I think many artists have their favorite artist(s) from the past or present, that they gravitate toward, or style they love. For me, there are two such artists and one of them is Georgia O’Keeffe. It isn’t her subject matter that captivates me, but who I gather she was from her writings and lifestyle choices.
I visited the O’Keeffe house, walked in her studio, saw her kitchen, glanced at her living room and took a rock from the path that leads up to her house. I visited Ghost Ranch. I swam in Abiquiu Lake and looked at the mountain, O’Keeffe called hers. It is her spirit of commitment that resonates with me and it is one of the many reasons, why I chose, “commitment” as my word for 2013. It just feels good living in that word.
“I grew up pretty much as everybody else grows up and one day seven years ago found myself saying to myself–I can’t live where I want to –I can’t go where I want to–I can’t do what I want to –I can’t even say what I want to. School and things that painters have taught me even keep me from painting as I want to. I decided i was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to and say what I wanted to when I painted as that seemed to be the only thing I could do that didn’t concern anybody but myself — that was nobody’s business but my own.”
What artist (individual) or artist’s (individual’s) life inspires you to live to your fullest?