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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

 

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

 

Playing with pencils…Christmas pastime

 

Laura, pencil on paper
Laura, pencil on paper, 21 cm x 22 cm

While away visiting family at Mullumbimby for Christmas, I decided to leave my easel, paints and boards at home and instead just took my notebook and pencils with me. 

With the weather so unpredictable, I really enjoyed my Christmas pastime and took the opportunity to sharpen my drawing skills.  Working from photos, it was lovely to meditate on the process and watch grandmother and granddaughter emerge from the page.

 

 

Joan, pencil on paper

Joan, pencil on paper, 21 cm x 21 cm

 
 
 
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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

A happy New Year…

New Year’s day began with painting and has each beautiful day since.  What better start to the New Year!  I have already completed another triptych in my “trunks” series and am on to my next project. 

I have been enjoying the healing power of painting and my latest “trunks” captures this all for me.  I had begun this project just prior to going into hospital in December and had prepared the canvasses with impasto.  On my return post-op they sat and looked at me, ghost gums, until I began to feel my strength returning and until one day I just knew that I needed to begin their painting and that in the process it would help my recovery.  So although feeling somewhat fragile and tender, I stood before this triptych and began to wash in some colours and as the turpsy mix dribbled and seeped its way into and down the canvas trunks, I could feel the blood running back into my veins.  Beautiful burnt sienna, permanent crimson, french ultramarine blue all of these transforming the ghost gums in front of my eyes and at the same time working their healing powers on me.  Away for the Christmas period, it was not until 1 January I was able to return to my trunks and to working into the colours, deepening their strength and richness, again enhancing on previous trunks in the series.  Pure joy!

The other delight on January 3 was to deliver a “surprise” portrait gift to my friend/lecturer/coach, Donna.  We met for breakfast at the Pavilion, Balmoral Beach, with her son and in this exquisite surrounding, I presented her with her gift.  I had said that I wanted to do so “face to face” unbeknown to her so I could see her face (when she saw hers!).  After the initial shock, she was then overwhelmed and I was able to share with her the story of “Donna”.  To my surprise and delight, Donna modestly said “it was better than real life” which was encouraging for me as my new portrait teacher had said that this was the first “rule” for portraiture.  And her son has given his stamp of approval…”Mum it really does look like you”.