Sunset looking east

By the time you read this, I’ll be wending my way north, first to pick up my sister and from there to go see family in Michigan. I’m bringing my pastels with me and hopefully I’ll be posting paintings as I go along. This is the first time in forever that it’s just me this trip (well, besides Mary). My kids are grown and Steve’s taking a break in August. It’s weird not to have to pack for anyone but me.

This is a sunset looking east over the Atlantic.

sunset looking east in pastels

Sunset Looking East by Marie Marfia, 7×5″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

sunset looking east in pastels

Sunset Looking East by Marie Marfia, detail, 7×5″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

Sunset by Boat

I was just thinking that I should get out of the house more so that I’d have more interesting things to paint and my brother sent me a beautiful sunset photo that he took from his kayak. Saved! (Although I really should get out of my house more, too.)

painting of a sunset on water in pastels

Sunset by Boat, detail, by Marie Marfia, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014

painting of a sunset on water in pastels

Sunset by Boat by Marie Marfia, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014

Cat paintings

I recently completed a commission for a friend. I did both of these using an upside down reference in the beginning stages, to keep my mind focused on color, rather than expectations. I did two paintings, so that she could choose either, both or none. Happily, she loved them both. I want to thank her for giving me the opportunity to paint her friend.

picture of a cat in pastels

Frankenkitty 2 by Marie Marfia, 8×10″ pastel on Canson paper, ©2014

picture of a woman with her cat in pastels

Frankenkitty 1 by Marie Marfia, 10×8″ pastel on Canson paper, ©2014

Alice and Sandra at the beach

Here’s another in my “Vacation” series. Is it a series? It’s more than three vacation-themed pictures now, so, yes, yes, it is a series. I am thoroughly enjoying working on gessoed black mat board. The colors! They’re alive! I feel like I’m drowning in deliciousness! And this would not be possible except for the pastel box that Mary built for me. Now all my colors are out at once, just how I like them! Mwah to the best sister ever!

two women on a beach in pastels

Alice and Sandra at the Beach by Marie Marfia, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

two women on a beach in pastels

Alice and Sandra at the Beach, detail, by Marie Marfia, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

 

A side note: I’m not posting anything to ebay for the next 2 1/2 weeks because I’ll be on vacation.

Another side note: I’m going to the Larimer Arts Center in Palatka tonight for the opening of the First Coast Pastel Society member show. Over 50 paintings on display there. Gonna be awesome.

 

pastels in a box

Pastels! All out at once! Love it!

Laughing on the Front Porch

Mucho bettero. I got Mary in there and did it on black mat board and the colors are brighter. I’d like to try it again without pre-drawing it because it feels fresher that way, but this’ll do, pig, this’ll do. I’ll post it tonight on ebay.

three laughing people in pastels

Laughing at Half Moon Lake, detail, by Marie Marfia, 9×12″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

three laughing people in pastels

Laughing at Half Moon Lake by Marie Marfia, 9×12″ pastel on gessoed mat board, ©2014

Joe and Anna Laughing

I’m still paying homage to Robin Hazard-Bishop’s work today. This is taken from a series of pictures I have from last year’s vacation in which my brother Joe is telling a story about unsuccessfully sneaking into the house after being out ’til all hours carousing with his friends back when he was young. My sister, Mary, and Joe’s wife, Anna, are laughing themselves sick because Joe is a great story teller and it’s an excellent yarn about being a teenager trying to put one over on your parents and failing miserably.

For this painting, I left Mary out, even though she’s in the original photo, because the board is too small at 8×10″. I have an idea to deal with this that involves camping hats with lights on them and/or bigger pieces of mat board. I’ll try it again, but larger next time and wearing the hat with the spotlight on it. This will be on ebay tonight.

I like the cartoon feel of these. I’d like it on black or dark blue colored mat board better, I think.

couple laughing on a porch in pastels

Detail, Joe and Anna Laughing by Marie Marfia, 8×10″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014

couple laughing on a porch in pastels

Joe and Anna Laughing by Marie Marfia, 8×10″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014

I got my issue of Pastel Journal today

and in it was an article featuring the work of artist Robin Hazard-Bishop. Her work made me so happy I had to try a painting that was inspired by her stuff. I love the color and the movement in the strokes. I like the brightness and optimism in this painting.

a couple on a bench in pastels

Detail, Mom and Joe by Marie Marfia, 8×5″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014

a couple on a bench in pastels

Mom and Joe by Marie Marfia, 8×5″ pastel on gessoed mat board, © 2014