pastel painting of a sunlit path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Trip to the woods pastel painting

pastel painting of a sunlit path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Julington Durbin Preserve, Sunlit Path, 10×8″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia.

detail of a pastel painting of a sunlit path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Julington Durbin Preserve, Sunlit Path, detail, 10×8″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia.

detail of a pastel painting of a sunlit path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Julington Durbin Preserve, Sunlit Path, detail, 10×8″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia.

detail of a pastel painting of a sunlit path through the Julington Durbin Preserve

Julington Durbin Preserve, Sunlit Path, detail, 10×8″ pastel on gessoed mat board by Marie Marfia. $70.

After the last month or two of preparing for the show at The Red Sable and then the Artist Reception/Day of the Dead bash, I’m all skellied out. It’s temporary, I know, but there are times when I need to do something other than draw skeletons. Today’s post is a landscape from one of my favorite places in Florida, the Julington Durbin Preserve.

This patch of woods is just a couple of miles from my house and I like to walk along the trails out there. It’s usually very quiet and I am surrounded by the wonderful smells and sights and sounds of the forest. It renews my creative spirit.

I am spending the rest of this week painting the preserve. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday I’m attending a workshop with Tom Christopher, a pastelist whose work I just love. This landscapes will be my warm up for the workshop.

Never fear, though, I am still working on skelly things in the meantime. At least, I’m thinking about skelly things, because I’m hooked on them, I admit. What do you think about Botticelli’s Birth of Venus as my next Old (Dead) Masters piece? Can’t you just see the flying skeletons? I sure can.

Julington Durbin Preserve, Sunlit Path has been sold.


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