Monday, November 01, 2010

Ghost Ranch Provides an Incredible Visual Feast

It was so very interesting to go on the tour at Ghost Ranch in Northern New Mexico, made famous by one of America's ground breaking artists, Georgia O'Keeffe. Our guide brought books along and would hold them up while we saw the painting with the original terrain in the background. What a learning experience it was. I was on a bus with a bunch of photographers and they responded in a frenzy of digital feeding. But the landscape was big enough for all to enjoy and record with their own vision.

O'Keeffe, one of my very favorite painters, maintained a summer home here in 1934, then became a permanent residence on the property from 1949 until her death, where her ashes are scattered. If you get to the area, try to visit Ghost Ranch, you can even stay there in modest accommodations. At the very least get to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, which is the largest single repository of O'Keeffe's work in the world. The Museum’s collection of over 3,000 works comprises 1,149 O’Keeffe paintings, drawings, and sculptures that date from 1901 to 1984, the year failing eyesight forced O’Keeffe into retirement.

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