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As much time in my studio is spent on thinking about and looking at art as there is on painting. Here I'll write about some of the things that pass my mind during those hours, or the inspiration that makes me grab the brush .

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The White Places

Some of the most amazing landscapes that I've come across are in New Mexico and among them are the white rock formations that were one of Georgia O'Keeffe's favorite subjects. I believe she called them the white places. Eventhough I knew O'Keeffe's paintings of the white places, nothing prepared me for the outer worldly beauty of the real landscape. These tall rocks look like they are the work of some giant sculptor, some have the lacey structure of gothic cathedrals, some look like they have been piled up with a little dome on top. If you follow the path and enter the narrow valley you find yourself surrounded by all tones of white and some pinks and blacks, a vibrating deep blue sky usually over you and just the sound of the wind and some distant birds.
I have visited these rock formations on several occasions, and made sketches and water colors there that have resulted in these two small paintings, that can be seen at gallery The Edge in Santa Fe

1 comment:

Diane McGregor said...

Oooo, Marina, I love the top one especially, probably because it seems the more abstract of the two paintings. So gorgeous and evocative of O'Keeffe country.