There is nothing more frustrating than to be constantly interrupted when trying to paint, back then, she ALSO did not have a computer and cell phone to assist with such distractions. I believe she would be like this Georgia - I'll pass on the cell phone. Georgia did not want to be ignored as an artist, in a world dominated by men (even the art world) simply because they were, so she painted HUGE so she could not be ignored. For years she lived in an apartment in NewYork and painted the city from their window.. yuk, I like the art- but for an artist... I get why she did it, for LOVE as usual. In love with a man who she could not control (much like Frida) but he helped take her to 'new levels', with her art and passion - a loyal love bond created until he died. Bring on love.
I was not aware Georgia was not thrilled with people believing her flower art was 'sexual- to the point of stating her art represented the female clitoris. It did not- she just painted shapes and colors which her mind saw, yet a stranger THINKS they know what the painting represents to the artist. Please. No wonder she was pissed, sadly to the point she started to paint still life, like a bowl of pears.
"You write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't."
Luckily Georgia Found New Mexico and Ghost Ranch for all of us. I've never seen such images- coming from Canada- the land of trees rock and more trees. Fascinating! The sky alone!! I look at images and think - they must be photoshopped! Colors that stimulate my brain screaming for paint! Georgia has a couple of quotes that resonated with me to the point of being painful or celebrated! I'll choose celebrated:
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary--you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.
I have a single track mind. I work on an idea for a long time. It's like getting acquainted with a person, and I don't get acquainted easily. * this one is especially true. lol
What a strong, beautiful (outside and in) woman. Happy by herself.
I cannot put into words my true admiration for Georgia. Look at her work. Deeply, as it was meant to be looked at. I want to see some of Georgia's work 'live'. It is on the top 5 of my to do list. Number one on my TO DO list makes SMILE. lol It's a secret.
Make a list. Paint. I'd love to see Georgias home, but I have the feeling it's not open to the public- you can take a walking tour around the area. I watched a documentary on Georgia - all it did was make me want some HUGE canvas... soon Georgia - it's coming.
Huge canvas, huge landscapes and huge life...
"You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare."
I'm about to do that right now..
Do what you love and the rest will follow.
Georgia died on my birthdate March 6, 1986 (aged 98) it made me feel a little more connected. This birthday I will be celebrating Georgia! Wait & see.