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Georgia O’Keeffe – Adult Class Inspiration

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe

Our new adult class began with inspiration from the mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe. She was born on November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children she grew up on a dairy farm. Georgia received art lessons at home and her abilities were quickly recognised and encouraged by teachers.

O’Keeffe is well known for her large stylized paintings of flowers, cityscapes and the landscapes of New Mexico. She became most famous for her large, up-close paintings of flowers. She said that everyone loves flowers but few take the time to really see them.

She began her career in New York City with a series of abstract charcoal drawings. O’Keeffe mailed some of these drawings to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who immediately began promoting her work. In 1916 he offered her a one-person exhibition of her work.  The two fell in love and were married in 1924.  They lived and worked together in New York City and Lake George. Three years after Stieglitz died, Georgia O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico, whose stunning vistas and stark landscape configurations inspired her work. She died in 1986 at the age of 98 and her popularity continues to grow.

Everyone did such a great job in our class and were really fearless working with watercolours and acrylic paint.

Would you like to join us? There are three classes in this session left that will be inspired by Rex Ray, The Group of Seven, and Steve Driscoll. Email artinactiontoronto@gmail.com to learn more.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, Evening Star, inspired our session today. We used liquid watercolours and salt to create our background. The students enjoyed the way the wet watercolour mixed to create purple and orange in the night sky. Next we used cardboard and black acrylic paint to make our trees. Take a look:

 

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Georgia O’Keefe Flowers

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

Georgia O’Keefe

The work of Georgia O’Keefe was the inspiration for our large, abstract flowers. It was a great way to distract us from the wet, chilly, soggy day outside our window.

Our students jumped in with both feet and let go of any preconceived notions of what a ‘flower’ had to look like. Take a peek…

I am almost certain Georgia O’Keefe would have given a thumbs up. Happy creating…

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