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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to seeing where it will lead.
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