Georgia O’Keefe Speaks to Me

Poppy, Georgia O'Keefe, 1927
Poppy, Georgia O’Keefe, 1927

In previous posts, I have written about the Sacred, art and communication. I believe that God speaks through both the artist and the art. Sacred art – painting, Gregorian chant, sculpture, religious architecture, symphonies, stained glass windows, Greek Orthodox icons or Zen gardens – art speaks to me of the Sacred beyond my senses.

To share another’s vision or to hear another’s voice can also be a Sacred and profound experience.

I’ve shared Van Gogh and Monet. Today, meet Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986). She is known as the “Mother of American Modernism.” Her bold, frequently huge canvases are as nontraditional as her life and her lifestyle. I honor what she saw and her courage to share it with us.

Georgia O'Keefe, Jimson Weed, 1936
Georgia O’Keefe, Jimson Weed, 1936
Black Mesa Landscape,New Mexico, Georgia O'Keefe,1930
Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico, Georgia O’Keefe, 1930

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

Red Canna, Geogia O'Keefe,
Red Canna, Geogia O’Keefe, 1924
Red Hill and White Shell,Georgia O'Keefe,1938
Red Hill and White Shell, Georgia O’Keefe, 1938

“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me — shapes and ideas so near to me — so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”

Two Calla Lillies on Pink, Georgia O'Keefe,  1928
Two Calla Lillies on Pink, Georgia O’Keefe, 1928
Light Iris, Georgia O'Keefe, 1924
Light Iris, Georgia O’Keefe, 1924

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”

Yellow Calla, Georgia O'Keefe, 1926
Yellow Calla, Georgia O’Keefe, 1926
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Georgia O’Keefe Speaks to Me

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