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No. 20, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Green Skirt

In this painting, I was drawn by the bright green hula skirt on the base of this tree in the Julington Durbin Preserve. So much like tentacles, or Morticia Addams’ dress, or green fingers!

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

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pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

No. 19, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Trunks

In this painting, I wanted to highlight the texture of the pine tree trunks. I pass this spot at about the half way point on a two mile loop through the Julington Durbin Preserve. I love the soft yellow grasses around the bases of the trees and the blue green treeline in the distance.

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of tree trunks in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trunks, detail, 6×9″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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No. 17, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

The Runner

In this painting, I wanted to capture the framing effect of the dark trees around the bright spot in the center that the runner is moving toward. As I remember it, I was on my way back to the parking lot, when a young woman passed me going towards the Durbin Creek. I just had time to get my camera out and focused on her before she took the right fork at the white diamond trail head and disappeared.

I like the strong diagonal of the tree in the foreground and the gnarly branch over her head, and the way she’s leaning away, toward the fork in the path.

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman running in the Julington Durbin Preserve

The Runner, detail, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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Painting No. 18, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Last Quarter Mile

Today’s painting is of a bend in the path through the Julington Durbin Preserve. From here it’s about a 1/4 mile back to the parking lot, hence the name of this piece.

By this time in the walk, my feet are wet with dew, my dogs are ready for breakfast and I am impatient to begin my day. Still, I stop here and take one more photo. I probably have dozens of pictures of just this spot.

I like the sun skipping through the tops of the trees and leaving bright patches on the path. I like the shadows thrown forward by the tall trunks.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Last Quarter Mile, detail, 9×6″ pastel painting on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 15, Patch of Light

Patch of Light

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

In this painting, I began with a piece of vanilla colored mat board and coated it with clear gesso to provide a good tooth for the pastels. This scene is from the white diamond path through the Julington Durbin Preserve. The sun is on the right, just peeking over the tops of distant trees, turning the foliage bronze and yellow. The light has just begun to touch a patch of dried grasses on the left in the foreground. Even though the rest of the picture is dark, there are still shapes visible in the line of trees and the path, though shadowed, curves ahead to the left.

I walk here in the mornings with my dogs and I love how the tall pine tree on the right stands sentinel over the path, pointing the way back to the parking lot.

This is number 15 of a new series in which I paint 30 pastel landscapes in 30 days.

Here are the work in progress pics and detail shots.

WIP

Gestural sketch. I lost this as the painting progressed, but since it’s such an overall dark painting, it was to be expected.

WIP

Got caught up with it and forgot to stop and take more pictures.

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Patch of Light, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, Green at the Corner, no. 14

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green at the Corner, 9×6″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

detail

Sky began with pale yellow overlaid with a couple of blues.

detail

Some detail in the trees but not too much.

detail

The lower left corner is just a dog’s breakfast of colors and I like it that way.

detail

Picking up some blue from the sky here.

detail

I tried really hard to leave some of the gestural drawing lines in the final. I love them.

detail

Love the blue green here and the swooping marks of the underbrush.

detail

Still love them.

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 13

This is a tough nut to crack. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the Julington-Durbin Preserve. I have dozens of reference photos of it. I may do just the stages over again and leave them as gestures and initial block-ins, I like them that much.

Here is the final, with detail shots.

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of the Julington Durbin Preserve

Tunnel Through the Trees, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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Number 12, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Distant Gold

I like the progression of this painting. I began with what I remembered of my photo and then at the end, I made some adjustments. It ended up being a pretty dramatic painting, which is what I wanted. It’s always good when I get what I want!

WIP 1

WIP 1 Putting down the colors on mat board painted with clear gesso, which has some pumice mixed in.

WIP 2

WIP 2, this is where I rub all the initial pastel in with a piece of pipe insulation. Saves my fingertips from the pumice and it’s cheap. I really, really like the ethereal quality of the painting here. I would like to do some that just go to this point and stop right there.

WIP 3

WIP 3 Going over the darks, trying to get that dusty, misty bluish background in. I’m still working mostly from memory here.

WIP 4

WIP 4 Here’s where I took a look at my reference photo again and decided that I’d misplaced the gold and red in the middle plane. So I removed it from the right and set it back farther in the painting.

WIP 5

WIP 5 Went over the darks again, fiddled with it a little more overall and done! The little hyphen between the gold spots bothers me a bit here. It helps to put a mat around the painting so I’m not distracted by the painters tape and random marks around the outside.

And here is the final version along with some detail pictures.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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We Three

We Three

pastel painting of a stand of three trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

We Three, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a stand of three trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

We Three, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a stand of three trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

We Three, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a stand of three trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

We Three, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a stand of three trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

We Three, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

I feel like I need to paint bigger. I want to make larger, broader strokes and fewer of them.

I like the composition. I like the three trees towering over the tops of all the others. I love the blue to teal to pink gradation in the sky. I feel the tree shapes could use work but I don’t want to overwork the pastel so I’ve decided to stop here.

The gestural starts of these paintings are so far my favorite part of all of them. Somehow I need a process that allows me to keep these lines as I go along. (Follow me on instagram to see work in progress photos.) The initial drawings are so lively and loose. Maybe tomorrow’s painting will be closer to the solution I want for these.

At the least, I will have studies to work from when and if I decide to go bigger with these. 6×9″ is not big enough for me, but it satisfies the need to paint every day because it’s small enough that I can do it, even with regular worky work heating up (it’s show season). I am grateful that I am feeling inspired by what I’m doing rather than depressed by what I’m not doing.

This is number 9 in my 30 Landscapes in 30 Days series.

This painting is available at auction on ebay through November 20, 2015. After that, if you’re interested in purchasing it, contact me about payment and to arrange shipping.


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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, number 3

Hazy Morning

This painting is of the sun peeking through a haze of clouds on the horizon, turning the pine needles a greeny brassy color. The tree trunks in front are like dark sentinels, giving way to paler imitations of themselves, all standing at attention, all tall and straight, except for the one on the right, who probably stayed up partying the night before and has a force four headache.

pastel painting of sun shining through trees on a hazy morning

Hazy Morning, Julington Durbin Preserve, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of sun shining through trees on a hazy morning

Hazy Morning, Julington Durbin Preserve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of sun shining through trees on a hazy morning

Hazy Morning, Julington Durbin Preserve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of sun shining through trees on a hazy morning

Hazy Morning, Julington Durbin Preserve, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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