“I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me…shapes and ideas so near to me…so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down…”
From the Georgia O’Keeffe profile page [which includes more quotes and some of her paintings.]
Joan Allen played O’Keeffe in a Lifetime drama, was also an executive producer and says she felt a kinship with the painter.
“She knew what she wanted to do: At 8 years old she was playing with her friend and asked her, ‘What are you going to do when you grow up?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Well, I’m gonna be a painter.'”
Allen added, “At 8 years old, I was, ‘I’m gonna be an actor.’ So I could see that we shared a kind of focus.” [thestarnews.info]
In his article “In Praise of Positive Obsessions”, psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD describes positive obsessions as “insistent, recurrent thoughts or sets of thoughts, pressurized in feel, that are extremely difficult to ignore, that compel one to act, and that connect to one’s goals and values as an active meaning-maker and authentic human being.”
He cites Van Gogh, Dostoevsky, and Georgia O’Keeffe as examples. “It is no accident or coincidence that effective artists harbor preoccupations that rise to the level of positive obsession.”
– From Inner Entrepreneur article: Creating a life of accomplishment.