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Where’s My Ride?

pastel painting of a large dog waiting in a truck

Where’s My Ride? 6×9″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

I like to watch people walking along the street in front of my store. Sometimes I hit the jackpot and they leave their big, friendly dogs parked in a truck. Cool!

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

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Where’s My Ride?

pastel painting of a black and white bulldog looking out of the window of a green truck

Where’s My Ride? 6×9″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Whenever I’m at the studio I am entertained/dismayed/fascinated by the people walking by my window. Today I got lucky because someone left their big handsome bulldog in the truck across the street from me. He was a good boy, didn’t bark at anyone or anything. Just sat there calmly waiting for his ride to come back and take him home. Best doggo ever.

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

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Walking my dogs makes me a better painter

At least it gets me off the couch in the mornings. Truthfully, if I had my way, I’d spend all day on the couch eating bonbons and flipping through Imgur on my iPad, but the dogs aren’t going to let themselves outside and since our yard isn’t fenced (yet!), I have to go with them.

This involves piling them into the back of my minivan and driving out to the woods. See, I’d walk them around the neighborhood but there are too many potential pitfalls involved with this, i.e. other loose dogs. So my preference is to drive about five miles south on Walhalla Road, turn off onto any one of half a dozen “seasonal roads” and tromp around the Manistee National Forest for an hour.

The dogs get to sniff and dig around, I don’t have to clean up after them (although I’ve unofficially adopted the first two miles of 6890 because, let’s face it, people are pigs), and we all get some fresh air and exercise.

Sometimes we see deer, sometimes a dead snake, and once Roger thought for sure a cat walked out of the ferns not six feet in front of him, but it was a skunk and he was not allowed to get any closer to it although he fussed a bit about my decision. I held firm, though. You should see the divots my feet left in the road even two weeks later. I held on for dear life, I’m telling you.

So how does this make me a better painter?

It provides subject matter, of course. I won’t tell you how many pictures of my dogs are on my Google drive right now, but it’s a lot. Like thousands. Sometimes I keep my finger on the camera button, snapping pic after pic of Roger digging in the dirt just to get that one glorious moment when he leaps back into the road to try to catch up to whatever he’s smelling off in the distance.

It lets me paint wonderful scenes of my dogs enjoying the great outdoors. I used to think I went out to the woods for me, but really, I go out there for them. They’re the ones that are having the great time.

I guess I’m jealous. Here I am, covered in Deet to keep off the bugs and checking for ticks and bears and swiping at deer flies and those two are just loping along with their tongues hanging out, having a grand old time. Every. Stinking. Morning.

I love it. I love them. I’m a lucky girl to have these lucky dogs.

©2017 Marie Marfia “Roger and Out” 6×9″ pastel on paper.

©2017 Marie Marfia “Daisy in the Dark,” 9×6″ pastel on paper.

You can find more of my daily paintings on ebay including the ones pictures here. They start at 99¢ and the auctions last for 7 days. Good luck and happy bidding!

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pastel painting of a red headed man and two ginger spotted chihuahuas

Three Gingers

 

pastel painting of a red headed man and two ginger spotted chihuahuas

Three Gingers, 6×9″ pastel on board, $110.

I saw this young man with his two sweet dogs walking out in front of my shop and asked him if I could have a picture. He said they were two rescues. Cute pups. One of them needs a hernia operation and he was visiting the pawn shop nearby, presumably to come up with the money for her? I couldn’t resist their faces and they seem so calm and happy with him. I called it Three Gingers because the little dogs each have ginger colored patches that matched their master’s hair.

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pastel painting of a dog running along a path in the woods

I’m Gonna Run to You

Here’s my daughter Alice and her wife Sandra’s dog, Panda. He’s running through the woods at a park where they like to take him for walks. He’s such a good boy. They have been training him to do “nose” work. That’s where you teach your dog to find things based on the smell. Alice says it’s a lot of fun and it completely wears him out to go to the classes. This is a good thing because Panda is a very energetic doggy. Whenever I visit them Panda knows that he’s going to be asked to run through all the tricks he knows and then there’ll be treats!

pastel painting of a dog running along a path in the woods

I’m Gonna Run to You, 6×9″ pastel on board, $110.

If you’d like a portrait of your or someone else’s best friend, please check out my commissions page for more information. Pet portraits make great gifts!

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pastel painting of a dachshund puppy dog

No. 84, Kippy

I made a few new furry friends over the weekend when Steve and I went to visit his mom. She lives in an assisted living facility in Flint, Michigan. As soon as we arrived we hustled her down to the lobby because there were puppies!

Well, they’re probably grown dogs, but they’re miniature dachshunds so they look tiny and are so much fun to pet and hold! Miss Diana likes to pet them a little but she’s mostly there to spend time with Johanna, her friend. Johanna loves the dogs and she makes a point of coming to see them whenever they visit. She has a particular favorite, Shelby, who sits on her lap like a little queen and allows herself to be petted by no one but Johanna for the entire hour. It’s cute and sweet and makes Johanna so happy.

Kippy, the puppy I painted today, was off being held by someone else. I snuck in a picture of him to paint later and here it is.

pastel painting of a dachshund puppy dog

Kippy, No. 84, 100 Portraits in 100 Days, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. Available here.

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Nick and Abby, Warm and Cool

I did these two studies while I was working at the Attic last weekend. I combined two different photos for the reference and then tried it twice, once on warm toned paper and once on a cool toned paper. Which do you like best?

child and dog on the beach on warm toned paper

Nick and Abby, warm, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

Nick-and-Abby-cool-800

Nick and Abby, Cool, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

No. 28, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Chester

Chester is my friend Sally’s dog. He’s gone now, but of course, he was the best dog ever. I enjoyed painting him, partly because I got to try out a new kind of pastel paper and partly because he’s a dog! I love dogs.

Thank you, Sally, for sending me Chester’s beautiful face to paint!

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a cocker spaniel

Chester, No. 28, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 7×5″ pastel by Marie Marfia

No progress pics today because I was on the road while working on Chester’s portrait.

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 here to bid on this painting.

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No. 15, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Liz and Tomi

Liz is a long time friend that I’ve known since when I started homeschooling Sam and Nick. She is a minister and a dog trainer and story teller and all around creative spirit. She paints small animal meditations every day and posts them on her blog, as well as a hundred other things. This painting of her and her poodle, Tomi, was one of several that she sent for this project, but I liked this one best because each of their faces was half in and half out of the picture plane, making one whole portrait between the two of them.

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Liz and Tomi, No. 15, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Liz and Tomi, No. 15, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Liz and Tomi, No. 15, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Liz and Tomi, No. 15, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

Here are the work in 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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pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Number 11, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Mary and Gracie

I’ve known Mary since before we left Ludington, MI to come to Jacksonville, Fl. I remember the first time she came to our house. She sat at the dining room table. She was researching a book she wanted to write about wild mushrooms in Michigan and Steve was helping her. Nick, my youngest, came into the dining room to see who was there. He might have been four years old. I told Mary, “He’s not a big talker,” whereupon she turned to him and asked him a question, I couldn’t even tell you what it was, and it was like the floodgates opened. Whole paragraphs came out of his mouth. It turned out that he had a lot to say, if only someone had expressed an interest in hearing him say it!

Mary is an author, painter and good friend. A couple years ago, she rescued her dog, Gracie, writing a book about her experience. Now they’re inseparable, traveling every winter from Michigan to Florida in an old camper van.

Mary taught me about writing and painting and marketing myself to the world, for which I am forever grateful. Thank you, Mary, for sending me this beautiful selfie of you and your dog to paint!

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Mary and Gracie, No. 11, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Mary and Gracie, No. 11, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Mary and Gracie, No. 11, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman and her dog

Mary and Gracie, No. 11, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

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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