I feel like I'm cruising right through my research lately. Here's what I found for Georgia this week:
In 1939, Georgia traveled by ocean liner to Hawaii to paint for a Dole Company campaign. She painted landscapes, plumeria, hibiscus, ginger, etc. I read somewhere last year that she actually didn’t give them a painting of a pineapple and ended up having to paint pineapples when she got home. 😬
In 1945 Georgia purchased the Abiquiu property from the Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She was still spending half her time in NM and half in NY. And she was still exhibiting every single year in NY, a new show with new work.
On July 10, 1946 Alfred was writing letters at Georgia’s desk when he suffered a massive stroke. He died on July 13. Georgia spent the next three years sorting through his estate, distributing his art collection to numerous public institutions. When all was done, she moved permanently to New Mexico, spending winter/spring in Abiquiu and summer/fall at Ghost Ranch.
After Alfred’s death, Geogia traveled even more. In 1951 she went to Mexico for six weeks with Spud Johnson, Elliott Porter, and Porter’s wife, Aline. While there, they met Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In 1959, she went via San Francisco and Honolulu to Southeast Asia, the Far East, India, the Middle East, and Italy. In 1960 she made a second trip to Asia.
In 1965 Georgia painted the largest piece of her career, Sky Above the Clouds IV. It took up the whole garage at Ghost Ranch. For three months, she painted on a ladder and crouched on the floor. She was 77 years old.
And here's what I made this week inspired by my research...