|All On a Summer's Day (copyright Judy Westergard)|
Fast forward to a couple of months ago when, in a (rare) fit of cleaning my studio, I came across the catalog of her work I had purchased at the museum. I spent the next hour paging through those glorious reproductions, peering at them closely with a magnifying glass, searching for more images on my iPad. What is it that made those close-ups of flowers come alive for me in ways that they hadn't before? I've always loved her work, but this time my reaction to it was visceral...even more so than when I saw the originals in New Mexico.
|Into the Vortex (copyright Judy Westergard)|
I couldn't wait to buy some new canvases and get started.
Half way through what became "Into the Vortex," I realized that the skills I'd learned in Marilyn Garber's botanical watercolor workshops and my deep study of O'Keeffe's paintings were somehow working together to loosen my hand.
"Into the Vortex" and "All On a Summer's Day" are the result; three more are in the works. I never realized how close, tight scrutiny could change the way I see things. Stay with me, Georgia. You're an amazing inspiration and I'm so glad to have "met" you!