“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rosie and Marlena

I read Water For Elephants last year and fell in love with Rosie. I started on this canvas a couple of months ago, but you know how life goes...one thing after another kept stopping me from finishing it.
To top it off Helena had a painting mishap and her cup of rinse water somehow exploded and landed alllllll over this canvas...unfortunately it was a dark blue paint that she was using so I had to re paint the pale yellow background...that put off finishing for another couple of weeks..
either way I'm done and I think my favorite part of it are the circus peanuts I made out of paper clay:)
If you get a chance to read this book you should! it's such a treat.
have a great night.


  1. Your painting is delightful! Oh how I loved this book...did you know it has been made into a movie with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson? Can't wait to see it...

  2. so much fun... I must read the book - I love Reese Witherspoon so plan on seeing the movie too.
    cheers, dana

  3. I lovvvved this book. I love everything about the Traveling Circus. I would love to have traveled with the circus. One of my many dreams. I cannot wait for the movie. I love your painting. What spirit you captured in the picture. And I love Rosie too. The colors are wonderful.
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  4. What a beautiful, whimsical painting! I've known so many people who've read the book and rave about it. I've already seen some scenes for the Big Screen version, which is probably what I'll see.

  5. Marfi, I love it....what a precious painting! Glad to see your back...you have been missed, my sweet friend.

    Have a great week and want to see more of your darling creations. BTW, I still get a giggle out of your little skelly dancing dollie..she brightens up my "Muses Corner" and really calls for lots of attention to that direction...I just love her!!


  6. You already know how much I LOVE this piece!! It's gorgeous Marfi and the peanuts are perfect. Counting down the days to the movie. So so happy you recommended the book :)


  7. you've certainly captured
    the essence of Rosie & Marlena
    in your painting :D
    i read the book ~ even before
    i knew it was being made into
    a movie...i loved the book!!!
    i'm a little hesitant about
    seeing the movie...reading
    about animal cruelty and the
    sounds they make are totally
    different than seeing and
    hearing it in a movie...
    i'll have to wait awhile...
    but, then again, i've usually
    loved the books more than
    the movies anyway!!!
    BUT...very nice job on the

  8. Hi Marfi,

    That is so cute. Makes me want to read the book. You are such a talented artist!!!


  9. Oh Marfi, this painting is enchanting! Whimsical, fun and delightful. It reminds me of childhood and the delights of the circus!

  10. This is so beautiful, Marfi. :) You did a wonderful job. Captures the feel of the circus perfectly. I LOVE those peanuts!!!! Theresa

  11. Filled with fun, whimsy and sparkly goodness...what's not to like!

    So nice when backburner projects are finally complete :)

  12. Oh, pure joy and whimsy, Marfi!!! Beautiful, simply beautiful!!!

  13. HOW MARVELOUS. Your art is just up my alley and I want to thank you so much for coming to the beach with us to celebrate another year of sweet life. Creativity certainly keeps me alive!!!! Anita

  14. Oh Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share today. I so enjoyed seeing your gorgeous painting and I love the peanuts. You did an awesome job with them. They look SO real.

    I love the beautiful lady on the elephants head. How happy she looks, and her dress is so elegant as well.

    You truly brought the circus to life on this canvas. I love it.

    No I haven't read the book, but you have certainly inspired me to. I will do some searching for one.

    Have a glorious weekend sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  15. Ohh thats so magical. you did a fab job with the book idea
    Have a super weekend
    take care for now
    June x

  16. that is very pretty, it sounds like it's a fun book to read. The peanuts look so real, great painting.


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