"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

A Marriage Of Macro Photography & Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings.

I have to say, that I owe it all to “Georgia O’Keeffe”.
Over the years, I have had a chance to visit various showings, have viewed and/or read many books about different artists and their styles, looked at a whole lot of work on line, and “none” has ever captured my attention like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting. Again, ….. “none”!
Oh yes, I have seen many different artists and photographers over the years that amazed me and really cranked up my taste buds, … but none like Georgia.

It was these two Georgia O’Keeffe paintings (links below) that brought about the “marriage” of my macro work and a certain G.O. style that I admire.
The blends of color, the light and dark areas, the overall flow within her paintings, … this is what I love doing. It it what I truly love to create.
Here are the two Georgia O’Keeffe images that gave me some direction, even though it took me years to figure out how I wanted to go about it.
There are many more of her paintings that have influenced me, but these two are the ones that got me started.
Georgia O’Keeffe Red Canna 1923
Georgia O’Keeffe Music – Pink and Blue II

One can study her work and see where much of her thoughts and paintings were directed at, particularly in the floral areas.
For myself, I decided that I enjoy getting in areas that usually is much closer than what you would see in the majority of her work.
So, … that marriage of my macro photography and the art of Georgia O’Keeffe was born.
I continue to go after these abstracts in macro, the blends, the colors, the light and shadows, the depth, … and hopefully, what I do speaks to you and helps you in some ways, … much in the way Georgia’s art has done for me.

Below is a image that I do not believe I have ever shown.
It is similar to another image of a “baptisia” flower that some of you have seen, but this one is a bit closer, … a bit more abstract.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.


I also ran across a site today from Robert Genn, … “The Painter’s Keys”.
There is plenty of reading to be found there, … I think something for everyone!
Also some information to be found there about “notan”, … something that Georgia O’Keeffe used, and something that I am beginning to understand a bit more myself, ….. I think!

Thanks for stopping by gang.
Everyone take care, ….. now go out and create something!

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  1. Welcome back, stranger. Well, certainly ‘stranger’ than I am! :-)

    Comment by paul | February 25, 2008 | Reply

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  3. Always a pleasure to see a new post from you show in my reader!

    Comment by Paul | February 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. I’m glad to see you posting again although I admit i’ll have to catch up. I hope things are well with you. Thank you for sharing what has inspired you in your work.

    Comment by Theodore | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Red Canna by O’Keeffe has always been a favorite of mine. After reading what you shared here, bells rang, and then I was off reading about “notan.” I’m not sure if I had heard about notan before. Well, more bells rang for me reading about notan. Ah-ha! It is the light and dark. As an avid photographer of landscapes, and I am now getting into macro and abstract, I knew I was after something there. What was I trying to capture? Notan! Clicking on the notan link and scrolling down some, there is a writing called: “How a unique style is made,” by Beate Epp. There you go. I have been getting excited about shadows and shapes and what I could do with them. I’m also excited to read and learn about notan.

    Thank you, Michael, for sharing. I see! :)

    Comment by Anna Surface | February 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. It is wonderful that you share such tidbits of information with your readers. I admire Georgia O’Keeffe’s work as well, so now that you mention it, it makes sense that I enjoy your work as well.

    Comment by Roberta | February 27, 2008 | Reply

  7. So beautiful. I love the romantic feeling of this with the soft lines and pastels.

    Comment by Laurie | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. I’m so glad you’re posting again also. I bookmarked your site long ago and come back to it often for inspiration. Just love the ethereal vision you have of the simplest of objects

    Comment by Becki | March 1, 2008 | Reply

  9. Beautiful…..Loved the soft look.

    Comment by Gowri | March 3, 2008 | Reply

  10. I better understand to your macro/abstract passion for now, thanks for explanation…have still original inspirations, best light and enjoy it all!

    Comment by Dr.Ozdi | March 3, 2008 | Reply

  11. Inspiring art

    Comment by Chris/Aperture Image | March 4, 2008 | Reply

  12. Thanks for stopping by everyone.
    Appreciate it!

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  13. Excellent post. Thank you very much for sharing that!

    Comment by ron | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  14. Georgia O’Keefe captured my artistic heart decades ago. She led an interesting life, and her work has stood the test of time. The Canna 1923 is one of my all-time favorites.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | July 8, 2008 | Reply

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