Hi Friends, I apologize for being late with my midweek post. Typically I post What's Interesting on Wednesday, but amidst all the excitement of International Women's Day, I found myself on a collaborative photo shoot with an incredible group of women. What better way to celebrate such an empowering day than to be surrounded by inspiring females. So, one day late, I bring to you the latest addition of What's Interesting, which is a continuation of Sunday's Style Story titled, Santa Fe. I hope you had a chance to read Santa Fe, where I channeled "The Mother of American Modernism" artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.
I'm intrigued by interesting people with incredible stories, especially when the person is a maverick, and has a depth that spurs me to dig a little deeper. Such is my attraction toward the remarkable artistry and style of Georgia O'Keeffe, a true pioneer who came west to find the perfect landscape that inspired her work and her spirit.
While most wouldn't consider the overall style of Ms. O'Keeffe, I find myself entertained by the very subject of this brave woman in American history. In 1905, O'Keeffe began her formal art training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and then the Art Students League of New York, but felt uninspired by her lessons that focused on recreating or copying what was in nature. As the story goes, while O'Keeffe was developing her own interpretation of landscapes, a good friend presented her work to art dealer and photographer, Alfred Stieglitz (she later married), who stated when viewing her work, "Finally, a female on paper."
Not only do I admire the art of O'Keeffe, but her style in its entirety. A perfect example of what true style represents, she managed to integrate all aspects of her life into a cohesive union. Her overall style was timeless, unique, and without a time stamp to a particular era in history. Her style was rooted within her essence and what inspired her life. I feel a kindred spirit with Georgia O'Keeffe. When I declared my connection with O'Keeffe with my friend, Mithra, she stated the following about our resemblance...
"Thoughtful reflection, plenty of solitude, and rigorous commitment to the routine of work."
But I'll go further to say...
Like Georgia, I feel the need to go beyond what is expected, and to blaze a trail of my own."The routine of work is far more rewarding when you are basking in that which you love."
|Georgia and I|
|Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio|
To learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe, here is an interesting BBC Documentary titled, By Myself.
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