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I need a little spring

pastel painting of daisies on pink and purple back ground

I need a little spring, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

Sometimes you have to make your own spring, especially when the weather is not cooperating. I bought some flowers at Wal-mart on my way in to the studio today to paint before I bring them to my mom-in-law.

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

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pastel painting of a bouquet of flowers

Steve’s Flowers

This morning’s pastel is not what I expected, although to be fair, I went into it with no other expectations than I didn’t want it to suck. And you know how it is when you’re driving along and you’re afraid of an obstacle in the road and you’re staring right at it and somehow or another you end up driving right into it? Well, that’s what happened.

Here’s what I should have done. I should have had a plan. I should have made a value sketch first so that I could decide on a composition ahead of time. I could have chosen how the painting was going to come together.

This is a mish mash of good intentions but not much else. Sigh. Oh well. I will try it again tomorrow. Truly, I don’t know why I have a fear of flowers. It just always seems to be a horror show by the time I get through with them.

pastel painting of a bouquet of flowers

Steve’s Flowers, 5×5″ pastel on mat board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia.

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Number 24, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

For this painting, I wanted to capture the pretty blue flowers in the foreground, the pale grassy expanse and the clump of saw palmettos on one side. I like the dusty colors of the trees in the background.

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of flowers and grass in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Blue Flowers, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

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Out on the back patio, getting ready to write about the last couple of daily paintings.

This painting is available at auction on ebay.


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Brown eyed susans

This is a painted memory of a walk through Millennium Park while I was visiting in Michigan. What a nice place to stroll or ride a bike! So many wildflowers and it was really beautiful. We went after dinner so the air was cooler, and the mosquitoes weren’t bad, either.

pastel painting of wildflowers

Brown eyed susans, 5×7″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of wildflowers

Brown eyed susans, detail, 5×7″ pastel on UArt 400 paper by Marie Marfia

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Rainbow Flowers 4

pastel painting of flowers

Rainbow Flowers 4, 6×9″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia

Today I started with a contour drawing and then filled in the color. I wanted something fresh looking, which is funny because my flowers are not so fresh anymore. Whenever I move the vase, another petal or two drifts away. A reason to go get some more, I guess, but I can’t help feeling a little sad when they go. I’m bummed that the vanilla roses with the pretty pink trim didn’t open at all. They stayed rolled up tight and now they’re turning brown. What’s the matter with you guys? (We got our stems cut about five days ago and we’re afraid if we open up something else will get snipped.)

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Rainbow Flowers 3

This morning I was staring at the ceiling fan during corpse pose (my favorite yoga position of all) and saw my bouquet of rainbow flowers up on the counter. Later, I got back down on the floor to draw them from that particular angle.

A change in perspective can be awkward and cool at the same time. Awkward because I’m flat on my back looking up at the subject. I have to hold the board against my stomach and reach over my body to get to my pastels. Cool because I can see the undersides of all my flowers. I noticed there’s a lot more leaves and stems visible.

pastel painting of flowers in a vase from underneath

Rainbow Flowers 3, 9×6″ pastel on UArt 600 sanded paper by Marie Marfia

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Rainbow flowers

Steve brought me flowers along with the pizza last night, just because. He does this. I’m a very lucky so and so. I thought I’d paint them this morning and it occurred to me that they are all the colors of the rainbow, which I think was accidental, or maybe Flowerama was just taking advantage of the new impromptu holiday that happened because of the Supreme Court ruling yesterday about gay marriage. In any case, I didn’t see the rainbow when I got them, but only today when I painted them.

The shadows gave me fits and I tried wrestling them into submission with the addition of medium and light gray. It needs neutrals, otherwise everything fights to be first. I wanted the painting to be sketchy and loose and I think I achieved that.

pastel painting of flowers in a vase

Rainbow Flowers, 9×6″ pastel on UArt 600 paper by Marie Marfia.

Oh, and for those of you following along, this is the final on the family portrait commission that I was working on earlier this month. All done and shipped.

pastel painting of a family

Commissioned family portrait, 16×20″ on Canson paper by Marie Marfia

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