Find the different shapes in the painting. Look in the foreground, middle ground and background. Is there one shape in particular that stands out? What color is used to make this shape the focal point of the painting?
Line is an important element of My Shanty, Lake George. There are many different kinds of line: curving lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines and vertical lines. For example, the farm building is clearly defined by repeated horizontal lines. Can you find other examples of where O’Keeffe employed these different kinds of line?
O’Keeffe used dark colors in this landscape scene. In doing so, what mood do you think the artist intended to reveal? What is the mood of the dark blue-toned hills and sky?
The open doors to the farm building in My Shanty, Lake George make the viewer aware of the interior. Imagine you walked into the structure. What would you find inside? Use your imagination to write a short paragraph about what you would encounter.
My Shanty, Lake George depicts a farm building that served as O’Keeffe’s studio. What activities, events, and things do you normally see on farms? How is this painting different from a typical depiction of a farm? Find out about farming in your area. Are there farms? Why or why not?
Given the visual details that O’Keeffe includes or excludes, is the farm structure in My Shanty, Lake George new or old, functioning or not? How do you know?