Archive for the ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’ Tag

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek   Leave a comment

Rancho Fundoshi Above Bear Canyon Creek — Images by kenne

“Where I was born and where and
how I have lived is unimportant.
It is what I have done with where I
have been that should be of interest.”

— Georgia O’Keeffe

In Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, if you hike to Seven Falls, you walk the Bear Canyon road to Bear Canyon trail,
which crosses the Bear Canyon creek seven times. South of the trailhead sets a house on a cliff above the creek
outside the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Since 2010, I have hiked to Seven Falls several times and may
have noticed the house but was more focused on the hike. 

Yesterday, a group of us older, now slow hikers hiked the newly paved Bear Canyon road to the Bear Canyon trailhead,
taking a trail south to get a better view of the house on the cliff, where I took a few images of the house.
After discussing the possible owners, I decided to do a Google search once I got home. I first did a drag & drop
in Google Images with no match. So, started a Google search using a few descriptors. I learned that
about 65 years ago, Jack Segurson, a local high school wrestling, and swimming coach and teacher from the 1950s
into the late 1980s, bought the 151-acre property that he lived on, cherished, and mold into a
naturalist’s paradise — it became become his legacy. 

Segurson died at age 90 in 2011, and soon afterward, an appraiser valued his land at $3.9 million.
He left the property to The Nature Conservancy with restrictions that it never be sold or developed.
The Nature Conservancy donated the property, which Segurson named “Rancho Fundoshi,” a fundoshi
is a Sumo wrestler’s loincloth to Pima County. The Pima County Regional Flood Control District
manages the property as open space and owns and manages other lands along Bear Canyon
and Sabino Canyon as part of its riparian habitat and upper watershed preservation program.

— kenne

Imitative Realism   2 comments

Imitative Realism — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

― John Keats

In An O’Keeffe State Of Mind   1 comment

Sacred Datura — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Georgia O’Keeffe photographed and painted this intoxicating flower found in the southwestern US and northern Mexico.
It is easy to develop a passion for these night blooming flowers and therefore easy to see why Georgia O’Keeffe works include
photographs and painting of the white, trumpet-shaped bloom of the Sacred Datura. Providing a fairyland of delicate beauty,
moths, butterflies, long-tongued bees, hummingbirds and mystical, moonlit nights. It gives rise to some of the plant’s other names:
Angel’s Trumpet, Moon Lily, Moonflower or Belladonna (beautiful lady).

An ancient plant with unknown origins
Datura bridges continents,
passed on by Indigenous story and feet.
A muse full of secrets
she is known by those

(who have been initiated into her ways)

as “Grandmother,” whose poison is deadly.
She is also a visionary and healer.

She comes to some through dreams.
The un- initiated fear her.

They call her devil, thorn apple,
witches wildflower, in woeful ignorance
of the breadth of her power.

“Dementia!” they sling arrows of ignorance,
accuse her as one who would kill or maim.

As well she might.

To those who would use her
without respect or care,
she mutters a warning:

Beware.

— from Emergence: Poem to a Plant Goddess by Sara Wright

(Georgia O’Keeffe’s photography is currently on exhibit at The Museum of Fine Art Houston.)

Cactus Flower — A Touch of O’Keeffe   3 comments

A Touch of O’Keeffe — Photo-Artistry by kenne

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

Flower Associations   Leave a comment

Cactus Flower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Everyone has many associations with a flower — 

the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch

the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe

touch it with your lips almost without thinking —

or give it to someone to please them. 

Still — in a way — nobody sees a flower —

really — it is so 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.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Cactus Flower   2 comments

Morning Cactus FlowerCactus Flower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“I feel that a real living form is the natural result
of the individual’s effort to create the living thing
out of the adventure of his spirit into the unknown —
it has where experienced something — felt something —
it has not understood — and from that experience
comes the desire to make the unknown — known —

Making the unknown — known — in terms of one’s medium
is all-absorbing — if you stop to think of the form — as form
you are lost — The artist’s form must be inevitable —
You mustn’t think you won’t succeed –“

— Georgia O’Keeffe in a letter to Sherwood Anderson, 1923

She Does Her Own Thing   4 comments

Joy Makeup-1-art-B&W-72Photo-Artistry by kenne

I want real things — live people to take hold of

— to see — and talk to —

Music that makes holes in the sky —

— Georgia O’Keeffe

 

 

Sonoran Desert Blooms   Leave a comment

hedgehog cactus-72Hedgehog Cactus and Desert Marigolds — Image by kenne

“I want real things — live people to take hold of

— to see — and talk to —

Music that makes holes in the sky –“

— Georgis O’Keeffe

 

Art — You will Know It When You See It   4 comments

Wildflowers (1 of 1)-2 blogDesert Wildflowers — Image by kenne

Tell me what you think art is — if you can

— ask a lot of people — and see if anybody knows . . .

You ask me about music — I like it better than anything

in the world — Color gives me the same thrill once in

a long long time — I can almost remember and count the times

— it is usually just the outdoors or the flowers — or a person —

sometimes a story — or something that will call a picture

to my mind — will affect me like music — 

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Cholla Fruit   1 comment

Cholla-Edit-2-art-72Cholla Fruit — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I like the artist standing up for himself

— believing in his own word no matter

what anyone may say about it.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

My Dream Butterfly   Leave a comment

two-tailed swallowtail butterfly art-Edit-blogMy Dream Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

My dream butterfly
An O’Keeffe impression
Fly on my sweetheart.

— kenne

 

Mountain Wildflower   Leave a comment

Mountain Flower--2-Edit-1-art-Edit-2-blogMountain Wildflower — Photo-Artistic by kenne

Color is one of the great things in the world
that makes life worth living to me
and as I have come to think of painting
it is my effort to create an equivalent
with paint for the world — life as I see it.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

Things of Poetry, Revisited   4 comments

Esperero trail to the Ridge“Things of Poetry” — Computer Art by kenne

Things of Poetry

Poppies

line the canyon trail,

brightening

each hiker’s way.

Passing greetings

share the joy

as the morning sun

intensifies

the canyon colors

brilliantly reflected

by each poppy,

the things

of O’Keeffe —

real poetry.

— kenne

Female Anna’s Hummingbird   Leave a comment

Female Anna's Hummingbird-framed blogFemale Anna’s Hummingbird — Image by kenne

One day a hummingbird flew in–
It fluttered against the window til I got it down
where I could reach it with an open umbrella– —
When I had it in my hand it was so small
I couldn’t believe I had it–but I could feel the intense life–
so intense and so tiny– …You were like the humming bird to me…
And I am rather inclined to feel that you and I know
the best part of one another without spending much time together– —
It is not that I fear the knowing– It is that I am at this moment
willing to let you be what you are to me–
it is beautiful and pure and very intensely alive.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

I Paint What I See   Leave a comment

NogalesComputer Painting by kenne

The meaning of a word

— to me — is not as exact

as the meaning of a color.

Colors and shapes

make a more definite

statement than words.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

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