Thursday, February 2, 2017

Circus in Steve's book

This is how I met Steve:

Because there was no Moleskine Exchange in ages, I joined a few groups on Facebook that gives a weekly, a daily or a bi-weekly creative challenge, and people draw or paint according to specific prompt. Steve was one of my favorite participant in a group called Daily Drawing Challenge, in which a guy post a daily photograph and everyone use that as a reference. I quit that group pretty shortly after, because the lack of diversity in the images was pretty depressing, but me and Steve became Facebook buddies and we both do a lot of those group challenges.

So in Steve's book, all the drawings were results of some challenge or another. Also, just because I have an easier time working with a topic, this one became "Circus"

This one was for an Israeli group called Daily Speed Sketch Israel, The first group I joined probably over a year ago. Each day there are 3 words and participants draw some combination of them. In this case it was Unicycle and Compass. You have to draw in 1 color only, and in half an hour or less. I only did a part of it in half hour and finished it later.

The one on the left was for the same group and the words were Acrobat and Blowfish, on Saturday they actually do allow color! so when I finished it, it had a purple background, but I added the text and diamonds after.
The one on the right was for a different group called Daily Spitpaint, each day they give 4 topics and people choose one and draw it in 30 minutes or less, that's the only limitation. The topic here was "Lion Den".

This is my half page, it was also for Daily Spitpaint, and the topic was "Fat Rat"

And in the pocket - a very small paper doll that I made for yet another group, called Daily Sketching Workout, which have one topic everyday and also it's a group that started by an art book publisher and each week they pick a drawing and someone get a book in the mail! the topic was "Butterfly Wing".

I don't do all the groups challenges everyday, but I try to get at least one everyday, it's a really good way to get me drawing. I highly recommend it!

First pages in my book

It's always so much easier to me to work with a topic, and with this one it was "The White Rabbit".

Friday, January 27, 2017


Dropped my book in the post box on my way to the dog park this morning and when I got back I found Steve's book waiting for me.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Envelope 5/1

Here is the front of the envelope for mailing the first Mole of Round 5 to Steve
and here is the back of the envelope.  I hope to mail tomorrow because I will be in the hospital Feb 1, and if not tomorrow, very soon.  This completes my packet for this mailing, I believe.

Box turtle on back of envelope for Steve, click this and all images to view larger.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mary's First mailing for Round 5

So wait, I'm confused.  Are we supposed to be posting our work HERE or THERE (at the group page.)  I just posted there and guess I'll post here, too. As always, click images to view larger.

I painted, with acrylics, the front cover and am calling it:  "A Marriage Blessed by Love."

"A Marriage Blessed by Love"
 Then I painted 3 watercolors of animals, a fox, an owl and a pika.
fox, watercolor

owl, watercolor

pika, watercolor
 Then I made a half of a painting for Steve.

Frida, watercolor
Then I made 3 cards for a pocket gift for Steve.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The first rule of Moleskine Exchange

Sorry guys, I broke the first rule of moleskine exchange club, which wasn't that you aren't supposed to talk about it, because if it was, then I'd be kicked out years ago. The first rule of moleskine exchange is that you use a moleskine. However, I gut overly excited at the art store, and didn't notice till I gut home that this cool proportioned book wasn't even a moleskine, but a Shinola. It's pretty much compatible, so I'm useing it, because - the pages are square!
The paper is a mix between the moleskine sketchbook and the moleskine watercolor, which is nice, it doesn't react amazingly well to watercolor, but better than the moleskine sketchbook. I hope you'll enjoy drawing in it, even though it's not a moleskine.

Also, welcome to all the new people, and to all the old ones - I missed you and I'm so glad we are doing another round!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Elephant Envelope for Mike

elephant envelope front
Mary Stebbins Taitt
to Mike Kline
acrylic on padded envelope
addresses cloned out
elephant envelope back
Mary Stebbins Taitt
to Mike Kline
acrylic on padded envelope
I have painted an envelope to send my Mole back to Mike who has offered to finish his work directly in the Moleskine.  YAY

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Last gasp in Mike's

Everyone cheered to watch racers run
by me, Mary Stebbins Taitt
I am finally finished with Mike's Moleskine, and will mail it ASAP on hopefully Monday or Tuesday.
*The paper is getting progressively thicker!  Below is the prior version.  Since then I have repaired the head of the last wolf, opened Frankie's eyes, changed the color of the grass and added detail.  This was the hold-up. I kept fiddling with it, trying to get it right.

"Had Races and Won"
Acrylic on thin Moleskine paper*
4th coat
Because I had it so long, I did some additional pieces:

Biker Buddy
by Mary Taitt
At the end of a long day
By Mary Taitt
markers, Copic, Faber-Castell pigment artist pigment markers,
The Nature Conservancy wants to publish 20,000 elephant pictures, so I am trying to help them out.

Old Bull
collab for Mike
And a new pocket item--with elephants:

card by Mary Taitt for Mike's pocket

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mike's pocket items

Biker Buddy
I am sending Mike his pocket items separately, as they are thick and risk bending the cover or spine.  This is the envelop.  The book will follow "shortly."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Envelope, pocket item in Mike's

I still have Mike's Mole.  I have painted an envelope for it and am including 2 of my first-ever woodblock prints as "pocket items."  Sorry these are kind of crappy cell phone pix--may later post scans.   Also, I will have to send my own Mole back to Mike to finish up.

Click images to view larger.  Also, not that my gmail account is all full and I cannot send or receive messages!  :(

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ballookey in Andrea's

It looks like everyone's book is back home except Andrea's. So far I've gotten the following three pages done. I just started re-doing some of my favorite pieces in watercolor, which I've been practicing with recently.

I still intend to add another full page at least, and I have to finish the collaboration with Aya. In the mean time I just wanted to show that it's in progress...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mary's Mole came home!

I've got my Moleskine back and I want to thank you all for your lovely art.  So fun looking through this.  When I finish the blank pages, of which there aren't many, we'll hopefully post a video.

I still have Mike's Mole, I'm nearly done with it, just painting the envelope and a couple small touch-ups.

In Ballookey's pocket

Butterfly paper mask! I'm a little obsessed with those recently. 

Half page in Ballookey's

Officially, I am the last person on this book, but there are some more pages, so just in case Ballookey want's to finish it, this is my half page.

Ballokey's book pages 5-6

One of my all times favorite quotes.

Ballookey's book, pages 3-4

I don't think I've ever had a book from Moleskine exchange that took me this long to finish! I got interrupted by a flu, a pulled back and some other virus, then work got in the way, but finally, it was done, and a couple of days ago, send out.

Kept with the imaginary fairy tales theme.