Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe Starlit Night watercolor 1917

Georgia O'Keeffe Evening Star watercolor 1917

I prefer the watercolors from Georgia O'Keeffe's early years over her later large oil paintings. I find her watercolors spontaneous, splashy, enthusiastic, bold, and alive, not to mention highly original. 

Compare the top two images with this later work, also with the sky as the subject. Is this not more careful, more sterile, or is that just me? Comments appreciated!

Georgia O'Keeffe Sky Above Clouds III oil on canvas 48"x84" 1963

In honor of Elizabeth Wilson's passionate interest in the subject of changeable skies, for the rest of September we'll be looking at landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on the heavens. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph with a strong emphasis on the sky (not your own work please) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.

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