Joni Mitchell – Canadian Musicians
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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