Friday, January 23, 2015

Mary Working in Mike's" Early "Had Races and Won"

Often, when I start a new painting, I get very discouraged and wonder why I pretend to be able to do this.  It seems obvious I can't.  I want to give up, because it seems hopeless.

"Had Races and Won"
Acrylic on thin Moleskine paper
1st coat
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"Had Races and Won"
Acrylic on thin Moleskine paper
2nd coat
The images are photos with a point and shoot camera, sorry about the reflections.  I'll start scanning, if I can, I'm having difficulties with my scanner!  :-(

This is a slow process for me, but I am working on i!  It is as of yet quite unfinished.

"Had Races and Won"
Acrylic on thin Moleskine paper
3rd coat
I added another layer of paint.  Most of the paint I am using is fairly transparent (although some is thick and opaque.  I Have to put many layers on to get it to look the way I want it,  I scanned this one, but the scanner is messing up and I don't have time right now to fiddle with it, and since it isn;t done yet, I'll just post this--hope you can see the difference between the layers (versions) (drafts).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mary In Mike's, Biker Buddy and Giraffes conversing

Biker Buddy, by Mary Taitt
mixed media on Moleskine thin paper
Biker Buddy with the flu
mixed media on thin Moleskine paper
I started the first one in markers, but I didn't have enough colors for shading so I added oil pastels and then I added acrylics.  The second one is what I made from the bleed-through from the first.  I'm not counting it as a page, because the paper is very thin and I wanted to make the bleed-through into something.  I also thought it would be fun to make it into something somewhat different from the original.  In the first painting, I was experimenting with unusual light sources and also concerned with flat (dead) colors--and how to make them live (add light).

dead and living colors
I chose colors that I thought looked particularly "dead" on their own, olive green, Indian red, flat grey and burnt umber.  Some of the ways to add light included dry brush, adding other colors, glazing.  I am not a fan, generally speaking, in my own work, anyway, of large areas of single blank dull colors.

test prints
giraffes conversing
Mary Stebbins Taitt

We recently put my mother-in-law, ML (for Mary Louise), in assisted living.  She used to be a teacher.  One of the books I inherited when she left her home is called printing for fun, and I read through it and discovered from printing techniques I hadn't heard of.  One is printing with paper masters--not like mimeograph, but cutting and pasting masters with shapes and using them to print with.  I decided to try it with textured papers and did my first two test prints in Mike's book.  I then made a card and included the master, because as I discovered, paper masters do not last too long--they begin to wear out and disintegrate.  It is only for fun and very small "runs."

Pocket items: Sample card
paper master
sample prints
giraffes conversing (NOT in pocket)
I included a scan of a few of the sample prints I made and you can see the disintegration of the paper.  (although they are not in order).  It was still a fun and relatively easy project and would probably be good with kids who have a short attention span anyway.  Just cut out and glue the shapes, make a few prints and move on.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mary in Mike's: Two Collabs

Biker Buddy joins the Crowd
 I added Biker Buddy to Mike's Crowd

Collab with Andrea
I'm neither as steady nor as creative as Andrea!  But I had fun with names.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mike's Mole Arrove

Love Aya's cards!

Love Andrea's birthday cake?

YAY Balookey--I used raise seahorses!

life imitates Mike's art

biker buddy

making sauerkraut again
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I'll have fun in Mike's Mole!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

In the pocket - Andrea's book

Back to the tattoos, I made this broach which is tattooed on leather.

Last half page for Ballookey

I'm really curios to see how this will turn out.

Done is better than perfect - in Andrea's book

This is my new life motto

This too shall pass - In Andrea's book

I totally stole the skeleton in he bird from something I saw on pintrest and couldn't find afterward. 

Shot of Whiskey - in Andrea's book

This model is one of my favorite people in the world, Freshie Juice.

In Andrea's Book

Between the last book I had over (was it Mary's?! I'm pretty sure it was) and getting Andrea's book I embarked on teaching myself a new craft which is tattooing, I started by practicing on fruits, then pig skin and then tattooed a few friends.
My latest creation is this, for Halloween:

So, I decided my topic for Andrea's book should be Tattoos. However, then my father in law was diagnose with Leukemia on top of his Lymphoma and some other type of cancer, and my whole life got shuffled, when I got back to the book, it somehow became a combination of tattoos and a lot of thoughts of death, dying and getting old, which is basically all that's been on my mind lately.

This is the first page, still trying to interact with Mike's style:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ballookey in Mike's Book

Completing the collaboration that Aya started. She drew the hand holding the cards and I added the things around it. I chose a contrasting color so I could draw right up to her hand and still have the two be distinct.

Ballookey's collaboration with Aya

Working on two things here - drawing chrysanthemums, which I've always avoided, and an idea for a fantasy seahorse. I treated this page as if it were a page in my own sketchbook, so there's a bit of stuff around the edge where I tested some colors.

Seahorse and Chrysanthemum 
Another seahorse...

Candy Crushing Seahorse 
I have a wooden box that I keep meaning to paint, so I used this page to sketch the artwork for the top of the box.

Sketch of flowers for box top 
This is my version of a Qilin, a creature from Chinese mythology that's sort of an equine version of a dragon. They are said to walk through grass without bending a blade, and also they were at one point strongly associated with giraffes. So there's a type of antelope called a Gerenuk that have unbelievably thin legs and long necks. They also have antlers like Qilin are supposed to have. I thought using a Gerenuk as the basis for my Qilin was a good idea.

Ballookey's Qilin 
Lastly, one of my friends has an adorable Lalaloopsy doll and I thought it would be fun to draw one. I chose to make a self-portrait in the form of the dolls, and on the next page I sketched a blank body for Andrea to customize.

Ballookey as Lalaloopsy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mary in Aya's: Pocket items and envelope

Pelicans, front of envelope

Georges Braque
Back of envelope
For the pocket, I decided to make small note cards.
Fantasy in red
I did the Fantasy in red first.
Fantasy in Blue
Mary Stebbins Taitt
Markers and pigment pens
I picked up on some of the shapes and composition of fantasy in red for my fantasy in in blue, and added an eye and a nose.  I "organized" the random lines in the wide band in fantasy in red into an eye.
Fantasy in Yellow
Mary Stebbins Taitt
Markers and pigment pens
For fantasy in yellow, I added a second eye and a mouth.  On the wide band, I made two eyes.
An Organization of Mind
Mary Stebbins Taitt
Markers and pigment pens
Because the two eyes on the wide band in Fantasy in  yellow resembled a mask, I decided I need one more (I had only planned to do three, in primary colors.)
The completed series
After I "completed" the series (or thought I had), I made one more card for my mother-in-law, who was having dinner with us, and although I hadn't intended it, it ended up to be the 5th in series.  However, it is not in the pocket because I gave it to her.

An organization of Mind II
Mary Stebbins Taitt
pigment pen and colored pencil
(NOT in pocket)

Kissed Frankie Goodnight
watercolor by Mary Stebbins Taitt
for my book
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They partied for days, weeks, months and years;

the sound of their laughter filled everyone’s ears.

They partied ‘til the moon came up in the sky

and then all creatures kissed Frankie goodbye.


I painted this with watercolors, finishing it (after many days of work), on 8/21/14 and today, I added the moon in Photoshop.   It is for the book I am working on for my grandson hopefully for his birthday, otherwise for Christmas.  He will be four years old on his birthday, and has just started school.

I posted it before, but I think this is the finished version (I hope).  This is in my largest Moleskine, and I wanted to share it with you.

I have mailed Aya's book to Mike (yesterday--9/15).