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New Year…new look!

A new look to my website for the New Year and to reflect what is clearly now my focus on portraiture and figurative artworks.  Already the ideas are flowing and projects are underway.  Very exciting! 

A big thanks to my wonderful web designer, Kathrin Longhurst, for working her magic.   Having received my request for a new look, Kathrin was quickly on the job, applying her knowledge of web design along with her artistic background and, with a few of my images, transformed what previously looked more like the realm of a landscape artist into that of a portraitist. 

Thanks Kathrin!  Great support and great response time. 

If you’re looking for a web-designer, then see more of Kathrin’s creations at this link .

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

Backing yourself…

Yesterday I attended a lunch where I am involved in career transition coaching, and I was captured by the words of a graduate of the program when she said…”even if your confidence is a little knocked, you have to back yourself”.  This woman had been retrenched on three separate occasions (such is the changing nature of our employment market) however she was back out working again and she had returned to share her story.   As often is the case, the stories of participants who have re-entered the workforce are inspiring not only for new participants going through career transition, but also for their consultants. 

Her words lingered with me today and, as I reflected on these last few months as I have stepped further out into the world of art and as an artist, I realised the truth of her words.  You do have to back yourself.  Investing time, money and effort in creating this beautiful website, joining with fellow emerging artists to launch our first major show, was all about “backing myself”.  And since then, the universe has responded accordingly.

I am reminded of the quote by W. H. Murray from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951):

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.  I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

Just as Murray predicted, I realise today that since “backing myself” a whole series of connections, events and meetings have occurred that would not have happened otherwise.  I also realise how interconnected our lives are and how for real progress to occur, it cannot be done alone. 

Curiously, about 5 years ago now in response to an inner urge, I painted Goethe’s couplet in large print on my bedroom wall so I wake to this inspiration each morning.  And that woman was absolutely right, “even if your confidence is a little knocked, you do have to back yourself”.

“Affinity” Exhibition launched…

Dear friends and friends of my work

A very special thank you to all those who were able to make it along on Saturday evening for the official opening of our “Affinity” Exhibition.  Thanks also for the many well wishes sent through to me on the day.

The evening was a resounding success with over 300 guests attending on a superb Sydney evening.  Visitors came from as far away as Brisbane and Canberra, and for Sydney, even crossing two bridges to be there to support and witness a milestone evening for all 5 artists involved.

This was the first time each artist, including myself, had been able to showcase a significant body of work so a major event for us all.  It was also wonderful that our first major exhibition was being held at Artfocus Gallery, having all met through painting or being associated with the gallery and studio.  My special thanks to Lyn Hammond and Anne Bourne (owners of the gallery) and the team including Carly and Rick at AFG, for their wonderful support and encouragement.  I could think of no other place I would rather launch.  Unlike most gallery owners, Lyn and Anne are both professional artists as well and know intimately what it means to an artist to put themselves out there, and what it involves to create a body of work for such an exhibition. 

All artists sold works on the night and I was absolutely delighted to discover a colleague of mine had purchased a number of my pieces.  It is such a heartwarming experience to connect with another through your art.  For me personally, where it is possible, to know and meet who is buying my work means a lot to me.   Pictured with me in front of his new triptych is Ian Wamijo, my lovely new collector.  I am not sure who is happier, and maybe that is it, the feeling is mutual and that is the very special connection.  I hope always to feel this way when one of my paintings goes to another, and that they should feel similarly about my work.  I am delighted to have a couple of other collectors interested in the series of “Trunks” so commissions have been mentioned.  “Morning in the Saddle” is being considered for a corporate reception area so that is very exciting.  (See Landscapes – Traditional).

All in all, it was a great night and one that I will remember for many years to come.  However the day itself was not without some qualms and if you would like to read about that, please visit my website and “Artist Diary” for an insight into this artist and her journey with the lead up.

The exhibition runs until Thursday, 26 November, so if you do get a chance to pop into the Gallery and have a look, then call in and see Lyn and Anne.  Artfocus Gallery and Studio is at 1 Powells Road, Brookvale and opening hours are Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm and Sat 10am – 2 pm.

It is very exciting to be “officially” launched and stay tuned for the next update!  Also, feel free to visit my artist diary from time to time to check out what projects are underway and my journey with them.

Again, many thanks for your support.

Best wishes, Marion

Coincidences…and when to stop!

Although busy with the lead up to our exhibition, I am delighted to have completed a project I have been working on for some time now.  There is a real sense of satisfaction, having lived with this portrait for what seems like months now (although if I was to check my records I don’t think it has been), however the idea to paint this particular painting has certainly been with me for about nine months.  Now that the idea has been birthed,  I am delighted it has coincidentally been finished in time for my dear friends birthday. 

While I believe coincidences happen, what I don’t believe is that they are coincidences (if you can understand that).  I had not intentionally set out to paint this painting for a certain finishing date as I had contemplated starting it on a number of occasions.  It was not until I began painting and now that it has been finished, albeit with some big gaps in the middle of it, that it has actually coincided with my friends forthcoming birthday.  If anything I had thought of it as a Christmas gift, as it was taken at Christmas a year ago.  My friend is currently working in Kuwait so what better way for her gift to arrive but via a treasure hunt in my website!  (Happy birthday Roseanne!)

And on the learning side, Warwick Fuller’s key fundamental questions from my recent workshop with him, kept coming to me especially in the final stages of doing this portrait (I had begun the painting before the workshop).  The three things he instilled in asking when painting are 1: What colour is it? (colour) 2: What tone is it? (tone) and 3: Where do I put it on the painting? (drawing). 

When I stepped back from this painting for some final analysis, I could see a couple of places where the tone wasn’t quite right and my challenge then was to make the adjustment without completely altering all the relationships that went with it.   Also I was now not working “wet in wet”, so blending was trickier.  And then it gets to a point where you just have to stop.  Knowing when to stop is another challenge for an artist.  So I will stop here!

Universal themes and communion…

It has been two weeks since my website launch and I have been heartened by the wonderful feedback I have received from those who have visited my site.  I appreciate the kind words and thoughts of those who have taken the time to share them with me.  

I was particularly touched by a woman who had read one of my “stories behind the paintings” and who had been moved to write to me and share a similar experience she had had to the one that I had experienced relating to “Orphan Rock”.  While hers wasn’t about a painting experience, what it showed me is when something is shared of a deep experience and when our vulnerability is opened, that universal themes are touched on and others find the courage to share their touching stories.  I see this as the real union in communion and the essence of communicating.  I am most grateful to the woman for the sharing of her story and do feel richer for the sharing.

Only one week until our exhibition and I have been busy with last minute preparations.  All very exciting.   This time remembering to photograph my work, as I realise now that over the past I have let pieces go without photographing them.  I like to be able to keep a record of my work and see how it has developed over time, including the subject matter, my style, the colours and what I have been drawn to. 

And, much to my joy, I have also been painting.

Getting the balance

With the lead up to launching my website and our fast approaching exhibition, I have been caught up in the ‘business’ of art.  It has been exciting and rewarding in a number of ways, however I am yearning to get back to my paints, to my oils. 

Today I have been putting the final varnishing touch on a number of paintings for the exhibition and that is always exciting as it seems to bring out the richness of the oil colours.  I have also  recently started a watercolour class, so there have actually been brushstrokes but just not in my true love, and that is in oils.  I find that when I paint with them it balances me and it is just something I need to do.  An addiction?  An obsession?  Something I love.  And while I can still function, now that I have unearthed this window to my soul, for my soul, I feel on edge and out of balance without this outlet. 

For me, there is something about the vibrance of oil colours, the directness of painting and the space that I get into when I am painting, that I love.  And again I return to Thomas Merton’s saying …”Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Website launch and upcoming exhibition…

Volume 1, October 2009

Dear friends and friends of my work

I am excited to launch my new artist website and have taken the liberty of including you in this initial mailing.  This is an important step in taking my career as a professional artist to that next level.  I appreciate each of you being witnesses to this and thank you for your support.  To explore my website visit www.marionjoylangford.com.au and to receive future newsletters, please subscribe.

Upcoming exhibition – You’re invited!

I am also excited to invite you to my upcoming exhibition “Affinity”.  In conjunction with 4 wonderful women and talented artist friends, we are launching our work at a combined exhibition at ArtFocus Gallery, Brookvale opening on Saturday, 14th November. 

 You are officially invited and feel free to bring a friend or forward this to others who may be interested.  (For catering purposes only, please RSVP to me by 11th November).

 

 The official opening will be Saturday, 14th November at 6.00 pm and the exhibition will then run until Thursday, 26 November.  ArtFocus Gallery is located  at 1 Powells Road, Brookvale, and opening hours are 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

A special thanks to Lyn Hammond and Anne Bourne, artists and owners of ArtFocus Gallery and Studio, who once again display the reason they were winners in their category at the Local Business Awards and finalists at State level, as they give their support to 5 emerging women artists on this evening.  It is particularly special to those of us in the “Affinity” exhibition as we have all met and established our friendship through painting at Lyn and Anne’s studio.  Again, thanks to Lyn and Anne, who have become wonderful friends and mentors to me.

Kanimbla Valley Workshop

On the professional development front, I have just spent three days painting ‘plein air’ in the Kanimbla Valley, at a workshop run by an amazing Australian landscape artist, Warwick Fuller.  Warwick only runs one workshop a year so I felt quite privileged to be part of the small group that had congregated at Warrigal Homestead.

 

Kanimbla Valley is just south of Little Hartley and ‘over the hill’ from Mount Victoria and the Blue Mountains.  I am beginning to think that there may be more than one reason why the Blue Mountains have gained the name they have and it may have something to do with the colour you go if you stand there long enough looking at them.  Standing on top of a hill looking back at the Blue Mountains with the wind whipping around me and blowing through me, despite all the layers, and with intermittent light rain, my hands were beginning to turn blue!  Very chilly.  One thing to paint in a studio however it is another to paint ‘plein air’, especially if it is ‘blue’!

The sun did manage to come out fleetingly though over the weekend and, with some guidance from Warwick, I did manage to capture the sunlight in this picture.

Website

 I would like to say a special thanks to Kathrin Longhurst who has patiently, persistently and promptly worked with me in designing and developing this beautiful website.  While I was away in the Kanimbla Valley, it was exciting to know that Kathrin was busy putting the beginnings of the site together and, within a short space of time, has brought it to this culmination.  Kathrin is also an accomplished artist and with her greater understanding of the needs of artists, along with a commitment to assist others as they launch their work, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her.  Thank you, Kathrin.

So that’s my news for now.  Thank you for being part of my website launch.  I look forward to any feedback and I hope to see you at the opening of our exhibition on Saturday, 14th of November. 

Enjoy!

Marion