I could stare and stare at these pastels, made by Georgia O’Keeffe, infused with the natural landscape for their color and shade. I see her walking across the northern New Mexico landscape, dressed in jeans or the dresses she favored. The crunch of dirt and gravel beneath her shoes, the scent of juniper and piñon, the cornflower blue bowl of sky above, her eyes scan the land, taking in each subtle shade and nuance. What did she use to create all those shades of bone for her skulls?
The grooves of each pastel evokes images of the piece held between her fingers, as she contemplates the canvas. And, then those iconic hands brush and stroke.
Calling All Artists – I’ve become aware of the number of accomplished artists in our Dewdrops community. A few pieces ago, the writers in our community shared their writing spaces. This is an invitation to artists to please share your artwork with our community. Artists among us include sculptors, painters, musicians, jewelers, photographers, opera singers, ceramicists, visual poets, potters, and many more mediums. Please share the beauty of your art. Send a photo and a bit about what your journey with art means to you. If you have a website, please include that, so I can share the link. Send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia O’Keeffe said about her art:
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”
“I often painted fragments of things, because it seemed to make my statement as well, or better, than the whole could.”
“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”
“Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.”
If you sing, paint, draw, sculpt, create jewelry, create ceramics, bead, sketch, photograph, or any of the other infinite ways of creating art, please share that beauty with us.
A marvelous word I just discovered – “caim – (n.) lit. “sanctuary”; an invisible circle of protection drawn around the body with the hand, that reminds you that you are safe and loved, even in the darkest times.” May we all experience caim.