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Pelvis 3

Another in the series of human bones. It reminds me of a butterfly from this angle or maybe a ram’s skull or a bird in flight.

pastel drawing of a human pelvis
Pelvis 3, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.
pastel drawing of a human pelvis
Pelvis 3, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.
pastel drawing of a human pelvis
Pelvis 3, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.

Someone asked me today why I paint skeletons and bones. My first thought was, they make me laugh. Well, these don’t exactly make me laugh, but they are a challenge.

Bones. You think you know them, but you don’t, really. They’re hidden from your sight, unless you’re a surgeon or you happen to see someone’s broken bones or you look at them on an x-ray. Even then, they’re not your bones.

Bones are what I hang my me on. Without them, I’d be a puddle of flesh on the floor. I don’t give my bones enough credit for holding me up, giving me shape, form. But they’re there, inside, doing a lot of hard work. And they’ll still be there, long after I’m gone. Bones last.

Here’s a link to another pelvis sketch.


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Pelvis 2

pastel drawing of a pelvis
Pelvis 2, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.
pastel drawing of a pelvis
Pelvis 2, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.
pastel drawing of a pelvis
Pelvis 2, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia.

Another drawing of my/a pelvis. I mean, it’s supposed to be my pelvis, but I’m using a model, so I feel weird calling it my pelvis. It’s a pelvis, a human one, and it represents me, how about that?


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Pelvis

pastel painting of a pelvis
Pelvis, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. $70.
detail of a pastel painting of a pelvis
Pelvis, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia
detail of a pastel painting of a pelvis
Pelvis, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia
detail of a pastel painting of a pelvis
Pelvis, detail, 5×7″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia

This is the first of a series of skeletal studies. I feel like exploring more about why I’m compelled to draw skeletons. So I thought I’d start with the pelvis, because it’s the center of the body. Here’s some of what I journaled about it:

“My pelvis is a cradle where my children’s heads rested, upside down in my belly, waiting to emerge, diving through that narrow opening, fearless, pushed from warm, muffled darkness into sharp, bright din.”


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