Monthly Archives: May 2015

Leila, fresh start

There’s no substitute for an accurate drawing. I started over with Ms. Leila for the fourth time after trying to muscle through the first, second and third attempts. I’ve included some work in progress pictures. I used a posterized version of the reference photo to lay in the initial colors and then just tried to go with the same values, blending with color as I went along. I may tweak it a bit more after this, but it’s mostly done.

pastel painting of a woman's face

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

pastel block in of a woman's face

Posterized color blocking

pastel pencil sketch of a woman's face

Initial sketch using a pastel pencil

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Leila, WIP

Here’s number 28 in the Portraits series, if you’re keeping track. I worked on this last night for twenty minutes with lovely Leila sitting at our dinner table, then took a couple of photos and will hopefully finish it today. Maybe, if it turns out like I hope, I can convince Leila’s husband, Ab, to come and sit for me on another Friday evening soon.

pastel painting of a woman's face

Leila, WIP, 10×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia

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Commissions

I thought I’d share some of my recently commissioned work. These are paintings that I did for this past Mother’s Day. My wonderful sister-in-law brought this work to me and I can’t thank her enough. She’s amazing and she’s got lots of friends who like pastels, a great combination!

These were a delight to do and I hope to get more of this type of work. With that in mind, I’ll be putting a page together outlining my policies regarding commissions very soon, so stay tuned.

Commissioned work, 10x8" pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10×8″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10x8" pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10×8″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10x8" pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10×8″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10x8" pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

Commissioned work, 10×8″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia.

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