Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions Of Hawaii At The New York Botanical Garden

Happy New Year, all!  We're going to file this post under "better late than never".  Last summer, a friend and I road tripped up to the Bronx to see Georgia O'Keeffe's Visions Of Hawaii exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden.  Georgia was hired by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to spend nine weeks in Hawaii creating paintings of the local flora and fauna to be used as ads by the company.  (Seriously, how can I get a gig like this??)  The results were amazing.  The paintings are so colorful and beautiful.  Looking at them is like being transported to Hawaii.

The grounds of NYBG are beautiful.  A true oasis in the middle of New York City.

After a beautiful walk through the grounds, we got to the exhibition.

And now, the paintings!

Bella Donna with Pink Torch Ginger Bud, 1939

Cup of Silver Ginger, 1939

White Lotus, 1939

Hibiscus with Plumeria, 1939

Untitled (Hibiscus), 1939

Pink Ornamental Banana, 1939

Heliconia, 1939

White Bird of Paradise, 1939

Heliconia, Crab's Claw Ginger, 1939

Pineapple Bud, 1939

Waterfall No.1, lao Valley, Maui, 1939

Waterfall No. 2, lao Valley, Maui, 1939

Waterfall No. 3, lao Valley, Maui, 1939

Waterfall, End of Road, lao Valley, Maui, 1939

I love so many of these, but my personal favorites are the Pink Ornamental Banana and the Waterfall, End of Road.  Some of these paintings were done back in New York City, but many of them were done while in Hawaii.  As someone who is an incredibly slow painter, I'm always amazed when an artist can accomplish so much in a limited period of time.

After the exhibition was over, there was a room set up with maps and other cool memorabilia relating to the trip and the paintings.

I always wonder about things like the telegram.  I wonder if Georgia could have ever imagined that it would one day be part of an art exhibition.

As you can see, this exhibit was huge and it's not done yet.  In addition to the art, the NYBG had a collection of plants and flowers that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe on her trip.  I'll have those for you in my next post.

I hope you enjoyed this look into one of the most interesting shows I've seen in quite some time.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Holidays In NYC - 2018

Hello Readers!  It's been a bit since I've been here.  I have so much tell you, but since today is the last day of 2018,  I thought I'd close the year out by showing you some of the holiday decorations here in New York City.

As always, the windows at Bergdorf's are amazing.  If you've seen the documentary "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" on Netflix, you'll know that the store starts planning for the window decorations in the summer.  If I could have my fantasy job, it would be working with the team that does the holiday decor/styling.  They are true artisans.

As you can see, the theme this year was sweets.  Cookies, candy, cake, lollipops, it was all represented in the windows.  Along with the gorgeous clothes, of course.

Can you believe this is not a real bakery?  The craftsmanship here is absolutely stunning.

Though it is hard to choose, I think the gingerbread window is my favorite.

Strolling down Fifth, I passed Cartier and Saks.  Every year, Saks has a beautiful light show and I was lucky enough to get a few pics of that.

St Patrick's Cathedral

Then it's on to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and the ice skaters.

So there you have it - some snaps of the holidays here in New York.  I'm so glad to be back here and I have a bunch of posts ready to go for 2019.  Have a Happy New Year's Eve/Day and I'll see you soon!