Chillin’ on Uart 280

Here’s a couple on the beach, drinking from red solo cups, enjoying the evening. It wasn’t until I was halfway through this painting that I realized the part of this scene that I loved the most was the play of light on the young man’s back. I like backs.

couple lying on the beach

Chillin’ on the Beach, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, © 2014

couple lying on the beach

Chillin’ on the Beach, detail, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, © 2014

Sunhat with Red Rose on Wallis Professional

Here’s today’s painting of mom and baby girl in the surf. I got a lot closer to them for this version, which satisfied my need to paint them bigger without using a larger piece of paper since I had only white Wallis Professional in 5×7″ size. It’s the last piece of paper from the sample pack I bought a couple weeks ago. I’m sad that it’s all used up, but very happy to have tried out so many different surfaces. I’ve learned a lot and may never go back to plain Canson mi tentes again. My next experiment will be using six different grits of UArt paper.

woman with child wearing a sun hat with flower

Sun Hat with Red Rose, 7×5″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

woman with child wearing a sun hat with flower

Sun Hat with Red Rose, detail, 7×5″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

I have some news on the show at the Limelight Theatre, too, but I’ll share it in a later post. I’m still organizing all the things I learned with that event.

And one more thing, my friend Liz and I are going to be having a Yart Sale (that’s yard and art combined, fyi) on November 22, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We are both prolific artists and we’re up to our eyeballs in art, which is good for you because we need to sell it to make room for more art! I’ll post details later, so stay tuned.

Mama and baby girl on St. Armand Sabretooth

You remember that ad where the baker would roll out of bed over and over again, saying, “Time to make the donuts?” I need to roll out of bed and say, “Time to make the pastels!”

This is green paper, which is nice, but I think I want to do it again, only bigger, and on white.

mother and child in surf

Mama and Baby Girl, 10×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

Woman with shell on Colourfix Suede

It occurs to me that pastel manufacturers could be very helpful to pastel artists if they would label their colors something like, “Exactly Matches Colourfix Suede in Tan” or something like that…

 

 

Towel wrapped boy on La Carte

 

 

Walking the Dog on Colourfix Sabertooth

Same palette as yesterday, plus white. Not crazy about this surface but maybe it's the wrong subject for it. I like the little dog. I may do this again, on different paper, see what happens then.

 

 

Pensive on Richeson Premium

Going through my reference photos and found this guy walking along the beach. I love his demeanor, the colors of his skin, the hairiness of him. Perfect for this ochre-colored pastel paper.

And these are the pastels I used.