Friday, May 15, 2020

Georgia O'Keeffe

The Artist Who Loved New Mexico’s Landscape: 
Georgia O’Keeffe 
Georgia O’Keeffe is a very famous American artist who loved to paint nature such as flowers and desert landscapes.  She simplified the shape of flowers and landscapes in unique ways.  She would paint close-ups of different flowers.  She filled a big canvas with one flower painting.  She often said that she wanted to capture the beauty of a flower, color, and form on canvas.  Georgia first visited New Mexico in 1916.  She loved New Mexico’s desert landscape, so she decided to permanently move to New Mexico and continued her work.  She said, “As soon as I saw it, that was my country.  I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly.  There is something that’s in the air, it’s just different.  The sky is different the starts are different, the wind is different”.   
This video explains more about Georgia O’Keeffe’s life story and artwork.  Enjoy! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djkXEYLkB08  
These are Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers and the landscapes of New Mexico.  

   Georgia O’Keeffe, Abstraction White Rose, 1927 Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II 1930 C:\Users\ss\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\760698.tmp
Art Activity: Drawing and coloring a flower or tree leaf like Georgia O’Keeffe 
Materials: white paper, crayons or colored pencils, pencils, erasers 
Find and pick a flower or tree leaf that you found inside or out in your backyard.  Draw a large close-up of the flower or leaf.  Then color your drawing. Think about different colors and forms.  Try to express the beauty of the flower or leaf like Georgia! 
Teacher Example: 
Have fun creating.