Souvenir Sketch

In Summer Days, Georgia O’Keeffe depicted some Southwestern flowers and a deer skull she had collected when she visited New Mexico. The large scale of the bones and flowers, and the way they seem to float in the sky give the painting a surreal, dream-like quality. This and other animal skulls that O’Keeffe found became powerful reminders of a landscape that inspired her.

A souvenir is an object that is kept as a memory of a person, place, or event. It could be something from nature, something you found, or something you bought in a store. Find and draw a special souvenir that you’ve collected and brought home from a favorite place.

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Summer Days, 1936. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 × 30 1/8 in. (91.8 × 76.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Calvin Klein 94.171. © The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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