Georgia O'Keefe Inspired Flowers


Red Canna, c. 1923

Everyone has many associations with a flower. You put out your hand to touch it, or lean forward to smell it, or maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking, or give it to someone to please them. But one rarely takes the time to really see a flower. i have painted what each flower is to me and I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.

~ Gerogia O'Keefe, 1887-1986


Georgia O'Keefe painted flowers and used colors, depth,
and shading to create abstract work.


Pansy, 1926

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.

Morning Glory with Black, 1926

I found I could say things with color and shapes
that I couldn't say in any other way
— things that I had no words for.



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Resources to Learn About Georgia O'Keefe


American Masters: PBS

Portrait of an Artist: Georgia O’Keefe
Also an audio file of the Newshour segment.

Georgia O’Keefe biography

O’Keefe Paintings

Know the Artist: Georgia O’Keefe

"Fill a space in a beautiful way." ~ Georgia O'Keefe

Lesson Idea Adapted from:
Marjory Hahn, New Your City High School; Incredible @rtDepartment

Pictures from:

Johnston Community School District
© May 2008