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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
 
 
 
 
 
 

“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