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Eagle 13

Patience

pastel drawing of an eagle on a nest

Eagle 13, Patience, 6×8″ pastel on gator board by Marie Marfia. $65, unframed. Email me to purchase.

Steve and I are trying to sell our house here in Jacksonville. It’s a long process, especially the cleaning! I am so tired of sweeping! We have two dogs who love to play outside and they bring it indoors with them. Sometimes, after Daisy has been resting in one spot, there will be actual ripples of dirt on the floor. You can’t keep up with it, not really. I sweep every day and still there are little drifts of fur floating around the periphery of the dining room. Oh well.

We have to be patient. Somewhere, someone will fall in love with this place, just like Steve did (I didn’t fall it love with it right away, but I’m a cynical so and so and harder to please), and we’ll get an offer and we’ll move! Meantime, we’re in limbo.

This eagle, sitting on the nest in the rain, the eaglets cozy and dry underneath the canopy of her feathers, knows how to be patient. There’s nothing she can do about the weather. She makes herself as comfortable as she can and waits. I can relate, baby. I can sure relate.

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Eagle 9, Balancing

I liked the shape of the shadow underneath the eagle, how it formed a fulcrum at the bottom of the picture plane, with the head balanced forward and the tail feathers in the back.

Bald eagle balanced on the nest

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

Sometimes my creative life is like this bird, all balanced and everything coming together nicely. Sometimes it’s all out of kilter and I have to be patient until everything aligns properly again.

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Eagle 7 & 8

pastel study of an eagle and two eaglets

Eagle and nest, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

It’s hard to see the eaglets, but they’re there to the left of the parent.

pastel drawing of an eagle in rainbow colors

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

This was a challenge to myself to mix up the colors. I should have switched the temperatures on the head and back from warm to cool, though. It’s a challenge keeping everything in mind at once!

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Eagle 6

pastel drawing of a sleeping bald eagle

Sleepyhead, No. 6, Eagle Cam Series, 6×9″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

Sleeping on the job

Does anyone think these eagle drawings are patriotic? I don’t think of them that way. I think of them as wonderful opportunities to paint something alive without having to run out and catch it.

This drawing is hilarious to me, because the eagle is sleeping, probably after being up all night with its kids. At first, I thought about waiting until it woke up to do a drawing, but then I thought, eagles are birds and birds are living things and all living things need to rest sometime. Particularly when the kids are young. Then you take your naps whenever and wherever you can get them.

Once one of the adults brought back a fresh fish to the nest and proceeded to tear off chunks to eat. Finally, the one sitting on the nest made a move toward the fish, and so the first one flew off to give his/her partner some eating room. Soon she/he began feeding the eaglets.

When they’re doing normal things like feeding their young or napping, I don’t think of them as a symbol of my country or of patriotism. Then they’re just doing the best they can the only way they know how. They’re like everybody else.

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Pelvis 2

pastel drawing of a pelvis

Pelvis 2, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.

pastel drawing of a pelvis

Pelvis 2, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.

pastel drawing of a pelvis

Pelvis 2, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.

Another drawing of my/a pelvis. I mean, it’s supposed to be my pelvis, but I’m using a model, so I feel weird calling it my pelvis. It’s a pelvis, a human one, and it represents me, how about that?

I also posted a time-lapse for it, if you’d like to watch it all come together.

This is available on ebay at auction until October 30. After that, if you’d like to purchase it, please email me and I’ll arrange payment and shipping.

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Win a sugar skull pastel portrait!

Heather, 10x8" pastel on UArt 600 paper by Marie Marfia

Heather, 10×8″ pastel on UArt 600 paper by Marie Marfia

I am offering a free 8×10″ Sugar Skull Pastel Portrait to one lucky winner of the raffle at my Skelly Show at The Red Sable in St. Augustine, Florida during the month of October, 2015!

What’s a Sugar Skull pastel portrait, you ask? First I start with your picture, then I sketch it out with pastels, adding sugar skull style details. Simple! Here’s a time-lapse video of my process:

Wouldn’t you love to see a portrait of yourself as a sugar skull-ized crazy person? To enter, all you have to do is go to my show (at The Red Sable, hours: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, closed Sunday), fill out an entry and drop it in the Sugar Skull Portrait Raffle box. That’s it! I’ll draw a winner on the night of October 30 at my Artist Reception slash Day of the Dead Festival slash benefit for Childhood Cancer Research and it could be you!

Bonus, you can opt in to my Bone Appetit! mailing list so you’ll get all the latest Skelly news delivered right to your inbox every week, including free stuff and subscriber-only deals on originals, prints and cards.

This Sugar Skull Pastel Portrait is a $150 value! So hurry down to St. Augustine during October and get your name in the box! Someone’s going to win, and it might be you!

Would you like a Sugar Skull Pastel Portrait? Contact me for more information and to arrange payment and shipping. Thanks!

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