Wednesday, September 17, 2008
o'keeffe's blue river
I think this river is the same one O'Keeffe painted in Blue River; it could be the Rio Chama River, but I'm not sure.
During the Jan Hart workshop I attended in New Mexico last October, we visited many of the places O'Keeffe painted, including Plaza Blanca, which was astounding; I want to paint that scene someday. Jan will be moving to Cosat Rica in December--I wish I could get back to NM before she goes!
I love the colors in my New Mexico photos--pinks, purples, oranges! And the pinons--I get carried away with the pinons.
When I first began painting, after grad school, O'Keeffe was my inspiration. And, just as she sent drawings and paintings to her friend Anita Pollitzer for critique, I used to send mine to Robin, who lived in Key West at the time (I lived in Jersey City, NJ). My attention, and devotion, went elsewhere the more I looked, but the trip to NM brought me back to O'Keeffe.
Below are two O'Keeffe watercolors, Red Mesa and Canyon with Crows, from the book Georgia O'Keeffe: Art and Letters (National Gallery of Art, 1987). I love the light on the pink mountain, the Pedernal, and the way space is simply divided into overlapping triangles. And the pinons!