I found this wonderful piece created by Dan Fogelberg as a tribute to Georgia O'Keeffe last night when I was looking up another of Dan Fogelberg's songs. It touched me and I felt compelled to share it for today's blog. Read Dan's comments below, then scroll to the bottom to view the lovely piece he created with his music and O'Keeffe's paintings. Stunning is the only word that comes to mind.
We lost both of these talented artists...but their lives go on through their individual art.
One of my more artistic pieces. A tribute to the first lady of American painting, Georgia O' Keeffe." (Dan Fogelberg)
Bones In The Sky ~ Dan Fogelberg (Lyrics)
Up through the branches
The stars shine above on the arroyos and mesas you loved
And as the moon rises, the black mountain mourns
For the old friend he'll look on no more
Jacks-in-the-Pulpit, bones in the sky
Long winding rivers that never ran dry
And the secrets she gathered from the wild blowing sands
Breathed in her heart and her hands
I sing to your spirit where all my dreams dwell
The vision--the freedom, the life lived so well
And I sing in your canyons and the echoes ring clear
And I wish somehow you may still hear
Dan wrote this song to pay a tribute to Georgia OKeeffe, who pass away in Santa Fe, New Mexico (18871986). The artistic brilliance of Georgia O'Keeffe revolutionized modern art in both her time and in the present. With her paintings she vividly portrayed the power and emotion of objects of nature. This was first seen in her charcoal drawings of silhouetted bud-like forms exhibited in 1916 that brought her fame. During the 1920s , she explored this theme in her magnified paintings of flowers which to this day enchant people amorously, although her purpose was to convey that nature in all its beauty was as powerful as the widespread industrialization of the period.
After spending a summer in New Mexico, Georgia O'Keeffe, enthralled by the barren landscape and expansive skies of the desert, would explore the subject of animal bones in her paintings of the 1930s and 1940s. Just as with the flowers, she painted the bones magnified and captured the stillness and remoteness of them, while at the same time expressing a sense of beauty that lies within the desert.
Georgia O'Keeffe was married to the pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) in 1924. It was at Stieglitz's famed New York art gallery "291" that her charcoal drawings were first exhibited in 1916. The union lasted 22 years, until Stieglitz's death.
Her works continued to be rediscovered through her lifetime and to the present day. She is best known for her iconic representations of flowers, landscapes, and animal bones. She and her husband are elected Great People of 20th century by TIME Magazine.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe Gallery
Georgia O'Keeffe - Ellen's place illustrated biography
Georgia O'Keeffe Art Links - links to works viewable on the Web
As Ever, Annie