“It’s my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it.”
–Georgia O’Keeffe about the Pedernal Mountain
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” — Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe, New Mexico Artist
To get to know Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), the author of One Hundred Flowers and world-famous painter, the best places to visit are the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu. The shops at both offer many beautiful and practical items, including gift books and edible delights, so please be generous.
By visiting both places, you can see the nature that inspired the artist and examples of her striking paintings. Remember to pick up your prickly pear goodies at the Ghost Ranch gift shop. Our favorite was the Prickly Pear Crunch, which satisfied our munchies all the way to the Colorado Author Adventures Trail.
To learn more about the artist, click here: https://www.okeeffemuseum.org/about-georgia-okeeffe.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe
The Museum is a popular tourist attraction and point of pilgrimage for fans of the artist. It is small enough to manage in a couple of hours’ time and is in a convenient location near the town center. Visitors enjoy seeing her large environmental sensibilities painted on brilliant canvases throughout.
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu
Ghost Ranch is a world away from the tourist scene of Santa Fe and is typically reserved for use by individuals or groups seeking a simple and quiet retreat area. It’s a sparsely populated area that feels like an oasis in a desert with vistas stretching as far as the eye can see. It offers numerous outdoor activities, indoor places to meet, and a general store.
The Georgia O’Keefe Museum and Ghost Ranch are our New Mexico Author Adventures Trail‘s sixth and seventh stops.