Cultured, I am not. But, it doesn't stop me from appreciating artwork. I can't rattle off the various period pieces and artists associated with the timeframe but I have a general idea and knowledge. I know who my favorites are and what speaks to me. Typically, I am drawn towards Impressionists and pastorals. My favorite artists are Monet, Renoir, and Degas. The more I go to museums, the more I learn. Reading journals has helped me considerably as well. Both Albert and Vince have afforded me a tremendous learning experience through their entries on art. Judith Heartsong is one of our resident artists and her entries about her artwork have been quite inspiring.
When I went to LACMA last Sunday with Kevin, I was snapping pictures of some of the artwork that spoke to me in some way. I think it's pretty cool that they allow you to do this. Understandably, you can't use flash when snapping shots. It makes me a bit nervous because when I turn on my camera the auto-flash is turned on by default. I have to make a concerted effort to remember to check that it is off before taking pictures.
One of the first pictures that I snapped was this one by Georgia O'Keeffe. I'm not a big fan of hers although some of her floral prints I have found enjoyable. I've never really quite understood this piece. I think this is a popular one of hers because I've seen the print often. It's funny because when I saw this I felt excited to actually see the original, almost like seeing a movie actor that you don't like but thrilled because of the awareness that you are in the presence of a celebrity.
I told Kevin that I thought we had the print of this piece hanging somewhere at work. At work on Tuesday, one of the girls was in my office and had asked me about my weekend. I started telling her about going to LACMA and that I saw a picture of a print that I thought we had here. It reminded me that I wanted to look for it. I started to rise from my chair to go look around. That's when I spotted it hanging to the left of me right in my office! I guess it goes to show just how unaware of my surroundings I can be sometimes.
I must admit I gained a greater appreciation for this piece by seeing the original. The print doesn't do it justice. The colors of the original are so vivid that it adds a different perspective and makes me want to meditate on what the message that Ms. O'Keeffe was trying to relay through her work - maybe that there is beauty all around us even in the less than obvious places if we just open our minds and lift our eyes to look.