christ stands always at the ready to lead us with His light. Whatever our trouble, we can call upon His holy name and He will lead us step by step “till the night is gone” and morning breaks again.
Lead Kindly Light
Richard Lance Russell
48" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

If I Perish, I Perish: Esther 4:16
Richard Lance Russell
24" x 48"
Oil on Canvas