Marie Marfia, Maeve on the Beach, study, soft pastel on sanded paper, 5 in x 7 in.

Maeve on the Beach, study

I was looking at a cheat sheet that I got a number of years ago when I attended a Margaret Dyer workshop and I thought, I would like to do a pastel with a person in it, so I searched my photos for people and this picture of my granddaughter showed up.

The reference photo I used.

I wondered about the cropping on the photo, whether it would work as a painting or not and then I thought, who cares? and just dived in.

Here’s the time lapse video:

Maeve on the Beach, study.

I’ve been using an underpainting method that Lana Ballot teaches that’s mostly purples and I adapted it to the method that Margaret Dyer taught in her figure study class. I like the richness of color that the purple gives to the successive layers of pastel. I have another picture that shows more of the hat Maeve was wearing and I may combine the two in another, larger, version of this piece.

For now, it’s just fun to walk into the studio in the morning and paint whatever I want without thinking too hard about my choices.

Here’s the result of about a half hour session:

Maeve on the Beach, study, soft pastel on sanded paper, 5 in x 7 in.

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