Monthly Archives: November 2015

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

No. 19, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Trunks

In this painting, I wanted to highlight the texture of the pine tree trunks. I pass this spot at about the half way point on a two mile loop through the Julington Durbin Preserve. I love the soft yellow grasses around the bases of the trees and the blue green treeline in the distance.

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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No. 17, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

The Runner

In this painting, I wanted to capture the framing effect of the dark trees around the bright spot in the center that the runner is moving toward. As I remember it, I was on my way back to the parking lot, when a young woman passed me going towards the Durbin Creek. I just had time to get my camera out and focused on her before she took the right fork at the white diamond trail head and disappeared.

I like the strong diagonal of the tree in the foreground and the gnarly branch over her head, and the way she’s leaning away, toward the fork in the path.

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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Painting No. 18, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Last Quarter Mile

Today’s painting is of a bend in the path through the Julington Durbin Preserve. From here it’s about a 1/4 mile back to the parking lot, hence the name of this piece.

By this time in the walk, my feet are wet with dew, my dogs are ready for breakfast and I am impatient to begin my day. Still, I stop here and take one more photo. I probably have dozens of pictures of just this spot.

I like the sun skipping through the tops of the trees and leaving bright patches on the path. I like the shadows thrown forward by the tall trunks.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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Painting No. 16, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Durbin Creek Overhang

For this painting, I used a black mat board, coated with clear gesso to provide a tooth for the pastels.

I liked the lichen on the trees in the foreground, the water plants reflecting in the creek and the way the light on the brush across the water helped define the shapes of the branches hanging down.

This is the end of the red diamond spur trail in the Julington Durbin Preserve. I like to walk here in teh fall and winter because it is cool enough that there aren’t many mosquitoes out and the ones that are buzzing around are sluggish enough to swat with some degree of success. There used to be a bridge across the creek but the wood pylons are all that’s left. Sometimes I see a flat bottomed boat troll by, full of sportsmen in camouflage. Most times it’s just me and the dogs and the sounds of frogs, birds, and I-95 traffic in the distance.

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of branches over hanging the Durbin Creek

Durbin Creek Overhang, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 15, Patch of Light

Patch of Light

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

In this painting, I began with a piece of vanilla colored mat board and coated it with clear gesso to provide a good tooth for the pastels. This scene is from the white diamond path through the Julington Durbin Preserve. The sun is on the right, just peeking over the tops of distant trees, turning the foliage bronze and yellow. The light has just begun to touch a patch of dried grasses on the left in the foreground. Even though the rest of the picture is dark, there are still shapes visible in the line of trees and the path, though shadowed, curves ahead to the left.

I walk here in the mornings with my dogs and I love how the tall pine tree on the right stands sentinel over the path, pointing the way back to the parking lot.

This is number 15 of a new series in which I paint 30 pastel landscapes in 30 days.

Here are the work in progress pics and detail shots.

WIP

Gestural sketch. I lost this as the painting progressed, but since it’s such an overall dark painting, it was to be expected.

WIP

Got caught up with it and forgot to stop and take more pictures.

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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WIP, The Kiss of Death

That’s a working title, too, by the way. I still am not convinced it’s the final.

Oh boy. Have I been having fun with this one.

At first, I had a huge reluctance to work on it at all. I finally sat down and wrote about it and decided the reason I was fighting it was I didn’t know how I was going to manage the gold leaf part of the painting. Put it on first? Last? What was going to happen with the pastels? Would they all play nice together?

The Kiss of Death, WIP

The Kiss of Death, WIP. This is where I stopped and had to think about what I was doing.

So I decided to experiment and get it all straight in my head before going any further.

The Kiss of Death, WIP

First, I took a piece of gator board and brushed some clear gesso on it to replicate the texture on my big board. I decided to see if scribbling some lines into the gesso would hold up under the leafing. In the Klimt painting you can see where there is some relief going on under the gold. I wanted to see if I could get the same effect with gesso. After the gesso dried, I brushed on the adhesive from the gold leaf kit.

The Kiss of Death, WIP

I also experimented with some other kinds of gold making. Here’s a couple of pens and a pot of leafing finish.

The Kiss of Death, WIP

Definitely, the gold leaf is the brightest of all four. And it seems to work well with the gesso relief, too. Yay!

So, with this done, I was free to play once again.

The Kiss of Death, WIP

I brushed out some of the pastel that I had already done, reasoning that it would be easier to to the gold leaf first and put a texture on top of it, and then pastel than the other way around. You can see where I used the end of the paint brush to put in the swirls and circles. I let that dry, then brushed everything that was getting leafed with the adhesive.

The Kiss of Death, WIP

Here you can see the gold leaf plus the brushed on metallic paint all around the background. I may have to go over this with an acrylic wash to darken it some more. This stuff is BRIGHT! Don’t want to blind anyone! You can see some of the gesso texture coming through.

Stay tuned, skelly lovers! This is starting to get good!


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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, Green at the Corner, no. 14

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green at the Corner, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

detail

Sky began with pale yellow overlaid with a couple of blues.

detail

Some detail in the trees but not too much.

detail

The lower left corner is just a dog’s breakfast of colors and I like it that way.

detail

Picking up some blue from the sky here.

detail

I tried really hard to leave some of the gestural drawing lines in the final. I love them.

detail

Love the blue green here and the swooping marks of the underbrush.

detail

Still love them.

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 13

This is a tough nut to crack. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the Julington-Durbin Preserve. I have dozens of reference photos of it. I may do just the stages over again and leave them as gestures and initial block-ins, I like them that much.

Here is the final, with detail shots.

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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Number 12, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Distant Gold

I like the progression of this painting. I began with what I remembered of my photo and then at the end, I made some adjustments. It ended up being a pretty dramatic painting, which is what I wanted. It’s always good when I get what I want!

WIP 1

WIP 1 Putting down the colors on mat board painted with clear gesso, which has some pumice mixed in.

WIP 2

WIP 2, this is where I rub all the initial pastel in with a piece of pipe insulation. Saves my fingertips from the pumice and it’s cheap. I really, really like the ethereal quality of the painting here. I would like to do some that just go to this point and stop right there.

WIP 3

WIP 3 Going over the darks, trying to get that dusty, misty bluish background in. I’m still working mostly from memory here.

WIP 4

WIP 4 Here’s where I took a look at my reference photo again and decided that I’d misplaced the gold and red in the middle plane. So I removed it from the right and set it back farther in the painting.

WIP 5

WIP 5 Went over the darks again, fiddled with it a little more overall and done! The little hyphen between the gold spots bothers me a bit here. It helps to put a mat around the painting so I’m not distracted by the painters tape and random marks around the outside.

And here is the final version along with some detail pictures.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 11 – Shadow Path

Shadow Path

I like this landscape a lot. It started out differently than any of my previous landscapes because I didn’t rub the color in until the very end and that was because I wasn’t happy with the way the painting was going.

I started out with a nice gesture drawing. I usually like my beginning sketch.

Shadow Path, WIP I

Shadow Path, WIP I

And then started filling in some other colors. I liked the background on this but the foreground and middle ground just weren’t cutting it.

Shadow Path, WIP II

Shadow Path, WIP II

By the time I got to this point, I wasn’t happy at all. The shadows on the path were competing with the tree trunks and it all just looked stripey and unnatural. I brushed all the color off in the front, except for the little tuft of grass on the left middleground.

Shadow Path, WIP III

Shadow Path, WIP III

I used a middle value warm blue and re-worked the whole middle of the painting, laying the strokes in loosely and trying to pay attention to the shapes and not what my head was trying to tell me ought to be there.

Shadow Path, WIP IV

Shadow Path, WIP IV

So, so much better. The happy accident in all this was how the foreground got much calmer because the brushing took away all that white mat board that was showing through the pastels, so a bonus. I think I may do this deliberately in the future when I come across a bright sky and a shadowed foreground.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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