“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” Georgia O’Keeffe
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. Georgia O’Keeffe
Life Imitates Art: When I saw this assignment, the first thought that popped into my head was Nature; specifically Flowers and Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes and recognized as the “Mother of American modernism.” I’ve always loved O’Keeffe’s large collection of beautiful artwork she created with flowers; especially Irises, roses, and a wide variety of lilies. A few years ago, when I visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had a wonderful time walking through the collections, admiring her drawings, and buying postcards/mini-booklets filled with her renditions of lilies, irises and other flowers. It was a memorable experience that has stayed with me; mainly because her keen eye for detail and sense of form and color dazzled all of us who gathered to enjoy her collections. Above, I have gathered nine of her flower drawings and tried to match/imitate them with nine photos of same or similar flowers I took myself. We can imitate without copying and I think the outcome isn’t bad. What do you think?
“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.” Georgia O’Keeffe
The large ‘White Flower’ [she painted in 1929] with the golden heart is something I have to say about White – quite different from what White has been meaning to me. Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know that the flower is painted large to convey to you my experience of the flower – and what is my experience of the flower if it is not color. Georgia O’Keeffe
Something you might not know about the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is that it houses a collection of over 3,000 works of art that includes the works of other artists too. It holds over 1,000 works by O’Keeffe and is considered the “largest repository of her work available to the public in a single institution.” While I focused on her iconic drawings/collection of flowers for this post, her body of work, from 1901 to 1984, included beautiful drawings on a wide range of subjects from bleached desert skulls to nudes, landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes, and abstractions. I would love to go back to Santa Fe again and spend more time at the Museum. It is a treat that will satisfy the artist in you and might even fuel your muse to come up with some new ideas. For now, we can imitate to our heart’s content.
Have a Very Happy Valentine’s Day filled with flowers, chocolates and love! <3
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.” Georgia O’Keeffe
I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time. Georgia O’Keeffe
I hope you enjoyed your walk with me through my visual garden of blooms. Do come back soon. Thank you!
What are your thoughts? What fabulous life imitating art examples did you find? Did you enjoy the search? Do share?
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art Artists are inspired by and capture the world around us: sculptors immortalize people with statues; painters record events in their masterpieces. What about the other way around? For this week’s theme, find inspiration in a piece of art, and go further: imitate it.
Here are some ideas:
Reenact a painting. Need inspiration? Just google “American Gothic remake.”
Take a new version of one of your photos. Re-create your own work. Same subject, same scene, same angle. (In your post, show or link to the original one!)
Imitate a sculpture
Positive Motivation Tip: Blooms are beautiful both in nature and in art. They bring color and cheer to our lives; treat yourself this Valentine’s weekend!