This study is based on another picture looking out at the end of US-10 in Ludington, probably late fall. That’s the time of year when the sunsets are spectacular and the clouds fly low and dark at the end of the day. I’m really looking forward to being up there again, doing more clouds. This series has been an eye opener for me in a lot of ways.
First, I’ve discovered that I really like painting clouds, and the moodier they are the better I like them. Second, it’s good practice to be looking up all the time instead of down. Just gives you a better outlook on life, I think.
Stormy Weather, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.
Whew! She’s done and I’m so glad. You ever have a project that you want to finish but you just can’t seem to move forward on it? That was me last week.
Finally, I sat down and wrote a short piece about a person named Marie who just got down to it and finished the painting she’d been wanting to finish. Then I decided to hold myself accountable by live streaming the process. And it worked! Something about having someone in the room watching me actually do the painting really motivated me to finish it.
So, I’m very happy to present my beautiful skelly in yellow for your viewing pleasure. See the guy in the back? He’s enjoying her, too.
High Skeller, 20×16″ pastel painting on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia.
Here’s my Work in Progress pics.
And if you’d like to purchase my darling girl, you can do that in my shop. She’s all dressed up and ready to go! She’s also available as a 8×10″ print or a 5×7″ greeting card.
This sky painting is based on pictures I saw on the National Geographic twitter feed, talking about noctilucent clouds, which aren’t visible this far south in Florida, but which I hope to see once I move back north to Michigan. I didn’t copy the pictures for this painting, but instead I tried to remember what the clouds looked like and devised a landscape from my head to match.
Noctilucent Clouds, 5×8″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.
I still think about this place. I rented a cottage on Half Moon Lake two years ago for my sister and me to stay in while we were in Michigan visiting family. It was a real small lake, but deep in the middle, drawing fishermen early in the day. Later in the afternoon, there’d be water skiers and tubers and jet skis out there. Mary and I would sit on the deck in our straw hats and applaud all the hijinks. We hosted the after party for the reunion and the little kids played in the sand by the water while the grownups had a cherry spitting contest on the dirt road behind the house. I remember floating on a dollar store air mattress, feeling the sun on my back, trailing my hands in the cool water. It was quite wonderful. This painting is based on a picture I took the morning that I left to go back to Florida.
Good Morning, Half Moon Lake, 5×8″ pastel on Canson mi tientes paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.
This painting is number 5 in the Paint the Sky challenge given by Karen Margulis, and it is based on a photo I took while on the beach at Mickler’s Landing, in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
While I’m not fond of hanging out when storms are coming in (all that lightning makes me kind of nervous), I couldn’t resist taking a picture before leaving. I especially like the reflected light in the ocean under the clouds. Cool!
Dark Horizon, 5×8″ pastel on Canson mi teintes paper by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.
One good thing about doing a series based on the same scene is that the biggest question is already answered, which is, “What am I going to paint?”
With that out of the way, I’m free to do whatever I want with the subject. Today I decided to use a palette based on a print I bought about a year ago. The print is of a beach scene done in bright, cheerful colors, which is what drew me to it, more than the subject matter. I liked the graceful swoops of the artist’s brush work, too, and that’s something that I can do with pastels, especially if I start with a board that I’ve brushed pumice onto, like this one.
It also helps that I just got off the phone with my brother Joe, one of my favorite people in the whole world.
Because I’m Happy, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed Crescent board by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase this painting.
One of the things that Karen Margulis talks about with her landscape paintings is adding “spice” at the end. In this case, I think I over did the spices. But it’s still a pleasing little study. Next time, either pink or turquoise, but not both! It’s likely to lead to indigestion!
Spicy, 5×7″ pastel on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. To purchase, please contact me.