Persons [ ] I Have a Single Track Mind | Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1920s

“My first memory is of the brightness of light — light all around.”

“I can’t live where I want to, I can’t go where I want to go,
I can’t do what I want to, I can’t even say what I want to.
I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint
as I wanted to.”

“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what
I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.”

“I decided to accept as true my own thinking.”

“Filling a space in a beautiful way – that is what art means to me.”

“I have a single track mind. I work on an idea for a long time. It’s like
getting acquainted with a person, and I don’t get acquainted easily.”

“Making your unknown known is the important thing – and keeping the unknown
always beyond you – catching – crystalizing your simpler clearer vision of life –
only to see it turn stale compared to what you vaguely feel ahead – that you must
always keep working to grasp.”

“I want real things … music that makes holes in the sky.”

“Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression.”

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see
takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”

“If you take a flower in your hand and really
look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”

“I do not like the idea of happiness – it is too momentary – I would say that I was
always busy and interested in something – interest has more meaning to me
than the idea of happiness.”

“That nervous energy that makes people like you and I want and go after everything
in the world – bump our heads on all the hard walls and scratch our hands on all the
briars – but it makes living great – doesn’t it – I’m glad I want everything in the
world – good and bad – bitter and sweet – I want it all and a lot of it too.”

“If only people were trees… I might like them better.”

“I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper
than models and they don’t move.”

“When people read erotic symbols into my painting,
they’re really thinking about their own affairs.”

“I have lived on a razors edge. So what if you fall off. I’d rather
be doing something I wanted to do. I’d walk it again.”

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986


Georgia O’Keeffe hitching a ride to Abiquiú, Ghost Ranch, 1944

by Maria Chabot

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