Doe-Eyed Dog

Portrait No. 17

This is fun, cropping and cutting up faces and then reducing them to their blurriest component parts. This one is probably sharper than it should be, but I still like it. It’s Daisy, my harp seal dog. She has the sweetest eyes, but here I only had room for one of them. Still effective, even with only half her usual orb power. At the time of the photo, she was wearing one of Steve’s shirts and looked so darn proud to be in it. Available on ebay. Click to bid.

close up painting of a dog's face in pastel

Doe-Eyed Dog, 7×5″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting available on ebay. Click to bid.

close up painting of a dog's face in pastel
Doe-Eyed Dog, detail, 7×5″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting available on ebay. Click to bid.

FCPS Member Show Reception is tonight!

I’m bringing chicken wings from Zaxby’s. Not that you should come just for the food. Or the wine. I’m just sayin’ there’s going to be some there, so you won’t have to, you know, starve while you’re looking at all the pastel paintings.

To refresh your memory, the reception is from 6-9pm tonight, at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. I put all the labels next to the paintings yesterday and resisted the urge to take my own work down. I mean, there’s some really awesome art on the walls. If you can’t make it tonight (when there’ll be free food and wine, y’all), then come any time before the show closes May 29, 2015.

I Remember When

I remember when my daughter was a little girl in an oversize ballet tutu, smiling behind big bangs in the back yard.

This is portrait number 16 in the 100 Portraits series that I started a while back. I had been working on some extreme close ups, thinking about abstractions, and thought I’d try it on a portrait. I cropped until I liked the composition and then it was easy because the reference was doing all the squinting for me (although I still did a lot of squinting!).

I’ve been working on a couple of portrait commissions this past week and it’s hard to shake off the trepidation that comes with trying to capture a likeness. By blurring the reference, all the details become invisible. It’s just patches of color, blobs of light and dark. Helps me loosen up, keeps it fun.

This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

young girl's face in pastel

I Remember When, 5×7″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Available on ebay. Click to bid.

young girl's face in pastel

I Remember When, detail, 5×7″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Available on ebay. Click to bid.

One More Last Time

two women belly dancing in pastels

One More Last Time, 7×7″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Available on ebay. Click to bid.

“One more last time!” is a favorite refrain during belly dancing practice, and since this is the last little study from Saturday’s practice, I thought it was an appropriate title.

This study is available on ebay. All proceeds from the sale of this and the previous three paintings will go to Hubbard House in Jacksonville, FL in support of this year’s Shimmy Mob. Happy bidding.

First Coast Pastel Society Member Show reception Friday, April 24, 2015

A couple of days ago, I was surrounded by about 50 pastel paintings propped against the gallery walls at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Today the forests, landscapes, antique vehicles, still lifes, portraits, both human and canine, seascapes, sunsets and moonrises will be hung with care. Tomorrow Ann Manry Kenyon will judge them. Friday is the reception, from 6-9pm. There will be lots of exquisite art to look at, good food to eat, wine to drink and artists to meet! Hope to see you there!

Doing the Y

I can’t remember this woman’s name, but I know that she’s a teacher at the YMCA, tutoring young children in reading. In this study, she’s also doing something called the “Y-step,” which is a kind of 3-pointed star, so the title actually has two meanings. All the women who are dancing in Shimmy Mob have different lives outside belly dancing. It’s what makes it fun, really. They all come together to move to the music, have fun and support a good cause.

This painting is available on ebay. All proceeds from the sale of this and the previous two paintings, plus the painting for tomorrow will go to Hubbard House in Jacksonville, MI. Happy bidding.

woman belly dancing in pastel

Doing the Y, 7×5″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

Heeeere’s Patty!

This is a small study of Patty, one of the committee chairs and a participant in this year’s Shimmy Mob. I wanted to paint her snake arms as she walked in from the side of the room. I loved the bright blue sash around her hips. The routine is part of Shimmy Mob, coming up May 9, 2015. The SM group in Jacksonville, Florida is raising money and awareness for Hubbard House, a shelter whose goal is to make every relationship violence free. Pretty worthy stuff. I will donate the amount I receive on this and the next two paintings to Hubbard House to support Shimmy Mob.

woman belly dancing in pastel

Practicing the Intro, 7×5″ pastel study on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Click to bid on this painting. All proceeds will go to Hubbard House.

And the winner is…

Winner of the Skelly print …

After all the wonderful ideas that got submitted for the Name the Skelly Painting contest last week, in the end, I picked my husband’s idea, “Hey! You Kids! Get Off of My Lawn!” to use as the title. BUT! I still put the names of everyone who submitted an idea into a bowl and drew one (because all that effort shouldn’t go unrewarded), and the winner is: Becky! So, Becky Dufford Marcinkus, tell me what size print you’d like (up to 11×14″), and email me your address. I’ll pop your print in the mail as soon as I get a good scan of it, shouldn’t be more than a week from now. Thanks to everyone for brainstorming on this for me. Stay tuned, because I may call on you all again for ideas for the NEXT Skelly painting! Can’t help it. It’s too much fun.

In the meantime…

Here’s a belly dancer study from yesterday’s Shimmy Mob practice. I’ve decided to donate all proceeds from this and the next three paintings to Hubbard House, my Shimmy Mob group’s charity of choice. So bid ’em up, everyone! You’ll not only have a chance to win a laughing, dancing pastel belly dancer, you’ll be helping a good cause, too.

woman belly dancing and laughing in pastel

Leading the Practice, 7×5″ pastel study on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Click to bid on this painting. (All proceeds from this and the next 3 paintings go to Hubbard House.)

At Rest

This is a small painting of boat out on Julington Creek that I saw while plein air painting. It was resting quietly at anchor and would drift first one way and then the other. I wondered what it would be like to be napping below the deck, rocked by a gentle current.

pastel of a boat at anchor

At Rest, 7×5″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. Click to bid.

Available on ebay. Click to bid.