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pastel painting of a woman's face

Number 31, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Deb

I am not positive, but I think I took this picture of Deb during a camping trip to one of the Manitou Islands up by Charlevoix, Michigan. We had to stay an extra day because the ferryboat couldn’t leave port on account of high winds. There were something like 20 women in our group and we quickly divvied up all the cigarettes and booze and then a few of the more nurturing types wandered around to see if anyone else in the other campsites needed anything. That trip was a real hoot. And sooooooo long ago. I’m sure glad I lived to mis-remember it.

Thank you, Deb, for letting me paint your beautiful face!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Deb, No. 31, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration 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.

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No. 26, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Sha

This is Sha, the sister of a friend of my husband’s. I tried to see the resemblance between her and her brother the whole time I was painting this portrait, but in the end I had to admit that maybe I didn’t remember Joe as well as I thought I did.

This happens with increasing frequency, but I try to relax and enjoy the process anyway. That’s all I can do and it’s usually more than enough.

Thanks, Sha, for sending me your beautiful face to paint!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Sha, No. 26, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration 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 here to bid on this painting.

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No. 25, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Diana

This is my mother-in-law, Diana. She took her first ever selfie just so she could be part of this series. I love her. She’s always ready for anything.

We just shipped her back to Michigan. She came down for a visit over Christmas. She made gingerbread cookies, put jigsaw puzzles together, played endless games of cribbage, and played with my Duolingo app. She speaks French now and then because she always liked it as a girl, but she’s Italian through and through. Look at her strong jaw, those amazing eyebrows!

I tried to take pictures every day so I could make a little photo album to send to her for when she gets back and can’t remember everything she did while she was here. She’s such a sweet woman, always wanted a daughter, and she always tells me I was the daughter she never had.

We’ll be moving back to Michigan soon, and then we’ll be closer to her and able to visit her more often than twice a year. Take her out for ice cream. She’ll love that. Me, too.

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Diana, No. 25, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration 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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No. 19, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Mel

This is Mel, another friend I met through the magic of Facebook. I began this portrait determined not to overwork it, to leave some of the bright, posterized underpainting colors showing through. I managed it, but just barely.

The only way to keep from getting too tidy with these things is to make a mark and step back and squint and make another mark and step back and squint. I like how this one turned out. I especially appreciate the crazy hair in the photo reference and I wanted that and her beautiful eyes to take precedence over everything else.

I got my first set of pictures taken of it and had to add a couple more little marks, just because. It’s hard to let go of perfect. It would be helpful if I could focus on how I feel about what I’m doing versus what someone else might think about it.

Thank you, Mel, for sending me your beautiful face to paint!

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Mel, No. 19, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

One thing I know, I’m getting much better at drawing glasses!

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.

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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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Number 12, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Alice

This is Alice. She’s amazing and that’s all you need to know about her.

Well, okay. She’s a nature nut, a biker chick, a chef extraordinaire, married to Lenny, who sent in her picture, and mother of two brilliant boys. She was my best friend in college and beyond and then she and Lenny moved away, we each got busy in our alternate universes, and kind of lost track of each other. I hope that once Steve and I move back to Michigan, we’ll be able to re-connect with our old friends again.

I loved the red shirt Alice is wearing in this painting and I used that color as reflected light on almost every part of her face. I loved that she was standing in front of trees because I know that forests are some of her favorite places to be. Thank you, Alice (and Lenny) for sending me your beautiful face to paint!

pastel painting of a woman's portrait

Alice, Number 12, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's portrait

Alice, Number 12, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's portrait

Alice, Number 12, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's portrait

Alice, Number 12, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on illustration 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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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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Number 10, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Scott

Scott is a friend of my husband’s, actually, but since Steve isn’t on facebook, I get all the status updates that Scott posts and pass them along. It’s not in the marriage vows, but I don’t mind.

I’ve always wanted to draw Scott’s face, almost since I first met him. He’s got wonderfully strong features, just fascinating to me, really. This painting did not go well at first and I ended up brushing it out and starting over again. It’s still not perfect, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned about doing a series, you have to be able to let a piece go and move on. As it is, I’m pleased the way it resolved in the end and that’s the main thing.

pastel painting of a man's face, wearing a hat

Scott, No. 10, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face, wearing a hat

Scott, No. 10, 30 Friends in 30 Days, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face, wearing a hat

Scott, No. 10, 30 Friends in 30 Days, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a man's face, wearing a hat

Scott, No. 10, 30 Friends in 30 Days, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

(I’m behind in my daily posts. Forgive me, I’ll try to catch up as I go along. I will get to them all so please be patient.)

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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Number 9, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Danielle

This is Dorothy’s youngest daughter, Danielle. Danielle also used to babysit my kids. They loved her because she played games with them. Between Rachel, who cleaned, and Dani, who entertained, we had a hard time deciding who to call when Steve and I wanted a night out, but it was a nice problem to have.

pastel painting of a woman's face

Danielle, No. 9, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Danielle, No. 9, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Danielle, No. 9, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Danielle, No. 9, 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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Number 8, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Rachel

Rachel is the eldest daughter of Dorothy (are you seeing a pattern here? Me, neither) and she used to babysit my kids after they were out of daycare but before I trusted them not to set the house on fire if left alone.

I loved having Rachel watch the kids because she always cleaned my house, too, bless her. Now, Rachel has her own baby to look after. It’s weird and cool at the same time to think about how much time has passed since those days.

In this picture, Rachel is dressed as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween. I think she’s passed on a love of dressing up to her own daughter.

pastel painting of a woman's face

Rachel, No. 8, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Rachel, No. 8, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Rachel, No. 8, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a woman's face

Rachel, No. 8, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

I like the bright colors in this painting and the big grin on Rachel’s face. This was so much fun to paint! Thank you, Dorothy, for sending it.

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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