Mini Art Journal Journey - Week Nine

3.05.2007


This week's prompt for the weekly mini journal was inspiration found. This was super easy for me...hands down, all time favorite artist and most respected woman of strength and mind is Georgia O'Keeffe. The picture that I used for my card is from a flyer put out by the Madison Art Center from March of 1984, which means that I would have been 7 years old at the time that the flyer was given to me by my father who is also an artist. (I actually have a dozen or so of the flyers, so I didn't feel bad about cutting up the one I used for this project), anyways...the story is this: Georgia O'Keeffe was born on November 15th, 1887 and I was born on November 15th, 1977. I've always had a love for her paintings - this starting even as a young child. She is most famous for her flowers and skulls but my most favorite is her painting titled Ladder to the Moon which depicts just as it states, a ladder leading up to the moon. To me, it speaks volumes and says a lot about her personal journey as a woman and artist as well as relating to me and my personal journey and aspirations. On March 6th, 1986 she died at the age of 98 and I, at the age of 9 went home from school not feeling well. (I know this because my parents wrote it down and put it on the fridge - weird parents, I know!). Then, sometime in high school I had a dream that I was in a home that had all white interior walls with raw wood floors...all I remember is white was everywhere, even the billowing curtains blowing in from the windows with only the colors of desert peeking in from the outside were white. A little blond girl of about 3 or 4 was running barefoot through the room and I woke thinking of Georgia O'Keeffe and almost feeling her presence. Not sure what that means as she never had any children but I've since had this dream about 4 or 5 times in my adult life. And, now that I'm posting this I am realizing that tomorrow is March 6th, the date of her death and I am thinking WOW! Pretty cool, in a somewhat strange way I guess you could say! And, to leave you all with a quote from Georgia herself: "Art is a wicked thing. It is what we are."
* Quote taken from the book Georgia O'Keeffe: the Poetry of Things.

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Emily Falconbridge said...

so cool! i love that picture. she looks so serious but also mysterious!

jess said...

LOVE your card!

Je@net said...

What a great card!!!

Debbie said...

What a great history to your choice! Love the card...

valerie said...

great card love the pic from the flier

Lis said...

LOve the picture, the card is Great!

Scripps Family said...

WOW! i LOVE this!!

xx
jill

www.jillscripps.typepad.com

Jenny said...

OMG! This is my favorite card so far! I love Georgia O'Keefe as well, so your card really stuck with me. Seriously cool card!

lisa said...

that was wonderful to read and thank you for posting the links

Anne Thompson said...

Aren't the cards soo much fun to make?!! Looks cute

Lynn said...

Great card, love the picture and totally love the words!!

Marjolein said...

Oh my, what a great story and the card... wonderful!

sohpiasmom said...

Your card has a really cool look to it...totally love it!

Heather said...

Amazing card. Simple and powerful. She has been one of my favorite artists since high school.

Leslie said...

great card. That is an amazing story - what a connection!

Colleen said...

wow
this is so powerful. what a great story and awesome pic

Nicole said...

What a great card!!! Georgia O'Keefe is an amazing artist and a terrific choice for inspiration! :)