Seven Art Lessons Learned From Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O'Keeffe, hands 1918, photo by Alfred Stieglitz on wikimedia
Georgia O'Keefe was an american painter who was part of a movement that paved the way for women in the fine arts.
She was known for her large-scale paintings of flowers, and while she worked mainly in Northern New Mexico, her work is currently displayed around the world (including Phoenix Art Museum).
O'Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 and in honor of what would be her 125th birthday (She died in 1986 at the age of age of 98), we have a few art lessons of hers to share:
7. 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.
6. To create one's own world, in any of the arts, takes courage
5. 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.
4. One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.
3. I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life -- and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
2. Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something.
1. You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.
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