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by Kristy Rice


Artful Admiration  will be a new post on the RiceInk blog.  As an artist who has been painting nearly every day for the last  20 years I have inevitably developed a list of  artists who I admire.  Georgia O’Keefe, for me, is the quintessential artist.  As a young painter myself I recall pouring over  100 Flowers,  marveling at each juicy floral.   In college O’ Keeffe’s Light Iris and many others graced my dorm room walls.

What I admire most about O’Keeffe is her interpretations of subject matter.  To put it quite simply, she painted the flower as it made her feel.  Through examination of brush stroke, color and texture O’Keeffe brought each bloom to life while infusing her personality and perspective.

Now please note, I do not presume to compare my watercolor invitations to an O’Keeffe painting, really.  I do however approach my subjects for painting in a similar fashion.  When I set out to paint a bloom or landscape or whatever it may be, I find something that excites me.   Instead of reproducing the exact reality that I see, I instead infuse my vision into the painting.  More intense color, small dots or flourishes here and there, an exaggeration of shadow all capture a sense of excitement and life that I see in the subject matter I paint.

What artist do you admire?

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  1. Victoria Joanne

    How wonderful to read about Georgia O’Keefe. This brought me back to the days when I was in college majoring in Art. I don’t really have a favorite artist but I do have a style that I like. I really enjoy beautiful landscapes and some portraits that are done in certain dramatic lighting ways.

    I’m not too particular to abstract art… that part of my college studies was hard for me to get through… kinda akin to mild torture 😉

    thanks for sharing – your work is beautiful! you Inspire me to get back into some drawing and painting – I haven’t done it in sooo very long.

  2. Heather

    I’ll always have a thing for VanGogh. I love the textures in his work … the fact that you can see every brush stroke. I’m also a fan of his color palette.

    On a related note – did you see that Lifetime is doing a biopic about Georgia O’Keefe? I tried to find the air date, but only got as far as “September 2009.”

    • kristy

      I am so excited to see what Lifetime is doing with the O’Keeffe movie. I believe the air date is September 19th! Thanks for sharing!