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Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleasedby Amy Novesky
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In February 1939, Georgia O'Keeffe boarded an ocean liner headed to Hawaii. She had been invited to the islands by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to create two paintings to promote the delights of pineapple juice. They imagined she'd paint at least one image of a pineapple, but Georgia had other ideas--namely that no one would tell her what to paint. As Georgia toured the islands, she painted flowers, feathered fishhooks, green pleated mountains, and the blue, blue sea. Georgia so loved her time in Hawaii that when the Hawaiian Pineapple Company asked again for a pineapple, she relented. From her studio in New York City, all she had to do to see Hawaii or the beautiful fruit was close her eyes.
Amy Novesky's lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Morales' gorgeous paintings perfectly capture Georgia's strong artistic spirit.
"While most people associate Georgia O'Keeffe with the landscape of the American Southwest, this picture book explores the time she spent in Hawaii. Commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to paint two works that 'promote the delights of pineapple juice,' O'Keeffe quickly struck out on her own, traveling throughout the Hawaiian islands. 'She painted a nana honua that she'd picked by the side of the road. It reminded Georgia of her favorite desert flower, the jimsonweed.' Morales's milky acrylic and digital artwork positions the spirited artist against the glowing colors of Hawaii's lush tropics. O'Keeffe had created more than a dozen paintings by the time she returned home to New York City — but none of them are of a pineapple, so 'They were not happy. They wanted a pineapple! Georgia was not happy either. She was not going to be told what to paint.' A rich and unexpected depiction of a treasured artist. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The story of a girl who had the courage to follow her heart.
This is the little known story of Georgia O'Keeffe's nine-week trip to Hawaii in 1939 as a guest of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, who commissioned her to create a painting for their pineapple juice campaign.
Georgia OKeeffes Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions. Georgia OKeeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy Noveskys lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Moraless gorgeous paintings perfectly capture Georgias strong artistic spirit. The book includes an authors note, illustrators note, bibliography, map of the islands, and endpapers that identify Georgias favorite Hawaiian flowers.
From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe viewed the world in her own way. While other girls played with toys and braided their hair, Georgia practiced her drawing and let her hair fly free. As an adult, Georgia followed her love of art from the steel canyons of New York City to the vast plains of New Mexico. There she painted all day, and slept beneath the stars at night. Throughout her life Georgia O'Keeffe followed her dreams--and so found her way to become a great American artist.
About the Author
AMY NOVESKY holds an M.A. degree in writing from the University of San Francisco and teaches children's book writing at College of Marin and UC Berkeley Extension. She also works as a freelance children's book editor, formerly with Chronicle Books. Amy's first book for children is ELEPHANT PRINCE, illustrated by Belgin K. Wedman. She lives in Sausalito, CA, with her husband and a pug.
YUYI MORALES is a promising new picture book illustrator. A native of Mexico, she now lives in San Francisco where she is pursuing a degree in creative writing and developing her career as an artist. She is also a puppet-maker and the host of a Spanish-language storytelling radio show.
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