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18" Skelly Santa tote bag.

Bring Goth Home for the Holidays

I was sick for a couple of weeks with COVID, but I am apparently hard-wired to make things anyway. Want to see what I was doing?

So me and my beloved and my two kids who live nearby all got Covid a couple of weeks ago. It could have been worse and, thankfully, we’re all pretty much back to normal.

Unfortunately, I’d made plans to be part of the Holiday Market at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and so I was still busily making gothic style Xmas crafts right up until the day before I was supposed to go in and set up my booth. I had to cancel at the last minute, partly because I wasn’t feeling 100 percent healthy, and partly because I didn’t want to be out in public spreading Covid joy. You know how it is.

So I have all this stuff that I am going to store in my attic and put in next year’s Holiday Market, but I thought, you know, if anyone is interested in “Bringing Goth Home for the Holidays” I will happily sell and ship out whatever you like that I have.

You can find all my horrible Christmast art in my Etsy shop. Merry, Scary Christmas!


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Marie Marfia, All Gussied Up, 10x8in., soft pastel on paper.

All Gussied Up

Click to bid • 10x8in. • pastel on paper • starts at $100

Getting my Halloween on!


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Marie Marfia, Curtain Call, 10x8 in., soft pastel on textured gator board

Curtain Call

Marie Marfia, Curtain Call, 10x8in., soft pastel on textured gator board.
Click to bid • 10x8in. • pastel • starts at $100

Messing around with my new skull and some dried roses I have leftover. Doesn’t she look happy?


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Marie Marfia, Orange is My New Black, 9x6in., soft pastel on textured gator board

Orange is My New Black

Click to bid • 9x6in. • pastel • Sold

Anyone else wearing florescent hunter orange absolutely everywhere they go these days?


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Marie Marfia, Nose in a Book, 6x9in., soft pastel on textured gator board.

Nose in a Book

Click to Bid • 6x9in. • pastel • Sold

I’ve always got my nose in a book! You?


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Marie Marfia, A Toast to Old Friends, 9x6in., soft pastel on textured gator board

A Toast to Old Friends

Click to bid • 9x6in. • pastel • Sold

Well, well, well. We meet again! Skull still lifes throughout the spooky season. This is fun!


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Great 2022 Print Giveaway

The Great Summer 2022 Print Giveaway

Did you know that I’m giving away as many as 72 prints this summer? Amazing, right?

Great 2022 Print Giveaway
More prints getting mailed out during The Great 2022 Print Giveaway!

Here’s how it works. I have a booth every Thursday at the Artisan Market this summer in downtown Ludington, MI from May 26 through September 22, 2022. Every week I offer a giveaway of either a landscape or skelly print to anyone who signs up. No purchase necessary! Pretty cool!

But there’s more! I am also randomly drawing names from my existing email list to send a print, either skelly or landscape, by mail. So just by being a subscriber you are entered to win either a beautiful landscape or a fun skelly print each week this summer. So by signing up early, you have more chances to win!

So, come on out to the Artisan Market this summer and get in on The Great Summer 2022 Print Giveaway! Or sign up here on my website. Either way, you’re entered in the giveaway. It’s my way of thanking my subscribers for hanging with me. You’re all awesome.


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Marie Marfia, Bonnie waves to the S.S. Badger, photo, NFS.

Waving bon voyage

I took Bonnie down to the Waterfront Park in Ludington to wave at the S.S. Badger the other morning. I remember back when my kids were little and I would take them to go watch the carferry sail off on her maiden voyage of the season. One year my mother came as well and a picture of us all waving at the boat was published in the local paper and then subsequently picked up by the Associated Press. Mom told me that at mass the next Sunday, a friend of the family told her he’d recognized her in the picture, even though none of us was id’ed in the photo. I said, “Just goes to show that lech has been looking at your butt all these years.” She laughed.

Bonnie waves to the Badger as it sails out of port.

Bonnie and I were the only ones waving to the passengers on the Badger this day. No surprise, since we were a few days into the season already and it was kind of cold out. Bonnie never minds the weather, though.


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New skeleton painting in progress

Hey everyone! I’m working on a new skeleton painting, another in the Old (Dead) Masters series. This one is based on Maxfield Parrish’s illustration for the Dinkey Bird poem which features a beautiful figure swinging from a tree limb with a magical looking castle in the clouds behind. It’s a lovely picture and I am delighted to skeletonize it. I’ll be posting time-lapse videos of my progress here so check back often.

I am really loving all the colors in this piece! All my favorites in one painting. I’m over the moon.

Blocking in the painting.
Adding more color.
Working on the castle, sky and foliage.
Narrowing my focus a little bit.
Working on the skeleton.
Getting a lot closer now!


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Marie Marfia, Steve by the Pool, watercolor and sharpie on watercolor paper.

Travel diary

While I was out in Tucson last week with Steve, visiting his brother, Will, and our friend, Pam, I made a point of doing a small sketch every day. I brought a watercolor sketchbook to make a visual record of the trip because I think using different mediums is fun and it gives you a chance to stretch your brain a bit. I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older I am reluctant to take chances, and while it’s understandable, it doesn’t mean I have to go along with it all the time.

The portable watercolor kit I have is very small, pocket-sized, and I use a small brush with a water reservoir in the handle. Once I exhausted the water in the brush I was done for the day. Each piece took no longer than a half hour to do, so it was easy to fit into my schedule, especially since I was the only early riser in our group! I would wander out with my kit and paint the first thing that caught my eye.

Pam’s place, where we stayed, buts up against natural desert habitat and she also has horses, so there was plenty of subject matter to play with.

Horses, sharpie on watercolor paper.
Easy, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Hungry Horse, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Cast shadow, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Cast shadow, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Pam’s Cacti, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Steve by the Pool, sharpie and watercolor on watercolor paper.
Carolyn’s Tree, watercolor on watercolor paper.
Skeleton Face with Flowers, watercolor and sharpie on watercolor paper.

Hope you enjoy these postcards of my trip out to the warm southwest!


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