Getting to know Georgia O'Keeffe

Activity: Outside My Window

Georgia O’Keeffe began visiting New Mexico yearly in 1929. In 1949 she made the state her permanent home. Georgia O’Keeffe was inspired by the beauty of the New Mexico desert. From her bedroom window in Abiquiú, she could see the vast sky above, hills and trees below, and a road stretching into the distance. She enjoyed this view so much that she completed many paintings, drawings, and even photographs of the mesa and the road to the east. Familiar places can be great as sources for artistic inspiration! What do you see when you look out your window?

Materials: Drawing paper, drawing utensils

What is outside your window?

    • What colors are outside your windows? Sometimes Georgia O’Keeffe decided to change the colors from what she really saw and you can do that too!
    • What are some things outside your windows that fascinate you?

Variation: What do you think it would look like if you were flying above the scene in your drawing?  What would the difference be from this point of view? You could create a drawing from the bird’s eye view perspective.

Georgia O'Keeffe. Mesa and Road East, 1952. Oil on canvas, 26 1/16 x 36 inches. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation.

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