Ode to O’Keeffe

I love her work. I’ve loved it since I learned who she was back in high school.

Oil and Pastel, Fall '05
Oil and Pastel, Fall ’05

Years back, I had art classes all day long. It was the best! Sitting in my art class back in high school staring at an ox head and some yellow sunflowers shined on by a spotlight was the best part of my day! This original image was sent to a friend this past summer. Instead of collecting dust in my portfolio, it is framed and hanging in a friend’s flat on a tropical island in Tobago! (it’s warmer there for sure!)

Georgia O'Keeffe, "hands" 1918, photo by Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O’Keeffe, “hands” 1918, photo by Alfred Stieglitz

For those of you who don’t know, Georgia O’Keeffe was a lover of painting flowers up close. She also has a wealth of artwork of desert scenes, doors, and cityscapes of New York. Her work can be found in many museums around the world, but most notably is at her own art museum! One of these days, I’ll go there, someday soon! Here are a few of her works (my favorites):

Her work continued to inspire me in college- I re-captured her inspiration from my own work into 3D.  After graduation, O’Keefe still influences my love of art and flowers. All of the flowers I create daily were originally for myself. My way of reaching into my mind and plotting their petals on paper. It’s wonderful to see how my life is connected though my art while being an artist for things that I love. And just a sidenote to those who believe O’Keeffe painted ladies’ unmentionables: its all in the eye of the beholder ;) …but I see your point.

edit: Please see Georgia OKeefe on Artsy to see of her great works!