Wednesday, March 9

Bella Donna

This week we’re talking about art—and I have to admit it’s a topic I can get pretty excited about.

I’m an art lover—have been for a very long time. I grew up in a family with a healthy appreciation of the arts, and have vivid memories of my very first painting class that my parents enrolled me in somewhere around age 7 or 8.

I remember the thrill of squeezing colorful tubes of acrylics onto my palette—the rush of putting brush to canvas—eagerly creating still lifes, and sunsets, and paintings of Eeyore, Tiger, Piglet, and Poo holding various contemplative poses as they enjoyed those still lifes and sunsets.

And while my pictures never quite captured the image I held in my head (okay, they weren't even remotely close to the image I held in my head!), the excitement of creating something from nothing was enough to sustain me.

So, while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico last week--a research trip for my upcoming SOUL SEEKERS series--I was thrilled to make another visit to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. She’s always been a hero of mine—as much for her beautiful images, as for the daring way in which she lived her life.

Taught in art class to mimic what all the other prominent (mostly male) artists were doing at the time- she grew so frustrated, she almost gave up. Lucky for us, she prevailed, and left behind not only a large collection of stunning images, but eleven years after her death had a museum dedicated to her—the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American female artist!

Georgia O'Keefe
1887 - 1986

I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew to strip away what I had been taught.” Georgia O’Keefe, 1935

So tell me--what sort of art and/or artists inspire you??

peace * love * joy



Wendy Toliver said...

Wow, I didn't know the Georgia O'Keefe Museum is the only one dedicated to an internationally celebrated female American artist. Interesting!

Glad you had a successful research trip to Santa Fe. Your Soul Searchers series is going to be so awesome!

Amanda Ashby said...

I love that quote. It can be pretty much applied to everything in life!

Alyson Noel said...

Wendy- Yep, Georgia is just that cool! Thanks so much for leading me to the Santa Fe Cooking School! I'm waiting for my husband to make me something delicious from Nicole's cookbook!

Alyson Noel said...

Amanda- I know, she was so ahead of her time!