I was recently in New Mexico and found myself at the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I don't think I've appreciated O'Keeffe's documentation and love of the West until the last few years. Whenever I find myself in New Mexico I am driven by appetite of New Mexican food more than anything else. Between meals we must do something with ourselves.
We found ourselves at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. This is my second time going. I admit that I am usually craving more of her work than what it displayed there. The museum is a beautiful space to be in. If you have ever been to Santa Fe, you know the Georgia is practically the mascot of the city. Her artworks and images are on a lot of brochures about the city.
If you go with kiddos, they generously give the kids a sketch book and encourage them to sketch the art.
Georgia O'Keeffe. In the Patio VIII. 1950. Oil on Canvas. 26" x 20"
Georgia O'Keeffe. Horse's Skull with White Rose. 1931. Oil on Canvas. 36" x 16 1/8"
This is one of my favorite paintings that is there to look at in person. I get lost in those teeth and the space between the edge of the canvas.
Georgia O'Keeffe. Sky Above Clouds IV. 1965. Oil on Canvas. 8' x 24'
This is my favorite painting of hers. It does not live in New Mexico. Whenever I am Chicago, I go see it at the Art Institute Chicago. It is 24 feet across and embodies an entire wall, or did last time I saw it. I know paintings find new places to exist amongst the museum space.
When you find yourself in Santa Fe, Taos is just a little bit away and worth checking out. The Taos Pueblo is a great place to take a walk and take in the landscape.
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
These are just a few things to do between eating chili con queso and sopapillas. Summer brings the sunshine and an opportunity to explore and discover. May your summer be fantastic!