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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

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!

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


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!

Arte Umbria here we come!

Terrace at Arte Umbria

Terrace at Arte Umbria

How exciting!  Have just booked to attend a Master Portrait Class at Arte Umbria, Italy, in October this year.  
Along with my fellow artist friend, Rhonda White, we have a wonderful week to look forward to with our teacher, Andrew James, from the UK.  I first saw Andy painting on Rolf Harris’ “Star Portraits” and was moved to see the impact Andy’s painting had on the sitter.  I hope my portraits have that sort of impact.
If you want to see more about Arte Umbria click here!  It looks fabulous and you don’t have to be an artist to visit.  Already feel welcome.