Wednesday, January 13, 2021

making the unknown known

Georgia O'Keeffe said that if something means so much to an artist that they try to capture it in an image, it is a step toward making the unknown known.

For her, painting clarified something she felt but did not clearly understand and gave her thoughts and emotions direct expression.  To that end, she often painted the scenery viewed from her backyard in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Her efforts are encouraging for all of us, travel restricted, to unlock the mysteries of our own backyards and, metaphorically, the secrets buried within our own minds.

photo: my backyard in Hawaii, U.S.A

(c) bruce Behnke 2021