Flowers also move me to paint. I go through cycles of painting florals and gardens, and several weeks ago when I was in total despair about the weather I went downstairs and painted a fantasy bouquet. I had no reference, these are not identifiable flowers; they are a hybrid I dreamed up to represent the many flowers I like.
|Feeling Flowers (2014 ) Margaret Ryall|
|Garden Patterns I (2010) Margaret Ryall|
|Garden patterns II (2010) Margaret Ryall|
Leyton Gallery of Fine Art
Red poppies are favourites because they are so brilliant and fragile. I am attracted to them in all their guises: in a garden, painted or as design motifs on household items.
I don't even mind a good fake poppy as an accent in decor.
Where did all this poppy design love come from?
Well, it started a long time ago with the first Marimekko's poppy design released in 1964! I was not very old when I first saw Finnish textile designer,Maija Isola iconic unikko design in a magazine in our local library. A love affair began.
In many ways 2014 is the year of the poppy because I just received two metres of Marimekko fabric from my daughter . Then my sister got in on the act and made me 12 dinner napkins from the fabric. A family affair for sure.