Category Archives: Manistee National Forest

What we leave behind

I love walking in the woods in the spring. No wearing three layers of clothing, no mittens to keep track of, no boots! I can just slip into my regular tennis shoes and a jacket, throw the dogs in the car and off I go.

Unfortunately, when the snow melts the other thing that’s out in the woods besides me is garbage. I don’t mean beer cans, although there are a ton of those out there. I mean garbage like television sets, shingles, plastic containers, tires, diapers… Just crap, really. A whole ton of crap.

I go from euphoria at being outside all the way to absolute fury at the way some people use the woods as their personal dumping ground.

I wish there was a place where people could drop off all their crap. Oh wait! There is! It’s called a dump! But it costs money to take your crap to the dump or to have someone haul it away and it’s so much cheaper to drive down a two track out in the forest somewhere and throw it out there.

I wish I had a superpower that would let me zap all the crap in the woods so that it would disappear from the forest and reappear in whoever’s house it belonged to. Right on their living room floor. Or maybe on their bed. Yeah! Take that, you littering litterer!

Anyway, after walking the dogs I was so depressed at all the fresh garbage out there, I got out my pastels and painted a scene from another walk I’d taken recently with my family. A beautiful day on the Pere Marquette River, sun shining, water flowing, birds twittering. A gorgeous, gorgeous day.

Of course, we also found snarled fishing line, bait containers and cigar wrappers along the banks. Wherever you find beauty I guess you can also expect to find evidence of thoughtless humans. We picked up what we could on the way out.

I guess I’ll start bringing a garbage bag with me on my daily walks. It’s little enough, but it makes me feel a little better to at least clear the areas where I love to wander. Painting also helps. Although having a crap zapper superpower would be nice, too.

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pastel painting of a sunrise through the trees in winter

Morning Glory, pastel painting of a sunrise through the trees

pastel painting of a sunrise through the trees in winter

Sometimes you don’t have to go any farther than your own front yard for inspiration. Glinda had it right!

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pastel painting of the sun peeking through the trees in winter

Sun Peeking, pastel painting of the sun through the trees

pastel painting of the morning sun through the trees on a winter day
Sun Peeking, 6×9″ pastel painting of the morning sun through the trees during a winter walk by Marie Marfia ©2019. This painting is available on ebay. Click the link below for more info.

I love walking in the woods on a winter morning, especially just as the sun is coming through the trees. The sky is all kinds of peach colored and the light looks like stained glass to me. Beautiful!

This painting is for sale on ebay. When you bid on this painting you’re helping me contribute to AFFEW, a local environmental organization. Thanks for your support!

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pastel painting of a snow-covered cabin in the woods

Little Cabin-pastel painting of a snow-covered cottage in the woods

pastel painting of a snow-covered cabin in the woods
Little Cabin, 5×7″ pastel painting of a snow-covered cabin in the woods by Marie Marfia ©2019. Available on eBay.

Even though I was snowed in for a week I still had a view of this pretty little cabin in the woods right outside my window!

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Winter Morning-pastel painting of snowy banks on a river in the forest

pastel painting of snowy banks on the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest

Walking along the Pere Marquette River one winter morning. The clouds were lit up from the morning sun, pinks and blues reflected in the water. I love living in the Manistee National Forest.

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pastel painting of a snowy path through the woods

Snowy Trail-pastel painting of a wintry scene in the woods

pastel painting of a scene in the woods in winter
Snowy Trail, 5×7″ pastel painting of a snowy path through the woods by Marie Marfia. ©2019.

This painting is based on a walk down a two-track road in the winter time. Sometimes when I stop to paint what seems like a monotone scene I am amazed by all the color that comes through. I love walking in the Manistee National Forest with my dogs. It inspires my work.

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On the Ridge-pastel painting of a sunrise in the woods

pastel painting of a sunrise in the woods

This painting is based on a walk down a two-track road in the winter time. The little bit of snow on the ground was mixed with lots of oak leaves and I could see the sun coming up over the horizon and throwing beautiful blue shadows everywhere. I love walking the woods in the morning with my dogs. It inspires my work.

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Cold Morning-pastel painting of a wintry road through the forest

pastel painting of a snowy road through the woods
Cold Morning, 6×9″ pastel painting of a snowy road through the forest by Marie Marfia. ©2019 http://ebay.us/NmTxjl

This painting is based on a walk down a two-track road in the winter time. I like how the road curves out of sight up ahead and the drama in the horizon line. This was a very fun painting to do. I love walking in the Manistee National Forest with my dogs every morning. It inspires my work.

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pastel painting of a wintery road through the woods

Smooth Curves – pastel painting of a winter road through the woods

Smooth Curves, 9×6″ pastel on Canson mi-teintes paper.

This painting is based on a walk down Aspen Road in the winter time. I like how the road curves out of sight up ahead and how the horizon mimics its curves. This was a very fun painting to do. I love walking in the Manistee National Forest with my dogs every morning. It inspires my work.

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pastel painting of a river landscape with snow

Over the Pere Marquette

This is a painting I did after walking down a 2-track road that goes along the Pere Marquette River. I really love walking this trail with the dogs. The road is a like a little roller coaster and there are lots of places where people camp. Just a beautiful spot, no matter what time of year. At the end is a place where I can slither down onto the bank and someone even put a couple of steps down there so you could get into the water if you wanted. Not today! Too cold. But maybe in the summer…

pastel painting of a snowy ridge over the Pere Marquette River.
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