Category Archives: 30 Friends in 30 Days

a pastel portrait of a woman and her grandson

Nos. 14-15, 100 Portraits in 100 Days

Nos. 14-15, 100 Portraits in 100 Days

Here we have my neighbor Judy and her grandson, Steve.

Judy is a marvel and a nice person. I’m glad I met her. She’s been keeping me up to date on all the happenings in my new neighborhood. Who’s moving in where, who’s up for the weekend, where to get the best deal on propane.

a pastel portrait of a woman and her grandson

Nos. 14-15, 100 Portraits in 100 Days, 10×8″ pastel on UArt 400 sanded paper, mounted on foam core, by Marie Marfia. Sold.

For this painting I had to do a little adjusting in Photoshop, since Judy’s head was tilted and was too far away from Steve’s head. And then do some more adjusting on the painting itself because she was closer to the light source and her skin was pretty washed out. That’s the challenge of working with other people’s photos. You never know what you’re going to get.

Here are the progress photos:

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pastel of a woman and her cat, sleeping

No. 11, 100 Portraits in 100 Days

Here’s Kelly and her kitty. They look so comfortable snoozing like that together. I miss my cat sometimes. She was a clever kitty. But Steve is allergic to cats so our last cat was our last cat.

pastel of a woman and her cat, sleeping

Kelly and cat, No. 11, 100 Portraits in 100 Days, 6×9″ pastel on UArt 400 sanded paper, mounted on foam core, by Marie Marfia. This painting is available ($100 plus $12 shipping). Contact me to purchase.

Here are the progress pictures:

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Nick and Abby, Warm and Cool

I did these two studies while I was working at the Attic last weekend. I combined two different photos for the reference and then tried it twice, once on warm toned paper and once on a cool toned paper. Which do you like best?

child and dog on the beach on warm toned paper

Nick and Abby, warm, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

Nick-and-Abby-cool-800

Nick and Abby, Cool, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel painting of a man and his wife

Nos. 32-33, 30 Friends in 30 Days

William and Co.

This was another challenge because William is almost completely in shadow and his lovely wife’s hair is almost completely blown out by the overhead lighting.

This is how selfies arrive, though. You can’t say, “Take another one!” because that would be cheating.

This also took me two days to complete but I’m pleading a trip to the dentist for a crown as my reason for not finishing it yesterday. I got back from that ordeal and just could not muster any enthusiasm for art making.

I like my dentist. He’s capable and a bit quirky and I realize that I’m lucky to be able to pay for his services, thanks to insurance through Steve’s job. So I’m not complaining. But my jaw is a little bit sore yet today. It sort of felt like they were using the right side of my mouth for taffy pulling practice there toward the end.

Anyway, this is it. This is the last of the 30 Friends in 30 Days series. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I’ll post a complete write-up of it later this week, promise.

pastel painting of a man and his wife

William and Co., Nos. 32-33, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man and his wife

William and Co., Nos. 32-33, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man and his wife

William and Co., Nos. 32-33, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man and his wife

William and Co., Nos. 32-33, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics:

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

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pastel painting of a woman's face

Number 31, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Deb

I am not positive, but I think I took this picture of Deb during a camping trip to one of the Manitou Islands up by Charlevoix, Michigan. We had to stay an extra day because the ferryboat couldn’t leave port on account of high winds. There were something like 20 women in our group and we quickly divvied up all the cigarettes and booze and then a few of the more nurturing types wandered around to see if anyone else in the other campsites needed anything. That trip was a real hoot. And sooooooo long ago. I’m sure glad I lived to mis-remember it.

Thank you, Deb, for letting me paint your beautiful face!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics:

 

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click here to bid on this painting.

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Pastel painting of two women friends

Nos. 29-30, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Suzanne and Sharon

I had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne and Sharon at belly dancing class.

Belly dancing raqs, as they say.

It was at belly dancing class that I first got the itch to draw again, after 20 plus years of graphic design. I fell in love with all the women there and the movement and felt I had to draw them all. So I started bringing my newsprint pad to class and staying a little later to sketch with charcoal pencils. It was wonderful.

Eventually, I decided to try using pastels, and now, five years later, and with a daily practice, I feel like I’m starting to understand how to use them. It’s been an awesome journey. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Thank you, Suzanne, for sending me yours and Sharon’s beautiful faces to paint!

Pastel painting of two women friends

Suzanne and Sharon, Nos. 29-30, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two women friends

Suzanne and Sharon, Nos. 29-30, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two women friends

Suzanne and Sharon, Nos. 29-30, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two women friends

Suzanne and Sharon, Nos. 29-30, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 10×8″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the work in progress pics:

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click here to bid on this painting.

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pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

No. 28, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Chester

Chester is my friend Sally’s dog. He’s gone now, but of course, he was the best dog ever. I enjoyed painting him, partly because I got to try out a new kind of pastel paper and partly because he’s a dog! I love dogs.

Thank you, Sally, for sending me Chester’s beautiful face to paint!

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

No progress pics today because I was on the road while working on Chester’s portrait.

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click here to bid on this painting.

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pastel painting of a man's face

No. 27, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Mike

This is Mike, Janet’s son, and all I know is, I learned a lot about painting a 5 o’clock shadow on this painting! And I remember reading something about it once, a long, long time ago, but it didn’t come back to me in time for this piece. I had to brush it out and start over again. There’s a trick to doing them so that the person doesn’t look like a reprobate. I think I managed it on the second time around.

Thank you, Janet, for sending me your son’s beautiful (and challenging) face to paint!

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face

Mike, No. 27, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics.

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click here to bid on this painting.

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pastel painting of a woman's face

No. 26, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Sha

This is Sha, the sister of a friend of my husband’s. I tried to see the resemblance between her and her brother the whole time I was painting this portrait, but in the end I had to admit that maybe I didn’t remember Joe as well as I thought I did.

This happens with increasing frequency, but I try to relax and enjoy the process anyway. That’s all I can do and it’s usually more than enough.

Thanks, Sha, for sending me your beautiful face to paint!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics.

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click here to bid on this painting.

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pastel painting of a woman's face

No. 25, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Diana

This is my mother-in-law, Diana. She took her first ever selfie just so she could be part of this series. I love her. She’s always ready for anything.

We just shipped her back to Michigan. She came down for a visit over Christmas. She made gingerbread cookies, put jigsaw puzzles together, played endless games of cribbage, and played with my Duolingo app. She speaks French now and then because she always liked it as a girl, but she’s Italian through and through. Look at her strong jaw, those amazing eyebrows!

I tried to take pictures every day so I could make a little photo album to send to her for when she gets back and can’t remember everything she did while she was here. She’s such a sweet woman, always wanted a daughter, and she always tells me I was the daughter she never had.

We’ll be moving back to Michigan soon, and then we’ll be closer to her and able to visit her more often than twice a year. Take her out for ice cream. She’ll love that. Me, too.

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the progress pics:

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click to bid on this painting.

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