Pinked, 5×7″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia. $90.
I was driving into town to work today and was gobsmacked by the flowers on all the trees. You know those pink ones with the really giant blooms on them? I love those things. If I had one in my yard I think I’d just stare at it all day so long as the flowers lasted. I took a lot of reference photos just in case the wind blew all the blooms away and then I did this little painting when I got in my studio. It’s fluttery and windswept and pink, just like those trees.
This morning’s pastel is not what I expected, although to be fair, I went into it with no other expectations than I didn’t want it to suck. And you know how it is when you’re driving along and you’re afraid of an obstacle in the road and you’re staring right at it and somehow or another you end up driving right into it? Well, that’s what happened.
Here’s what I should have done. I should have had a plan. I should have made a value sketch first so that I could decide on a composition ahead of time. I could have chosen how the painting was going to come together.
This is a mish mash of good intentions but not much else. Sigh. Oh well. I will try it again tomorrow. Truly, I don’t know why I have a fear of flowers. It just always seems to be a horror show by the time I get through with them.
Steve’s Flowers, 5×5″ pastel on mat board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia.
I was out taking pictures of butterflies and bees in my wildflower garden yesterday and that was the inspiration for today’s Sugar Skelly. Her dress is the color of the leaves of the flowers and there’s a butterfly flittering around her head, perhaps hoping for a sip of nectar from her pretty bouquet.
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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.
Life of the Party, 6×9″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia
Life of the Party, detail, 6×9″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia