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Convergence

pastel painting of a road, snow and lake

Convergence, 6×9″ pastel on sanded paper. ©2018 Marie Marfia

I did not want to come in to the studio today. If you didn’t know, three weeks ago I fell while walking in the woods and my leg has been achy ever since. It’s maddening to still be limping around, gobbling ibuprofen and whining all this time later.

When I woke up today and the pain hadn’t magically disappeared overnight (again!) I wanted to crawl back under the covers and sleep the day away. But I remembered I had a bag of trash that needed to be set out on the alley, and I needed to paint a pastel for the day (hadn’t brought home my travel pastel kit), and oh, half a dozen other things.

On my way to put out the trash I noticed the door to one of the apartments in the building next door had swung open sometime overnight so I closed it because I’m a good doobie. I stopped and caught up with Hannah, who has the dog grooming business up the street from me. I got this painting done and I like two things about it (the line of red brush and the sky).

I named it Convergence because of random events that happen when I set myself on a path and because I’m attracted to compositions that meet up somewhere off center. I’ve noticed that a lot of my landscapes feature roads or paths that end before they reach the horizon and that’s something worth thinking about. I have a pretty good hunch about it. I’ll let you know when I have it sorted out in my head.

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pastel painting of a man on a log in the forest

Sitting on a Log

pastel painting of a man on a log in the forest

Sitting on a Log, 5×7″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia. $90.

This little painting is about sitting on top of a log in the middle of the Manistee National Forest. Steve and I had gone walking around a potential camping spot near the Pere Marquette River and started wandering along a deer path. Deer seem to pick out the prettiest places to walk along. Anyway, we came across this huge tree across the path and naturally, Steve wanted to climb aboard and pose for a picture. I love living around here.

This is one of my daily paintings. If you would like to purchase it, please email me.

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pastel of a landscape

Because I’m Happy

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.

pastel of a landscape

Because I’m Happy, 5×7″ pastel on gessoed Crescent board by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase this painting.

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pastel painting of a landscape

Spicy

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!

pastel painting of a landscape

Spicy, 5×7″ pastel on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia. $75, unframed. To purchase, please contact me.

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pastel painting of a bend in the path

Just peachy

Today’s small landscape started with a warm underpainting in red, orange and yellow. It really makes for a lively finish! So different in feeling from yesterday’s painting.

pastel painting of a bend in the path

Just Peachy, 5×7″ pastel on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia. Part of the Julington Durbin Preserve series. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase this painting.

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curve in the path through the woods

Around the bend

I was watching a Karen Margulis video this morning for inspiration and, huzzah! it worked! I picked out a photo of the Julington Durbin Preserve and did a quick pastel study. So very satisfying. It’s a great way to begin the day. Short, sweet and not nit-picky at all.

curve in the path through the woods

Around the Bend, 5×7″ pastel on gator board with pumice ground by Marie Marfia. Part of the Julington Durbin Preserve series. $75, unframed. Contact me to purchase.

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Number 29, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

This painting is of a bend in the path on the white diamond trail through the preserve. I liked how the trees on the left leaned away from the trail. I also liked the way the bright dry grass peeked out along the horizon line and the way the path reflected the early morning blue of the sky.

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, detail, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, detail, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, detail, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, detail, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a trees along a path in the Julington Durbin Preserve

Lean to the Left, detail, 6×9″ pastel on mat board by Marie Marfia

 

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No. 23, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Dark to Light

Today’s painting depicts the corner of the four mile loop in the Julington Durbin Preserve. This is where I begin the last long leg for home, or in my case, the parking lot.

I used a picture I took while running for my reference for this painting. The pictures I take while I’m jogging are blurry most of the time but they make me feel like I must’ve been going really fast at the time. I’m a pretty slow plodder, actually.

The sky was just beginning to get light and the woods were still quite dark. I like this painting because it’s full of drama and contrsts and it’s not overly detailed (thanks, blurry photo reference!). Just enough info to let you know that there are trees, a path, grass and a sunrise in the offing.

 

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, detail, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Dark to LIght, 9×6″ pastel on sanded paper by Marie Marfia

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Number 12, 30 Landscapes in 30 Days

Distant Gold

I like the progression of this painting. I began with what I remembered of my photo and then at the end, I made some adjustments. It ended up being a pretty dramatic painting, which is what I wanted. It’s always good when I get what I want!

WIP 1

WIP 1 Putting down the colors on mat board painted with clear gesso, which has some pumice mixed in.

WIP 2

WIP 2, this is where I rub all the initial pastel in with a piece of pipe insulation. Saves my fingertips from the pumice and it’s cheap. I really, really like the ethereal quality of the painting here. I would like to do some that just go to this point and stop right there.

WIP 3

WIP 3 Going over the darks, trying to get that dusty, misty bluish background in. I’m still working mostly from memory here.

WIP 4

WIP 4 Here’s where I took a look at my reference photo again and decided that I’d misplaced the gold and red in the middle plane. So I removed it from the right and set it back farther in the painting.

WIP 5

WIP 5 Went over the darks again, fiddled with it a little more overall and done! The little hyphen between the gold spots bothers me a bit here. It helps to put a mat around the painting so I’m not distracted by the painters tape and random marks around the outside.

And here is the final version along with some detail pictures.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington-Durbin Preserve

Distant Gold, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

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30 Landscapes in 30 Days, No. 11 – Shadow Path

Shadow Path

I like this landscape a lot. It started out differently than any of my previous landscapes because I didn’t rub the color in until the very end and that was because I wasn’t happy with the way the painting was going.

I started out with a nice gesture drawing. I usually like my beginning sketch.

Shadow Path, WIP I

Shadow Path, WIP I

And then started filling in some other colors. I liked the background on this but the foreground and middle ground just weren’t cutting it.

Shadow Path, WIP II

Shadow Path, WIP II

By the time I got to this point, I wasn’t happy at all. The shadows on the path were competing with the tree trunks and it all just looked stripey and unnatural. I brushed all the color off in the front, except for the little tuft of grass on the left middleground.

Shadow Path, WIP III

Shadow Path, WIP III

I used a middle value warm blue and re-worked the whole middle of the painting, laying the strokes in loosely and trying to pay attention to the shapes and not what my head was trying to tell me ought to be there.

Shadow Path, WIP IV

Shadow Path, WIP IV

So, so much better. The happy accident in all this was how the foreground got much calmer because the brushing took away all that white mat board that was showing through the pastels, so a bonus. I think I may do this deliberately in the future when I come across a bright sky and a shadowed foreground.

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

pastel painting of a path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Shadow Path, detail, 6×9″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia

This painting is available at auction on ebay.


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