Category Archives: Skies

Pastel painting of a sunrise on a small lake

Good Morning, Half Moon Lake

This is number 7 in the Pastel Skies challenge by Karen Margulis.

I still think about this place. I rented a cottage on Half Moon Lake two years ago for my sister and me to stay in while we were in Michigan visiting family. It was a real small lake, but deep in the middle, drawing fishermen early in the day. Later in the afternoon, there’d be water skiers and tubers and jet skis out there. Mary and I would sit on the deck in our straw hats and applaud all the hijinks. We hosted the after party for the reunion and the little kids played in the sand by the water while the grownups had a cherry spitting contest on the dirt road behind the house. I remember floating on a dollar store air mattress, feeling the sun on my back, trailing my hands in the cool water. It was quite wonderful. This painting is based on a picture I took the morning that I left to go back to Florida.

Pastel painting of a sunrise on a small lake

Good Morning, Half Moon Lake, 5×8″ pastel on Canson mi tientes paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel study of dark clouds over the ocean

Dark Horizon

This painting is number 5 in the Paint the Sky challenge given by Karen Margulis, and it is based on a photo I took while on the beach at Mickler’s Landing, in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

While I’m not fond of hanging out when storms are coming in (all that lightning makes me kind of nervous), I couldn’t resist taking a picture before leaving. I especially like the reflected light in the ocean under the clouds. Cool!

pastel study of dark clouds over the ocean

Dark Horizon, 5×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel painting of a late afternoon on the beach

Pink Gloaming

Today’s sky painting is the 4th in a series of 21 that I’m doing as a result of a wonderful mini workshop with Karen Margulis

I remember being on the beach in the late afternoon when I took the picture that this painting is based on. I was there with a few friends and we just didn’t want to leave yet. The sun went down behind us and then the real fireworks started. All the contrails came into high relief against the blue and pink and aqua in the sky. The sand glowed orange. It was wonderful.

I’m looking forward to being back in Michigan, hanging out at the beach for sunsets and then painting them, every one that I can.

pastel painting of a late afternoon on the beach

Pink Gloaming, 5×8″ pastel on Canson mi tents paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel painting of towering clouds over the ocean.

Clouds Roll In

Today’s sky painting is the 3rd in a series of 21 that I’m doing as a result of a wonderful mini workshop with Karen Margulis.

Clouds Roll In is taken from a photo from an afternoon at the beach, probably at Mickler’s Landing but it might also be from a bit farther south at Guana Beach. Both places are fairly close by and Steve and I like to get out to walk along the surf as often as we can. On this day, I got lucky because there were big clouds on the horizon. Looks like there was a little rain coming down out over the water.

I am enjoying the process of creating my own grays using tertiary and secondary colors layered on top of each other. This painting was done on Canson mi teintes paper.

pastel painting of towering clouds over the ocean.

Clouds Roll In, 5×8″ pastel on Canson paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel painting of a morning at the preserve

Gold and Lavender

This is another in the Sky paintings series, from a challenge issued by Karen Margulis after her mini workshop, Paint the Sky.

This is based on a photo that I took while out walking in the Julington Durbin Preserve. The clouds were blanketing the sky to the east but there was sun peeking out along the horizon and the light was frosting the tops of the clouds further up in the sky. It was really gorgeous. And this was fun to paint.

I used tertiary color in the clouds to get the grays I wanted, pale yellow, lavender and a cool aqua. Awesome way to get to gray! I probably knew this on some level, but it’s always nice to get the info straight from the expert’s mouth.

pastel painting of a morning at the preserve

Gold and Lavender, 4×6″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia. $60, unframed. Contact me to purchase

 

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pastel of a sunset over a road

Sunset Drive

Saturday, June 4, 2016 I took a mini workshop called “Paint the Sky” featuring one of my favorite pastel artists, Karen Margulis. (This was offered through First Coast Pastel Society, which is an awesome pastel group, if you’re in the area and looking to paint with a crowd of nice people. Everyone is very supportive and there’s a lot going on. I highly recommend you join them. I’m really going to miss these folks after I move.)

It was very intense because it was very short, but well presented and with a lot of good information. Karen challenged the workshop participants to paint 21 skies in the next 21 days, as a way of starting a new, daily painting habit. I already paint every day (well, almost!) and so I’m not too worried about the habit-forming part of the challenge, but oh, the skies! I can totally do that!

So here’s Sunday’s sky painting. This is a scene based on a photo my son Nick took while we were driving to karate class. I was blown away by the fiery clouds in the sky, handed Nick my camera and yelled, “Shoot! Shoot!” So he did and I found it again while looking through my photos on my computer in search of appropriate subject matter for the workshop.

pastel of a sunset over a road

Sunset Drive, 4×6″ pastel on UArt sanded paper by Marie Marfia. $60, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

Even though these luscious sunsets are the result of more pollution in the air, which I hate, I still love the colors! I guess that’s a love-hate relationship. I can live with that.

 

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