Bump

Or, as Inspector Clouseau would say, “Bimp.”

still life in pastel of lemons and limes on a red plate

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

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Nearly Soup

These are going in the pot tonight, so look for a different still life set up tomorrow. I like the cast shadows, the rich red of the tomatoes and the blue reflected light on the zucchini.

two tomatoes and a zucchini still life

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

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Two Against One

I like the colors, the cast shadows and the highlight along the length of the top zuke.

two zucchini and one tomato in pastel

Two Against One, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia ©2014

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Christmas Zucchini

I like the colors in the cast shadows, I like the haphazard arrangement of the zucchini and the rich reds in the tomatoes. I have a funny story about zucchini, but it’s not what you think.

zucchini and tomatoes still life in pastel

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

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Stacked

I am learning to put my marks down and leave them alone. My process is alcohol underpainting, let dry; block in color on all the objects, add reflections, add cast shadows, walk away and do something mindless; decide what needs fixing and what can stay, add highlights and soften edges, then take a final picture; if anything jumps out as wrong, I fix it but I try not to go overboard. Then post for the next day.

This composition is a reaction to all the previous compositions in which I carefully keep everything from touching and try to control the space between them. Today I just piled everything on top of each other and made a stack. I like it. I like the colors, the zigzag spoons, the fact that I didn’t have to draw the pesky spout on the teapot because it’s buried in the blue cup. Problem solved!

Teapot, cup, spoons still life in pastel

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

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Here are two Work In Progress versions of today’s painting:

WIP pastel

Stacked, WIP, alcohol wash in indigo

block-in stage of pastel

Stacked, initial block-in stage.

 

Take Two

Sometimes you have to do it over. I like the loose quality of this painting. I like the warm blue of the cup and the spoon in it. I like the cast shadow on both the cup and the spoon. I like the tiny highlights everywhere. I’ve learned that I prefer to work with an underpainting.

teapot, cup, spoons still life in pastel

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

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Tea Time

I like this palette, cools and sepia, very much. I like the shiny top of the teapot and the reflections in the spoons. I like the bright blue cup falling off the bottom of the page.

teapot, spoons and cup in pastel

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

This painting is available on ebay for seven days and then on Daily Paintworks.