“The men liked to put me down as one of the best women painters. I think I’m one of the best painters” – Georgia O’Keeffe
The guides led me to a church in Taos. I had no prior information about the church and no idea that church was one sought out by painters. There is an other aspect of why that church is famous. There is a painting tucked away, kept in a darkened room, regarded as sacred. The supernatural element about that painting is what I was called there to see.
At the time, the only thing I knew is that I needed to go to the church and there was a joke about that… the guides do have a sense of humor.
But I was really there – the point of the whole excursion – for the painting. In reading more about Philip K. Dick’s religious experience – What If Our World Is Their Heaven?: The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick, Amazon, – I need to revisit that now.
While visiting Taos, I bought an O’Keeffe poster – An Orchid. I loved the green color. Sadly, I no longer have that poster. If I do, I can’t find it.
I love Iris. The first large canvas art print I sold was my Iris. Timing. Art might be opening another door. A clue I missed the first time around.
Cover Image Painting is Public Domain – Series 1, No 8.
For a person who became one of the most celebrated and prolific painters of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe had a humble and quite ordinary start in life.
Born in 1887 in the state of Wisconsin in the United States, her life began on the dairy farm of her Irish and Hungarian parents, along with her six siblings. Interestingly, despite her origins, and reflective of her early determination, by the age of 10, O’Keeffe had already declared her path in life would be in the direction of art. She began training in the subject as soon as it was possible.
After a family move to Virginia and graduating from school, the young artist enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago where she was ranked as one of the best students. Studying also in New York, where she first met photographer Alfred Stieglitz her future partner, here O’Keeffe won a scholarship…
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