"The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for the other things that make one's life"- Georgia O'Keefe, 1962
I have been slowly packing away bits and pieces of my studio, starting with my art books. I came across this particular favorite of mine called The Poetry of Things about artist Georgia O'Keefe. I love her paintings but it is her writings that really draw me in so close to her. And what I love the most-I think-is her bare bones way of life. I love how she stripped everything away to just the necessities; and of course this way of life carried through into her paintings...and you can see it and feel it so clearly. Tim and I have visited New Mexico a couple of times and I simply loved it!! The vast desert surrounded by mountains, the adobe houses and architectural details all just called to me in a deep and elemental way. And of course the cuisine is delicious!
I was fortunate enough to visit the O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe...I spend a couple of hours there immersing myself in her vision of color and form. Here are a few of my personal photos of New Mexico that I really think capture the essence of this place.
(Santa Fe-adobe architecture...detail)
(red chillies drying in the sun)
(form and color)
* It's so sad to be packing away my studio! I haven't got to my paints yet but packing away my books feels like saying goodbye to old friends...