In Her Shoes: Visiting Georgia O’Keeffe Country
There was no question that I would visit Abiquiu–the town in which Georgia O’Keeffe fell in love with the landscape.
“Now and then when I get an idea for a picture, I think, how ordinary. Why paint that old rock? Why not go for a walk instead? But then I realise that to someone else it may not seem so ordinary.”
I wanted to get that 360° view of what she woke up to every day, to feel inspired as she did.
“A red hill doesn’t touch everyone’s heart as it touchesmine and I suppose there is no reason why it should.”
Perhaps she looked through the lacy branches of this very tree to view the scene beyond. Perhaps she leaned against the coarse trunk where I placed my hand to try and get a sense of her person. Surely a woman with such strong substance could send out a vibration or frequency of spirit?
“A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or a tree. It is lines and colours put together so that they say something. For me that is the very basis of painting”
Instead of feeling humbled in her “presence,” I left feeling determined, capable.
Thank you, Ms. O’Keeffe.
“I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe
© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012
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