Category Archives: flowers

Yellow bird, egyptian eyed dog, pink flower

acrylic painting of a yellow bird on canvas

Yellow Bird, No. 9, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

acrylic painting of a dog with dark eyes and muzzle

Egyptian-eyed Dog, No. 10, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

acrylic painting of a pink daisy

Pink Flower, No. 11, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Humming right along. I don’t always like what I’m ending up with but it’s okay because I’m learning! I’m excited to try again every day. Onward and upward. That’s the ticket.


Sad-Eyed Dog and Iris Eyes

acrylic painting of a sad eyed King Charles Spaniel

Sad-Eyed Dog, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia

acrylic painting of an iris flower

Iris Eye, 6×6″ acrylic painting on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Where was I?

Oh yes, I was posting every day about my 100 Acrylics in 100 Days project. Whelp, there have been developments and suffice to say, I’m still doing these, but there may be interruptions from time to time. Please bear with me. I appreciate your patience.

Every time a Pride Festival happens…

…someone gets their wings. I was asked to provide a pair of wings for the Pride Festival coming up here in Ludington, Michigan on June 10 at Rotary Park. So here they are. I painted them on a gessoed tablecloth stretched to about 4’x5′. Hope you can come out and get your picture taken with these lovely rainbow wings. I’ll be there!




I need a little spring

pastel painting of daisies on pink and purple back ground

I need a little spring, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Sometimes you have to make your own spring, especially when the weather is not cooperating. I bought some flowers at Wal-mart on my way in to the studio today to paint before I bring them to my mom-in-law.

This painting is on ebay as of 9pm tonight. Bidding starts at 99¢.


Pastel painting of a tree with pink blooms


Pastel painting of a tree with pink blooms

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.


pastel painting of a bouquet of flowers

Steve’s Flowers

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.

pastel painting of a bouquet of flowers

Steve’s Flowers, 5×5″ pastel on mat board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia.


Sugar skelly number 4, green and orange

orange-flower butterfly

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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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