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pastel portrait commission of two women, smiling

Nos. 23-24, 30 Friends in 30 Days

Trish and Linda

This are my friends, Trish and Linda. They are best friends, can you tell? Whenever they are together, it’s like they speak a private language. They finish each other’s sentences, they giggle over inside jokes. Truly, they’re wonderful to watch. I guess I’m a people watcher. I love to observe people and how they interact and these two love each other very much. Warms the cockles of my heart.

So I was very happy to have a picture of the two of them to paint. Linda, on the left, gave me a little trouble, because most of her face is in shadow. There’s dark, and then there’s dark, you know? I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, all in all. And I’m getting better as I go along. Even I can tell, and I’m my own harshest critic, naturally.

pastel painting of two women, smiling

Trish and Linda, Nos. 23-24, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two women, smiling

Trish and Linda, Nos. 23-24, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of two women, smiling

Trish and Linda, Nos. 23-24, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper 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 portrait of a couple in flap hats

Nos. 16-17, 30 Friends in 30 Days

I’m counting this as two portraits because it has two people in it.

This is my sister, Mary, and her partner in crime, Jonathan. They’re wearing fur-lined flap hats. Hunter-orange, fur-lined flap hats.

I worked hard on this portrait to get the likenesses right, but also to convey the love behind the fur-lined hats, their play-along, get-along attitude, and their generosity in taking silly photos to send to me for this project.

One of the things that is happening as I go along is that my attitude towards these little paintings is changing a little bit more every day. I’m beginning to enjoy them more, have more confidence. The strokes I’m making are more assured. The faces are less stiff when I have finished. Practice is magical and frustrating and necessary and I’m glad I decided to do this project.

I’m toying with the idea of continuing on with it after the first 30 are done. Not sure how that will work, since I am also committed to more skeleton art in January. Plus, Steve and I are trying to get our house ready to put on the market soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia
pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

pastel portrait of a couple in flap hats

Mary and Jonathan, No. 16-17, detail, 30 Friends in 30 Days, 9×12″ pastel on paper 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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