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Hot off the “iPad” press…Artist at work

Self portrait in progress in Kristin's Studio
Self portrait in progress in Kristin’s Studio

Have just got home and Max Coleman has kindly forwarded this photo of me taken on his iPad this evening at Kristin Coburn’s studio.  Another self portrait almost completed.

Having recently been given an iPad for my birthday, Max was giving me a few tips on how to use.  Absolutely love my iPad!

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…

Upcoming exhibitions…you’re invited

Dear Friends and Friends of my work

Please disregard yesterday’s email regarding slides.   This was a test being done by my lovely website creator, Kathrin, as part of the development of my site so you may want to stay tuned on that.

Magnolia Time, oil on board, 9" x 5"

Magnolia Time, oil on board, 9" x 5"

While writing, I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on a couple of upcoming exhibitions I am involved in.  Today is the opening of the Mosman Art Society’s 9″x5″ Spring Exhibition and to mark the occasion I chose to paint one of my favourite trees, the magnolia.   “Magnolia Time” will be at the exhibition being held at the Julian Ashton Art School, Headland Park, Middle Head Road, Mosman from 3-25 September, 10 am – 5pm.  The opening is this evening from 5pm to 8pm and you are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

40x40 Exhibition Invitation

40x40 Exhibition Invitation

 

 

 

 

 

I am also participating in a group exhibition to be held at Artfocus Gallery and Studio, Powells Road, Brookvale the opening being Saturday 17 September, 6 pm – 8.30 pm.  The exhibition will run from 19-30 September.  The details are at left and again you are invited to come along and join in the celebration on the night.  We have over 16 artists participating and all have painted 4 paintings on a 40cm x 40cm canvas, so there should be lots of variety in the work.

 

 

 

 

 

Self Portrait:  When I was 7

Self Portrait: When I was 7

I am very excited about the 40×40 Exhibition as the four pieces I will be exhibiting are a new series based on the self portrait I recently completed, “Self Portrait:  When I was 7”.  To read more about this painting see the “Stories behind the painting“.  In the spirit of this painting, I have developed a theme based on this era including a tea party, merry go round, on the swing, and dress ups.  The series is titled “Memories, Magpies and Make Believe” and you will have to wait to see them at the exhibition as they are currently at the framers.   I haven’t had time to photograph them because of the fine detail and the time taken to paint this series however once they are hung I will photograph and add to my website in the figurative paintings.
 
So if you can make it along to these exhibitions, I would love to see you there.   Meanwhile, I hope all is well with you and now it’s time to go and do what I love most and that is paint!
 
Enjoy! 
Best wishes, Marion
 

Precision, spontaneity and dancing between…

Drawing and more drawing.   I started portrait classes in January and the learning curve has been steep.  Going back to the basics, the fundamentals and endeavouring to absorb the intricacies and intimacy of the human face and figure.  Anatomy.  I never studied it at high school and yet here I am learning it now and it is fascinating.  My teacher, Nafisa Naomi, is passionate and particular, which is precisely what I wanted.  And precision is definitely the word.  There are days when I get a likeness and others when they are just not quite there and it is my observation that is out.  I am finding it challenging and yet rewarding.  I now have a series of self portraits in charcoal, figuring atleast if I am drawing myself I am not offending anyone!  Oh the inner critic runs rife!

But I am missing my painting.  I have been missing the colour and the canvas.  So inspired by a recent visit to Nicholas Harding’s exhibition at the SH Ervine Gallery, I got out my palette knife and some beautiful colours and, with the joy of much greater freedom, did a couple of floral works (see my Floral Works Gallery).  I love the way the colour mixes undercover of the knife’s blade, and which seems more like a wand as you wave it across the canvas, never precisely sure how it will translate.  I love the way each swipe is uniquely recorded and never to be repeated, a spontaneous creation.

So I am dancing between.