Ma Rainey


Lovely charcoal drawing of Ma Rainey!

A good likeness, Fred. You've really captured her powerful presence and her charisma. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Thank you Dennis, Angela, and Seok. Much appreciated. I didn't know that she taught Bessy Smith to sing jazz and blues. A Merry Christmas to you all and stay safe.

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This is a drawing I did back in 1959, I'm posting it because they have just released a film of her story.

About the Artist
Fred Elwell

Born In South London now living in Hampshire. A self taught artist although I did attend evening classes at The City and Guilds of London School of Art. As they didn't teach painting in artificial light I had to be content with life drawing two evenings a week. I also did all day on Sundays but…

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