[Artists] Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe

Quotes to Remember

My granddaughter was 8 years old.

The class was studying famous artists of the world.

She was asked to choose one artist to study

When asked why she chose Georgia O’Keeffe she responded “Because she paints like my Grandma!”

Out of the mouth of babes.

Little did she know…Georgia O’Keeffe was my inspiration.

The love affair began when I was 12 years old.
It happened at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia Okeefe- Black Cross

Georgia O'Keeffe • Black Cross

This is the first painting by O’Keeffe that mesmerized me.

Georgia O’Keeffe, artist, approached her subjects, whether buildings or flowers, landscapes or bones, by intuitively magnifying their shapes and simplifying their details to underscore their essential beauty.

Black Cross, New Mexico was painted during a summer visit to that state, where O’Keeffe eventually settled.

The large, dark cross seems to stand watch over the rolling hills at sunset, proclaiming man’s presence in this stark landscape.

Georgia Okeefe- Sky Above Clouds IV

Georgia Okeefe- Sky Above Clouds IV

Quotes by Artist Georgia O’Keeffe

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 
NOTE:  I now love looking at clouds from an airplane window

“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”

“Still – in a way – nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

“One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself — I can’t live where I want to — I can’t go where I want to go–I can’t do what I want to — I can’t even say what I want to –….I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.”

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.”

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