There is only so many times you can hear your work being likened to somebody else's before you actually seek out that person's work and look for yourself.
So when I saw a huge book called 'Georgia O'Keefe, the New York years' in the library last weekend I knew it was something I needed to take a closer look at.
And look I did.
I've spent the past week looking at, and thinking about her work, tonight I did a study from one of her paintings:
Calla Lily on dark red, c 1923
By Georgia O'Keefe.
Lovers Lily (on gold leaf), 2003
By Davena (deevaa) Abioye.
I tried to keep the koru/heart shape I've been working with recently in my version of the lily, not wanting to give too much away to Ms O'Keefe's vision.
I mean -- she's good -- but I'm still me. (laughing -- OK, so maybe she's better than good, but ya know
It's nice to be painting again. I've been AWOL for a bit, we've moved house and I've been made full time at work.
The portrait of Janet Frame I entered into the National Works on Paper exhibition didn't make it, but I surprised myself by not taking it hard. LOL.