Monthly Archives: July 2015

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.

 

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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?

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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

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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

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Skelly Dance at Bougival, WIP

Coming along, coming along. I hope to finish it up by tomorrow. I’m doing a lot of squinting and taking pictures and squinting some more. Since I tend to work all over the place, it’s easy to miss spots because my brain fills in the blanks. When I look at it from my camera’s lcd screen, the omissions jump out at me.

pastel painting of skeletons dancing

Skelly Dance at Bougival, WIP, 24×12″ pastel on Canson paper.

I am going to be leaving on vacation later this week, so posts may be sparser (is that a word?) for the next week or two. I think I’ll bring just pastel pencils and a sketchbook this time, since I’m flying and space is at a premium.

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Skelly Dance at Bougival, wip

A start on another skelly painting, this an homage to Renoir’s Dance at Bougival. I love this painting so it’s a pleasure to copy it. Look at that swooshy pink dress! And the red hat! With fruit! Love it.

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The initial sketch was charcoal and then I made a quick grid and went over it with a sangquine pastel pencil. I wasn’t too far off except for the placement of her head.

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Blocking in colors. I love the guy’s shoes. So fancy.

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More pink, really going after the suit colors.

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Getting serious about the skull on the left, now. More to come!

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Miller Time

Here’s Leila again, either showing someone what she’s drinking or making a toast perhaps. I took some pictures at a party Steve and I went to. There were twenty chairs around the fire pit and Leila was sitting in one. I liked the color of her blouse in this one and the gesture she was making. It reminded me of camping out with my girlfriends every year. I won’t be able to go this year but maybe next year I’ll be in the right state for it at least. I have dozens of pictures of women sitting in lawn chairs, talking, laughing, smoking and drinking. It’d make a nice tarot deck, I think, but I’d have to make up new titles. Like this one could be “The Toaster” or “The Miller Drinker” or something like that. Maybe I could make them into a Magic deck and give them supernatural powers. Like Leila could have the power to change everyone’s beer to Miller High Life.

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Miller Time, blue block in.

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Miller Time, with color over the blue.

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Miller Time, and time to think about whether I want to render a background on this or not.

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Rainbow Flowers 4

pastel painting of flowers

Rainbow Flowers 4, 6×9″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia

Today I started with a contour drawing and then filled in the color. I wanted something fresh looking, which is funny because my flowers are not so fresh anymore. Whenever I move the vase, another petal or two drifts away. A reason to go get some more, I guess, but I can’t help feeling a little sad when they go. I’m bummed that the vanilla roses with the pretty pink trim didn’t open at all. They stayed rolled up tight and now they’re turning brown. What’s the matter with you guys? (We got our stems cut about five days ago and we’re afraid if we open up something else will get snipped.)

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