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My art is on Ebay!

Road Curves Left, 5x7" pastel on paper inspired by the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia.
Road Curves Left, 5×7″ pastel on paper, available in my Ebay store starting 1/14/19 at 9pm.

I have been selling my original art on Ebay for about five years. I don’t do it all the time, but once or twice a year I get the urge to start posting paintings. Why do I do this? A few reasons…

It reinforces my daily painting habit. I am under a compulsion to paint every day so that by the time I’m 80 I’ll be freaking awesome at it. Since I’m splitting Ebay sales with a worthy cause (see next paragraph), boom! there’s built-in accountability to keep me on the straight and narrow.

It helps others. This year 10% of my landscape sales go to AFFEW, which is a local environmental group. I spend a lot of time wandering around Mason County, gobsmacked by the scenery, and I want to make sure those beautiful views are around for future generations. Happily, AFFEW does too, so they’re an organization I am happy to support.

I. Need. More. Space. I realize pastel paintings are flat, but when you’re painting every day, they pile up. I have boxes of paintings stacked in the corners of my studio as well as my storage space. So selling daily paintings on Ebay keeps the stacks to a minimum.

It’ll make me famous! Not really, but I enjoy the idea of my art being dispersed to all four corners of the planet. I’ve sold pieces to people living in just about every state in the union plus a few overseas. Frankly, my art is more well-traveled than I am, which I find both sad and hilarious.

It fits my impulse-driven lifestyle. With Ebay a painting sells or it doesn’t within 7 days. If it doesn’t sell I throw it in a re-work pile. Then sometime during the next six months I pitch the re-work pile, usually because I’m trying to make room for a pile of new stuff. Problem solved!

It’s my drug of choice. I get the same dopamine rush when someone bids on one of my Ebay paintings as I do when eating an entire bag of Lays potato chips, but this is better because not only does it mean another painting is leaving my studio, it’s also not making me fat(ter)! Since my goals this year include reducing my weight and my inventory, Ebay is a win-win.

So there you have it, some of my reasons for using Ebay as an art sales outlet. Here’s the link to my Ebay store. Thanks for looking and happy bidding!

Long Shadows, 9x6" pastel on paper, inspired by the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia.
Long Shadows, 9×6″ pastel on paper, available in my Ebay store starting 1/16/19 at 9pm.
pastel painting on paper of a tree in the woods

Happy New Year!

Whew! The holidays are done and it’s time to start resolving, right?

This year I want to concentrate on remembering that I have enough of everything I need and to give as much as I can to causes I believe in. I think this has something to do with me turning 59 this year. There has been some research on 9-enders, that is people who are of an age ending in 9, and hey, that’s me. These 9-enders tend to do significant things at these times of their lives, like run their first marathons or start non-profits to help others, so I’m in good company when it comes to making some changes.

One of those things that I feel strongly about and would like to support with my art is the environment. So I’m going to re-start selling my daily paintings on ebay and donating 10% of sales to a local organization called AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World). They educate the public, do beach clean ups and sponsor hazardous waste collection days, among other things. I hope you’ll help me support them by purchasing a daily painting or two.

pastel painting on paper of a tree in the woods
“Through a Screen of Pine” 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. Available soon on ebay.

I plan to start the auctions of daily paintings next week Monday, January 14, 2019. Here’s a link to my ebay store. Please bookmark it and check back often to see what’s available.

man sitting in a chair figure study 20 minutes charcoal on newsprint

Drawings from a model

Hurray! Weekly model drawing has started at the Ludington Area Cultural Arts center. I am so happy! I love drawing people! Now I get to do it every week!

Here are my drawings from today’s session. These are charcoal on newsprint. If you’re interested in any of them, send me an email. 


Making Christmas with skeletons!

I’m just getting started!

Falala skeleton with a santa hat painting in red, black and white

Falala skelly xmas painting, 6×6″. ©Marie Marfia.

skeleton with a santa hat ho ho ho christmas painting in acrylic

Ho ho ho skelly painting with santa hat in red, green, black and white. ©Marie Marfia.

skeleton christmas painting with mistletoe in red, black, white and green

Meet me under the mistletoe skelly painting by Marie Marfia. ©2018.

Still have to get some lights, too, but maybe Steve will let me use some of his. Here’s what he’s up to, the mad man.

What are you doing for Christmas decorations this year?

pastel painting of a fat little pony

Chunky pony – pastel painting of a fat little pony

Chunky pony

I drive by this field near my house almost every day and there are usually lots of cattle and horses and a couple of donkeys and some ponies out there. Now and again they’re close enough to the road that I can take a picture or two. I absolutely loved this chunky little pony and had to do a quick study.

pastel painting of a fat little pony

Chunky Pony – 6×9″ pastel painting by Marie Marfia ©2018.

If you’d like to purchase this 6×9″ pastel painting for $75, contact me. Thanks for watching!

red high heels in pastel

Red high heels

red high heels in pastel

Red high heels – 8×8″ pastel on paper of a pair of red ladies shoes. ©2018 Marie Marfa. Available $75.

Red High Heels

I love poetry. I try to read a poem every day. Today’s poem was all about red high heels. Or maybe not. Poems are awesome that way.

Anyway, I decided to swing by Goodwill on my way to work and pick up a pair of high heeled shoes. They didn’t have any red ones but I found two pair of black ones that I loved so I got those and decided I’d just paint them as though they were red. Art is awesome that way.

If you’re interested in purchasing this painting, send me an email. Thanks!

pastel portrait of a husband and wife couple

Paul and Jan – pastel portrait of my brother and his wife

pastel portrait of a husband and wife couple

Paul and Jan, 11×14″ pastel on sanded paper. © Marie Marfia.

Paul and Jan pastel portrait

Finished! I decided to forgo recording the last part of this one as a video. Next time I promise!

Interested in a portrait? They make great gifts and are a wonderful way to celebrate a memory of someone you love. Check it out here.




I am spookily delightful!

Here’s a sweet article about my “Greetings from St. Augustine” series in EU Jacksonville magazine. Thank you, Jennifer! It’s fabulous!

Marie Marfia’s Quirky Skeleton Art is Spookily Delightful

To celebrate, I’m putting “Still Got It” on sale this week in my web shop. All iterations of this skeleton piece are 25% Off through Sunday, October 21, 2018. Happy skelly shopping!

I Still Got It, pastel painting of a skeleton surfing the waves off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida

©2014 Marie Marfia, I Still Got It, 16×20” pastel on paper.

pastel portrait of a smiling couple in pastel

Paul and Jan – WIP pastel portrait of my brother and his wife

pastel portrait of a smiling couple in pastel

Paul and Jan, WIP, 11×14″ pastel on paper. ©Marie Marfia.

Paul and Jan, WIP. 11×14″ pastel on sanded paper of a smiling couple. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Pastel portrait of Paul and Jan

This is coming along pretty well. At least, I’m pleased with it so far, although I’m carefully telling myself not to fall in love with it yet because that makes it more difficult to finish.

This is my second attempt at a portrait of my brother, Paul, and his wife, Jan. The first time the reference photo was just too low-resolution to work. I don’t like to get too detailed with my portraits but that doesn’t mean I can work without any detail at all. This year I brought my SLR camera to the reunion instead of relying on my phone and ended up with a much better photo selection.

This portrait is based on two separate photos, one of Paul that I took and another one of Jan that someone else had taken at the same event. The photo of Jan showed her with her head tilted sideways and standing under a picnic shelter, so the light on her face was a lot different from the picture of Paul, who was sitting out in the sunshine. Thanks to Photoshop I was able to match the colors so that I could work from a reference that looked like they actually posed together. Hurray!

Here are time-lapse videos of the progress on this portrait so far. Hopefully, I’ll have it done by next week’s email. Stay tuned!

Hope to finish soon. Stay tuned!

If you’d like to commission a portrait, please send me an email or give me a call, 904-566-4473. I love painting faces and yours (or someone you love) could be next on my easel!

pastel study of a road through the woods

Half Invented – pastel study of a road in the woods

pastel study of a road through the woods

Half Invented, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. ©2018 Marie Marfia. Available $110.00

Half Invented

This is the same place as yesterday’s post but today I just painted what I remembered. I like it better. It’s truer to what I meant rather than what the camera meant, if you know what I mean. It’s fresher feeling, more lively. I like it.

This painting is available in my web store for $110, includes shipping.