Monday, November 8, 2010

Joni Mitchell Painter, Singer and Artist

Not many people, (me included) realize that Joni Mitchell is a painter.

How about these quotes taken from Joni

"I'm a painter first, and a musician second..."
- September 8, 1998

"I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance."
- June 2000

Joni's comments from the StarArt book on her Charles Mingus painting 'Chair in the Sky'.

"I painted almost constantly for two days to do this portrait of Charles Mingus. I had his features down, so the likeness was there, but there was no real emotion coming off. I just kept pushing the paint around on the board, waiting for the right expression to appear; then suddenly it was there. The emotion is a very complex one in a way. I'm hesitant to say the emotions I think it embodies but if I were in his place I think I know what he would have been feeling at that time in his life and I think I've captured it."

So see this painting and others by Joni Mitchell and the soure of this blog entry, please click here.

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