Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

I haven’t actually seen the movie yet. It’s coming to Netflix December 18. But the character of Ma Rainey, played magnificently by Viola Davis (as always!), is enough for me to want to. I ran across a short video scene of her performance in the New York Times and had to put my brush to it/her! 

watercolor on beige toned paper in Stillman + Birn’s NOVA TRIO sketchbook

Drawn with a pencil and painted  ( no pen). I used a touch of pastel pencil here and there to give some white highlights.