Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Garden History Quote of the Week - Georgia O'Keefe on Flowers

"Everyone has many associations with a flower--the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower--lean forward to smell it--maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking--or give it to someone to please them. Still--in a way--nobody sees a flower--really--it is so small--we haven't time--and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small.

So I said to myself--I'll paint what I see--what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it--I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers."


Ivy Lane said...

Wow..! from one flower lover to another.. THANK YOU for this post!

Beth said...

Nice blog. Enjoyed the quote of the week. It was nice going through your blog. keep it up the good work.

Judybec said...

beautiful quote!

Hels said...

I have written at length this month about two botanical artists from the late 19th century: Marianne North (UK) and Marian Ellis Rowan (Aus).

My problem was never whether they depicted their botanical specimens well or not. They did. But whether their work was seen to be real art. O'Keefe was more modern, so perhaps she didn't face the same dilemma.

Happy holidays
Art and Architecture, mainly

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