the mind's eye of a female artist - by matthew butts
This gallery displays several abstract paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe, an American female artist that began painting abstracts in the early 1900s - before the surge of Abstract Expressionism boomed after 1945.
This abstract is a watercolor on paper that features black lines. Both thick and thin, the lines almost resemble a stream of water falling into a small pool or puddle (except for the sudden uprise in the left line).
This watercolor on paper abstract uses several shades of blue, and creates a very pretty swirl, almost as if looking down on the ocean's surface. The curve of the lines create the effect of movement, as if there is a current below the surface of the painting.
This watercolor on paper abstract is a depiction of a sunrise on the horizon. Above, there are clouds in a dark sky. The choice of colors best represent actual colors found in a sunrise, with the darker sky representing the waning night sky.
Another watercolor painting, at first glance it doesn't appear to be an evening star. However, it actually looks like the sun shining in a blood-red sky, as if in a sunrise or sunset. The curved lines around the star create the effect of a radiant light, as if pushing outwards over the rest of the painting.
Pond in the Woods has a massive swirl of earthly colors surrounding what appears to be a reflection of the surface. It's almost as if O'Keeffe was submerged in the pond, looking up, when she painted this abstract. The movement effect of the swirls makes it seem like the viewer is almost drowning under the water, looking up at the surface as it gets further and further away.
This abstract focuses on a tree in the autumn. The dark browns and reds at the base of the tree suggest fallen leaves, and the grey around the tree create a winter air atmosphere. The blur effect around the branches of the tree may be O'Keeffe's depiction of wind, as it sways the branches in the winter air.
This abstract is an oil on canvas, using many shades of blues, white, and red. The sharp curves at the top suggest an energy, like a stormy wind, over the cloudy area below. The attention of the painting seems to rest between the dark blue and white jagged curves near the top.
The Black Iris features a finer detail in lines than the previous paintings. The frilly lines and shading create a sense of texture. When viewed horizontally, it's almost as if an eyelid is resting over a dark eye, perhaps an animal's. O'Keeffe created many paintings in South West America, so perhaps this abstract is of a steer or cow's eye.
This beautiful abstract is a close-up on a white rose. The soft texture of the petals are blended well with the shades of white, grey, and black. Fine lines separate the petals from each other, and the very organic look of the painting creates a very real representation, as if it weren't an abstract at all.
White Bird of Paradise shows a bird hovering over a flower. The bird and the inner part of the flower are mostly in shades of white, with outlines in shades of red. There are also some blues and greens to fill in parts of the flower. A lot of lines fill the painting, drawing the viewer's eye in many directions to capture the action in the center.
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