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"Nothing is less real than realism...details are confusing...it is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis that we get at the real meaning of things"I'm having a small diversion to do macro images of cacti - which I've been wanting to do for some time. In part it's about trying something a little different in terms of simplifying images before I return to the flowers. Interestingly, although she lived in New Mexico I haven't found that she took any interest in images of Cacti.
Georgia O'Keeffe 1976 unpaginated text
Above and below I've included some quotations from Georgia O'Keeffe which I copied down when I visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe last year. (See also "22nd July: Santa Fe and Georgia O'Keeffe" in my Travels with a Sketchbook in.... blog
"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest"Other quotations I found in the book I bought ( Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections (Hardcover) by Barbara Buhler Lynes ) include:
"One paints what is around"
"I paint what interests me and what I see"
"A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower - lean forward to smell it - maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking - or give it to someone to please them. Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - its is so small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I make of flowers"I guess the issue for me is how big am I going to go in producing images this month..........
(In Georgia O'Keeffe 1976, unpaginated text accompanying entry 23)"
"I have but one desire as a painter - that is to paint what I see, as I see it, in my own way, without regard for the desires or taste of the professional dealer or the professional collector. I attribute what little success I have had to this fact. I wouldn't turn out stuff for order, and I couldn't. It would stifle any creative ability I possess..... "Women don't make good painters", they said. I had never thought of it that way. I just painted that was all"Do you concur with any of her views? Do any surprise you?
( Georgia O'Keeffe in B. Vladimir Berman "She Painted the Lily and Got $25,000 and Fame for Doing It! Not in a Rickety Atelier but in a Hotel Suite on the 30th Floor, Georgia O'Keefe(sic), New Find of Art World Sets Her Easel" New York Evening Graphic 12 May 1928 )
- Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
- Georgia O'Kee Museum - Location
- Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections - Volume 2 (Hardcover) by Barbara Buhler Lynes
- Travels with a Sketchbook in...... 22nd July: Santa Fe and Georgia O'Keeffe
- Travels with a Sketchbook in...... Sketching in the Southwestern states of the USA - what happened next