31 Famous Georia O Keeffe Quotes

31 Famous Georia O Keeffe Quotes

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Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist from Wisconsin. Her work is highly renowned in the modern art world, featuring flower blossoms and the female anatomy. He work received a National Medal of Arts in 1985. She passed away in 1986 at the age of 98.

“A flower is relatively small. 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 … ’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: ‘Well — I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your own
associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower — and I don’t.”

“Artists and religionists are never far apart, they go to the sources of revelation for what they choose to experience and what they report is the degree of their experiences. Intellect
wishes to arrange — intuition wishes to accept.”

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.”

“I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”

“I do not like the idea of happiness — it is too momentary — I would say that I was always busy and interested in something — interest has more meaning to me than the idea of happiness.”

“I don’t really know where I got my artists idea. The scraps of what I remember do not explain to me where it came from. I only know that by this time it was definitely settled in my mind.”

“I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.”

“I find that I have painted my life, things happening in my life — without knowing. After painting the shell and shingle many times, I did a misty landscape of the mountain across the lake,
and the mountain became the shape of the shingle — the mountain I saw out my window, the shingle on the table in my room. I did not notice that they were alike for a long time after they
were painted.”

“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 had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at – not copy it.”

“I hate flowers — I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move!”

“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

“I know I cannot paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the
experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.”

“I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say in

“I often lay on that bench, looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree.”

“It was all so far away – there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased.”

“It was in the 1920′s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it. ”

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

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

“On the way I stood a moment looking out across the marshes with tall cattails, a patch of water, more marsh, then the woods with a few birch trees shining white at the edge on beyond. In
the darkness it all looked just like I felt. Wet and swampy and gloomy, very gloomy. In the morning I painted it. My memory of it is that it was probably my best painting that summer”

“One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.”

“One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

“Since I cannot sing, I paint.”

“Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous.”

“So, probably … when I started painting the pelvis bones I was most interested in the holes in the bones — what I saw through them- particularly the blue from holding them up in the sun
against the sky as one is apt to do when one seems to have more sky than earth in one’s world … they were most beautiful against the Blue — that Blue that will always be there as it is now
after all man’s destruction is finished.”

“Sun bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue – that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished.”

“The clean clear colours were in my head. But one day as I looked at the brown burned wood of the Shanty, I thought ‘I can paint one of those dismal-coloured paintings like the men. I think
just for fun I will try — all low-toned and dreary with the tree besides the door.’ In my next show, ‘The Shanty’ went up. The men seemed to approve of it. They seemed to think that maybe I
was beginning to paint … that was my only low-toned dismal-coloured painting.”

“The unexplainable thing in nature that makes me feel the world is big fat beyond my understanding — to understand maybe by trying to put it into form. To find the feeling of infinity on the
horizon line or just over the next hill.”

“There are people who have made me see shapes — and others I thought of a great deal, even people I have loved, who make me see nothing. I have painted portraits that to me are almost
photographic. I remember hesitating to show the paintings, they looked so real to me. But they have passed into the world as abstractions – no one seeing what they are.”

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

“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”