14 May 2016

The Blue Note

Blues has been a major influence, both as a part-time harp player and as an artist.  My first "serious" drawing in 1995 was of a major blues musician:

John Lee Hooker
Graphite on paper
Apologies for the poor quality)

And through the years, I returned again and again to celebrate the artists who've been important to me, like Delta blues legend Charley Patton:

Rattlesnake Blues
Charcoal on paper

There is also the legendary Chicago blues shouter Koko Taylor:

Wang Dang Doodle
Charcoal on paper

And Texas blues master Lightnin' Hopkins:

Graphite on paper
These are a few.  There are many more.  I'll feature them in future posts.  I hope you will take the time to explore their artistry and reach a deeper understanding of how the blues is the warp and woof of so much of the American musical tapestry.

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