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.”

Pedernal Mountain

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”

My Georgia O’Keeffe Project in the Works

“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


18 thoughts on “In Her Shoes: Visiting Georgia O’Keeffe Country

  1. I’ve been going through my huge backlog of blog posts that I need to read/look at and I’ve been following your posts about the things you have seen in New Mexico (along with another post by another blogger The Blonde Coyote). That’s made me seriously consider taking a photo trip out to New Mexico either later this year or next year.

  2. Pingback: I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. Georgia O’Keeffe « ben * ben

  3. Beautiful area. I can see why she loved it. Your post reminds me that I have a similar relationship to the land where I live, never tiring of seeing the same pond, the same woods, etc. Very inspiring post. 🙂

  4. I could live in that region… beautiful. I’m finally catching up on blogs! I’ll read/“Like” blog posts, but will come back to comment on other/future posts. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

  5. Thanks for this post. I love Georgia O’Keefe–her work, life, perspectives! You captured what seems to be her essence and shared some of your own as well. I love the last quote especially.

  6. What a lovely post! Georgia Okeefe’s works have been my source of inspiration for a long time. My hope is to go to New Mexico one day to see what inspired her so. How wonderful this photographic preview is!! Thank you.

  7. Excellent post. I felt the same. I especially love the quote. She continues to inspire though I suspect she would not feel that she does.

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