Sunday, October 03, 2010

Georgia O'Keeffe Country

"Where I was born and where I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest." Georgia O'Keeffe.

We had a chance to visit the O'Keeffe museum in Santa Fe on this visit. This exhibit was of her Abstraction paintings. The museum had a wonderful short little video, actually two of them about the artist and her life and paintings. They were quite moving. I told Zeus that I really wanted to see the landscape arount Ghost Ranch. I wanted to see what she was seeing when she painted the Pedernal.

She mentions, in the video that if she painted the Pedernal enough God would give it to her.

The top picture is The Pedernal.

The second picture down is just one of many that I took of the beautiful landscape around Ghost Ranch.

If you are interested in seeing more of this part of New Mexico I have set up an album. Set it for slideshow and increase the seconds to 4 or 5 and sit back and enjoy. It is just incredible in it's beauty.

We did not get a chance to visit her Abiquiu house. Next time we will stop there and get a photo of the south side of her house patio. From 1945 into the 70's she painted that door in the wall.

In fact she said that the door and wall were one of the reasons she bought the house.

The Pedernal is a flint-topped mountain that looms in the distance directly in front of the patio of O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch house. We asked were the house was on the property but were told that it was now a private residence so we weren't able to visit it.

O'Keeffe claimed the Pedernal as her mountain. I can understand why. She made extensive drawings and paintings of it. It was her blue mountain.

I couldn't get enough of the red and yellow clifts in the landscape. Against the blue sky it just took my breath away.

"I used to think that somebody could teach me to paint a landscape. I hunted and hunted for that person and finally found that I had to do it myself." G. O'Keeffe, 1977

:)Bea Who will be creating landscapes this winter, for sure.


  1. Listen to the wonderful words of Georgia...she is telling us to listen to the soul and your heart. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. Of course, I am so envious. You know what a huge O'Keefe fan I have been since the 70's. I need to go--I think we should go on an art trip out there...hint, hint...the colors are spectacular. Incidentally, your NM album wasn't posted, but did look at the memorial and loved Hayden's studio project. She is really growing up.

    Welcome home.

  3. Sorry about the link not working. Apparently, I forgot to make the album PUBLIC.'s good to go now. :)Bea

  4. Glad you visited all of that area. I really enjoyed it too...the museum and like you had to see it through her eyes. I love reading about her. Sounds like you are a traveler and not a tourist....and as an artist, you see the details in the desert, which is the beauty. Some see the desert as ugly. I used to love the desert when I lived there. Thanks for sharing Bea.

  5. What an amazing landscape. No wonder she claimed that mountain as her own, it's stunning. What a pity the house is now out of bounds though. The photos are a treat.

  6. I have a friend who is going to Ghost Ranch on the 15th for a week. The trip is sponsored by her church and the residence is used by guests on retreat. I hope she will take a few photos and share them when she gets back. She said this is her second trip there and this one is with other church members who will share the spreading of some of her recently departed husband's ashes on the site. I'm so glad you were able to see this property. And the museum is stunning. I was there about 10 years ago and fell in love with her art at that time.

  7. I am so happy to see these pictures. I am reading a biography of her right now entitled, Miss O'Keefe. It's of her final years in Abiquiu.

    Thanks for sharing some of her "view" WOW, how inspiring for you...looking forward to seeing your landscapes.

  8. I just tried that link and it didn't work. Saw a movie about O'Keefe with Joan Allen not long ago - didn't realize that she spent decades in New Mexico, because the movie dealt with her New York years. She lived to a ripe old age, didn't she?

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