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pastel drawing of a bird on a branch with snow

Titmouse-pastel drawing of a bird on a branch with snow

Marie Marfia, Titmouse, soft pastel on paper, 6x9".
Titmouse, soft pastel drawing on paper, 6×9″.

If it’s too cold to venture out into the woods with my dogs I am happy to watch the birds at the feeder outside my glass sliders. They puff themselves up in the cold and feast on sunflower seeds. My husband calls it Bird TV and it never gets old.

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Yellow bird, egyptian eyed dog, pink flower

Yellow Bird, No. 9, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Egyptian-eyed Dog, No. 10, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia.

Pink Flower, No. 11, 6×6″ acrylic on canvas. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Humming right along. I don’t always like what I’m ending up with but it’s okay because I’m learning! I’m excited to try again every day. Onward and upward. That’s the ticket.


Quit bugging me

Eagle study in pastel

Eagle study 3, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia


Today’s eagle sketch was made while watching this long-suffering bird snapping at flies that were after his/her partially finished meal. I decided to zoom in a bit on the head of the eagle. I’m learning more and more about what shapes make up an eagle’s head the more that I do this. And it’s fun!

Quick, before it moves!

It’s also tricky, because, unlike a model, who gets paid to hold a pose until the timer goes off, I never know what this bird is going to do next. For instance, right after I finished the preliminary sketch in pink, the bird got up and rearranged itself and I had to decide whether I had enough information to try to finish what I’d started. Turns out, I had enough, and happily, the eagle eventually returned to its original spot. By then, of course, the sun had gotten higher in the sky and the shadows had changed, but that’s life!