What better way can there be to fully understand and grasp what someone is doing than by hearing it from them? Well, Georgia O'Keeffe may not be among us anymore, but you can read direct quotes below.
-"I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty."
-"It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it."
-"Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like having a friend takes time."
-"Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished."
-"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
-"You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare."
-"If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers."
-"...Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower - and I don't."
-"...I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could...I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at...not copy it."
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