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Sister Rosetta
posted: May 18, 2007
Since Edel posted his great version of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, I decided to post mine. Later in life she lost a leg (I beleive to diabetes).
She was one of the true unsung pioneers of Rock and Roll... moving from the spiritual to the secular.
19 comments
Nancy Stahl May 18, 2007
She is so into the music and you are so into the drawing all at that one (it seems) moment... it's a perfect expression of your soulful arts. The line vs. watercolor adds lyrics to the music. Love it.
Dale Stephanos May 18, 2007
Wow.
Steve Brodner May 18, 2007
Both she and this are classics.
Stephen Kroninger May 18, 2007
Joe, From Anthony Heilbut's THE GOSPEL SOUND "In 1972 and early 1973, she managed a couple of tours with the (Sensational) Nightingales...Dressed in night-club gowns, she'd walk on stage, supported by crutches, then sit down, strum a few chords, 'It's good to be here in the land of the living...The doctor says I may lose this leg too...but I told him, long as God give me strength, I'll lie on my back and play my guitar." How can one not love Rosetta Tharpe? This is a great piece, Joe, was it for one of her compilations?
Tim O'Brien May 18, 2007
Nice one Joe. By the way, I love your writing or type in your illustrations. It's such a part of how I think of your work.
Bob Staake May 18, 2007
joey, baby: what i have ALWAYS loved about your stuff is how you use a watercolor brush almost like a sculpturing tool. there is always this awesome washed effect in your colors where you build layers of tone and then those white highlights just JUMP. in high school, i was taught that adding opaque white at the end was cheating, so i'm hoping YOUR whites are simply virginal, untouched paper -- though if you cheated, who the hell cares anyway? gorgeous piece -- and tim is right -- your lettering rocks! bs
Joe Ciardiello May 18, 2007
Thanks for the comments folks. Stephen- this piece was originally done for a book Mark Murphy published called Heaven and Hell. It was later used in "The Blues" the companion book to the Scorsese PBS series. And yes Bob, the highlights are white paper, not paint.
Peter Hermann May 18, 2007
Amazing drawing Joe. truly amazing.
Robert Saunders May 18, 2007
Great piece, Joe. Your and Edel's portraits occupy the same sacred corner in heaven.
Stephen Kroninger May 18, 2007
Saunders---Rosetta also sang with Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra. By all accounts, she was a very wild gal. When she was performing Gospel she would turn to her husband and say, "Come on, Daddy, plug me in." She wasn't just referring to her guitar.
Zina Saunders May 18, 2007
Terrific portrait!
Marc Burckhardt May 18, 2007
I've been a big fan of your blues portraits for a long time, Joe, and this one is among the best. Great work, and you can feel the passion for the subject matter as well.
Edel Rodriguez May 18, 2007
Hey Joe, the wings are a nice touch, and great guitar too. Sometimes I get guitar details off and the guitar people come after me! Great drawing.
Mark Fisher May 19, 2007
Joe, the selective mix of color and line in this one is so nice. It rocks!
randy May 20, 2007
Great great portrait Joe....one of your best. I can hear her voice.
Alex Murawski May 21, 2007
Joe... further proof, if needed, that you have the best touch in the business. I love this image.
Mike Moran May 21, 2007
This one is one of my favorites of yours Joe!
Walter Vasconcelos May 21, 2007
Hi Joe, I saw in some illustration's annual...great work!
Joe Ciardiello May 21, 2007
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the nice comments.
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