Wave Portrait No. 131

I did today’s wave painting without a reference photo. Just started with the shadow in the middle and worked my way out from there. I used to draw like this all the time. I would touch my pen to the paper and see where it led me. This painting’s process was like that. I started with a dark blue shadow and with no idea how the wave would shape itself.

The trick is to have no expectations. It’s easier when you don’t use a photo because then you don’t have anything to compare the final painting with. If it works, it works, and it doesn’t matter how much or how little it resembles anything else. It’s nice to go with the flow of the work without worrying about capturing a likeness.

pastel painting of a wave

Wave Portrait No. 131, 5×7″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia. Painting available on Etsy. Prints available on Fine Art America.

pastel painting of a wave

Wave Portrait No. 131, detail, 5×7″ pastel on UArt paper by Marie Marfia. Painting available on Etsy. Prints available on Fine Art America.

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2 thoughts on “Wave Portrait No. 131

  1. beverlydyer

    These are great. I’ve been trying to paint some shore scenes in watercolor, but haven’t attained the depth that you have here. It’s wonderful how the water is moving!! Maybe I will try again today.

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    1. Marie Marfia Post author

      I do a lot of squinting and then I try to limit myself to three values (light, medium, dark) to get the most oomph from the painting. They’re very addicting!

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