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Georgia O'Keeffe - Drawing From Observation
Transcript of Georgia O'Keeffe - Drawing From Observation
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time."
O'Keeffe lived from 1887 to 1986. She was 98 years old when she died.
texture created in two dimensions by the artist to appear as if there was texture that could be felt.
shapes are associated with things from the natural world, like plants and animals.
is the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.)
The right color choice can
greatly increase the success
of your artwork.
Georgia O'Keeffe closely observed the objects she rendered and then greatly increased the scale in order to maintain a high level of
"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."
She is known for her paintings of flowers, bones, shells, stones, leaves, trees, mountains, and other natural forms.
She was given a one-woman exhibition in 1946 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York —
the first given by that museum to a woman.
Black and Purple Petunias, 1925
Black Iris, 1926
Canna Red and Orange, 1926
Two White Shells One Black Shell,1937
Horse's Skull on Blue, 1930
FACTS ABOUT GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
She was the first American woman artist of major stature.
Women were not allowed to vote in the USA until 1919!
O'Keeffe began her career in the 1920s.
It was a time period where the art world was still mostly dominated by men who were critical of woman artists.
In this time of inequality, she still managed to build herself a successful career.
Who can tell me?
REMEMBER THESE TERMS
Become aware of the works of Georgia O’Keeffe
Closely observe nature – focus on subtle color changes
Effectively use the element and principles of art
Use pastels to highlight the beauty of nature
Draw your flower from your picture in an interesting arrangement – enlarged, off the edge of the page, interesting negative space, focal point (keep in mind elements and principles of art!)
Transfer drawing to pastel paper
Squeeze a consistent thick line of glue over all the contour lines
Add pastel for color – blend colors and add textures, patterns, and gradations
Spray with a fixative when complete
Quality picture of a flower
12” circular drawing paper
Black pastel paper