A Day in the Life of Georgia O'Keeffe
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374325299, 40pp.
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s own descriptive letters, awardwinning author Kathryn Lasky imagines a day in the life of this legendary artist at her Abiquiu, New Mexico, home. Before the first shades of lavender color the morning sky, Georgia rises – eager to walk the rust red hills and discover images that she will later paint: a bone glowing white, the black wings of a raven against the gray sky, a slice of silver moon.This fresh, imaginative approach, combined with Ora Eitan’s spare, evocative paintings, invites readers into Georgia’s world, revealing how this artist’s creative process is affected by the natural world and small moments of daily life. A biographical overview of O’Keeffe’s life, along with a reproduction of one of her paintings, extends this most unusual portrait of a beloved American artist.
“Lasky’s prose (based on O’Keeffe’s letters, according to an author’s note) lays a marvelous foundation for looking at the artist’s iconic images in books listed in the bibliography–finding a flower “so big that people will have to look at it” or the ladder she used to climb “into the sky.” Eitan’s textured brushwork interprets O’Keeffe’s obsessions stylistically, emphasizing the essence of forms and the effect of changing light.” —School Library Journal
“Filled with vivid sensory detail, Lasky’s poetic text conveys, through the everyday moments of Georgia’s solitary life in the southwestern desert, the painter’s unfailing desire to express the beauty of the natural world as she saw it. Eitan’s accompanying paintings are composed of flat swatches of rich, opaque color, and the sophisticated economy of detail is particularly appealing when evoking the stark beauty of the arid landscape.” —Booklist
“Endnotes provide contextual information on O'Keeffe's life and art.” —Publishers Weekly
“Both author and illustrator employ a light yet meaning-rich touch; the text is spare, the accompanying images (some almost like playful spot art) evoke this unique American landscape and the intense inner life and rooted sensibility of this astounding artist.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This is a beautiful book for readers already interested in O’Keeffe’s style or ready to experience it, and the biography and selected bibliography at the end will open additional doors of wonder and experience to budding young artists.” —Infodad.com