Orbs!

If you’ve ever gone on a ghost tour in St. Augustine, you know that pictures of orbs are the shit. Everybody takes lots of pictures, hoping for orbs. Some people say they’re the souls of the departed, wandering around lost. Others think they’re dust motes and nothing more. I think it’s skellies blowing bubbles.

I confess, I had some problems with this composition. The tower in the background loomed a bit too much for my taste and I kept adding chalk to it. Finally I brushed it all out and drew it over with blue green and dark dull purple. I like it now. And another thing, do you know how difficult it is to draw a skull that’s pursing its non-existent lips? Me neither.

Orbs! 14x11" pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Orbs! 14×11″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

 

 

Name this painting contest ends Friday, August 29, 2014

here's a better photo of the final

here’s a better photo of the final

Here’s the final on the as-yet-unnamed painting with the romantic skellies on the beach in the moonlight. I have decided to offer a free 11×14″ signed print of this piece as an incentive for someone to come up with a name for the painting.

I will collect everyone’s names, put them in a hat and draw one out. If it’s your name, you win the print! Sound good? If so, let me have your ideas in the comments section here or in my Facebook feed. If you’ve already submitted something, I’ve already got your name in the hat. The deadline to submit a name is Friday, August 29, 2014. Winner will be announced Saturday, August 30, 2014. Not much time, but if you’re like me, you work best under pressure.

two skeletons watching a moon rise on the beach

Name this painting! Leave your suggestions in the comments. You could win a free 11×14″ print!

Moonlight madness

I’ve been wanting to do a painting of skeletons holding hands (or bones in their case) while watching a sunset on the beach. The problem is, we don’t see sunsets on this side of Florida. We see sunrises. The light is completely different. So I made it a moonrise instead. Much better. Makes so much more sense, too, if you’re thinking about what a skeleton couple might enjoy doing if they were feeling romantic and there was a great beach nearby and maybe a super moon in the offing.

I am having a great time, by the way. Just so you know. Any ideas for a title?

two skeletons in the moonlight on a beach

Untitled, 14×11″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Hand me down my dancing cane

Skelly Dancer No. 11 plus the mostly finished “Wonder if we’ll see anyone we know”. Also some progress on the window quilt. Moving right along. As long as I don’t give myself time to think about what I’m doing, I’m fine. That’s the trick. Stay busy.

Skeleton dancing on the beach with a cane

Skelly Dancer No. 11, WIP, 20×16″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

two skeletons riding the Ghost Train

Wonder if we’ll see anyone we know, WIP, 20×16″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

bird in oil pastel on fabric

“High Jinks,” WIP, 52×55″ oil pastel on fabric by Marie Marfia ©2014

Progress

I finished coloring in the bird on my window quilt, then hung it up on the wall and drew in all the rest with a sharpie. I brushed solvent over the color and it blends the oil pastels in an interesting way, so that's cool. I. suspect I'm going to need more sticks to finish this. Also more audio books!

The quilt is on white fabric, even though it looks really yellow here because my dining room is yellow. Now that it's all drawn out, though, I'll take it down to work on it.

 

 

Think we’ll see anyone we know?

Here’s the block in for number 11 since I started painting for the upcoming show. It’s going to be a pair of skeletons taking the Ghost Train tour. I just now noticed that the doorway and the two windows over it look like a scary face. Serendipity strikes again!

two skeletons riding the Ghost Train

Wonder if we’ll see anyone we know, WIP, 20×16″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

 

 

Up all night

I was up until 2 this morning, reading a book. I can’t even remember the last time I did that. High school? Maybe it’s a sign of getting older and I am reverting back to bad old habits. Anyway, I took an aspirin, the miracle drug! with my coffee and I feel almost human again.

Here’s progress on Skelly Dancer No. 10 and the window quilt.

skeleton dancing on the beach with fans

Skelly Dancer No. 10, WIP, 20×16″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Window quilt, filling in the wing feathers

Window quilt, filling in the wing feathers

Flight feathers, second layer of oil pastel

Flight feathers, second layer of oil pastel