|Georgia On My Mind, A Tribute|
Months ago I created the background in a Jane Davies online class. We were working on landscapes. I came across that background after a recent trip to the SW. Little did I know that it would be perfect for my tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe.
The Southwest has always intrigued me. When I was younger I heard stories of my grandmother making the journey from LA to Santa Fe. It was a desire to see the Santa Fe of those stories and my retirement that led me to my October vacation, 7000 miles, crisscrossing the SW.
I loved the simplicity of the adobe, the flatness of the land which really is not flat but gently rolling. The starkness of the vegetation and the light. It is true about the light in New Mexico. I totally understand why Georgia O'Keeffe wanted to live there. The light especially in the late afternoon is much like the light I found in the south of France. It is gorgeous.
This piece, Georgia On My Mind, is simple and meant to be a tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe. The background although completed months before my journey fits so well into what I saw in New Mexico, the adobe and the colors that I saw in October. I am in awe of the flower paintings and landscapes created by such a determined woman. Since returning from my trip I have read two books about O'Keeffe. The first, Remembering Miss O'Keeffe: Stories from Abiquiu by Margaret Wood, is a memoir of five years of life spent with O'Keeffe. The second is a cookbook, A Painter's Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O'Keeffe. Both give insight into this amazing American artist.