Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) has been an artist I have admired for many years. Her work is awe-inspiring and she is an example of a woman who never compromised her art.
Therefore, it was with great joy that I recently visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Once again, I was brought to tears by the beauty of her work. My favorite painting of hers on exhibition there now is "Cottonwood and Pedernal, 1948."
|"Cottonwood and Pedernal, 1948," Oil on canvas, 10 x 12 in., by Georgia O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM|
Although this is a relatively small painting by O'Keeffe standards, it captures the vibrant color of cottonwood trees at this time of year in New Mexico. Much as I tried to capture their glow, I never succeeded to my satisfaction. By juxtaposing these citron trees against the blue mountain, O'Keeffe created a painting that vibrates with vitality.
|This is how Pedernal looked in 1972 when William Innes Homer took this photograph from a window in O'Keeffe's home at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. From the archives of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM.|
|Pedernal from Ghost Ranch, photographed by Joan Cole 2012|
This is the way Pedernal looked to me last week as I sat painting it at a picnic table at Ghost Ranch.
|"Pedernal," 5 x 7" gouache on aquabord, copyright Joan Cole, 2012.|
* I ordered this little metal palette and the half pans to fit inside the box from Kremer Pigmente. I filled the pans with gouache from tubes. I used three watercolor pens I had purchased from Jerry's Artarama. This makes a great travel set. Thanks for sharing your ideas, Jan!