Getting Reacquainted, pastel portrait by Marie Marfia

This is a portrait painting I did to remember a recent visit by my daughter, her wife and their baby. It was magical to have them all out to the house and spend time with them.

For a reference I used a picture that my daughter took of me on the floor in the living room, chatting with Maeve. There’s another picture of hers that I want to use, too.

It’s nice to have a reference that I didn’t set up myself for a change. I am always so self-conscious when I’m doing the picture taking. This is a nice composition. The figures are loose and relaxed. I like the way the light is outlining our heads and faces. I tried not to overwork the faces, but it’s easy to get carried away. Just means I need more practice!

Here’s the time-lapse:

Here’s the final:

Getting Reacquainted, 11x11" pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia.
Getting Reacquainted, 11×11″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia. NFS.

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