I've never been completely attracted to abstract art in it's 'usual' contemporary form. One cannot go to Santa Fe without a trip to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. After all Georgia IS Santa Fe, and the southwest. I have always loved Georgia's flowers...
“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” (Georgia O'Keefe 1887-1986)
At this time, the museum is featuring a collection of O'Keefe's abstracts. I was prepared to be enlightened if not a little disappointed. Instead, after a wonderful presentation by a docent and a short film clip, I came away understanding. Understanding a bit more about the artist, her viewpoint, and her technique.
“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 (American Painter, 1887-1986)
This collection comprises a myriad of styles and paintings from collections all over the world and just happens to be at the O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe at this time.
I'm still not sure how "Sky Above Clouds" from the Chicago Art Institute ends up being such a celebrated work, I did however see the inspiration for it, just as Georgia had. From my airplane window, as I flew off into the sunset.