Georgia on My Mind…

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“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”
“I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.”

― Quotes by Georgia O’Keeffe

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Oh how I would have loved to have met Georgia O’Keeffe.  From what I’ve learned about her over the years, she was an inspiring bad-ass of a woman.

And now some of her works are being installed in Denver for an exhibition coming at the end of this month.  I am giddy.

desertokeeffeskyscraperOne of the greatest American artists of the 20th century and the very first female American Modernist painter, O’Keeffe didn’t play by any established rules.  She made her own.  Gotta love that.

skullShe was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and knew and told others that she wanted to  be an artist by the eighth grade. (And now that I too am obsessed with Downton Alley, I’m picturing O’Keeffe starting her career during that period since the dates are close. This makes her even more inspiring to me.)

I had the great pleasure of seeing the largest collection of her work in the world years ago at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.  I remember one painting so huge – an entire wall – of rich, vivid clouds that it literally took my breath away. (She said she painted her skies and clouds so large so the world would see them the way she did.)

A college friend gave me a print of her Music in Pink and Blue (top painting in post) which was proudly displayed in every college house where I lived.

O’Keeffe created her own style of art, blending abstraction and realism, along with cropping techniques she saw in photos, to create iconic paintings of the American artistic landscape. Her huge-scale abstract flowers, her bold 1920s New York City skylines, and her intoxicating perspectives of the deserts, bones and skies of New Mexico… are simply unmistakable.
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What’s your favorite O’Keeffe painting?
PS: if you ever want to give a wonderful and unique gift to a child, the book  “My Name is Georgia” by Jeanette Winter is a wonderful illustrated book about being daring enough to pave your own path.

10 thoughts on “Georgia on My Mind…

  1. Thanks. Georgia’s words have seeped into my psyche the past couple of days, “I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain…” Now I’m trying to conjure up the print which hung in my college sorority’s formal room. Loved it.

  2. I have her passion and she blazed a trial for many. I too, visited her museum in Santa Fe, just this past Labor Day weekend (for my 50th birthday). I was rather disappointed by not seeing one single painting that I recognized. I was told all of her more popular works were on loan to various museums around the world. I was however, thrilled by the movie that told her story and fascinated by the portion of the exhibit that hosted a photographic glimpse of who she was as a woman and an artist. Wow, just wow. She was a woman undaunted by the voice of the naysayers – something we can all glean strength and wisdom from.

  3. I’ve had a print, I think it’s “Black Iris”, hanging in my house for 20 years. It’s at the top of the entryway, so it’s the first thing visitors see. I love that book. I bought it for my daughter when she was younger. She is really an inspirational woman!

  4. I love the title – I was just listening to this song last night 😉

    I don’t know very much about her work (but I’m quickly learning now that I’ve read your post) and I think I’m in love with ‘Music in Pink and Blue’. Stunning! 😀

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