The Chestnut Grey by Georgia O’Keeffe
A little rushed today. It’s our 6 year wedding anniversary and so I’m trying to get enough work done on assignments to take some time off. Plus, I’m having internet connection problems again. O’Keeffe is a fascinating individual and there’s so much more about her I want to post, so I’ll have to write more about her in the coming weeks.
I saw her work featured at de Young Museum online and decided to post this one today for sentimental reasons. The shape and character of the chestnut tree remind me of where Jeff and I said our vows. We said them in private before the wedding underneath a similar tree overlooking the Puget Sound. The close up view of the tree overlooking a vista of abstracted hills/mountains/peaks reminds me of home.
What I love about O’Keeffe is that although she is simplifying forms, her work is not simple. I mentioned last week that I love how she combines realist and abstract elements. This is a great example of what I mean. There is a hierarchy of abstraction and detail with the hills in the background being the most abstract and the tree in front, the focal point, containing the most detail.