July 9, 2018 – A while back, I received a post card from a friend that completely brightened my day. She was visiting Santa Fe, N.M., more specifically the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. It’s one of my favorite places on earth, the post card brought back a lot of pleasant memories.
I remember visiting the museum several years back in the early days, when it first opened. It’s nothing like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, my local museum, which is incredible in its own right, but on a much grander scale. Rather, it resembles an adobe style home in the middle of a residential neighborhood, giving it a straightforward appeal.
While there I took in two of my favorite paintings, Red Poppy and Black and Purple Petunias, prints of which hang in my dining room. It was incredible to see the actual work and brush strokes on the canvas.
A few years later, in 2000, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC offered an O’Keeffe exhibit, and when I read that my painting would be displayed, the three-hour ride seemed minimal. Ladder to the Moon is a simple painting, but it makes me feel full of possibilities when I look at it.
The technical aspect of art is lost on me; I’ve never taken a fine arts class and don’t know how to correctly interpret the paintings I admire. And that’s OK. I much prefer the way a painting makes me feel, anyway. The magic of art is like that sometimes.