Wave Portrait No. 130

Another pastel painting of a wave breaking on the Atlantic ocean. This is on UArt 400 sanded paper with a dark pastel underpainting. Again, I used a remnant from another painting that just didn’t work out. Kind of nice to recycle paintings like that! Makes me feel all green and stuff.

pastel painting of a wave breaking on the shore

Wave Portrait No. 130, 5×7″ pastel on UArt sanded paper by Marie Marfia, $150, framed, on Etsy. It is also available as a print on Fine Art America.

Here's the same painting with a frame.

Here’s the same painting, framed.

Wave Portrait No. 129

I just have to get back to daily small painting again. I miss it. Woman cannot live by skellies alone! So here’s a wave painting that I did this morning. I used a piece of UArt paper that had a failed painting on it, brushing some rubbing alcohol over it for an underpainting. Then I worked quickly, trying hard not to fiddle with it too much. It’s on my Etsy site for $70, includes shipping anywhere in the USA. Or if you’d rather have a print, it’s on my Fine Art America site, in a range of sizes.

pastel painting of an ocean wave

Wave Portrait No. 129, 5×7″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia. $70 in my Etsy shop, prints available at Fine Art America.

Blue Skelly Dancers final

I started a membership on Fine Art America, just so I could see what this finished piece looks like as a shower curtain. I think I must have one, but it might not be to everyone’s taste. If you’d rather have a print, click the link and order the size you like. They’ll even frame it for you or you can have it on canvas or as a throw pillow… whatever your heart desires! I’m also offering the original painting for $512 in my Etsy shop.

pastel painting of Degas' Blue Dancers as skeletons

Blue Skelly Dancers from the Old (Dead) Masters Series, 16×16″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia. $512 in my Etsy shop. Prints (and shower curtains) available at Fine Art America.

Other good news

Since signing a contract in June, I’ve received two deals through Art Licensing International, Inc. for which I am very grateful. One is a company called Leotie Fashion and Lifestyle in Germany, and the other is from Art.com.

What’s in my head?

I’m not sure, but I have a sneaking suspicion it’s trying to get out. Up next is my skelly version of a lovely Edward Degas Blue Dancers painting. Since I love them so much, it’s only proper that I flay them down to the bone for my own amusement. Wonder if there’s an easier way to draw a rib cage? Maybe model the thing as a solid form and then put in the negative space? These are kicking my behind for sure. Glad I got the deluxe skeleton model from American Science and Surplus, otherwise I’d be truly lost.

pastel painting homage to Degas blue dancers

Blue Skelly Dancers, WIP, 16×16″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia

Report on the Steampunk Art Show

Success! My friend’s crafty steampunk “Ladies ARTillery” display drew lots of people who took pictures and signed up for a  mailing list and bid on the silent auction item. This Airship Purse in particular got lots of oohs and aahs all night. Not surprising, really. She makes awesome stuff.

steam punk airship purse

Airship Handbag by Anney Day.

First Coast Pastel Society Member Show at the Jewish Community Alliance, September 4-30, 2015

I’m submitting two recent skelly paintings to this show, Skelly Dance at Bougival and Madame X-Ray. If you’ve never been to the JCA, it’s a beautiful facility on San Jose Boulevard, just north of Baymeadows. Here’s the address: 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217. There is no opening reception for this show, so check the hours, and then come when you like to enjoy wonderful pastel art by local artists.

Coming up

Here are some pics I took at the beach last night, while out enjoying the cool breezes with my beloved. I will get busy turning them into awesome pastel paintings, so stay tuned. And then after that, I have ideas for about a dozen more skelly paintings, and then there’s the show at the Red Sable in October, plus a half dozen other ideas stewing around in my brain pan. It’s good to be busy.

photo of surf at the beach

I took a couple of movies of the surf, so I could play back the sound of waves crashing later.

photo of couple with dog at the beach

Every time the woman would throw the dog’s toy, the man would have to race out into the surf also because he had hold of the leash.

photo of clouds backlit by the setting sun

I took dozens of photos of the clouds back lit by the sun on the way home. I need practice with the sky and this would be an awesome start to a series.


Sew sew day

This coming Saturday, July 25, 2015, I’ll be minding a friend’s sales table at the Old City Steam Art Show at DOS Coffee & Wine Bar in St. Augustine, Fl. She makes fantastic steampunk art and I’m going do my darndest to encourage people to buy her stuff.

Since it’s a costume appropriate affair, I am spending today making something to wear! I have a skirt already, so I’m building a vest from a paisley silk shirt I had laying around and I’ll rob my pegboard Christmas tree of some likely looking jewelry. No hat yet, but maybe something will turn up on a trip to Goodwill tomorrow. This will be fun!

Upcycling an old paisley shirt into a fancy schmancy vest.

Upcycling an old paisley shirt into a fancy schmancy vest.

Hmm, what dangly bits can I use to accessorize with?

Hmm, what dangly bits can I use to accessorize with?

Life of the Party

I love these flowers growing next to the front door. They bloom in the evening and through the night. In the morning, they’re draped all over themselves, limp, like used hankies. I like how they start out as a tight little spiral of green and then explode into a giant white cloud with a star in the center.

I drew my moonflower how I imagine it looks at night, when it’s the life of the party.

pastel painting of moonflower

Life of the Party, 6×9″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of moonflower

Life of the Party, detail, 6×9″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

Brown eyed susans

This is a painted memory of a walk through Millennium Park while I was visiting in Michigan. What a nice place to stroll or ride a bike! So many wildflowers and it was really beautiful. We went after dinner so the air was cooler, and the mosquitoes weren’t bad, either.

pastel painting of wildflowers

Brown eyed susans, 5×7″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of wildflowers

Brown eyed susans, detail, 5×7″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

Skelly Dance at Bougival

What kind of music do you suppose they’re dancing to? A two-step? Fox trot? East Coast swing?

pastel painting of skeletons dancing ala Renoir

Skelly Dance at Bougival, 24×12″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia