Guess what I’m going as?

Right! A skelly dancer! I simplified the shapes for fabric and used two coats of gesso. I kind of wish I’d had glow-in-the-dark paint, but what the heck, this will work. I’ll just paint my face to match my outfit, put on a bangle skirt and I’ll be done.

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Steve’s going as the ghost of Jackson Pollack.

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Couple in the surf, last piece of UArt

I think I need to do this couple as a large painting. I mean, like, 18×24″ or bigger. There’s something about them that I love. Maybe because even though I couldn’t understand what they were saying, I knew exactly what they were talking about by their body language. So, yeah. Order some more paper, probably a 400 grit or so. I love layering my colors but I don’t always remember to keep a light touch. Coarser grit means the tooth of the paper doesn’t fill up so fast and it’ll hold everything I throw at it.

couple in the surf in pastel

Couple in the Surf, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

couple in the surf in pastel

Couple in the Surf, detail, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

couple in the surf in pastel

Couple in the Surf, detail, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

No ice cream bowls in the sink

Everything is just how I left it when I went to bed last night. That’s what’s different. My kids are all gone and it’s just me and Steve left at home, for the next 3 weeks anyway. Wonder what my brain will do without all those other minds surrounding it all day long?

I suspect it’ll be a lot quieter around here.

man looking down at the surf

Look up, 12×9″ pastel on 600 UArt paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

Side by side on UArt 500

This is my daughter walking Roger, my one-year-old hound dog. He’s learning how to walk nicely next to someone on a leash. Alice carries little pieces of kibble and cheese in her hand and Roger keeps a close eye on her. Most of the time. He’s a good dog.

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Side by Side, 10×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia © 2014

I like this as an 8×10″ better than as a 9×12″. Even though the figure is the same, when I crop it tighter, I feel closer to the action. That’s amazing.

Woman walking a black dog

This dog reminds me of Abby, the black collie mix we used to have. But this one is bigger. I liked the woman’s head, the way it was a little forward on her torso. That’s why I took the picture. Actually, sometimes I don’t know why I’m taking a picture. Sometimes I get the camera home and can’t remember what I was thinking when I clicked the shutter. This used to worry me. Now I just figure there’s a part of my brain that knows what it likes and when I’m painting it’ll come clear to me.

woman walking a dog on the beach

Woman Walking a Black Dog, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

woman walking a dog on the beach

Woman Walking a Black Dog, detail, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

woman walking a dog on the beach

Woman Walking a Black Dog, detail, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia, ©2014

Woman on the Beach on UArt 320

I included a close up of her legs because that’s my favorite part of this painting. Available on etsy for $65.

woman walking on the beach

Woman Walking on the Beach, 8×10″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

woman walking on the beach

Woman Walking on the Beach, detail, 8×10″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

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