Red Canna (1925-1928)
by Georgia O'Keeffe (1941)
Along with inspiration from a color scheme by Georgia O'Keeffe (compare with her painting left), it is exciting to include a quilt block here, for the first time, designed by the great quilt historian, Jinny Beyer, author of QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, and where DESERT SUN is illustrated at p.140-9 (first published, 1997).
Georgia O'Keeffe's (1887-1986) art work is perfectly described by the publishers at Scholastic.com:
"Bones bleached white by the desert sun, flowers, rolling hills, rocks, trees, and the sky itself are frequent subjects of paintings by the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Her works portray nature simply but dramatically, with precise lines and glowing colors."
After her husband, the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz, passed away in 1946, O'Keeffe moved to Abiquiu, New Mexico, where she herself designed and lived out the rest of her life in a large adobe house with a walled garden. Her "Red Canna" expresses her passion for the desert as much as for the flower, and looking like a magnificent desert sunset. The painting is housed at the University of Arizona; Museum of art, where it is now dated to 1925-1928. Click here to see exactly how the painting is exhibited on the wall at the museum.
Wikipedia has an interesting webpage devoted to the Canna Lily flower, though they say it is not actually a lily.
For more quilt designs at this site with color combinations inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, have a look at:
ANTIQUE TILE BLOCK
FLOWERING NINE PATCH