Monthly Archives: May 2016

curve in the path through the woods

Around the bend

I was watching a Karen Margulis video this morning for inspiration and, huzzah! it worked! I picked out a photo of the Julington Durbin Preserve and did a quick pastel study. So very satisfying. It’s a great way to begin the day. Short, sweet and not nit-picky at all.

curve in the path through the woods

Around the Bend, 5×7″ pastel on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia. Part of the Julington Durbin Preserve series. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

sugar skull portrait

Alice, sewing

This is kinda fun. Isn’t that a weird thing to say? It should always be fun, right? Sometimes it’s not, though. Sometimes it’s work.

But this one was fun. Partly because it’s Alice, my daughter. Partly because it was quite challenging. And even though I’m not sure it’s successful as a portrait, I learned a lot by doing it and it’s just fun to draw a face again. I like skellies, too, but faces are fascinating.

Anyway, I think using cool colors on the makeup was a mistake with this piece. So I will probably take another crack at it and try warmer whites instead. Plus, I think it’s just too dark. Warmer whites and lighter values overall.

sugar skull portrait

Alice I, 10×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia


My first art show with the Skellies was skeltacular!


Best reason to explain to your mom why you’re buying skeleton art:

“You’re dead a lot longer than you’re alive, so you may as well have fun with it.”

Best reaction to working out creative issues with skeletons:

“I am a practicing psychologist, my dear, and I have to tell you, I’ve been coming to the Shrimp Festival for years. I’ve seen mermaids, turtles, seascapes and octopi, but I have never seen dead people dancing on the beach before. Congratulations. Your art is unique.”

Best reason to have a huge canvas print of two skeletons on a motorcycle at the front of the booth:


Reaction to Bone to be Wild at the Shrimp Festival.

Best use of noodles in a booth (even if it didn’t rain)


Steve inserting swim noodles in the corners in case of rain, which we didn’t get, but better safe than sorry!

Skelly lovers are the best!

I sold a ton of cards, some prints and one new painting (thank you, Doug!). I met so many nice people, who bought my skellies for gifts and for fun and for giggles. It was a glorious two days. Hard work, but so worth it. Thank you for coming out to the Shrimp Festival. Thanks for buying my art. Thank you for all the compliments and the smiles and the laughter. You all made my weekend.