Friday, May 28, 2010

The last piece

Tomorrow my exhibition opens at The Leyton Gallery. Everything is done and up on the gallery walls. I'm just waiting to dress up and appear. I always get last minute jitters. It's putting yourself out there that's the difficult thing. Your art is so much a part of who you are, you laying your soul bare that causes the stress . As my friend says "It is what it is".

This is the last piece I created in the series.

Sunset 10 x 24, mixed media on board

It 's different from the others. There's quite a bit of actual patterning in it and it is definitely decorative in nature rather than realistic. Perhaps it heralds a new style, interest, focus etc. Time will tell.

Just a little history to ground the work.... There's quite a history of plant collecting noticeable as you walk around Birr Castle Demesne. Many trees were collected from China. In the exhibition centre on the grounds you can see some of the correspondence that references this. It was quite prominent in its day, but this practice has waned over the years for many reasons.

Is this piece also the sunset for my Reading a Garden? Maybe, maybe not.


Jeanette said...

Good luck with the exhibition tomorrow Margaret. I shall try my best to drop in and see your beautiful work.

I think there is a lot of garden left in you yet. :)

Sherwood Harrington said...

Already there's a wonderful review in the online Telegram!

My favorite line: "Ryall's work is, simply, so elegant."

Congratulations, Margaret!

ArtPropelled said...

All the best for the opening, Margaret.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Best of luck at your opening! It will go by so fast...smiles, drinks, food and will be home again probably still smiling...wear comfortable shoes!

RHCarpenter said...

This is a beautiful piece. Good luck on the show!

Margaret Ryall said...

Thanks all for your comments. I am really looking forward to the show now. It seems like that is the right way to feel. Sherwood, I'm amazed with you. How did you find the review in the Telegram. Certainly the reviewer was very complimentary and it made me feel good.

-Don said...

Have a lot of fun at the show today, Margaret. I'm really excited for you. I want to thank Sherwood for sharing the review with us. It was wonderfully written and I can almost picture the works. Someday I hope to picture them in person.

As for Sunset, it is a beautiful piece. It's interesting that through your words it could either be a sunrise or a sunset - that's cool. And, I await your choice with much anticipation.


Gina Cuff said...

All the best to you, Margaret! :)

Diane Collier said...

wow, this does look exciting! I'm not in St. John's this weekend but will surely drop by. Enjoy today.

Shayla said...

I LOVE it and had an immediate connection to this piece.

Best of success with the opening.

beauty comma said...

oh, that was yesterday! hope it went well (i'm sure it did)! now you can finally breathe freely - congratulations and a very happy weekend to you!