Georgia O’Keeffe, slow learner

Happy 125th Birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe. Here’s my humble homage to you.

Not convinced that Georgia O’Keeffe was a slow learner?

Consider how she honored the deliberate and intentional slowness in her work. In her own words:

“Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

Consider her reflections on her own  learning.

“I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught. ”

and her advice to other slow learners.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

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