lady sings the blues  * special order prints: by TokikoAnderson

lady sings the blues * special order prints: by 

Portrait of Billie Holiday. It took 3 weeks to finish. Portrait is hard. The woman in the picture is pretty but might not looks like Holiday but I portraited her sadness though
watercolor on 140lb.coldpress, 22×28

1968, married to African American Airforce underground communication specialist.
Moved in US at the fall of Saigon, 1972. Witnessed and lived the history of America from 3 directions.
I love USA the country i chose as i am proud of Japan I was born.

There has been quite a ride. I can’t speak all in few paragraphs but i am happy and fullfilled for the life I have chosed to live.

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful portrait…wonderful tones!!

  • Thanks Gina. I learned a lot through this experience but I will move on :D

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 4 years ago

    A fantastic portrait sweetheART a fave ;~} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thanks Valerie. She become too childrish, prettier than Holiday and too azian.
    Seeing a person in one photo is hard enough especially who is so well known.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 4 years ago

    her eyes take me far back time..beautiful image and art. we say beautiful sadness in Chinese sometimes.( i didnt know her untill moment ago i asked:) very impressive portraiture.

  • Thanks Lisbeth. Some what she looked like Asian, light skin puffy eyes but no evident being half bleed, masculine though. I’m glad the sadness I portrayed in her can make up what isn’t quite right.

    – TokikoAnderson

    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    great work

  • Thanks Sylvia, i know they say never imitate or sing wellknown song because public compare how the original singer sing and they usually like it better. I say the same thing about the portrait. it isn’t good idea to portray welknown figure because public know how she looks:D

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Arla M. Ruggles
    Arla M. Rugglesalmost 4 years ago

    Captured her essence perfectly!

  • Thanks Arla, i knew portrait is difficult and I know I am right.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

    You captured her soul, so it does not matter who she is…well done Tokiko…

  • Thanks Janis, coming from you made a lot of portraits captured soul of each mademe feel very good.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • jonolaf
    jonolafalmost 4 years ago

    stunning work you have captured her sadness and its refectected well

  • thanks jono, the image i painted from had grug effected unfocus eyes, full of drama itself.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks Red. It is an artist’s dream learned to paint emotion. It is invisible.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingalmost 4 years ago

    i’ve seen the movie on her life story several times ‘lady sings the blues’
    out of all the jazz greats, billie always had the saddest voice…you’ve captured her sorrow perfectly

  • Thanks Heather, that exactly what I want from this try out.

    – TokikoAnderson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks Liz. I usually am mechanical painter, observing and constructing but its good to know I can capture feelings because its invisible.

    – TokikoAnderson

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