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Marie Marfia, Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75

Green Crested Drooler

I’m starting a new series. It’s all about the things that keep me up at night. I am taking inspiration from Lynda Barry, whose book Making Comics has a monster drawing exercise, which I just love. I try to make monsters every day and then I pick one and make it into a small acrylic painting. Stay tuned! I have no idea where it’s going, but I want to call it my Monsters Under My Bed series and I’m am thoroughly enjoying it! Hope you do, too.

Marie Marfia, Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75
Green Crested Drooler, acrylic on canvas, 6x6x.75″

The Green Crested Drooler personifies my fear of getting older and losing control of my bodily functions. Sure, it’s cute, but it’s also drooling! Gross! Blah! I think someone needs to invent terrycloth pillowcases for people like me who frequently wake up in the middle of the night in a puddle of spit. Hell, maybe I’ll make my own…

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End of Kinney Road – pastel painting of a road through the Manistee National Forest

End of Kinney Road, 9×6″ pastel painting of a road in the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia. Available $110.

End of Kinney Road

This is a pastel painting about the bright light at the end of Kinney Road, which is a place that I love to walk with my dogs in the mornings.

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Marie Marfia, That's the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6x6"

That’s the Mustard

Marie Marfia, That's the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6x6"
That’s the Mustard, acrylic on canvas, 6×6″

That’s the Mustard

Clearly I need more practice at this! I watched a video about blending, which I didn’t really need to do any for this painting of a field of mustard that’s on my way to work (or home, depending). I was drawn to paint the field because it glows yellow green right now and I wanted to capture that. I don’t think I did, really, so I tried it a couple of times with pastels and still not really there for me. Oh well. I’ll keep plugging away at it. Maybe when I look at it again tomorrow it will seem better than it does today. This happens to me a lot.

In other news

Hey, at least I’ve licked my picture hanging system problem! Actually, Steve was once again a really big help. He wields all the tools with consummate skill, I must say.

We spent part of the weekend and yesterday putting up electrical conduit. I’m going to suspend the art in the James Street Gallery from it using picture hanging wire, braces and STAS picture hooks. Sweet!

A big thank you to my friend Liz for giving me the idea to do it this way. It’s saving me a ton of money and it’s going to look pretty cool.


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Pastel painting of a tree with pink blooms

Pinked

Pastel painting of a tree with pink blooms

Pinked, 5×7″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia. $90.

I was driving into town to work today and was gobsmacked by the flowers on all the trees. You know those pink ones with the really giant blooms on them? I love those things. If I had one in my yard I think I’d just stare at it all day so long as the flowers lasted. I took a lot of reference photos just in case the wind blew all the blooms away and then I did this little painting when I got in my studio. It’s fluttery and windswept and pink, just like those trees.

 

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Number 26, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Today’s painting is about a big ol’ pine tree in the JDP. I love the asymmetrical shape of this tree and especially when it’s silhouetted against a beautiful deep blue sky.

The big pines in the Julington Durbin Preserve are fun to paint because they have these elegant branches that curve down and then swoop back up again and they’re dotted all over with poofs of needles. I heart them.

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a tall pine silhouetted against a blue sky

Tall Pine, Blue Sky, detail, 9×6″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

This painting is available at auction on ebay.


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No. 20, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Green Skirt

In this painting, I was drawn by the bright green hula skirt on the base of this tree in the Julington Durbin Preserve. So much like tentacles, or Morticia Addams’ dress, or green fingers!

pastel painting of two trees in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Green Skirt, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

Green Skirt, detail, 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

This painting is available at auction on ebay.


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Sugar skelly number 4, green and orange

orange-flower
butterfly

I was out taking pictures of butterflies and bees in my wildflower garden yesterday and that was the inspiration for today’s Sugar Skelly. Her dress is the color of the leaves of the flowers and there’s a butterfly flittering around her head, perhaps hoping for a sip of nectar from her pretty bouquet.

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