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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

First entry in Portia Geach Portrait Prize…

Self Portrait: In the moment, Oil on board, 62cm x 51cm

Self Portrait: In the moment, Oil on board, 62cm x 51cm

Another milestone achieved, my first entry in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize. In 2012 I have been focussing on some of the major art prizes, entering first the Sulman Art Prize, more recently The 61st Blake Prize and now the 2012 Portia Geach Portrait Prize. 

 

“Self Portrait: In the moment” is capturing that moment when all the setting up has been done, problem-solving out of the way, paints are mixed and I am ready to get on with the bit that I love the most, putting paint brush to board and painting.  Will see how I go with my first entry…

“Some people come into our lives…and we are never, ever the same.”

Isabel Knight, Oil on board, 35cm x 30cm

Isabel Knight, Oil on board, 35cm x 30cm

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some   stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts.   And we are never, ever the same.”  Author unknown

At the age of 9, I was extremely fortunate to have two people enter my life who “I adopted” as my second parents, Isabel and Ernest Knight.  My father was teaching “Uncle Ern” to fly light aircrafts at the time and this was when we met up.  

A very special friendship developed from that time and has spanned a life time.  Growing up on their farm, spending weekends and holidays with them, I have wonderful memories of our times together.  And they have continued to be a loving and kind presence in my life all these years.

Now, about to celebrate her 90th birthday, it was with much joy that I was able to create this portrait of “Aunty Belle” as a gift and thank you for all her love and support over the years.  And, a wonderful comment from Uncle Ern, when they received the portrait was that “more than capturing a likeness, I had made the painting come to life”.

Happy 90th birthday, Aunty Belle and thank you for the footprints you have left on my heart.

Latest portrait 3: Inspired by Xenia Hausner’s work, “Steffi”…

Steffi, Acrylics on canvas, 61cm x 46cm

Steffi, Acrylics on canvas, 61cm x 46cm

Inspired by the work of Xenia Hausner, I have been playing with colours and loving this new way of working. 
 
 “Steffi” is painted in acrylics which I have found quite challenging being more familiar with oils, however it is certainly teaching me to work faster.   While I still love my oils and they are my first preference, in making the shift it has been great fun to play with colours in this medium given the flexibility created with the faster drying time.  
 
Was curious to be back on canvas again after painting on boards now for the last year or more.
 
Watch this space as I am keen to do more of this type of work and have another painting almost completed.  Love the colour and drama of it.
 
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Happy New Year!…”Celebration”

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

"Celebration", oil on board, 60cm x 90cm
“Celebration”, oil on board, 60cm x 90cm

Happy New Year and all the best for 2012!   May you enjoy a year of celebration and to start it off, I have chosen to share with you a very special painting which I have just completed titled “Celebration”.   (Well almost completed, I can see a couple of small adjustments I need to make.)

Over the last few months I have been working on what has turned out to be a major project being a portrait painting for my Mother for her 80th birthday on the 19th of January.  It began as a portrait of both her and my Dad celebrating her 79th birthday, however encouraged by my mentor, Nafisa, this was extended to include portraits of the family in the background.  My personal challenge of painting two portraits in one painting was extended to eight!  (I am the one on the right in the portrait of the four children).

While the painting has been challenging on a number of levels as an artist and as a daughter (with Dad’s health declining dramatically in the year), overall it has been an absolute joy to paint especially knowing the joy that it will bring to my mother.  Countless hours have gone into it’s creation from a full scale tonal drawing to begin with, before even beginning painting, to whole days of painting.   Dad’s shirt took a day in itself, mastering or endeavouring to get the sculpting, the tones and the check print.  It would have been a lot easier if it was a plain shirt, and as an artist it would have been easy to just paint it plain however Dad has always worn check shirts and this is one our family all knows. 

The gift to Mum feels more like a gift to me because somewhere in the process of its creation it has affirmed my love for portraiture, for painting from a space of joy and love and my desire to be able to paint portraits for others who will also treasure them. 

For me “Celebration” is not just about celebrating Mum’s 80th birthday, but about celebrating the union between Mum and Dad for the 59 or so years they have been together, through sickness and health (the way Mum’s hand is resting on Dad’s arm), it’s about celebrating family and life and recording it for all time.   Surrounded by roses from her garden and with Mum’s signature sponge cake in front of them (and which I recalled while painting that I had helped decorate), this painting captures so much of our family history. 

It has been a celebration for me to be able to create this painting for Mum and I am grateful for the teachers who have helped me to develop as an artist over the years, and particularly in these last two with Nafisa focussing on my portraiture skills.

If you look closely, behind Dad’s head in the painting is the corner of a small portrait with just the forehead showing of  our daughter, Nyomi.  I wanted to have atleast one of the grandchildren included in the painting to indicate the generations, even though it was suggested at one stage that perhaps I could leave that small painting out of the picture.  It wasn’t until much further along in the painting that I realised how important it was Nyomi was included because one day she will actually inherit this painting and it will be her’s to pass on in our family. 

Some years ago now before I had actually taken lessons in portraiture, I did a portrait of Nyomi holding a chook on my parent’s farm and in the background of this painting is just the arm of her grandfather, my Dad, wearing one of the cardigans he has always worn.  Again someone suggested I leave Dad’s arm out of the picture and yet I am so glad I didn’t because it has captured three generations in the painting…Nyomi, her grandfather at her side and myself by way of having painted it.  Part of the power and the significance of the painting would have been lost without Dad’s presence and likewise had Nyomi not been included in Mum’s painting.  The painting of Nyomi is in my portrait gallery and is called “Love”.  In fact, there is a lot of love in both these paintings.

So I hope you too can join in and enjoy “Celebration” and may 2012 be a year to celebrate your life, family, friendships, your passions and all that is important to you.

With best wishes for 2012,

Marion

 

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.

With humility…

I am currently working on a portrait (actually two) and decided to take one along to class for some guidance.  Portraiture is a new skill I am looking to develop.  I already know that I love to paint them, even if they are challenging or perhaps it’s because they are.  For me it is like being with that person and exciting to see them emerge from the canvas.   So far I have been largely self taught in this area and I’m pleased I am actually achieving a reasonable likeness, yet I know there is much I can learn.

So I took my current project along to class and I couldn’t help but find the experience humbling.  Pleasantly so.  With humility is the opportunity for real learning to occur and I sensed the wonder, the open curiousity and joy of being a child again and learning something new.  In being vulnerable, in saying “I don’t know, I’m not sure what to do here” and being open to guidance, to then be able to absorb on so many levels so many new insights.  Choice of brush, use of medium, the type of strokes, to loosen up and, in this specific instance, how to capture and portray the fluidity of hair.   (It helps to have a wise teacher though, who nurtures and encourages that childlike curiousity, particularly for an adult to drop into that state).

With the exhibition recently launched and lots of build up to the event, then all the hype with the opening and enthusiasm for my work, I could see how easy it would be to get caught up in that and forget my roots.  Forget the foundations and the fundamentals that there is always still plenty to learn.  The ego in its glory could easily have got in the way of real progress.  And curiously in my openness to learn and willingness to lay down my brushes and be guided by an experienced teacher, another joined with humility to also learn.

So with my new knowledge, no better way to learn was to put it into actual experience so both portraits are now being worked on.  Each with their own unique challenges.   My next development goal: to improve my blending of skin tones.  And with humility and love, I know that it will happen.