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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"the poetry of things"...


"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.
(a church...detail)

                                                       (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...

7 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

Not goodbye .... just au revoir .... until you unpack your books in your new home, but I can understand how it must feel packing away the things that have meaning for you.
Georgia O'Keefe is an old favourite of mine too. We watched the movie of her life recently. Have you seen it?

Carola Bartz said...

I just love New Mexico, and Santa Fe in particular. The architecture, the colors... Native American art. Oh yeah, and the food. When are you moving?

SooZeQue said...

Ahh, my home town. New Mexico does draw you in to it's enchantment doesn't it. Moving is always hard, but new adventures always bring new inspiration. Also, I've always loved Georgia O'keefe. Check out my post on her back a few months ago.

Kelly said...

Love your photos, especially the chili peppers. Thank you for your kind words the other day. I've never been very good at allowing myself to be vulnerable, but I am learning, and I am not giving up! Thanks for your inspiration. It's been nice getting to know you.

patty said...

Ah, dear Soraya, you are going through a big transition, but you will come out stronger on the other side! Your experiences will bring your art to a new level when you get back to it. Yes, I too love New Mexico. We have actually talked about moving there, but then we are always talking about moving lots of places, so who knows. We do like it quite a bit right here! Your pics really capture the essence of a beautiful place!

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!!! these photos are beautiful!!! I love those chillies...reminds me of a piece I just finished for a client on San Pascual...

thanks for sharing these

Wini said...

Dear Soraya, I love Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. She is one of my favourite artists. I've never been to New Mexico, so thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! Sorry to hear it feels sad to pack away your studio. I hope it won't be too long before you will be unpacking everything in your new home. take care! Wini xo