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My Hat, Squared WIP

My hat squared

I had to try this one again, but this time I decided to make it a square painting. I found a version of the photo reference where her hat was in the air instead of laying on the ground, which I like much better. This is still a work in progress, but I like the direction of it.

My Hat, Squared WIP
My Hat, Squared, 10×10″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia. WIP

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My hat! pastel painting on sanded paper by Marie Marfia, $600.

My hat!

Spent a wonderful day at the beach in South Haven, Michigan, playing with my granddaughter, Maeve. I got a picture of her just as her sunhat blew off in the wind and had to paint the memory.


She spent about an hour playing with rocks and pouring out water onto the sand. Maeve is just over two years old and her boundless curiosity about the way the water disappears when you dump it onto sand was irresistible. All that squatting I did to bring her more water from the lake! My legs are pretty sore today!

There’s something really fun about painting a memento of a certain place and the company kept. Good times!

My hat! pastel painting on sanded paper by Marie Marfia, $600.
My hat! 6×9″ pastel painting on sanded paper by Marie Marfia, $600 framed.

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pastel painting of a lake michigan sunset during winter

Late Winter Sunset, pastel painting of a sunset on the beach in winter time

pastel painting of a lake Michigan sunset during winter.
Late Winter Sunset, soft pastel on paper, 6×8″.

Sunsets in winter time are so full of drama! Dark clouds! Orange and yellow reflections! So pretty. I love it here.

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Winter Dune Grass, pastel painting of a dune on Lake Michigan with snow

Marie Marfia, Winter Dune Grass, soft pastel on paper, 9x6"
Winter Dune Grass, soft pastel on paper, 9×6″

This painting is from a walk along the Lake Michigan shoreline during winter time. The snow peeks in and out of the grasses which are blowing in the wind. You can see the lake under dark clouds. One of my favorite times of year. So much drama!


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Big Dune, pastel painting of a hill at the beach with grass and snow

Big Dune, 9×6″ pastel painting of a beach dune with grass and snow by Marie Marfia ©2019. This painting is available on eBay. Click the link below.

Last weekend during a break between snow storms my husband and I went out to the state park and walked along the shore for a bit. It was so pretty out there. I love how the beach grass reflects the last light of the day and how the snow peeks out between all the clumps. It’s beautiful here. 

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pastel painting of a beach with snow and snow fencing.

Snow Fence – pastel painting of snow fencing at the beach with snow

Snow Fence, 5×7″ pastel painting of snow fencing at the Lake Michigan beach with snow by Marie Marfia. Available on eBay.

I love snow fencing. I mean I love how it ribbons back and forth on the beach and I love it especially in the winter with snow all around it and the lake is green and the sky is dark. It all just bodes so beautifully.

This painting is for sale on eBay. When you bid on this painting you’re helping me contribute to AFFEW, a local environmental organization. Thanks for your support!

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Marie Marfia, Skelly Dancer No. 8, soft pastel on paper, 14x11".

Skelly Dancer No. 8 is on sale this week – skeletons on sale

Skelly Dancer No. 8 is on sale through November 18, 2018

Get 25% Off all iterations of Skelly Dancer No. 8 now through Sunday, November 18, 2018. Especially with all this surprising snow, don’t you wish you were dancing on a beach somewhere?

Skelly Dancer No. 8, skeleton dancing on the beach, by Marie Marfia

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Marie Marfia, Shall We Dance?, soft pastel on paper, 24x18".

Shall We Dance is on sale!

pastel painting of a skeleton couple dancing on the beach
Marie Marfia, Shall We Dance, soft pastel on paper, 24×18″. Original unavailable.

“Shall We Dance?” my pastel painting of a sweet skeleton couple dancing on the beach is available as prints, cards and printed novelties in my Fine Art America Shop, as a downloadable print in my Etsy shop, or as a signed card in my Signed Cards shop (links in the menu)! They’re so romantic!


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What’s On Your Mind?

What’s On Your Mind? 6×9″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Today I brought my mother-in-law to my gallery. I was going to take her to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts to look at an art show there but she said, “Are your paintings there?” and I said, no, they weren’t. “I want to look at your paintings,” she said. So we ended up going to my studio.

I brought her in, helped her sit in one of my cafe chairs and she watched me paint a larger version of the painting above.

Afterward, I tried to get her to help me fill out a questionnaire from the American Cancer Society (she had lung cancer a number of years ago and the ACS sends out these forms for research purposes), but she was more interested in telling me what had happened to her this morning.

“They got me up and dressed me and then they said I could sit in my rocker chair or go back to bed. But they didn’t talk to me, just to each other! I got mad and said some things before I could stop my mind.”

She doesn’t care for it when the aides come into her room and act as though she’s not there, talking among themselves and not including her. It’s de-humanizing. Makes you feel like a worthless lump.

Diana can talk pretty well still and she understands a lot of what’s going on around her. If she feels pressure to perform she stumbles when searching for the words she wants. But she’s definitely all in there.

I get how it can be a lot easier to talk to someone who you work with every day than some poor old woman that you don’t know very well. But no one likes to be treated like a dummy. Especially not Diana.

On the way back to the memory care unit I thanked her for visiting my studio. “I’d like to come back again in two months,” she said. “Maybe next time I can paint, too.”

I’ll definitely do my best to make it so.

This painting is on ebay as of 9pm tonight. Bidding starts at 99¢.

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Carving Time

Carving Time, 6×9″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

I like how the shadows carve out the snow. Or is it vice versa? I like it, anyway.

So I’m finding that having a clear horizon is important to me right now. That’s why I’m putting the lake out there. Cool, blue and attainable. I just have to get over these dunes first.

This painting is on ebay as of 9pm tonight. Bidding starts at 99¢.

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