Category Archives: Pastels

skeleton dancing on the beach skelly dancer no. 8

Skelly Dancer No. 8 is on sale this week – skeletons on sale

Skelly Dancer No. 8 is on sale through November 18, 2018

Get 25% Off all iterations of Skelly Dancer No. 8 now through Sunday, November 18, 2018. Especially with all this surprising snow, don’t you wish you were dancing on a beach somewhere?

skeleton dancing on the beach skelly dancer no. 8

Skelly Dancer No. 8, skeleton dancing on the beach, by Marie Marfia

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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!

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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!

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pastel painting of the Mona Lisa with a skeleton

Bona Lisa is on Sale this Week! – skeleton mona lisa

pastel painting of the Mona Lisa with a skeleton

Bona Lisa, 12×18″ pastel on paper. $600. Skeleton Mona Lisa by Marie Marfia

Bona Lisa is on Sale this week!

Who doesn’t love the Mona Lisa? But haven’t you wondered what she looks like under that enigmatic smile of hers? Inside, I bet she’s grinning from ear to ear!

She’s on sale this week in all her iterations–original, prints, cards–through Sunday, November 11, 2018. Go get yours!

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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pastel study of a sky and woods and a road

Cracking the Landscape – pastel study of a road and woods and sky

pastel study of a sky and woods and a road

Cracking the Landscape, 6×9″ pastel on paper. © Marie Marfia. Available $110.00

Cracking the Landscape

You can’t see it, but my car is parked just up ahead.

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Cool and Dark-pastel painting of a path into the woods

pastel painting of a path through the woods

Cool and Dark, 7×5″ pastel painting of a path through the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia. Available $75.

Cool and Dark

Here’s a small pastel of a path leading into the cool and dark woods. I love going for walks in the Manistee National Forest with my two dogs. Lately the sun comes up sometime after we start so the forest is always shadowy and mysterious.

Here’s a time-lapse of this piece. I was working on the floor of my house. I live in a small place and this was the best light to work by, right in front of the sliders.

This piece is available in my web store.

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