Georgia O’Keeffe on Creating One’s World

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”-Georgia O’Keeffe 

[Alternative Muses] Artistic Style: Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is so intrinsically and eternally elegant that mere fashion doesn’t matter; it’s a blip on an inconsequential radar. Unlike aesthetic conformity, personal style effortlessly squashes large spans of time into nothingness.

Don’t believe me?

This image of the legendary artist is 97 years old.

Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918.

There’s so much to love about this look, this vibe, this scene.

Where to start?

  • Her focused and intelligent gaze?
  • The uplift of her eyebrow?
  • The sublime beauty that attends every artist as they are working on their craft, which is powerfully evident here?
  • That luxuriously thick and practical sweater, with its large buttons, worn over a thin throw-it-on-and-forget-about-it dress?
  • Those boots? Those boots.

Fierce. Every last bit. Fierce.

[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Elizabeth Barrett Browning/Georgia O’Keeffe Mashup

“Earth’s crammed with heaven…But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”-Elizabeth Barrett Browning (born on 6 March 1806)

Blue #2 by Georgia O'Keeffe, circa 1916

Blue #2 by Georgia O’Keeffe (died on 6 March 1986), circa 1916.

[Alternative Muses] Happy Birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe!

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on 15 November 1887.

Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” *

Georgia O'Keeffe, taken July 19, 1915

Georgia O’Keeffe, taken July 19, 1915

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” Continue reading

Inspiration Board-2 January 2012

Alfred Stieglitz

Image by Smithsonian Institution via Flickr

  1. My Faraway One Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (Edited by Sarah Greenough)-Volume 1, covering the years 1915-1933, gathers nearly 800 pages of correspondence between one of the most celebrated creative couples of the 20th-Century. As another uncertain new year dawns, I am drawing inspiration from those who lived life close to the bone.
  2. Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle-3 minutes of upbeat, infectious fun with an unexpected retro bluesy hook by Lloyd Wade.
  3. Berries-The lush colour of ripe berries is popping up everywhere in stores this Winter. I purchased 2 pairs of deep raspberry shoes over the weekend. An explosive kick of colour is just what I need to get through the next few slushy, salty, grey months.
  4. The Winter Classic-As if on cue this morning, the sky over the Queen City burst open and shook out millions of fat, wet snowflakes just in time for the Winter Classic. Played this afternoon in Philadelphia between the Flyers and the New York Rangers, the annual open-air hockey fight-out is one of the few redeeming features of this coldest of seasons.
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