|Georgia O'Keeffe at her home in New Mexico. Image via proustitute.tumblr.com|
A journal entry from May 31st, 1974 reads:
Miss O'Keeffe is wearing a blue and white kimono over her nightgown when we arrived at 8:00 pm. I gave her a loaf of bread with walnuts and apricots in it. She sat on the white sofa in the kitchen eating bread and butter and told Virginia and me how the flowers and flowing lines on her kimono gave her the feeling water flowed over her. Groups of blue flowers on white with three parallel lines flowing around and between the groups give the feel of water. I called Miss Okeeffe's kimono a "flower fall."
In Weekends with O'Keeffe, We learn so much about Georgia O'Keeffe as a person and how she lived her life on a daily basis. She was someone who appreciated the little things: flowers budding in her garden, a good piece of bread or cheese, a visit from an old friend. These simple pleasures, along with the tasks that made up her daily routine, became even more dear to her as her eyesight began to weaken. By the time Merrill met her, O'Keeffe was nearly blind.
|Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe, painted in 1923|
Georgia O'Keeffe's impact on the course of American art is immeasurable. Her life's work and unwavering commitment to her vision also opened many doors for women in the arts. Weekends with O'Keeffe is a window into Georgia's world. Her reverence for the everyday serves as a reminder to look at what is right in front of us for inspiration.