Georgia O’Keeffe Country

“Well, well, well… this is wonderful.
No one told me it was like this!”

So said Georgia O’Keeffe upon arriving in New Mexico.

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In August 1934, Georgia O’Keefe visited Ghost Ranch, north of Abiquiu, for the first time and decided immediately to live there;.The varicolored cliffs of Ghost Ranch inspired some of her most famous landscapes. In 1977, O’Keeffe wrote: “[the] cliffs over there are almost painted for you—you think—until you try to paint them.” Among guests to visit her at the ranch over the years Ansel Adams was one of them.

Pedernal Mountain is the source of a chert used by the prehistoric Gallina people. It was a favorite subject for O’Keeffe, who once said, “It’s my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it”.

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In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of Pedernal Mountain, over her beloved “faraway”.

Beautiful scenery between Abiquiu and Santa Fe.

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I don’t know if O’Keefe arrived in spring or fall. It was wonderful in October, and no one told me it was like this.

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O’Keeffe Country is most commonly known as the region in Northern New Mexico that passes Santa Fe, north to Abiquiu.

Alfred Stieglitz photograph of O’Keeffe with sketchpad and watercolors, 1918.

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Source: Wikipedia

In November, 2014, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 was sold for $44.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction, makes Georgia O’Keeffe the highest-selling woman in art.  See the painting click here.

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In his most recent post, sriramjanak quoted, 

Art is both love and friendship and

 understanding:

the desire to give.

….  (Ansel Adams)

Great photos accompany his beautiful thoughts through Adams quote, Sriramjanak Art post is extraordinary.

Thank you for sharing with us, Mr. Sriram.

68 thoughts on “Georgia O’Keeffe Country

    • The landscape in this part of New Mexico is different from Arizona and Colorado. It was mid of October, high was at around 78 F during the day time, sunny and clear sky.

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  1. I have always loved her art. I’ve seen her work over the years at various galleries. It is always extra special when you can see the actual things or places an artist used as their muse. What an honor to be there. I felt similarly about visiting Monet’s Giverny.

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    • Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. It makes you feel you are connected with their art works a little closer. I enjoyed the Monet’s Giverny garden very much, also his studio and yellow kitchen. 🙂

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  2. Truly excellent post, Amy. I have been to NM once, and you make me want to go back. I really enjoyed seeing GO’K’s mountain, her loves, and Ansel Adams’ beautiful words about art. Sriram’s post was elegant and lovely, and I appreciated the link to GO’K’s painting as well.

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    • Thank you so much, Jet for sharing your thoughts. Knowing her loves, her struggle (the breakdown), it was quite moving to see O’Keeffe’s mountain and country. Sriram’s post is elegant as always….

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  3. great post, and i am glad to know that the first impression affected you in the same way it did ms o’keeffe… pondering the jimsonweed, i visualized the many flowers here in the cloud forest, and how she might have approached them. hmmmmm – there’s a third idea for the next series of paintings! i need a dozen lifetimes!

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  4. Had heard about o’Keefe but I only finally saw her work thanks to you Amy. I believe what she says about flowers, they are a world in themselves. That is what I try to capture through photography, and what she has in paint. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Dragon. The landscape in NM is different from other state. There is a massive cave in the east and White Sands National Monument in South is really cool. 🙂

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