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a day to focus on me

i finally have a day.

a day i don't need to go to my 9-5.

a day i don't need to be somewhere else.

a day i can focus on me.

and i am all hyped up, because today, i am going to paint. i have it in me. i'm energized for it. i'm all excited to do it. i tell everyone that that's what i'm doing.

but i couldn't do it. frustration. anger. resentment. guilt

you are too hard on yourself my soul caresses me. the time will come and you will know when you feel it. for now, enjoy this peaceful day. rejoice in being alive. breathe in the freshness of the spring air.

let go of your inner conviction that you needed to paint today. let that feeling subside. let it go. there is something better for you today. it is coming to you. trust and forgive yourself.

now affirm, i flexible and flowing. i am supported by life. 

art cannot be forced.

art needs to be a flow of prana.

and that's what makes your work so powerful. there is so much more to it than just paint, brushes and a canvas. your creations are communications with spirit. your paintings convey messages. you emit beauty, love, and freedom.

expressing my love by the ocean

expressing my love by the ocean

The Journey of an Artist

18 years ago, I decided to create the life I want. On my own terms. My way. And I knew the power was within me.

I was 12 at the time. 

And I hated how I looked. I was fat, or as some referred to me as "plump". But either way, I was not happy with the way I looked. I was ashamed of myself. I dreaded having to change in the locker room before and after hockey practice. I'd turn away hoping nobody would see me with my shirt off.

I was afraid. I was scared of what the other guys would say.

I was jealous of their slender bodies and boy, they always seemed to have so much energy.

It hurt me deep down. It hurt me to know this is what I've got. And that I'm stuck with it.

Why me? I saw no escape. No way to hide my belly. I wished for a different body.

I didn't want to be associated with it. I hated it.

Until that one day when I decided it was time to change. I decided I needed to love my body. I needed to love who I was. And I knew I had the power within me to create the body I desired. 

I adopted a new way of thinking - a new way to view food. I really took the time to notice what I was putting into my body and whether it would help me or hurt me. I began eating food with the intention to heal myself, to grow stronger, to grow lean muscle.

But this too wasn't easy.

Now everyone was criticizing what I was eating. Will they ever stop?

I ignored them - this was my life, not theirs.

I was committed. I had a vision. I saw myself with the body I loved.

And I completely changed my physical appearance.

I lost 28 pounds in 10.5 weeks. My energy skyrocketed and my joy revealed itself for the first time in years. 

From that moment on, I knew I could create anything I desired. Anything!

Over the last 4 years, I began sharing my artwork with you.

Art allows me to express myself. It gives me an outlet of freedom where I connect to my highest source of being. 

It is my expression of love. It is natural. It is not forced.

I create art to give you a chance to give your soul what it needs most. 

And thousands of you answered. And you answered with such love. 

So I invite you on my healing journey, one of self acceptance, self discovery, and manifestation. And this video captures this moment in my life. 

I'm releasing my need to be perfect and am accepting who I am in this moment. I'm not trying to be someone I'm not. For years, I haven't wanted to share my story because I wanted to be accepted by all. And I was afraid if I didn't have everything perfect, I would not be putting my best foot forward. I would be showing you a side of me that I was ashamed of.

I know the quality of the video is poor, it's shaky - it wobbles all around. But I'm okay with that. For me, it's my way to continue to grow. 

I'm leaping into the unknown depths of my soul. I'm awakening that place where I am most vulnerable, that place where I do not have all the answers. It's so new to me. It's both exciting and scary. 

I'm been making excuses for years. So it's time for me to say goodbye to those old ways and to welcome in a whole new way of living. 

I know my art will reflect this shift.

I offer you love and inspiration as you look within yourself to find your strength.

There's power in recognizing this strength for yourself, so jump on into the comments below and leave as much detail as you can.

Your voice may be the inspiration and guidance that someone else needs to make that huge discovery.

As always, thank you so much for sharing your story. You inspire me

I AM,

Derek Russell
 

an opportunity in disguise

it may have taken me a couple of months to figure out. i was confused. but i knew i must be patient. with all the books on self-help that i've read over the years, i knew the answers lie within me. i know i am in the right place at the right time. i know there is always something i need to be learning.

i recently moved into an apartment with my fiance and now, my drive to my engineering job has tripled. i'm commuting 55 miles each way to sit behind a desk, to push paperwork and wait for the clock to tick. when the hour hand lands on 4, i'm out the door, thankful for another day i can check off in the books.

but this approach to life is demoralizing for me. and for some odd reason, it makes me angry and unhappy. i know so many people who would love to hold this position. but if i'm not happy, not excited for life, where is the passion in that! and then to sit in a box for over 2 hours each day driving to yet another box - it takes a toll on me!

but i knew there must be a lesson hiding in the midst. and finally it hit me.

i realized i was not utilizing my time effectively. in order for me to stay sane, i knew i needed to educate myself. i can gain over 2 hours each day to improving my life. this simple awakening is a blessing. i could have been studying 2 hours each day prior to the drive, but i wasn't. i found better things to be doing. i found life was easy. why change when something is easy.

so yes, i look forward to my commute where i can learn and grow with each day. before i dreaded driving that long. i was angry for having to be stuck driving what felt like all day. the trick is when you are not happy with certain aspects in your life, do something about it. take action in that very moment where you feel the anger. know there is a purpose for everything that happens. know that with each wall there is a door or window to go through. find the path and stay focused.

Please leave a comment below and tell me about an opportunity you took advantage of...

 

letting the voices come out

i couldn't sleep last night. my head was pounding. and it wouldn't quit! and then all i heard were voices. get up. write. this is your time. we are here with you. ok that's kinda freaky, but i'm totally down! i can feel this shift in my body

let go...let go of the fear within you! let it float away. it no longer serves you. you do not need it. you feel ease. an entire weight has been removed from your body.

this is the first time i am writing about these voices i'm hearing. i can sense the voices waking me up. my body says i'm tired but my heart says keep writing. why would i do this? what is it? something is getting released. my fear.

an engineer by training, i'm not satisfied with that path. i do not feel fulfilled. why waste an entire life living the "shoulds" and "supposed to" rules? who made these rules anyway? i'm sick of following everyone else's rules that only help them! listen to us. we will guide you.

let go of the fear and ego. their battle will never end until you let it

over the years i've become attached to this fear and ego driven banter that i now recognize echoing away in my mind. i'm scared of being wrong. i'm afraid of failure. i am pursuing my dreams. i am a creative! i am soulful! i am abundant!

the truth will set you free.

 

 

Bill Campbell - Original Oil Painting

By Award Winning Artist Derek Russell

Bill Campbell

Original Oil Painting

12"x16" Canvas

"Lady Gaga" with Kara and Derek in St. Thomas

"Lady Gaga" with Kara and Derek in St. Thomas

About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

Step-by-Step Instructions for Ordering Derek Russell's Inspirational Fine Art Prints

By Celebrity & Corporate Artist Derek Russell

Thanks for inquiring about collecting fine art prints

I make collecting prints fun & easy. And it can all be done on my website from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

First things first, I highly recommend a stretched canvas print. It brings to life the artwork with texture and depth. Each print is assembled on premium canvas stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5" x 1.5" stretcher bars (gallery wrap) giving the artwork a powerful message. All stretched canvases arrive "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.

I absolutely love the look of stretched canvas prints with an exposed black edge (no frame).

All of my prints are produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade Epson printers using acid-free papers and canvases with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.

I also would recommend a glossy finish. The formula is specially designed for pigmented inks and the canvas lovingly recreates the texture and reflectivity of oils on canvas. The glossy finish on canvas has a slightly warm tone and is made from an acid-free poly/cotton blend.

On a side note, I also am currently offering limited edition signed prints - please click here to learn more.


And now to the step-by-step instructions

1. Head on over to my shop.

2. Once there, decide whether you want to collect a fine art print or a limited edition signed print.

Fine Art Prints

1. Scroll through and enjoy all of the prints I have available. There are currently over 70 pieces available.

2. Now that you have selected the first print you would like to collect, follow these steps for ordering. I'll show you the options I highly recommend.

3. You will first see this page.

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4. Select canvas (as indicated below).

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6. To the right in the gray box, Size is the first tab. Select the biggest size print for the biggest impact. When the square to the left of the sizes is highlighted in blue, that size is selected

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7. To the right of Size is the tab Frame. Click this Frame tab. The default option is "no" when it asks to include frame. This is ideal.

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8. Beside the Frame tab is Canvas. Click this Canvas tab. The default is "Glossy Finish Canvas" which again is ideal. The glossy finish formula is specially designed for pigmented inks and the canvas lovingly recreates the texture and reflectivity of oils on canvas.

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9. To the right of the Canvas tab is Wrap. Select this Wrap tab. Check the "Black Wrap" option. If it is highlighted blue, it is already selected.

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10. Once those options are all selected you are ready to add this fine art print to your cart. Select the green Add to Cart button (beside the price).

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11. If you are interested in collecting more than one print in this order, click Continue Shopping as indicated below. Repeat steps 3-10.

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12. Otherwise, click Checkout as indicated

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13. Complete the forms by typing in your billing address, shipping address, & email (for email confirmation). Once all forms are filled out, click the Next button as indicated below.

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14. Review your billing address, email and shipping address. The next step is to complete the Payment form. Once you are all done with that, click the Submit Order button as indicated.

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15. You will be prompted to view/print your receipt.

16. And you are done.

17. In a few business days, you will be celebrating as you open your gift.

18. Enjoy & share the inspirational artwork with friends, family, and co-workers


Wishing you a beautiful day

~Derek


About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

Known for his unique style & originality, his client’s make extreme visual statements by working with Derek. His rock star hair and flair for going big, bold and vibrant creates that impact clients want. He has a natural sense of aesthetics and an expertise in bringing power & life to his paintings. His honest, respected, & clear communication make the process easy, fun & exciting. There are many artists out there doing "traditional" work but Derek is a true master who creates original, expressive masterpieces. Derek is honored to connect with clients to discuss special commissions.

New Hampshire based artist Derek Russell can be reached at 603.491.1774 or Derek@DerekRussellArtist.com.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

When I Write it, I Create it

By Celebrity & Corporate Artist Derek Russell

Awakening to the simple pleasure of writing has been so powerful for me. I feel on cruise control whenever I get into my zone - and just let my inner being out. The ego is not allowed here. When I write, I release the need to correct and analyze the words as I write them. For me a freewrite of this nature is the only way to go. It was extremely difficult at first but with practice it started to come more naturally. And I discovered the liberation. This feeling is so enjoyable.

And writing has paved the way for my extreme success. Which is why it is one of the first things I do every morning when I wake up. I stretch my body long, wiggle the energy into my being, and breathe into each morning breath with excitement. I am creating the life I desire. And I've been writing about it now for years. I find it is the best way to write down your visions and your mission. To get really clear at what you want and what you desire. To get creative with it, have a little fun and use your imagination. It's your life, go big.

How has this vision writing helped me you may ask?

Let me share a couple personal stories with you


I'm engaged to my twin flame

Photo taken moments after I proposed atop Mount Chocorua

Photo taken moments after I proposed atop Mount Chocorua

Let's step back in time 2.5 years. I'm an easy going, good looking, adventurous guy - or so I thought? So why was I having so much trouble finding a girl.

Well - I'm extremely selective and very picky when it comes to girls. And I was getting sick and tired of going to bars trying to find one. No girl I've ever met at a bar truly had what I was looking for - so I would keep looking. What I really wanted was a nature girl that loved adventure. I mean I wanted to spend my days off going hiking, kayaking, exploring - not going to clubs.

There were years - years between girlfriends. And I began to think, I'm never going to find anyone. I got depressed and lonesome.

But that got me absolutely NO WHERE - but more sad.

I began educating myself. I learned what other successful people who were in loving relationships did. I asked questions. I got answers. I got excited again.

And one day I joined E-Harmony - yes I joined the world of online dating. A place so far from who I was. I took a chance. I took a giant leap and reached out hoping to find my soulmate. And boy was I surprised. Surprised by the matches I was set up with. None of the girls were even remotely my type. They were overweight, unhealthy, & unattractive. What a complete waste of money. I cancelled my subscription.

And then I remembered what I had forgotten - it's important to have reminders of these things - I needed to get clear about the girl I was looking for and the relationship I wanted and what it would do for me. So I took out my journal and wrote down exactly that.

Over the next two months, I was more open to finding, meeting and experiencing a loving relationship. I was happy again. I felt good.

I decided to join E-Harmony again - they offered me a discounted rate for a month subscription. Everything happens for a reason. Nothing over that month. Bummer! I really thought I would meet her. So I go back onto E-Harmony to find out I had gone over the month and they automatically renewed me for another month. Are you serious?

But I am so thankful everything worked out that way. Because staring back at me was my newest match, Kara. A bombshell. A total 10! I skipped the recommended communication ice breakers and put it all out there. I wanted to see if she really was my type, so I asked her to join me on a snowshoe/snowboard adventure at a local mountain and ski resort, left my cell phone number, and wished her well. Not 20 minutes later I received a text message from her. And the rest is for another story, but we are happily engaged and living the dream. When I write it, I create it.


I'm a celebrity & corporate artist

Painting commissioned and licensed by Global Silicon Valley Capital

Painting commissioned and licensed by Global Silicon Valley Capital

It started with a feeling and a desire to make it as an artist. I have always known my calling to be expressing myself through art. But with all the negative publicity associated with starving artists, I knew I had to be special. It takes a strong foundation and a respected reputation.

With help from my treasured high school art teacher, I sought out to learn the artistic skills necessary to develop my talent. She introduced me to one of the best traditional portrait painters of this time. I studied under him for multiple years and intensely everyday for more than a year. I mastered my technique. I gained the confidence I needed.

And then a deep feeling came to me one day when I was doing my vision writing. I knew in order to make it big, I needed to start painting famous iconic people. And these paintings needed to be vibrant, expressive, and totally unique. I began writing. I am a celebrity artist. My art appeals to celebrities, musicians, actors, businessmen, politicians, royalty...Thousands of people see and appreciate my work. This focused me into a clear, targeted audience for original paintings. The more I wrote, the more I was able to determine my mission and vision. Emotions poured out. My expressions powerful. I wrote about my motives and reasons. And I wrote about what it would do for me and for others.

And then the art I started to create began getting noticed by more and more people. My vibrant expressions captured the souls of every iconic person I painted. Pretty soon I was selling portraits. Businesses began contacting me to inquire about commissioning me for inspirational artwork. Private collectors called and wanted more. People from all over the world reached out to me and wanted to learn more. Reporters interviewed me. Financial firms contacted me for licensing opportunities. I felt honored and blessed to be able to share my gift with each and every one of them.

It is my vision, my mission and my passion to use my gift to inspire the world.

Now I have and am working on paintings for celebrities, innovators, entrepreneurs, politicians, businessmen, and royalty. I am truly grateful! Thank you so much


I'm happy & healthy

Photo courtesy of Liz Russell, St. Thomas, VI

Photo courtesy of Liz Russell, St. Thomas, VI

It started with a vision when I was in the 6th grade. I was not happy with myself. I was overweight, sluggish, & tired. I needed a change.

Very driven and motivated to do whatever it takes to make my visions reality, I have learned tricks along the journey. One of the most important pieces is writing down what I wanted from my life in the form of my body, my mind, and my soul. At that age, I really only understood my physical appearance - so I got clear. I wrote about how my athletic, model quality body looked. I wrote about how it made me feel. I wrote about what it would do for me. I know this was a lot for a kid my age at the time, but I was determined. Little by little I began carving away the fat, shredding unwanted "rolls" from my midsection and excess skin from my chubby cheeks. And the more I saw my transformation taking place, the more excited I got. Over the years, I trained myself to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and be mindful everyday. Looking at myself, I wouldn't have changed a thing. Kids may have laughed at me for what I started eating - because it was different from them (slices of chicken with no bread, fruit and veggies and a water with lemon in it). Keeping track of my goals in my journal allowed me to discover my beauty. Years later, I feel so good about myself. And I am so grateful!


Cheers to writing the world we wish to create

~Derek

 

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About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

Artist Reveals the Truth & Remembers Why He is Here

by Derek Russell

Artist Remembers Why He is Here

New Hampshire based Artist Derek Russell Reveals the Truth & Remembers Why He is Here

Have you ever felt completely alive?

Where time ceases to exist?

This happened to me today, and I'd like to share my experience with you as you may be in a similar negative state of mind as I have been in for years now.

Mentally, I feel trapped. I'm struggling to cope with life. I'm not happy with myself. I feel like I've been living a lie. What is my purpose? Why am I doing this day in and day out? Is this what life after college is supposed to be like? Why did I even bother? All I do is work. My day is simple to recap: wake up, rush to work, labor all day, drive in my box for over an hour to get home, eat something quickly while I drown my sorrows with a glass of jager and coke, and pass out. All to do it again the next day. This is not healthy. And this is not who I am.

My life is meant to be fulfilling, exciting, and adventurous. I am meant to be creating and playing and exploring.

And so, I made a commitment to myself. It was time to re-focus my attention to my long forgotten passion I had for art. In high school, I loved art. I selected to participate in all the art classes available. I shared experiences outside of school where I continued to learn more about painting from real life models. It was something that made me feel good inside.

However, like most creative individuals, I didn't pursue my passion. Instead because I excelled in math and science, I decided to attend engineering school. (I did have foresight into why, but more on that in another post - I'll link you there once I write it). I stopped cold turkey - my art that is. I gave it all up. I put it on the back burner for years! I dabbled here and there throughout college. I questioned myself during college but was challenged that I only wanted to change majors because I couldn't handle engineering.

I digress...let me get away from the poor me mentality

I picked up an acrylic set of paints I had stored away since high school and started to paint.

I was drawn to wildlife. The raw purity of animals - no rules, no technical limitations.

And so I painted.

And the feeling I had while I painted: PURE BLISS. No one telling me what to do, whether I was right or wrong. JUST ME. And I felt the urge to ignore all the training I had and the analytical thoughts that I developed in my studies. So I did. And it pushed me to challenge myself mentally and emotionally. And I am so grateful. This is an amazing feeling, and I'm going to be doing more of this.

I hope you enjoy. I know I sure learned a lot :)

~Derek