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Alla Prima, Sailor Girl…

Alla Prima, Sailor Girl

Alla Prima, Sailor Girl

I recently completed this portrait in a 5 hour (less breaks) session working alla prima from a life model and was really happy with the outcome.  Had thought about putting a background to it later however in the end I decided to keep its original freshness and leave it as it is.  I have called her “Sailor Girl” after our model, Ilise, named her. The painting is painted on board, fijian cedar, which I love to work on.  I get them cut to size at Mister Plywood, and then prime them myself.   They come up with a beautiful finish.

What began as a portrait of two…

As a special gift for my Mum’s 80th birthday in January, I decided to do a portrait for her from a photo taken of her and Dad at Mum’s last birthday.   With elderly parents, and my father’s health declining, I really wanted to capture this moment for her in a very special painting. 

I have been working on the painting now for the last couple of months and what began as a portrait of two has been extended to a portrait of eight! In the background, set out on their sideboard, I have added other family portraits along with vases of Mum’s beautiful roses.  Initially I was challenged by the idea of painting two portraits in the one painting, however now the bar has been raised to a new level and I am so glad I took up the challenge.   I know that Mum will love this painting, that it will bring a lot of joy to her and it has already become a very special family treasure.    

And as my journey as an artist has found its way, I am just so happy that I have pursued developing my portraiture skills as it means so much to me to be able to create this painting for my Mum.

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