"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.