Indigo Bunting

I’ve been thinking about painting this bird since Saturday, so today I got some mat board all gessoed up. I like the color palette on the Bunting Number 1, but like the mark making on Bunting Number 2 better. More loose, which is my preference. I’ll keep practicing him until I like the whole thing. That brilliant blue is just so luscious. I can’t resist it.

Indigo Bunting Two

Indigo Bunting Two

Indigo Bunting One

Indigo Bunting One

Getting lost in Tate’s Hell

This past Easter weekend we went camping on St. George Island State Park, which is due south of Tallahassee, Florida, on the Gulf. We slept in the back of the minivan, because it was just me and Steve, and we didn’t feel like packing a lot of stuff. Rained on Friday but that was fine because we were snug in our sleeping bags. Once I got over the idea that I was going to suffocate back there with all the windows closed (the minivan is actually quite drafty), I slept like a rock.

Saturday we visited Sea Oats Gallery, and then headed over to Tate’s Hell State Forest for an afternoon of cruising up and down two-track roads. We only had to turn back once because the road had a lake in the middle of it. Eventually, we found a relatively dry place to park with a view of the Crooked River. I did a little plein air sketching, while Steve read his book. Afterwards, we gathered some firewood for later and then stopped for oysters and beer at Eddy Teach’s (the sign says smartass bartenders but they must’ve had the night off because we just had a very nice one).

Sunday we hiked out to the primitive campsites an the end of the state park, stopping every little while to take pictures of migratory birds. It was relaxing and nice and I hope we make a habit of getting out into the woods more. It’s good to put the screen away and rest your brain.

Two got in!

I had two paintings (Loosey Seussy and Everything’s So Effing Green) accepted for the First Coast Pastel Society member show at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center. It’s the first time I’ve gotten into a juried show! Do you ever forget your first time? I don’t think so. I’ll update with details about the show on another post but this is definitely a good sign!

Here’s Wave Portrait 108, available on ebay.

pastel of ocean waves

Wave Portrait 108, 8×10″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

Camping this weekend

My husband Steve and I are practicing for retirement this weekend, camping at St. George Island State Park, in the Florida panhandle. Looks like a great place to hang out, from the pictures. Let’s see, got the bin ‘o stuff with the most important food item for any camping trip, coffee, packed inside. Got the foam pad down in the back of the minivan, got a cooler, some groceries, a few clothes, the camp stove. No muss, no fuss. If we have to pee in the middle of the night, we’ll just drive to the restrooms. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

I’m bringing a portable pastel set up, hope to make some nice pictures while we’re there.

Here’s Wave Portrait 107, available on ebay.

pastel of ocean waves

Wave Portrait 107, 8×10″ on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

 

Waves and journaling

Today’s Writers Almanac features a poem by Jim Harrison, “Searchers,” which inspired this morning’s journal entry. Sometimes it’s easier to draw something than it is to write about it. Somewhere I picked up the idea that I have to fill three pages every morning which makes it feel like a chore and not a meditation. This is more fun. Everybody needs more fun in their life, including me.

The two wave portraits, 105 & 106, are on ebay. 106 is an 8×10″, which will be the new normal, size-wise. I think I’m done with 5×7″s for a while. (I like adding -wise to everything. It makes whatever I’m talking about seem so smart.)

pastel of a wave

Wave Portrait 105, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

pastel of a wave

Wave Portrait 106, 8×10″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

morning journal picture

“their eyes fixed on birds and stars,” a line from “Searchers” by Jim Harrison.

Making mistakes

My sister sent me a quote from Neil Gaiman in which he wishes that everyone will make mistakes for the coming new year (this is from a few years ago, so he’s probably changed his mind by now), and I thought it’d be a good mantra for the rest of this year. So, from now on, I’ll be making them as fast as I can.

Here’s a couple more takes on the calla lilies. I like the first one as far as the palette and composition go. The second one, not so much, although it got better once I added blue to the background to neutralize the crazy orange and green going on back there. I think the flowers are starting to resemble Audry II in the movie, Little Shop of Horrors, not a bad thing seeing as it’s one of my all time favorites. And I did a couple of Wave Portraits, too. They’re selling on ebay.

pastel of a wave

Wave Portrait No. 103, 5×7″ pastel on paper, ©Marie Marfia 2014

pastel of a wave

Wave Portrait No. 104, 5×7″ pastel on paper, ©Marie Marfia 2014

Calla Lilies, 14x11" pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

Calla Lilies, 14×11″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

Calla Lilies, 14x11" pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014

Calla Lilies, 14×11″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©Marie Marfia 2014