Friday, December 28, 2012

Ballookey in Mary's Round 3 book

Hey all - I finished and sent Mary's book out before the holiday last week. Hopefully if she hasn't gotten it already she should get it soon. That was the last book I had to work in, and I have my own book back, so I'm officially done with round 3.

The drawings I did in Mary's might look a bit like I just re-drew the same thing over & over, but really they tell the story of a kitty passing from this life into the next. I was inspired by Jessie Hirsch's (some of you may remember her from Round 1 of the Exchange) story of her cat making the trip over the rainbow bridge last year.

These images don't really match her story or her cat, but that was the inspiration.

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The following image was a collaboration Andrea started. I was supposed to start it for her to finish, but I was so behind, I sent the book to her asking her to start the page. She gave it to me with the outline of the figure shown. I knew it was supposed to be a garden gnome, so I tried to make it something a little bit different. ;) It serves as a trippy welcoming committee to the kitty upon reaching the hereafter.


This is the completed collaboration page with Mike. His drawing reminded me of fuchsia flowers, which hummingbirds love. Andrea did the lettering, and I'm not sure if she or someone else did the cloud-shapes on the right. I added the hummingbirds and the breeze.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Mary in Molly's: Half a Dahlia

Half a Dahlia
Pigment markers (Faber-Castell PITT artist pens)
plus watercolor
(Click image to view much larger.)
This is my last piece in Molly's Mole--half a Dahlia for Molly to finish--I think I got carried away and did more than half, sorry Molly!

I started with pigment Markers but was distressed by the lack of subtlety and painted over it a little with watercolors.

I am ready to mail--am I mailing to Molly?  RSVP!

I am leaving tomorrow after voting for a week-long trip to Upstate NY to see my grandson Frankie for his second birthday.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mary in Molly's #4: Asher/Garryd

Asher/Garryd high in a tree
click image to view larger.
I've been traveling, went to a workshop called The Writer as Shaman, camped on the way.  Was unable to work in the mole while I was gone.  So, this is my fourth painting.  I have a half a one to do, and I'll be done.

This boy, Asher, I met on top of Bradbury mountain in Maine, while I was traveling.  I asked if I could take his picture.  He looks like Garryd, one of the characters in in my children's novel Frog Haven.  I'm going to paint some pictures from the photos to use as illos for the book.

Asher, like Garryd, loves to climb trees and goes way up high!!!  You can't see here how high he is.

So, Here's a photo, and even this doesn't show how high he was:

Asher/Garryd in tree, Bradbury Mt., Maine

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mary in Molly's (more)

pocket item:  BB
graphite and water-soluble graphite

Dana revisited
Water color, graphite and water-soluble graphite

Graphite and water-soluble graphite
Heidi and Mary
with Mole-work
I know everyone is dying for a picture of Biker Buddy, so I made one for Molly as a pocket item (It's too big for her pocket, though).

I did more work on Dana.

Rheta is another character in my novel.

BB and I drove to Maine and stopped at Heidi's in NH on the way and she and I did mole artwork together--they are both pix off Biker Buddy!  Both a little stylized.

I loved visiting Heidi--we had so much fun!!!  THANKS Heidi, for the hospitality!!!  :-D

Sorry to say I've been sick since I got home.  More to follow asap.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2nd page in Molly's by Mary

I'm going away shortly for a week and I am hoping I can do this before I leave (but I can't promise to, as I also have other commitments.)

But tonight, I have to stay up late because my son is coming home on the train for the weekend from college.  So I worked on another page in Molly's Moleskine.

Dana Waznik
(by me standing in for Yllsa)
Dana Wasnik is the protagonist, main character, of my serial novel, Discovery at Little Hog Island.  She, like Ross in the last post, is a fictional character, so I'm making her up.  Watercolor.

The part of the novel where this picture will appear has not been written yet, but you can read earlier parts here if you wish.  (Links to the installments on cowbird).

Molly's book arrove!!!!

I attacked it with joy and looked at all the the yummy wonderful pictures and then Keith did.

Grinning at artwork!

Can you see him secretly grinning at the picture?  (Please ignore our mess.)

And I did one and a half pages.

First I did the second half of the page Aya left for me:

Storm Brewing
I tried and failed to match the color.  (Watercolor and Pentel Hybrid Technica pen)

Then I did a drawing of "Ross" who is one of the main characters in a serial novel I am working on.  I am posting it in installments on Cowbird.  All the links are here if you are interested in looking at it--there is art or a photo with each installment. I had this idea of redoing all the art and publishing it as a coffee table novel.  Not sure if anything will come of that, but I'm having fun thinking about it.

from  Discovery at Little Hog Island
by me,
but supposedly by Yvonya
Pentel Hybrid Technica pen and Derwent Water-soluble Graphite Sketching pencils.  And water.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Something for Molly's pocket

Brace yourself for a long story...

So, as I said before, Ned and I got super busy for about a month, shooting lookbooks and other projects like crazy. it was a lot of work and a lot of fun...

One of those projects was a top secret hush hush shoot we did for a new TV show called Elementary, which is a modern Sherlock Holms story. The episod hasn't aired yet, so I can't give too many details, but we shot something that's going to be in a book that will be used as a prop in a scene.

As said, can't tell the whole plot, but basically, they needed a series of images of different woman looking glamourous, sexy, beautiful and strong. We had to cast the whole thing and find time to shoot it within a week and get the images to them super shortly afterwards. We found a bunch of friend-models that were brave enough to be shot in sexy underwear for TV and got to work...

I'm really happy with the shoot, and decided to use the images as reference for a little illustrated book for Molly's pocket.




I had quite a few leftover prints from attempts to align the pages, and so I painted them with watercolor and add one to Molly's book.



If you want to see the rest of the illustrations, check out this.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP in Molly's

Working on @mollypeck book for #moleskineexhange

Just finished the last half page today! Better scans and something for the pocket tomorrow and then it's off to Mary.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hi All

Round three peeps, please finish up the books you have and get them back to their owners.

Also, this is a space to throw out ideas for Round 4.  Should we do less people and go around twice?

How should I screen new members?  Generally I would just do it by asking artists I had recently been following or enjoying, but I have struck out with that way a few times now.  :(  Some folks just don't understand the level of commitment.

Those of you who have been doing this for a while or who have branched out and done sketchbook exchanges of your own, what advice do you have?

I am not starting another round until all books are back to their owners, so if you know who has your book, hit them up and encourage them to get it finished.

Happy fall to all!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Self=Portrait of the Artist in a "Dark Matter Mirror"

Self-Portrait of the Artist in a "Dark Matter Mirror," for Andrea.  (by me, Mary stebbins Taitt). I haven't had a Moleskine sketchbook from the exchange in a long time. I've been filling in some of the old Moleskines (may post some of them later), and I also bought two strange nonMoleskine sketchbooks. This one I got at our local Renaissance Festival hand made paper and cover, leather. The piece is done on the inside of the front cover on the leaver with markers.  The leather is very rough and stained with droplets of leather stain from the outside of the front cover.

The outer red, yellow and orange circle represents the persona I present to the world--sunny and pleasant.  The inner circle represents my hidden dark thoughts and feelings, my anger, rage, pain, shame etc.  The rays are the love I give out to the world and the snakes are the anger, rage, pain and shame that escape from their internal prison and cause hurt feelings and misunderstandings.  They also represent the chaos that underlies and spills out of the "safely" imprisoned negative qualities.

This book is too big to fit on my scanner (what was I thinking?) and the leather is thick, sturdy and doesn't lie flat, so I apologize for the quality of the photo.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mike's book is on the way home!

This bottom image is my final collab for Mike and I am pretty sad about it.  :(

Friday, July 20, 2012

Elephant Fish Watercolor (What?)

Finally! Roma's Moleskine is on its way home... As the last artist - I wanted to play around in another medium and have some fun. Thus! The Elephant fish. I was recently surfing in South Padre island and had hoped for some fresh seafood, but all the places were "We cook your catch." I didn't catch anything, but waves - so I went hungry for some fresh fish and ate mexican.

Monday, July 16, 2012

pages 2 and 3 in Molly's book

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 This took all day... and I mean all day... I didn't do anything else today, but it was fun and it's been a long time since I dedicated so many hours straight to drawing.

 I'm very happy with how this came out, though it doesn't capture the awesomeness of the original photo.

First page with Ammon in Moly's book

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I don't know if you are all following Molly's Flickr or Tumblr, if you do, you know that aside of being an amazing painter, she is also an amazing photographer. I'm keep being super impressed with her ongoing series of self portraits, and how she keeps coming out with great original ideas of showing different sides of her personality in her images.

So, I decided to dedicate my work in her book to some of those portraits. This is the first page with Ammon, and Molly is hiding somewhere in there, in the flowers.

Molly's book

And ice coffee.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Frida's Garden
Hay everyone! finally I have a book! i just got Molly's from Ammon, and very excited about starting to work in it.

 So here is my question. Molly is next in line, but looking at the Google Doc, it looks like her book never made it to Mary or Roma. Shell I send it to Roma? to Mary or to Molly?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ballookey in Andrea's

Hey there!

I sent Andrea's off today. I'm not quite done with the Exchange as I still have to finish my work in Mary's book - it looks like according to the spreadsheet it's nearly done, so either the last person to have it or Mary can send it to me.

I really loved the illustrations Aya did in Andrea's, taken from dreams or nightmares, so I continued along with that idea.

But first some birds to get warmed up: Collaboration with Molly-


From a recurring dream about driving off the map - first the map gets weird, then it runs out... I like the top portion, but the weirdness and map-ness didn't really work out so great on the second half. For the car, I was inspired by the illustrations in Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, of the kid Milo in a toy car.


A complicated dream, full of weirdness, reduced to just a couple of elements. Walking down a sidewalk at night, and it gets darker, and darker, and darker (and a little scary) until nothing is visible in the vicinity of the sidewalk. Coming out the other side of the darkness, the right side of the path falls off into open space.


And the beginning of a collaboration with Andrea. I may or may not have been watching the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson when sketching this. OK, yes, I was.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Ammon In Molly's Book

emperors new clothes
To share with Aya.

The great shared effort.

When you lose your body it is best to see the positive things. 

johnny cash moleksine exchange
Johnny Cash

I have  been watching past episodes of "Breaking Bad" so here are a few meth heads.

The Nude.