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“For the love of Italy” Exhibition…now open!

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

Just a short note to let you know that my current exhibition “For the love of Italy”, with fellow artist Masako Gordon, is now open at Yuga Café & Gallery, 172 St Johns Road, Glebe.  The exhibition runs from 25 April to 18 May, 2013.

I do hope you can come along and visit.  The full details are as follows.  Opening night drinks are this Wednesday, from 6pm – 8pm and would really love to see you there.

"For the love of Italy" Exhibition, Yuga Cafe & Gallery, 172 St Johns Road, Glebe, 25 April - 1 May 2013

For the love of Italy Exhibition, invite details

Please feel free to pass this invitation on and bring your friends.

Yuga Café & Gallery are also holding a special Italian dinner on Friday, 17 May from 6.30 pm.  For full details please contact Setsuko at Yuga Café & Gallery on 9692 8604, or let me know and I can forward a menu to you.  It should be a great night and again would love to have you along.

Also you can now easily follow my artwork on Facebook by clicking on the link below!  Hope you “Like”!

Best wishes and ciao for now,

Marion

 

 

First solo exhibition…you’re invited!

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

La Serenissima, solo exhibition by Marion Langford at Mamma Mia India, North Bondi

La Serenissima, solo exhibition by Marion Langford at Mamma Mia India, North Bondi

I am delighted to invite you to my first solo exhibition!

Based on my trip to Italy late last year, this exhibition has been inspired by the beauty of Venice.  “La Serenissima” is a series of original oil paintings of Venezia and is the first exhibition to be held at recently opened café/wine bar/emporium at 38 Wairoa Avenue, North Bondi, “Mamma Mia India”.

“Mamma Mia India” is the creation of a dear friend of mine, Judith Maher, and is a 15 year dream of Judith’s which has finally come to fruition.  Judith’s love for Italy and India are brought together in this beautiful space and I am very excited to hold my first solo there.  A first for both of us!

Your invite and exhibition details are as follows…

 

 

La Serenissima invite and exhibition details

La Serenissima invite and exhibition details

The opening Reception and drinks is on Thursday, 11 April from 6pm – 8pm and the exhibition will run from 9-21 April.  If you can make it along at any time, would be great to see you there!  Say “Hi” to Judith as well!

And just to let you know I have been a busy artist.  I have a second exhibition starting just after this one with fellow artist, Masako Gordon, who I travelled with in Italy. This will include new works of Italy and will be held at Yuga Cafe and Gallery in Glebe. Will send those details shortly…

Ciao for now and hope to see you at La Serenissima…

Best wishes, Marion

Season’s greetings and best wishes for 2013…

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

With Christmas just a few weeks away, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you well over the Christmas period and all the very best for 2013.

"Self Portrait:  In the moment" entry in 2012 Portia Geach Portrait Prize

“Self Portrait: In the moment” entry in 2012 Portia Geach Portrait Prize

2012 has been a year of “showing up” for me as an artist.  My goal this year was to enter some of the major art exhibitions for the first time and I am pleased to say that I entered four of these including The Sulman Art Prize, The Blake Art Prize, the Mortimore Art Prize and the Portia Geach Portrait Prize.  While my various paintings were unselected, it was an important milestone to at least enter.  As a number of my art mentors pointed out, there comes a time when you do have to “show up” and then just keep “showing up”.

 

 

 

"Local Hero", 2012 Warringah Art Exhibition

“Local Hero”, 2012 Warringah Art Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a local community level, my painting of Bob Blockley, titled “Local Hero” was selected for hanging in this year’s Warringah Art Show. 

Bob is 85 and a resident of our street.  I was keen to paint this dear old soul who for many years has been delivering our Manly Daily newspaper.  Up with the birds (hence the rooster) but in his case quietly going about his deliveries, Bob would pop our paper in our letterbox before heading down to St John The Baptist’s primary school to open it up.  These are just a couple of the roles he has played in our local community so I was delighted to see his painting hung in the exhibition.

"Youth" pastels on coloured paper

“Youth” pastels on coloured paper

 

 

 

This final image is a pastel portrait I did of one of my daughter’s school friends.  Working from an image my daughter had taken while on a school excursion, I loved the way the sunlight was hitting that mass of curly hair so this was just a bit of fun to do.  

As you can see, I really enjoy the portraiture and am continuing to pursue this area.  I had a wonderful trip to Umbria, Italy in October to spend a week at a Master Portrait Class by Andrew James and along with fellow artist friend, Masako Gordon, am hoping to have an exhibition in May next year of works based on our trip.  Stay tuned! 

Since returning to Sydney I have been thoroughly enjoying Life Drawing Classes with Ann Cape at the Royal Art Society and am also looking to undertake the RAS Diploma over the next couple of years.  Always plenty to learn and develop as an artist, and I look forward to keeping you up to date on my progress.  My work is taking a more experimental and expressive path at this stage, which is exciting so again keep in contact.

You know where I am if you are interested in a portrait, whether a drawing or painting, of you or a loved one and they really do make very special gifts.  I am also keen to do children’s portraits so again, if you are interested, please let me know.

Until my next newsletter, I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and good health and much happiness for the New Year.  May 2013 be a special year for you.

Best wishes, Marion

 

Happy New Year!…”Celebration”

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

"Celebration", oil on board, 60cm x 90cm
“Celebration”, oil on board, 60cm x 90cm

Happy New Year and all the best for 2012!   May you enjoy a year of celebration and to start it off, I have chosen to share with you a very special painting which I have just completed titled “Celebration”.   (Well almost completed, I can see a couple of small adjustments I need to make.)

Over the last few months I have been working on what has turned out to be a major project being a portrait painting for my Mother for her 80th birthday on the 19th of January.  It began as a portrait of both her and my Dad celebrating her 79th birthday, however encouraged by my mentor, Nafisa, this was extended to include portraits of the family in the background.  My personal challenge of painting two portraits in one painting was extended to eight!  (I am the one on the right in the portrait of the four children).

While the painting has been challenging on a number of levels as an artist and as a daughter (with Dad’s health declining dramatically in the year), overall it has been an absolute joy to paint especially knowing the joy that it will bring to my mother.  Countless hours have gone into it’s creation from a full scale tonal drawing to begin with, before even beginning painting, to whole days of painting.   Dad’s shirt took a day in itself, mastering or endeavouring to get the sculpting, the tones and the check print.  It would have been a lot easier if it was a plain shirt, and as an artist it would have been easy to just paint it plain however Dad has always worn check shirts and this is one our family all knows. 

The gift to Mum feels more like a gift to me because somewhere in the process of its creation it has affirmed my love for portraiture, for painting from a space of joy and love and my desire to be able to paint portraits for others who will also treasure them. 

For me “Celebration” is not just about celebrating Mum’s 80th birthday, but about celebrating the union between Mum and Dad for the 59 or so years they have been together, through sickness and health (the way Mum’s hand is resting on Dad’s arm), it’s about celebrating family and life and recording it for all time.   Surrounded by roses from her garden and with Mum’s signature sponge cake in front of them (and which I recalled while painting that I had helped decorate), this painting captures so much of our family history. 

It has been a celebration for me to be able to create this painting for Mum and I am grateful for the teachers who have helped me to develop as an artist over the years, and particularly in these last two with Nafisa focussing on my portraiture skills.

If you look closely, behind Dad’s head in the painting is the corner of a small portrait with just the forehead showing of  our daughter, Nyomi.  I wanted to have atleast one of the grandchildren included in the painting to indicate the generations, even though it was suggested at one stage that perhaps I could leave that small painting out of the picture.  It wasn’t until much further along in the painting that I realised how important it was Nyomi was included because one day she will actually inherit this painting and it will be her’s to pass on in our family. 

Some years ago now before I had actually taken lessons in portraiture, I did a portrait of Nyomi holding a chook on my parent’s farm and in the background of this painting is just the arm of her grandfather, my Dad, wearing one of the cardigans he has always worn.  Again someone suggested I leave Dad’s arm out of the picture and yet I am so glad I didn’t because it has captured three generations in the painting…Nyomi, her grandfather at her side and myself by way of having painted it.  Part of the power and the significance of the painting would have been lost without Dad’s presence and likewise had Nyomi not been included in Mum’s painting.  The painting of Nyomi is in my portrait gallery and is called “Love”.  In fact, there is a lot of love in both these paintings.

So I hope you too can join in and enjoy “Celebration” and may 2012 be a year to celebrate your life, family, friendships, your passions and all that is important to you.

With best wishes for 2012,

Marion

 

Memories, Magpies and Make Believe…

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

We have just returned from a holiday touring the south coast of New South Wales and into Victoria along the Great Ocean Road.  For those of you who were unable to make it along to the 40×40 Exhibition at Artfocus Gallery, I thought I would send you a quick note with this photo of me taken at the gallery with my latest works. 

For followers of my work be ready for a surprise!  This latest series is in marked contrast to my previous works and yet brings together my landscape skills along with my figurative and portraiture skills I have been developing over the past 18 months or so.  They were a lot of fun to paint!

"Memories, Magpies and Make Believe" series at Artfocus Gallery

"Memories, Magpies and Make Believe" series at Artfocus Gallery

In this  series titled “Memories, Magpies and Make Believe”,  I have endeavoured to capture some of the joys of childhood.  While based on my own experiences (some real and some make believe!), I have tried to portray some universal themes of childhood.  From “The Tea Party”, to “On the Swing”, “The Carousel” and “Dress Ups” all painted in a vintage style.  To see these paintings in closer detail and there is a lot of detail to them, follow this link to my Figurative paintings.
 
The exhibition was a great success with over 300 visitors on the night and it is now going to travel to the Glen Street Theatre at Belrose.
 
Upcoming Exhibition:
If you are in Sydney and get a chance, I am also participating in a fundraising exhibition for research into Motor Neuron Disease which opens this Monday, 10 October at the Arthouse Hotel, 275 Pitt Street from 6.30 pm to 10 pm and will be on display until 11 November.   Fellow artists Chris Farkas and Jennifer Mattiussi have organised this exhibition in memory of their sister, Sue, who they lost to MND and so they have invited a large number of well known and emerging artists to lend their support and participate in “My Nearest and Dearest” Art Exhibition. 
 
And having returned from our break, it is time to gesso the boards and prepare for more paintings.  I am looking forward to continuing to develop my portrait skills with Nafisa and I have also lined up this month to attend a weekend workshop with another accomplished portrait artist, Evert Ploeg.
 
Until my next newsletter, I hope you enjoy “Memories, Magpies and Make Believe”.
 
Best wishes, Marion
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming exhibitions…you’re invited

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

Please disregard yesterday’s email regarding slides.   This was a test being done by my lovely website creator, Kathrin, as part of the development of my site so you may want to stay tuned on that.

Magnolia Time, oil on board, 9" x 5"

Magnolia Time, oil on board, 9" x 5"

While writing, I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on a couple of upcoming exhibitions I am involved in.  Today is the opening of the Mosman Art Society’s 9″x5″ Spring Exhibition and to mark the occasion I chose to paint one of my favourite trees, the magnolia.   “Magnolia Time” will be at the exhibition being held at the Julian Ashton Art School, Headland Park, Middle Head Road, Mosman from 3-25 September, 10 am – 5pm.  The opening is this evening from 5pm to 8pm and you are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

40x40 Exhibition Invitation

40x40 Exhibition Invitation

 

 

 

 

 

I am also participating in a group exhibition to be held at Artfocus Gallery and Studio, Powells Road, Brookvale the opening being Saturday 17 September, 6 pm – 8.30 pm.  The exhibition will run from 19-30 September.  The details are at left and again you are invited to come along and join in the celebration on the night.  We have over 16 artists participating and all have painted 4 paintings on a 40cm x 40cm canvas, so there should be lots of variety in the work.

 

 

 

 

 

Self Portrait:  When I was 7

Self Portrait: When I was 7

I am very excited about the 40×40 Exhibition as the four pieces I will be exhibiting are a new series based on the self portrait I recently completed, “Self Portrait:  When I was 7”.  To read more about this painting see the “Stories behind the painting“.  In the spirit of this painting, I have developed a theme based on this era including a tea party, merry go round, on the swing, and dress ups.  The series is titled “Memories, Magpies and Make Believe” and you will have to wait to see them at the exhibition as they are currently at the framers.   I haven’t had time to photograph them because of the fine detail and the time taken to paint this series however once they are hung I will photograph and add to my website in the figurative paintings.
 
So if you can make it along to these exhibitions, I would love to see you there.   Meanwhile, I hope all is well with you and now it’s time to go and do what I love most and that is paint!
 
Enjoy! 
Best wishes, Marion
 

A year in review…and a Christmas special!

Dear Friends and Friends of my work,

It has been just on a year now since the launch of my website and a wonderful year it has been for my journey as an artist.  From focussing mainly on landscape painting, this year I have taken a detour into new territory to develop my skills and have entered the challenging terrain of portraiture and the human form.  It’s been both exciting and humbling however I am fortunate to have been receiving invaluable guidance from my teacher, Nafisa Naomi.   (Nafisa won the Packers Prize at this year’s Archibald Exhibition). 

Throughout the year I have continued to exhibit at various art shows however my focus has been on development.   So I thought in this newsletter I would give you a glimpse of some of the work I have done throughout the year.  I hope you enjoy this selection of pieces. 

 

“Emerging” was my first finished pastel portrait and was selected to be hung in the 2010 Warringah Art Show.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to portraits, I have also had a play with painting abstracts and “Poppies” is my second in this field.

  

 

 

Despite these detours though, I still love the land so recently reconnected with landscape painting attending Warwick Fuller’s Plein Air painting weekend near Little Hartley on 23-24 October.  This is one of the paintings from that weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the year I joined the Mosman Art Society and recently participated in their 9″x5″ Exhibition, which was a bit of fun especially painting on that small scale.  Both these paintings sold as part of that exhibition.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more of my work throughout the year, have a browse of my website at www.marionjoylangford.com.au

With the lead up to Christmas you might like to splurge on a painting either for yourself or as a special gift and in the spirit of Christmas I am reducing my prices by 25%.  Visit my website and if you are interested in any pieces, either call me on 040 999 3090 or email me at marion@marionjoylangford.com.au.  Some items are not for sale, however if you are interested then just let me know. 

Once again, thank you for your support.  I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!

Best wishes, Marion

“Affinity” Exhibition launched…

Dear friends and friends of my work

A very special thank you to all those who were able to make it along on Saturday evening for the official opening of our “Affinity” Exhibition.  Thanks also for the many well wishes sent through to me on the day.

The evening was a resounding success with over 300 guests attending on a superb Sydney evening.  Visitors came from as far away as Brisbane and Canberra, and for Sydney, even crossing two bridges to be there to support and witness a milestone evening for all 5 artists involved.

This was the first time each artist, including myself, had been able to showcase a significant body of work so a major event for us all.  It was also wonderful that our first major exhibition was being held at Artfocus Gallery, having all met through painting or being associated with the gallery and studio.  My special thanks to Lyn Hammond and Anne Bourne (owners of the gallery) and the team including Carly and Rick at AFG, for their wonderful support and encouragement.  I could think of no other place I would rather launch.  Unlike most gallery owners, Lyn and Anne are both professional artists as well and know intimately what it means to an artist to put themselves out there, and what it involves to create a body of work for such an exhibition. 

All artists sold works on the night and I was absolutely delighted to discover a colleague of mine had purchased a number of my pieces.  It is such a heartwarming experience to connect with another through your art.  For me personally, where it is possible, to know and meet who is buying my work means a lot to me.   Pictured with me in front of his new triptych is Ian Wamijo, my lovely new collector.  I am not sure who is happier, and maybe that is it, the feeling is mutual and that is the very special connection.  I hope always to feel this way when one of my paintings goes to another, and that they should feel similarly about my work.  I am delighted to have a couple of other collectors interested in the series of “Trunks” so commissions have been mentioned.  “Morning in the Saddle” is being considered for a corporate reception area so that is very exciting.  (See Landscapes – Traditional).

All in all, it was a great night and one that I will remember for many years to come.  However the day itself was not without some qualms and if you would like to read about that, please visit my website and “Artist Diary” for an insight into this artist and her journey with the lead up.

The exhibition runs until Thursday, 26 November, so if you do get a chance to pop into the Gallery and have a look, then call in and see Lyn and Anne.  Artfocus Gallery and Studio is at 1 Powells Road, Brookvale and opening hours are Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm and Sat 10am – 2 pm.

It is very exciting to be “officially” launched and stay tuned for the next update!  Also, feel free to visit my artist diary from time to time to check out what projects are underway and my journey with them.

Again, many thanks for your support.

Best wishes, Marion

Website launch and upcoming exhibition…

Volume 1, October 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work

I am excited to launch my new artist website and have taken the liberty of including you in this initial mailing.  This is an important step in taking my career as a professional artist to that next level.  I appreciate each of you being witnesses to this and thank you for your support.  To explore my website visit www.marionjoylangford.com.au and to receive future newsletters, please subscribe.

Upcoming exhibition – You’re invited!

I am also excited to invite you to my upcoming exhibition “Affinity”.  In conjunction with 4 wonderful women and talented artist friends, we are launching our work at a combined exhibition at ArtFocus Gallery, Brookvale opening on Saturday, 14th November. 

 You are officially invited and feel free to bring a friend or forward this to others who may be interested.  (For catering purposes only, please RSVP to me by 11th November).

 

 The official opening will be Saturday, 14th November at 6.00 pm and the exhibition will then run until Thursday, 26 November.  ArtFocus Gallery is located  at 1 Powells Road, Brookvale, and opening hours are 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

A special thanks to Lyn Hammond and Anne Bourne, artists and owners of ArtFocus Gallery and Studio, who once again display the reason they were winners in their category at the Local Business Awards and finalists at State level, as they give their support to 5 emerging women artists on this evening.  It is particularly special to those of us in the “Affinity” exhibition as we have all met and established our friendship through painting at Lyn and Anne’s studio.  Again, thanks to Lyn and Anne, who have become wonderful friends and mentors to me.

Kanimbla Valley Workshop

On the professional development front, I have just spent three days painting ‘plein air’ in the Kanimbla Valley, at a workshop run by an amazing Australian landscape artist, Warwick Fuller.  Warwick only runs one workshop a year so I felt quite privileged to be part of the small group that had congregated at Warrigal Homestead.

 

Kanimbla Valley is just south of Little Hartley and ‘over the hill’ from Mount Victoria and the Blue Mountains.  I am beginning to think that there may be more than one reason why the Blue Mountains have gained the name they have and it may have something to do with the colour you go if you stand there long enough looking at them.  Standing on top of a hill looking back at the Blue Mountains with the wind whipping around me and blowing through me, despite all the layers, and with intermittent light rain, my hands were beginning to turn blue!  Very chilly.  One thing to paint in a studio however it is another to paint ‘plein air’, especially if it is ‘blue’!

The sun did manage to come out fleetingly though over the weekend and, with some guidance from Warwick, I did manage to capture the sunlight in this picture.

Website

 I would like to say a special thanks to Kathrin Longhurst who has patiently, persistently and promptly worked with me in designing and developing this beautiful website.  While I was away in the Kanimbla Valley, it was exciting to know that Kathrin was busy putting the beginnings of the site together and, within a short space of time, has brought it to this culmination.  Kathrin is also an accomplished artist and with her greater understanding of the needs of artists, along with a commitment to assist others as they launch their work, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her.  Thank you, Kathrin.

So that’s my news for now.  Thank you for being part of my website launch.  I look forward to any feedback and I hope to see you at the opening of our exhibition on Saturday, 14th of November. 

Enjoy!

Marion