Weeding

pastel painting of a man weeding his garden

Weeding, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

Nicholas

This is portrait number 28. Thanks, Nick!

pastel of a young man's face

Nicholas, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia.

pastel of a young man's face

Nicholas, detail, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia.

Time away from home

I spent my morning yesterday at the mechanic’s, waiting for my car to be cleared for takeoff. I love my mechanic. He explains everything, he works very hard to make sure my vehicle is safe to drive and that it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg while he’s doing it. I highly recommend his shop, Japanese Auto Specialists, if you’re looking.

But it usually throws me off to spend so much of my day somewhere not at home. I hate to wait. For anything. I’m a get-it-right-now-or-if-I-can’t-have-it-then-get-something-else-right-now kind of gal. I’m trying to change this, be more patient, not let frustration drive my decision making.

While I was at the mechanic’s, I did a little worky work, wrote for a while, and drew some skeletons. I can show you the skellies.

There's always someone shaking their booty while someone else is doing all the work.

There’s always someone shaking their booty while someone else is doing all the work.

Skeleton models get muscle cramps, too.

Skeleton models get muscle cramps, too.

Sweetness and Light

I struggled with this one a bit over the weekend. Young people’s faces are difficult for me. I tend to make them look older than they are and I find that when I’m concentrating particularly hard on one area, say the eyes or the nose, all the rest of the face goes to hell. I guess I need to step back more and assess what’s happening. Also, these are taking longer to do than still lifes or wave paintings. I mean, they’ve got to look human. No one particularly notices if you don’t get a likeness on a zucchini, but if you make the eyes crooked on a face, that jumps out at you. So, my production is down a bit, but I’m learning as I go. Maybe, in another forty portraits or so, I’ll get faster at it. This is number 27, by the way, if you’re counting. I sure am.

This is from another reference photo from the WetCanvas library.

pastel of a young girl's face

Sweetness and Light, 10×8″ pastel portrait on Canson paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

pastel of a young girl's face

Sweetness and Light, detail, 10×8″ pastel portrait on Canson paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

George, Tom, Teddy and Abe

This is a painting of my brother and his wife and their friends. They were riding on the top of a double decker bus in the rain and wearing plastic rain slickers. I love this picture. It reminds me of one of our country’s most famous monuments.

a pastel painting of four friends

George, Tom, Teddy and Abe, 8×10″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

a pastel painting of four friends

George, Tom, Teddy and Abe, detail, 8×10″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

Camping Out

This is kind of what it’s been like for the past couple of weeks. We had the floors refinished in the house, two bedrooms, the hall and the dining room, and the bathroom was only available via the window for part of that time. I am grateful that I started doing yoga on a regular basis a few months ago, or I’d probably be a twisted wreck at the base of the ladder by now. The good news is, the floors are done and they look beautiful. The bad news is, now I have to paint those rooms because they look terrible compared to the floors.

It’ll be a like living in a brand new house by the time I’m done. I was this close to convincing Steve to leaving the dining room empty and just dancing in there, but he thought better of it. My fault for not plying him with wine and a foot rub first. Strategy is everything and next time I’ll have one.

pastel painting of two people lit by a campfire glow

Camping Out, 8×10″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

Green-Eyed Lady

Here is another painting based on a picture from the WetCanvas.com photo library. I love that place. I picked her because she had pretty eyes and bright orange hair, an irresistible combination.

In other news, you’ll be happy to know that the belly dancing pictures that I posted to ebay a week or two ago brought in a total of $40. I wrote the check out to Hubbard House, Jacksonville Shimmy Mob’s charity of choice this year. Thanks to everyone who bid on those lovely ladies! The money goes to support ending domestic violence, a good cause.

woman's face in pastel

Green-Eyed Lady, detail, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.

woman's face in pastel

Green-Eyed Lady, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. This painting is available on ebay. Click to bid.