pastel painting of a woman's face

No. 19, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Mel

This is Mel, another friend I met through the magic of Facebook. I began this portrait determined not to overwork it, to leave some of the bright, posterized underpainting colors showing through. I managed it, but just barely.

The only way to keep from getting too tidy with these things is to make a mark and step back and squint and make another mark and step back and squint. I like how this one turned out. I especially appreciate the crazy hair in the photo reference and I wanted that and her beautiful eyes to take precedence over everything else.

I got my first set of pictures taken of it and had to add a couple more little marks, just because. It’s hard to let go of perfect. It would be helpful if I could focus on how I feel about what I’m doing versus what someone else might think about it.

Thank you, Mel, for sending me your beautiful face to paint!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Mel, No. 19, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

One thing I know, I’m getting much better at drawing glasses!

Here are the progress pics:

This is my 30 Friends in 30 Days series. Each day I take a friend’s selfie and make a pastel painting from it. Then I post it to ebay at auction for 7 days. Follow my progress as I learn to paint pastel portraits with a little help from my friends.

Click to bid on this painting.

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