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18" Skelly Santa tote bag.

Bring Goth Home for the Holidays

I was sick for a couple of weeks with COVID, but I am apparently hard-wired to make things anyway. Want to see what I was doing?

So me and my beloved and my two kids who live nearby all got Covid a couple of weeks ago. It could have been worse and, thankfully, we’re all pretty much back to normal.

Unfortunately, I’d made plans to be part of the Holiday Market at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts and so I was still busily making gothic style Xmas crafts right up until the day before I was supposed to go in and set up my booth. I had to cancel at the last minute, partly because I wasn’t feeling 100 percent healthy, and partly because I didn’t want to be out in public spreading Covid joy. You know how it is.

So I have all this stuff that I am going to store in my attic and put in next year’s Holiday Market, but I thought, you know, if anyone is interested in “Bringing Goth Home for the Holidays” I will happily sell and ship out whatever you like that I have.

You can find all my horrible Christmast art in my Etsy shop. Merry, Scary Christmas!


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Marie Marfia, Neverending Love Story, soft pastel, 12x16.375

Nicolette and Aucassin progress

Thought I’d share some progress on the the latest skeleton Old (Dead) Masters painting. It’s coming along. I’m doing some refining right now, and that’s going to take a bit. I like doing these because they’re like a real intense workshop on the style of the artist whose work I’m copying. That’s definitely the case with this one.

grid and sketch of Nicolette and Aucassin
Grid and sketch of Nicolette and Aucassin
initial block in
Initial block in
Easel shot
Easel shot
Work in progress…
As of April 3, 2021.
Here’s a video tour of where I’m at with this one. (Can you tell I’m listening to NPR?)

Here’s the final!

Marie Marfia, Aucassin and Nicolette, soft pastel on sanded paper, 12x16.375
Neverending Love Story (Aucassin and Nicolette parody), soft pastel on sanded paper, 12×16.375″.

Finally! These parodies always take forever to finish. I have so much respect for the original creators of the pieces I copy. And I learn a ton while I’m working.

So, no official title for this one yet. If you have a suggestion, please send it along. Of course, puns are given first priority and if I pick your title to use, I’ll happily send you a print as a thank you. Email me, marie@mariemarfia.com, and tell me your idea!

As soon as I have a title for this one I’ll be adding it to my Etsy downloads and my Fine Art America shop, so I’ll keep you posted.


UPDATE! I have decided on a title. It’s going to be Neverending Love Story. It’s because it’s all about the story that never ends. Also, this particular couple is based on a story–Nicolette and Aucassin–which is also referenced in one of my favorite series of books ever.

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for the title. They really helped me a lot to come up with something that I liked and seemed fitting. You’re the best fans ever!


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