Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ethel Sings. ATC. Shelby Pizzarro

Ethel Sings ATC
I recently took part in another Artist Trading Card swap. The theme was "Stormy Weather".

In a way, this card is an homage to my Dad as much as it is to Ethel Waters and composers Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. My father was a great music aficionado. Jazz was his Muse. The voices of Ethel, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee flavoured my childhood. I loved hearing about the concerts in clubs in Manhattan that ran from Friday to Sunday with one band after another taking the stage. My heart skipped a beat hearing about Gene Krupa and his glow in the dark drum sticks. Swing, Big Band, Progressive Jazz, even Scat filled the rooms of our home.

So when I heard of the swap my thought was of the beautiful vocals of this song first performed by Ethel Waters in 1933 at the Cotton Club in Manhattan.

The substrate is illustration board. I dyed it using Bleeding Art Tissue. I enhanced the photo of Ethel with Iridescent Medium. I added metallic and distress inks. I altered the music with Glimmer Mist. The final touch was handmade paper using a variety of inks and acrylic paint.

Can a Muse be passed on from one generation to the next? In this case, I think it was.


Cecelia Lyden said...

Wow Shelby--music fro my past as well-loved all of the singers you mentioned-beautiful tribute and beautiful artpiece.

Kathy Michels said...

Very pretty piece and beautiful story.

Patricia A. Griffin said...

Beautiful atmosphere.

Sue Marrazzo said...

'LOVE everything about this ATC!
Shelby, you can write too : )

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Hi Cecelia,

I'm so glad you liked it. Those singers really captured a moment in time.

Thanks for leaving a comment :-)

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Thank you Kathy. Thanks for leaving a comment too. :-)

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Thanks Patricia.

The Music of that period was very atmospheric. I love the whole "Supper Club" life.

Thanks for leaving a comment

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Thanks so much Sue.

I love to write, but often never have enough time. :-(

Thanks for your kind comments.