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“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall

August 3, 2021

This intriguing quote by Chagall immediately makes me think of one of my inspiration artists, Georgia O’Keefe and her famous paintings of nature. I was fortunate enough to see Sky Above Clouds IV at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1980’s. It’s size and dimension were breath-taking.

Sky Above the Clouds IV, Georgie O'Keefe 1965

The way she plucked the essence of clouds and placed them in a pool of blue against the fading light of the horizon left me in awe. It gave me comfort that I was not the only one who viewed the world differently. I felt I had met a cohort, a friend, someone who understood and saw the world as I wanted to. A world, minus the clutter, in an abstraction of simplicity and beauty.

Although I’ve attempted photographing flowers, antlers and more in hopes of creating some essence of O’Keefe’s work, I haven’t come close yet. However, perhaps you can appreciate some of her influence in Star Bright.

Star Bright, Look Studio 2019

For more information about Sky Above the Clouds IV, visit the Art Institute of Chicago

And to learn more about Star Bright please check out my blog: Star Bright - A Look Behind the Scenes.