Autoportrait Day 208~ Joni Mitchell

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

Singer, songwriter, and visual artist Joni Mitchell (born 1943)

1. Self portrait, 1969 / Gouache / Cover for Clouds, 1969, Reprise Records

2. Self portrait, c.1971 / Watercolor / Handbound book, original edition of 100 copies
Printed as Morning Glory On The Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, in 2019

3. Self portrait, 1981 / Limited edition offset lithograph print
Image from cover art for Wild Things Run Fast, 1982, Geffen Records

4. Both Sides 1, 1999 / Oil on canvas / Front cover of Both Sides Now, 2000, Reprise

5. Both Sides 2, 1999 / Oil on canvas / Back cover of Both Sides Now, 2000, Reprise

6. Self portrait, 2004 / Oil on canvas / Cover for Dreamland, 2004, Rhino

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October 31, 1896~ American singer and actress Ethel Waters born

Portrait of Ethel Waters by Luigi Lucioni

1939 / Oil on canvas / 32”x25” / Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama

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Luigi Lucioni and his painting of Ethel Waters

Previous October 31 posts:

Autumn~ October 31

Katsushika Hokusai: Born October 31(?), 1760

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/31~

Nancy Wilson: Born February 20, 1937

Nancy Wilson’s musical style is so diverse that it is hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included pop style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes and well known standards. Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer,” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have referred to her as “a storyteller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress,” and “the complete entertainer.” Then who is this song stylist (that’s the descriptive title she prefers) whose voice embodies the nuances of gospel, blues, and jazz? Her colleague and long time friend Joe Williams used to call her “the thrush from Columbus.”

Please note: since we originally posted this, Nancy Wilson passed away, on December 13, 2018.

Leontyne Price: born on February 10, 1927

Leontyne Price received many honorary degrees as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1965), the Kennedy Center Honors (1980), and the National Medal of Arts (1985). Her many recordings earned nineteen Grammy Awards, and she received a special Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. For her performance on Live From Lincoln Center, Leontyne Price, Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic, Price received the 1982 Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Price has been described as a “lirico-spinto” soprano with a 3-1/2 octave range. Her rock-solid vocal technique and purity and her dramatic flair have been combined to create a mix suitable both for the opera and concert stage.

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