“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.” Georgia O’Keeffe.
It’s Georgia’s birthday today! She’s a wonderfully bold artist that seemed to love to focus on the conflict between nature and human life. From the large paintings of small flower details to the landscapes with glowing skylines. Her life, and her contributions, can’t be readily summed up in a single paragraph so I’ll just link you to an authority on her! This is the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum page, where you can find out a bit more about this striking painter.
Her quote rings true over at Pixie Teeth HQ, when I showed Belov’d the finished graphic he quickly sent me this quote:
their stationariness, their vegetative love of their own patria… their presentness… being there, at that place and in that moment, present in the sense of ‘all present and correct’
From a book he’d been reading, Richard Mabey’s The Cabaret of Plants.
Both really communicate clearly how little we’re prepared to be like flowers. To take the time to enjoy the present, to enjoy being in the moment- even with friends or just with flora.
Currently being without both my preferable laptop and my phone I’m clearly aware of how I was like this. That I didn’t have the time to be present, I was too mixed in with other people’s present via social media and the like. Now I sit here with a great appreciation of having a ‘dumb phone’ and not being reached.
The real question is, when my phone fiiiiinaly get fixed, will I still be able to see it?