Still Learning To See

Flowers…up close

Georgia O’Keeffe said of flowers in “The Poetry of Things:”

“A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower — the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking — or give it to someone to please them. Still — in a way — 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. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small.

So I said to myself — I’ll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New-Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”

Up close! Touch, smell, kiss, see—all of them.

After reading this quote and enjoying many of the flowers in my garden this morning, I realize I need to look at them even more closely.

Thank you, Georgia O’Keeffe!

This entry was published on July 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm. It’s filed under Flowers, Garden, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Photograph, Summer, Vermont, and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Flowers…up close

  1. David Harrison on said:


  2. Rob Nessler on said:

    You have a beautiful garden.

  3. Karen Dailey on said:

    Just takes my breath away at the incredible variety of colors, shapes, sizes, etc., etc. Thanks once again, John

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