Friday, July 14, 2017

Invisible Cities in Preston's book

I had a totally different plan in my head for this book, but I'm not even sure why, this book that I loved since high school, but haven't read in at least 12 years came up in a conversation and it made me want to read it again, and then I had to relate to it in the Moleskine.

If you haven't heard of it, bon't feel bad, somehow Italo Calvino's work is not very well known in the USA which is a little sad, because he's probably the most easy-to-understand Surreal authors.
This book is an imaginary conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn about different cities Marco Polo visited, but that are all really different way to describe Venice.






In the pocket - an extra story diorama\triptych:




Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mary in Steve Loya's Mole (1)

It's a Monster-Eat-Monster World Out There! I just got a new Mole in the mail from Mike Kline. YAY! It's Steve Loya's Mole. MY first piece is a collaboration with Steve Loya, splotch Monsters! I love splotch monsters! Steve Made the paint splotches and I transformed them onto "monsters." Fun, thanks, Steve Loya. :D <3 span=""> P.S. this is a cell phone shot, I will post scans later.

Its a Monster-Eat-Monster World! (click to view larger)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lara's Work in Steve S.'s Book

I have a lot of catch-up to do here posting-wise - I looked back at my notes and our various iterations of shipping order... based on those, I hope that I am labelling folks' books correctly here - (This is a pocket-size red book):

This is a collaboration page where Aya drew the mouse and "Circus" text to which I added some additional stars and atmospherics as well as the satellites, blue background area and black (found) text. It was photographed in subpar light, so imagine it a touch less yellow...



On the facing page I drew this insect - a bit of a stained-glass creature with found text incorporated ( I believe this sentence came from A Manual for Cleaning Ladies by Lucia Berlin):


I drew this chair on the subsequent page and again incorporated found text (I don't know the source for this one, because I have been experimenting with chance and random re-contextualization of elements to see what happens.)


And my next page was this, which I left flowing over to function as a collaboration start for the person I shipped to, I believe at that time i t was still Ballookey.  Believe this text originated from a Joesph Albers book on color theory. Does having that information make this more or less compelling? 


Thanks for looking and any comments,  
I will get my next batch posted soon. 

Happy summer wishes to you all!



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mary's Work in Mike Kline's Moleskine

Collab with Bride Rollins
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In Mike's Moleskine, watercolor and Faber-Castell PITT Artists' pens, chap 1 Flyleaf for my novel, Death Angel.
In Mike Kline's Moleskine, Angelina, watercolor and Faber-Castell PITT artists' pens, chapter 2 flyleaf for my novel, Death Angel,
Maine Lobster, water color, in Mike Kline's Mole
First half of a collab for Steve Spetseris, pen and ink
pocket item, Grim Reaper in Markers, sketch for Moleskine picture above

Mary's work in Andrea's Mole

As always, with my posts, clicking on the images will enlarge them,

My Three solo pieces:

Barn Owl, watercolor and Faber-Castell PITT Artist's pens
Benny and the Vulture. watercolor and Faber-Castell PITT Artist's pens
Crooked Mandala, watercolor and Faber-Castell PITT Artist's pens
Collaborations:
Gingko, Collab with Bridie Rollins, pens and acrylic ink

Group Collab, with piece by me (lowest)

collab with teabag and coffee stains
Great Horned Owl, first Half of a collab for Steve Spetseris, Faber-Castell PITT Artist's pens

"The Light that shines no warmth." On envelope for Andrea's Mole, for fun, acrylics, after American Gothic, by Grant Wood.
The Sleeping bag, acrylics, after Klimt, envelope back
Pocket items:
Camouflage, my second ever white-line print, or Provincetown Print, in Andrea's pocket, woodblock print, water color.

First draft of a concept sketch for a woodblock print, artist's pens,acrylic, soufflé pens
Second draft of a concept sketch for a woodblock print, artist's pens,acrylic, soufflé pens
I included a retouched print from the scan of the owl I did for Preston, in which I attempted to fix the scan shadows, but failed to scan it, so this is the unretoruched scan.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Poppy Box

Cell phone shots of the box in which I sent Preston's Mole to Steve Spetseris:


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mary's last work in Preston's Mole

Brave Benny and the Owl


watercolor and Faber-Castell and Micron artists pens
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Dragon tears collab for Steve Spetseris
watercolor and sakura gel pen

Camouflage Rabbit
 white-line print, watercolor
pocket item for Preston

These are my last two pieces in Preston's Moleskine.  The first is for the Brave Benny Book I am doing for my grandkids (and Also for Andrea, even though it's in Preston;s Mole), the second is a collaboration for Steve Spetseris--Steve feel free to manipulate or paint over any part you'd like.  The third is a white-line print.  My first ever.  It is for Preston's pocket.  I am concerned because there is absolutely NOTHING in Preston's pocket--I thought we were each supposed to leave some small gift for the owner of the Mole in the pocket.  

A little history of the white line print.  I took a workshop.  The workshop was three hours long, during which time I made the design and then carved the woodblock and began the printing process.  It took 2 more 3-hour sessions to complete the print. It's a slow process.

The White-line print, also called the Provincetown Print, is described here and also in many other online posts, if you are interested in learning more about it.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Second piece in Preston's Mole: Brave Benny and the Warthog


Brave Benny and the Warthog

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This sketch is for a book I am working on for my grandchildren called Brave Benny's Animal Alphabet.I did it in Intense pencils, Derwent Graphitone pencils, Koi watercolors, micron and microline pens,

Friday, June 2, 2017

Moleskine Envelopes

scan of envelope back
scan of envelope front with address obscured



I made painted envelopes for the first two Moleskines I mailed to Steve, but I may not paint the next two, as I received two at once and want to move them on to Steve as fast as reasonably possible.

I used the paintings in a book I am working on for my grandchildren called Brave Benny's Animal Alphabet.  It needs a lot more work, as all the Bennys don't look like the same kid.

1st two in Preston's book

Collab page for Steve or someone
 I borrowed one of Mike's characters for a three-way collab of sorts. Click image to view larger.

"The Great Outdoors"
We just got back from a camping trip in Canada.  Two moles were waiting and had arrived while we were away.  To tell the truth, mostly, the bugs were NOT too bad (except the rotten stable flies), but we did encounter a number of ticks! Click image to view larger.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Im Mike's book's pocket

This somehow also turned out a lot more elaborate and complicated then I intended: