Monday's Flower Quote | If You Take A Flower In Your Hand - Georgia O'Keeffe

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment… Her quote encapsulates the meaning behind Floating Petals as this whole website started with the idea of sharing the beauty and power of flowers and the lessons they have to teach us. This quote alone describes one of the most powerful lessons: letting a flower, if you really look at it, be your world even for a moment. For me, it calms me down, allows all of my other worries to melt away and gives me strength to continue on, knowing there is so much more in life than the worries or troubles I deem so large.

Georgia O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) is known as the “Mother of American modernism”. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York. Though she was not inspired by the focus of her training, of recreating or copying nature, and was unable to continue due to financial reasons, she became a commercial illustrator and spent the next seven years teaching. In the summers between 1912 and 1914, she learned of the Arthur Wesley Dow principles of personal style and interpretation, unlike her earlier training. She began working with this style with watercolors and charcoal abstract drawings which caught the eye of Alfred Stieglitz, who was an art dealer and photographer. Stieglitz exhibited O’Keeffe’s work in 1916 and later they married in 1924. O’Keeffe moved part-time to New Mexico when she was not in New York City, and after her husband’s death, she established herself permanently there with her last years in Santa Fe. O’Keeffe is best known for her renditions of New York skyscrapers, New Mexico landscapes and my favorite: her large formats of flowers. Her painting Jimson Weed sold in auction for $44.4 million, which was three time more than any previous female artist. To learn more about her and see more of her art, you can visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in person, or view online.

Share with me below: What is your favorite artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe?

Parkland Glory Dahlia. Photographed in My Garden.

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