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How to remove sticky residue from Optium acrylic

I have been busy prepping work for a show coming up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Two of my skeleton pieces were juried in and I needed to find frames for them for the exhibition.

The frame closest in size to Neverending Love Story was a tiny bit long on one side so I planned to cut a mat to make it work. That meant the spacers on the acrylic needed to be removed which left a sticky residue. Since you can’t use a solvent on Optium acrylic, I needed something else.

Fortunately, my husband had some 99% isopropyl alcohol in amongst a plethora of substances in his workshop (being married to a chemist has its advantages!), which worked, but it required a lot of elbow grease to remove the adhesive, as well as gloves, since the alcohol really dried out my hands. He was going to try adding some acetone to it to make it work a bit faster but then happened to see a little bottle of Goo Gone on the shelf and brought that up from the basement. Voila! It worked a treat!

So, I’m just passing this along for what it’s worth. If you find yourself trying to remove spacer glue residue from Optium acrylic, use Goo Gone. It takes the stuff right off after you let it sit for five or ten minutes and it cleans up with hot water and soap. This was a real life saver for me, since I had to use what was available because there just wasn’t time to order new glass or frames in time to ship my beauties to the show.


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Marie Marfia, Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24x18".

Skelly paintings traveling to New Mexico

I’m so excited that two of my skeleton paintings, Cheers! and Neverending Love Story, have been accepted to a show at KEEP Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico! Details below!

Marie Marfia, Neverending Love Story, soft pastel, 12x16.375
Neverending Love Story, soft pastel on sanded paper, 12 in. x16.375 in., $800.

Neverending Love Story is a parody of Marianne Stokes’ wonderful painting of Nicolette and Aucassin, a pair of lovers I was first introduced to in Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles novels. I highly recommend these books, if you’re a romantic at heart like me. I love them. Marianne Stokes’ work is, of course, sublime, and it was a pleasure to use her piece for inspiration.

Marie Marfia, Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24x18".
Cheers!, soft pastel on paper, 24 in. x18 in., $1800.

I painted Cheers! as a parody of Charles Marion Russell’s self portrait/Christmas card which I then used as my holiday greeting card back in 2020. At the time I was still in my old studio space in downtown Ludington. Good times! I remember deciding to make it as big as I could because I just knew all those horse skeleton bones were going to be difficult! And they were! Fun, though.

Details for this show:

The New Vanguard: Explorations into the New Contemporary V
Keep Contemporary Gallery
142 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
January 19-February 16, 2024
Opening Reception Friday, January 19, 5-8pm

I can’t go but if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come!

KEEP Contemporary is one of Santa Fe’s newest and most unconventional art spaces bringing fresh energy to the local art scene.


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10 things I’m grateful for in 2023

Here’s a list of the things that made me happy last year:

  • I was able to travel and spend a lot of time with family and friends. I’m lucky to be able to pack up and go almost any time I want and, bonus! I now have a lot more good references for future portrait practice.
  • I took art lessons from Michigan artist, Vianna Szabo. She has helped me progress with my art and I feel a lot more confidence in the quality of my work. I’m so glad she took me on as a student.
  • I had more opportunities to hang out with the creative people who live here, attending more art receptions and going on plein air outings. Artists inspire me to do more work plus they’re just a lot of fun to be with.
  • I taught more pastel classes this year. Not only did I teach at Ludington Area Center for the Arts, but I was also invited to teach at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee. I love teaching pastels! The people who attend are talented and kind and curious, and those are the best kinds of students of all.
  • My art got juried into more shows. It’s so cool to see “Invited” on the Café form. I don’t always get in but when I do it’s really awesome.
  • I won an award. This was so unexpected and such a thrill. It would have been enough to know that my work was hanging alongside a lot of beautiful pastel paintings, but getting recognition was the icing on the cake. It’s been four months and it still feels awesome every time I see the shiny ribbon hanging in my studio.
  • I sold more art. Thank you to everyone who bought an original or a print or a card or an ornament from me this year. It always gives me a little rush to know someone liked my stuff enough to spend their hard earned cash for it.
  • I got sick, which may not sound like something to be grateful for, especially since it was Covid. I had to miss participating in a local holiday market as a result, but I used the time off to play around more with my skeleton art, which was fun! And really, I was very happy that my case was mild enough I didn’t need any intervention stronger than Nyquil to get through it. (Vaccines work!)
  • I got a dog! Well, technically I share her with my husband, but finally! A dog! Her name is Daphne and she’s a retriever mix, tan and white, very pretty and with Egyptian eyes and a very loving personality. 
  • As a result of the aforementioned dog adoption, I am getting more time outdoors, which is always something to be grateful for, because I live in a beautiful place, and the more time I spend outside the better I feel.

So that’s my gratitude list for the year! It’s good to look back and remember all the positive things that happened and will hopefully continue into 2024! A big helping of gratitude to you, too, for coming with me on my art journey. Hope your new year is awesome.


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Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.

Feeling accepted

It’s awesome when one of your works is juried into an art exhibition. This has happened a few times now (okay, three times) and it always makes me feel so many things, including grateful and hopeful and humbled.

Yay!

It’s good to be liked.

Now I have to find something to wear. Or, rather, I need to find something for my art to wear. What do you think? Black and gold? That’s a traditional style frame. Or I could go out to my garage where all my already used frames are and see if there’s something that would suit.

I want my art to be dressed for success, you know.

Here’s the piece that was accepted into the show.

Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.
Crisp One, soft pastel on textured gator board, 8x10in.

And here’s the black and gold frame I think I want to use.

What do you think?

The show is Crooked Tree Art Center – Petoskey’s annual juried fine art exhibition, Fields of Vision. The exhibition dates are January 13 to February 24, 2024. Opening reception and exhibition awards announcements will be on January 13th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

There were 51 pieces selected from 206 submissions, so it looks like it’ll be a nice size collection. I will not be able to attend because I’ll be visiting my grandkids in Ireland, but if you’re in town I hope you will go see the show.


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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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231126A

Painting outdoors indoors

Sometimes you just don’t want to be outside painting. Like when it’s cold and wet out there.

You could jump in your car and paint from the drivers seat. I’ve done this and it works in a pinch. The drawbacks are you can’t always park in a place that gives you a good subject to paint and, also in my case, I end up with pastel dust all over my car seat.

Today I decided to just set up my plein air pastel gear in front of my living room window and paint the the view out my window. It was nice. No standing in wet snow, no frozen fingers, no driving around looking for a suitable landscape. I like it!

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231126A Outside My Window, soft pastel on sanded UArt 400 grit paper.

Oh, and before I forget, I’m teaching a winter scene pastel class at Ludington Area Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 7, 1-3pm. More details here. C’mon out and paint the snow with me!


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Marie Marfia, Walking with a Friend, 10x8in., soft pastel on Lux Archival paper.

Walking with a Friend

Click to bid or buy • 10x8in. • soft pastel on Lux Archival paper • starts at $100

From a visit with friends up in Lake Leelanau. This is my husband Steve and our friend, Lenny.

Watch a time lapse video of this painting on my Youtube channel.


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Marie Marfia, Sledding, 8x10in., soft pastel on Lux Archival paper.

Sledding

Click to bid or buy • 8x10in. • soft pastel on Lux Archival paper • starts at $100

From a visit with my grandkids last week. Such fun! And do you know, she carried her own sled up the hill, too!

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Marie Marfia, On the Ridge, 10x8in., soft pastel on Lux Archival paper

On the Ridge

Sold • 10x8in. • soft pastel on Lux Archival • starts at $100

Went visiting friends up in Lake Leelanau and this painting is from a walk along the ridge.

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Marie Marfia, Nearly There, 10x8in., soft pastel on Canson mi teintes paper.

Nearly There

Click to bid or buy • 10x8in. • soft pastel on Canson mi teintes paper • starts at $100

From a walk in the Ludington State Park. Sun peeking through the trees and lighting up the pine needles and snow on the trail ahead. We were pretty tired, my husband and I, but it was a good kind of tired, you know?

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