The Awesome Stevie Nicks: Muse and Artist

The Awesome Stevie Nicks: Muse and Artist

Tess Wilson
Jun 1, 2012

I've lived in San Francisco long enough to know that we never get a proper summer, but I'm doing my best to root the season on by making corn-basil pizza, buying thrift store sundresses, and listening to the quintessentially summery (at least to me) Stevie Nicks. Not only does she possess a marvel of a voice and a look that's inspired countless works of art, Ms. Nicks is a talented painter to boot. I had no idea!

These first three paintings are all by Joanna Pietermann, available as limited-edition prints from Catbird. My favorite is definitely Stevie and the Wolf, in which she almost appears to be a modern fairy tale heroine.

The Wild Unknown incorporates lyrics into a lot of their art, to wonderful effect. Mirror In The Sky paints lyrics from the song Landslide in a blue watercolor wash. I had the amazing chance to hear Stevie sing this song when she performed in San Francisco, and it was haunting and exquisite.

And now it gets really interesting. The last three paintings here are all by Stevie Nicks herself. I love the colors and gorgeous darkness of Nightbird, the Chagall-like colors and charm of Rhiannon, and the badassitude of Firebird.

Here I must ask: am I being hopelessly naive by believing these are actually by Ms. Nicks, and not just someone pretending to be her? Also, has anyone heard her new album? How is it?

(Images: 1-3. Catbird, 4. The Wild Unknown, 5 - 7. In Her Own Words)

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