*to the tune of "Me & Bobby McGee," with apologies to Janis Joplin.
On this day 120 years ago, the great painter Georgia O'Keeffe was born. Sharing a birthday with this incredible woman has been a secret pleasure of mine for as long as I can remember. In my art school application, I wrote about her and how she felt like a kindred spirit to me. (This was long before I knew enough about contemporary art and the culture of art school to realized how very uncool that was of me to do.) Back in the late '90's (gulp!), my trip to New Mexico, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and the Pedernal felt like a pilgrimage of sorts. So much about her life has inspired me: her legendary commitment to working, as if not painting were tantamount to dying; her reverence for the land; her no-nonsense style. Georgia O'Keeffe, I raise my glass to you today.
Photo swiped from this site.