With so many amazing female musicians it is hard to choose which talented lady to feature. Each artist has made a contribution to the music scene in Canada. This week, however, I chose to highlight Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Mitchell). There is no question that she has had successes as a singer and songwriter, it is, however, the poetic and musical intellect that I am fascinated by. Also intriguing is the evolution and progression of her musical styles that include folk, rock, jazz, and pop. Her willingness and ability to explore music through piano and open-tuned guitar show a great depth and understanding of complex harmonies and rhythms. Poetically developing her music from many genres, she has had a strong musical presence in North America. It is hard to sum up in a few words the influences that Joni Mitchell had during an exciting musical time in our country.
Check out the Joni Mitchell website for more information along with her collection of paintings.
Earlier this year I watched an interview with David Yaffe, author of the biography Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during his interviews with Ms. Mitchell. I guess the next best thing would be to read his book. I am excited and looking forward to reading it and learning more about the influences and factors that led to the growth of Joni Mitchell’s musical career.
Another reason I chose to highlight Joni Mitchell this week was the artwork. In comparing the four pieces seen here I decided to be less rigid and closed with the drawing I did of Joni Mitchell. I feel it gives a lighter and unbound feeling. Each style has a different type of beauty, but for me, there is something refreshing and freeing when I don’t get too detailed.
It comes down to knowing when to stop the piece. Is it finished, or should I add more detail? Do I want it to look like a photograph or artwork?
This type of self-reflection along with studying artwork that intrigues me is what helps me grow as an artist. I am hoping to develop a more open style as I continue to study art.
The list of Canadian female musicians is a long one. I am looking forward to exploring more great music as I spend time with my sketchbook.
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As I continue on my journey exploring Canada’s Music Greatness I am astonished as to how many amazing musicians have helped create the Canadian musical landscape. I know we have an abundance of great musicians in Canada but was not mindful of the vast numbers until I starting exploring the Canadian music world. Just when I thought I had compiled an extensive list, I would receive a message or email with a couple new names. That is amazing, and I love it!
At some point in an artist’s career, they are unknown. What is that pivotal moment when they move from just a singer to a household name? Singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, Michael Bublé had such a moment.
Michael Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia in 1975. As a child, he had a passion for singing. His musical talent allowed him many performing opportunities and even talent show wins. He recorded three independent albums. The wheels of change were set in motion when Michael McSweeney, a former aide to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, saw one of Michael Bublé’s live performances. He played one of Mr. Bublé’s independent albums for Prime Minister Mulroney, who then decided to hire him to play at his daughter’s wedding. As it just so happened, Grammy-winning producer David Foster was also in attendance at the Mulroney wedding. Meeting David Foster set a new trajectory for Mr. Bublé’s career. Many albums, hits, tours, television appearances, awards, and specials later, Michael Bublé is a household name known worldwide.
Michael Bublé has been a favorite singer of mine for years. His soulful and classical jazz performances are mesmerizing, helping to reinvent and keep the classics alive.
Thank you for joining me on my journey as I continue to celebrate Canadian Musicians. Please feel to comment below who you would like to see next.
Diverse and rich, Canada celebrated its 150th birthday this past summer. This focus led me to explore many facets of Canada’s history. As I journeyed through some of its histories I was reminded of the countless Canadian musicians that have laid a rich musical foundation for our society. I love music – all types of music. Celebrating some of these musicians through drawing seems like a good fit.
Working with Tan Paper
With a variety of subjects in mind and a goal set out, I have decided to explore the warmth and tone that tan paper can add to a drawing. After purchasing a new Strathmore Toned Paper sketchbook and grabbing my charcoal pencils, I set out to sketch and learn more about the various artists that have enriched Canada. Three Canadian Artists portrait’s that I completed this summer include Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and Terri Clark. Each of these musicians has helped shape Canada’s musical landscape. I will post more information on each artist in the upcoming weeks.
Canadian Musicians/Hand Lettering
Deciding that I should continue to develop my hand lettering skills, I plan on incorporating hand lettering with each portrait in upcoming posts. As I continue drawing portraits of more Canadian Musicians, I will incorporate hand lettering. The hand lettering will give more information about each artist. Although Canada is only 150 years old, it is wonderfully rich and a diverse musical country which should be celebrated. I look forward to exploring more Canadian musicians as I grow and develop as an artist.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below or send me an email at email@example.com. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to seeing where it will lead.
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For some time now I have wanted to draw portraits of my three children and incorporate these portraits into a rustic window frame. Well, I have the frame and have completed one portrait. The challenge that I have is what style do I want these portraits to be? Which look will satisfy my eye? Soft? …maybe heavy, or loose? What style would complement both the window frame and the artwork? There is never any harm in doing multiple portraits. In fact, the process of pairing portraits with the frame is a great exercise. With endless combinations and many questions to be answered, the best way for me to learn is to jump right in and try a collection of different styles.
Softer Style Window Portrait
The use of graphite in this sketch complements the dreamy nature of the pose, creating a gentle feel. I also chose to keep the background (negative space) light to help create a balanced softness.
The Window Frame
This well-preserved old window frame will make a great addition to my decor. Little needs to be done to this treasured piece, however, removing a bit of the white paint will keep the frame and the artwork from competing for the viewer’s attention. I am very excited to try a variety of styles to see what will unite the window and artwork into a beautiful composition.
As the summer progresses I will post updates with the different styles and pieces I create. Feedback is always welcome and may be helpful in my decision-making process, so feel free to comment below.
Many, many, many tiny dots later the leopard piece is complete. Stippling uses tiny dots to create solid and shaded areas. Sections that contain large concentrations of dots close together, as seen in the eyes, create depth. Fewer dots with greater spacing are used to form the leaves producing a soft presence of the leaves.
For this particular piece I used tinted paper.
Size: 15 X 12 completed in 2012
The technique of pointillism which incorporates colored dots was developed in late 1880 by George Seurat, a French painter. http://www.georgesseurat.org/
Also check out Artsy which features 16 artworks by George Seurat, exclusive articles, related artists, and exhibit listings of Seurat works
A few weeks ago I did a quick morning sketch of a dancer and posted it on Instagram @eisycindy. After posting, I had numerous inquires to purchase this piece. The quick morning sketch was done on a cheap piece of tracing paper, not something I would sell. The interest in this piece gave me a chance to play with Hahnemuhle Sumi – E fine art paper. The paper has a beautiful, delicate texture that I feel suits this type of drawing well.
Utilizing open lines in both the hands and the skirt helps to create a feeling of movement. Since I have been studying letter form lately, I wanted to include words in such a way that would add to the feel of the dancer and not distract. Softly incorporating color in the skirt helps to increase dimension, which adds to the free-flowing feel of the overall piece.
Sun, Fun, Sand, and a Quick Charcoal Drawing.Lately it seems like all my art projects have been everything but drawing. This week I really needed some draw time. Flipping through old photographs I found a great reference picture of my little girl. Okay, maybe she is not so little anymore, and maybe it is from fourteen years ago, but beach times were favorites of mine and I will always cherish them.
Many summers were spent sand covered, wet haired, and sun-kissed on a warm British Columbia beach. Friends were always near. Adventures were plentiful. Life was simple.
There is something pure and refreshing about working with a charcoal pencil and a blank sheet of paper. Maybe it is the rhythm, or maybe it is the break from the focus of daily life. Whatever it is, it is good.
For this drawing I used Meridian Drawing paper by Pentalic. The paper is a beautiful soft white color which helps give the drawing a warm look. It also has a great tooth which is perfect for charcoal work. It is one of my favorite papers.
Beach Time 11 x 14 Charcoal Drawing
Who doesn’t like sun, fun, sand, and a little beach time?
I continued to experiment with water soluble-graphite this week. In this quick drawing I loosely sketched the dancer, then with a wet brush freely and quickly went over it. After allowing the paper to dry a little, I went back and added more detail with my graphite pencil and a wet brush. I also played with a dry brush.
Leaving the lines of the skirt open helped create movement in the dancer. Painterly motions of a wet brush also help add to this effect. I have to admit though, I am terrible at just walking away from a drawing and saying it is done. For me there is always something to tweak. Therefore some of the free-flowing effects that I had, have become more detailed. Next time I will walk away, maybe.
Water-soluble graphite has quickly become a new favorite medium for me. I like the richness that the graphite creates along with the freedom to add more layers and not end up with a shiny end result. The diversity of this medium allows for quick, tight sketches like the kitten seen here, or can be utilized for loose, free-flowing sketches with a more painterly effect. (I will post a loose sketch next week.)
Drawing detail does take some practice and experimentation. If too much water is added to an area the graphite will bleed; I almost lost the cat’s eye on this sketch because my brush was too wet. Drawing can be done dry, using water, or both; it all depends on what effect you want to create.
I also added an element of color to this sketch utilizing a great new drawing tool by ArtGraf. ArtGraf produces water-soluble graphite along with pigmented water-soluble drawing mediums, most art stores and Amazon now sell this new art product from Portugal. Here I worked with a very light wash of the pigment, however the same pigment can be used to create deep intense colors.