Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New work - Postcard series

In my Postcard Series I think I have found a format that will serve me well for many years. I like to have something to revert to when I am working on a larger series which I classify, rightly or wrongly as" more serious." I always grade what I create on a continuum that ranges from serious and worthy to fun and frivolous. At the back of my mind every time I create something , I question its worth in the larger scheme of art that is created around me. I often wonder if other artists see their work in this way. Perhaps it comes from my teaching background where everything is constantly assessed. I know that there are times this constant rating is affecting how I see myself as an artist.

These images will be part of my Reading a Garden series too. I'm attracted to the idea of sending postcards from places you visit as a way for loved ones to participate in the experience. What they receive is the result of several selection processes. The original place photographed was created through a series of decisions by one or possibly many people, the photographer who created the postcard selects views from many available, from these some are chosen for reproduction. The sender of the photograph selects from those available in one store or gift shop and further refines the visual information by adding comments. Each step along the way is a form of "reading" a place. I think the postcards fit in very well with the Reading a Garden theme.

In an early post I wrote about one of the magnolia trees found in Birr Castle Demense and I'm still thinking about it. The combination of realism and abstracted backgrounds is a challenge but I think I pulled it off.



9 comments:

self taught artist said...

how does questioning its worth affect what you do or dont do? do you think it can impede your 'freedom to create'?

love the new blog header picture!!!

Miki Willa said...

I love these postcards. To me, they are every bit as worthy as larger pieces, just less complex.

Margaret Ryall said...

Great question Paula. By worth I don't mean monetary value but rather does it contribute a worthwhile commentary of some aspect of our lives. I guess I see some art as purely decorative and therefore "less" worthy. Ironically I am very attracted to the decorative! It doesn't impede my freedom to create because I have decided that I create for two different audiences. Some people only expect art to be decorative.In my head I sort my art into two categories.

Kim Hambric said...

Does the art speak to you? Does it speak to the viewer? The connection between artist and viewer is the "worth" to me.

The most fantastic, expensive work of art in the world will connect with many, others may see it as merely decorative.

I really like the texture in these magnolia pieces.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I enjoy the intimacy of small works. These are inviting – like a garden.

Margaret Ryall said...

Kim,
You've brought me back to my senses by posing the question does the art speak to the viewer.

Miki Willa said...

I have noticed the paintings in the side bar and have really been enjoying them. I especially like the irises. They are my favorite flower.
That reminds me, my neighbors are in bloom and I need to get out and take some pictures.

Jo Reimer said...

You've definitely fit these postcards well into your larger garden series. I love the magnolias. Are these your own photos? They remind me of home in the southern part of the USA. And I love doing postcards, too.

Margaret Ryall said...

Thanks J0. The photographs I base the work on are all mine taken when I spent two weeks at Birr Castle Demense in Ireland. I love magnolias because they are not that suited to growing in Newfoundland.