Category Archives: Artist Diary

Cherry Hood Workshop…May 2013

Have just signed up for Archibald prize-winning artist, Cherry Hood’s workshop in Towrang May this year.  After so many “portraits of Venice” painted recently for two upcoming exhibitions, I am looking forward to some “portraits of people”!

Artist, Cherry Hood, and her studio in Towrang.

Artist, Cherry Hood, and her studio in Towrang.

Vignettes of Venice…upcoming exhibitions

Vignettes of Venice: Blue Poles, 30cm x 21 cm, oil on board, by Marion Langford

Postcards from Venice: Blue Poles, 30cm x 21 cm, oil on board, by Marion Langford

Based on my trip to Italy last year, I am currently busy painting for a couple of exhibitions and this is just one of my “Postcards from Venice – Blue Poles”.  My favourite city, I loved visiting there and am really enjoying reliving my trip in capturing these sketches.  While I have a couple of large works on the go, this is one of the small oil sketches (around 30cm x 20 cm). 

Details of the exhibitions will be out shortly so stay tuned.  Ciao for now!

Happy New Year…

Edith and Christian, charcoal and wash on paper

Edith and Christian, charcoal and wash on paper, by Marion Langford

Happy New Year!  I am looking forward to another year of creativity in 2013 and have a number of projects in mind.

In closing 2012, with our daughter currently on exchange to France, we wanted to thank her “French parents” for their wonderful hospitality and for welcoming her into their family.  Nyomi asked if I would do a portrait of Edith and Christian for Christmas as a special gift and I was very happy to be able to create this drawing for them.  

Thank you Edith and Christian for being such lovely parents to our daughter and we look forward to your visiting us in Australia in the future.

So what does a portrait artist give for Christmas?…

Well you will have to wait and see! 

Although it has been a while since my previous artist diary note, I have been busy working on a couple of portraits for Christmas gifts and will upload these in the New Year once they have been given.  Always a delight to see the response or in once case, as it is remote, to hear about it.  

Have a happy Christmas and images to follow in the New Year! 

Best wishes, Marion

 

Northern-Expressions exhibition…Lane Cove Gallery this week

This week I am participating in the Northern-Expressions exhibition at Lane Cove Gallery, 164 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.   So if you get a chance, please come along.  The details are below.

Look forward to seeing you there!  Marion

Northern Expressions exhibition at Lane Cove Gallery Gallery

Northern Expressions exhibition at Lane Cove Gallery Gallery

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invite to Northern Expressions exhibition at Lane Cove Gallery

Invite to Northern Expressions exhibition at Lane Cove Gallery

 

Royal Art Society – from the drawing board…

Untitled, charcoal on paper, by Marion Langford
Untitled, charcoal on paper, by Marion Langford

Joined Ann Cape’s life drawing class at the Royal Art Society Art School,  at North Sydney this week and thoroughly enjoyed the class.  Also went along on Saturday, Joe Bezzina was teaching, and had lots of fun playing with charcoal and sketching. 

This sketch is from my drawing board on the weekend.

To see some of my other drawings, click on this link.

Grazie…Andy James and Arte Umbria

MasterClass in Portraits certificate photo with Andy James

MasterClass in Portraits certificate photo with Andrew James

 

Having recently returned from Umbria, a big thanks to Andrew James, our MasterClass Portrait teacher.  I had travelled to Italy specifically to attend Andy’s course and wasn’t disappointed. 

Thanks Andy for your generous spirit in teaching, sharing your expertise, for your constructive guidance and for your inspiration.  I am really looking forward to putting all that I learnt into practise!

For those who haven’t seen Andy’s work, follow this link.

 

View of nearby Montegabbione from villa

View of nearby Montegabbione from villa

Thanks also to Sara and David Moody, our hosts at Arte Umbria, for making us feel so welcome.  The villa is great, the scenery stunning, the meals are amazing and all in all a great holiday combined with an excellent week of painting and drawing with Andy.

 If you really want to treat yourself… find out more about Arte Umbria and the courses they run, by following this link.

Grazie… Andy, Sara and David!

Ciao for now…

Youth, pastels on coloured paper, 37cm x 55cm

Youth, pastels on coloured paper, 37cm x 55cm

With just a few days before I fly off on my long awaited trip to Umbria, I thought I would upload this recent portrait completed of one of my daughter’s friends. 

Titled “Youth”, I really enjoyed playing with pastels on coloured paper and the ability to pick them up whenever you have a moment and do a little more work.  While I love my oil painting, it does take a little more time in preparation and clean up.

And now it is countdown to my week long master Portrait Class with Andrew James in Umbria.  Didn’t get selected for the Portia Geach, however the main thing is I have made my first entry and can go on from there.  Will look forward to seeing the exhibition on my return.

To see some of my other drawings, click here.

Ciao for now…

Hot off the “iPad” press…Artist at work

Self portrait in progress in Kristin's Studio
Self portrait in progress in Kristin’s Studio

Have just got home and Max Coleman has kindly forwarded this photo of me taken on his iPad this evening at Kristin Coburn’s studio.  Another self portrait almost completed.

Having recently been given an iPad for my birthday, Max was giving me a few tips on how to use.  Absolutely love my iPad!