Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mary in Andrea's: Let's invite all our friends, the creatures, to come

Frankie and Noah
Homemade paint from French pigments.
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My scanner isn't working again and the photographs don't quite look right.

Frankie was talking to Noah one day 
When suddenly he leaned close to say
Let's invite all our friends, the creatures, to come
to my house to party, to eat and have fun.
Noah applauded this wonderful plan
And laughed with delight like a very wise man. 

Mary in Andrea's: green beans and Pickles

Green Beans and Pickles.

I finished my pictures in Andrea's Mole (several days ago, actually), but there is one more to be scanned or photographed.  Unfortunately, I am not sure when I will be able to mail it because my schedule for the next few days is plum filled up.

Home made paint from French pigments, watercolro and gouache.
And they partied and giggled and laughed and hoorayed
and ate green beans and pickles and danced hard and played.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Andrea in Ballookey's book ... In ~ 2/27/14

Here's my first go at Ballookey's book, I have had it forever.  Ack!  Sorry for the delay Mary, I will keep at it and get it mailed to you soon.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Mike's pocket

Again one of those ideas that in the beginning I think "This is something fun to do this afternoon" and a week later after not doing anything else and totally neglecting my responsibilities, it's done.

I decided to extend the "imaginary tarot cards" project to a 24 cards deck. I just send them to a printer for the first 25 decks, but this is the first prototype deck and it's going in Steve's pocket.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mike's book pages 5-6

This seemed like such a simple easy idea - imaginary tarot cards. Somehow, it took 3 days of almost just drawing and painting. The images became more and more intricate and eventually, the pages in the non watercolor book started to disintegrate, so I stopped.

Mike's book page 4

Saturday, February 15, 2014

pages 2-3 in Steve's

Finally done with a really crazy deadline, and can get back to the important things in life, and so I got to draw most of the day today! yay! I really really missed it.

the theme for Steve's book is cards, though I'm not quite sure where I'm going with this one yet.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Steve's book's finally here!

I feel like I haven't had a book in forever... I'm not sure if it's even true, cause I've been super busy since the holidays and that makes time stretch. But it feels like months and months. I was so in need of some sort of a creative project, I started a 30 days drawing challenge, which already took me more then 30 days, but I got to try some new fun stuff and get better at drawing on my phone. It's been really fun, and I highly recommend it.

But now... for Steve's book. 

I'm not quite sure if this is what Steve meant, if I made a big mess of the book, then so sorry. The last page, the one that's usually half full was all full, but right before it, there were 4 pages with drawings that I wasn't sure if they were finished or not. So, not quite sure what to do, I picked one of those and went from there. 

I jut finished my half page.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mary in Andrea's: Noah helped Frankie write words on some paper

Noah helped Frankie write words on some paper
Invitations to come to their party and caper
Watercolor and gouache on wc Moleskine
by Mary Stebbins Taitt
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This is my latest painting (illustration) and is for one of the children's books I am working on, Frankie and Noah have a Party.  It is done in Andrea's Moleskine, Round 4, Pass 2.  It is all watercolor except the blue background, which is gouache, on Moleskine watercolor paper.

Here is the text for this page:

Frankie helped Noah write on some paper                    
Invitations to come to a party and caper 
They’d fill up balloons with helium vapor
If they filled up enough it would lift up a tapir   
The pigeons and crows and the owls and wrens
carried the invites to their animal friends. (by me, of course)

The picture is of my grandson Frankie, who is three years old, and the finished book will be for him.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Half-widow Black Widow collab, 1st half, for Mike in Andrea's

Black Widow collab, 1st half,
for Mike in Andrea's
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This is my collaboration for Mike, half a black widow spider.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Fauvism" Envelope

Envelope to mail Andrea's Mole to Mike
Faux Fauvism?
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Passages: Collaboration with Andrea

Collaboration with Andrea
faber-Castelle India Ink pen, water color

A bit closer
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Wolf envelope revisited
(Played with it a little)
My collaboration and first page in Andrea's, 4th round, 2nd pass.  Plus the back of the envelope to mail to Mike, when I finish my set.  (I think the spots on the first two are sensor spots from my husband's camera, as my scanner isn't working.)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Arrove: Andrea's, 2nd pass of Round 4

Wolf Dusk
Andrea's mole arrived and Keith and I really enjoyed checking out all the art "in the flesh."  Glorious stuff!  YAY!

I painted the back of the envelope, using handmade acrylics that I made from pigments my daughter brought from France.  I may fiddle with it slightly before I send it.  I have not yet started on the actual mole--I'm feeling a little daunted!

Monday, January 13, 2014

My work in my book.

Collab with Ballookey.

Here are some little snippets of what I have been up to in my own book.
I did not do very well about posting from the first pass.
I vow to do better with the second pass.
I'll be mailing this to Mary either tomorrow if I can get to the post office, or Friday.
Happy new year to you all!
Please don't hesitate to reach out of you need anything from me.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Back Cover and Envelope Side 1 Round Four, second Pass

"Final" back Cover Round 4
Mary and Keith Self-portrait
I may fiddle with this a little more before I mail or after it comes back, but I'm probably quitting for now so it can be on the road asap.Painted nearly entirely with homemade paints with French pigments.

Keith as Santa
on envelope
I started this before Christmas, but of course, now it is a little out of date.

I am almost ready to mail.  Soon.

front of envelope
playing with French earth pigments
and handmade acrylic paints
So I mailed on 1-13-14.  The envelope is kind of weird.  I was mixing acrylics on the spot with pigments and slapping them on.  They work better if they sit around a while first, they get creamier.