Friday, December 5, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe

Week Five will always be a favorite. We studied Georgie O'keeffe taught by Danielle Donaldson.

  Georgia O'Keefe is known as the first and primary, modernist female painter of her time. She was raised by a mother that felt it was very important for girls to read books and learn math and science,while  other   girls were encouraged to go to school to learn how to take care of the house and make things for their families.  Georgia read a lot of books and was intelligent but she also had to go to school like the rest of girls and although  she excelled at things like portrait drawing but she wasnt all that interested in art. At seventeen a teacher noticed her talent and pushed her to pursue art school. She went on to art college and didn't feel much for it. until the day she realized that she didn't have to draw exactly what was in a book. She could draw what she saw and how she envisioned things in her head. This transformed her art and she started to draw her own ideas. This caught the eye of Anton Stiegliz, a famous art dealer, who eventually made it possible for Georgia to be the first woman to have an art show entirely dedicated to her work.

Being that she was the first woman painter she was highly critized and always looked at what she was trying to do as a woman trying to paint not what she was trying to do so as an ARTIST. She clinged  to the realization she could create whatever she wanted and  the criticism didn't seem to bother her.

I attempted a close up of brightly  colored flower like she does but it's really nothing like the simole, striking beauty of her paitnings. What looks like is should be so simple is actually very challenging.

In pretty sure Georgia Okeeffe was a favorite of everyone who took the class. On the facebook group she was always referred to as just a Georgia, like she was facebook friend there with the rest of us. Possibly because she is a woman but more because of her courage and her ability to follow through, not caring what others thought. She had a unique perspective and lived her life on her own terms. Isn't that something we all aspire to?

A few weeks ago, I saw an article saying that a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe sold for $44.4 million, this is triple the previous record for a female artist. As Glamour Magazine says, she's still a trailblazer for female  artists today!

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