pastel of 3 apples and 2 halo oranges

3+2, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Today’s the big day (Yart Sale at Liz’s, 1047 Plainfield, Orange Park)! Wish us luck, or better yet, come out and say howdy. We’ll be there until it gets too dark to see art.


pastel of apples and oranges

Upset, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

It was at this point in the painting that I knocked all my pastels to the floor, hence the name of this piece. Sigh. That’s what vacuums are for.

Sunflower 8

sunflower in a jar in pastel

Sunflower 8, 7×5″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Sunflower 7

I painted today’s sunflower starting with alcohol wash underpainting in purple. Can you see it peeking out?

sunflower in pastel

Sunflower 7, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

Also, you can’t have a Yart Sale without minions. These are mine. I think we figured there will be at least five hundred pieces of original artwork for sale on Saturday, just counting my own stuff. Liz will have hundreds of paintings, too. That’s a lot of art.

Minions sorting and labeling and putting into clear envelopes.

My very own minions sorting and labeling and putting stuff into envelopes.

Pile of mini pastel paintings

Mini ACEO size paintings will be on sale for 4/$10 or $3 each.


Sunflower 6 and a reminder about the Yart Sale

Here’s the same flower as yesterday, but looser in execution. For this version, I am following the techniques outlined in Carol Marine’s book, Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist. Carol is an oil painter but I find that her process lends itself pretty well to pastels, so I’m trying it for a while, looking to improve my work and focus better on what I’m trying to accomplish.

sunflower in pastel

Sunflower 6, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Yart Sale! Remember that this coming Saturday is my Yart Sale. Reverend Lizzy and I are selling a bunch of art at her house on Saturday, November 22, 10am-6pm. The address is 1047 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, 32073. I’ll have originals, cards, prints and posters, featuring everything and anything that I’ve painted in the last 3 years, including belly dancers, wave portraits, beach scenes, woods, birds and flowers.  Liz will have oodles of ink brush paintings of animals, both domestic and wild. There’ll even be some regular ol’ garage sale stuff there, too. C’mon out and shop your local art studios for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Sunflower 5

This is on the new Premier White Fine 400 paper from Dakota Art Pastels. I started with an alcohol wash in blue and carried on from there.

sunflower in pastel

Sunflower 5, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

Sunflower 4

When I’m feeling lonely, a book can be just the thing to cheer me up. Also, a welcome phone call. And, of course, there are always sunflowers.

sunflower in pastel

Sunflower 4, 7×5″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014