Monday, April 29, 2013

Moleskine IV

Collaboration with Mary Taitt.
Raven and Bald Eagle on Thunderbird

Friday, April 26, 2013

Like Snail, who chose the rail, Crane also took the train. Mary in Andrea's

Crane and Snail ride the train
acrylic on Moleskine watercolor paper
Like Snail, who chose the rail,
Crane also took the train. 

San Cassimally, Animal Carnival

This is my illustration for San Cassimally's Animal Carnival, which I am no longer officially illustrating.  I did it for Illustration Friday last week ("train"), but because of my illness, I was unable to get it done in time.  (Took me a whole week, so I may be running late!  Sorry).

This is actually on my LAST page, I think.  (The other pages are still blank.)  Because of my pain, which is usually worst in the mornings, I can't paint until evening.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bon Voyage

I love Mike's book's theme so far, it's all about flights, planes and travel. 

And in a strange coincident, I got the book on the same week I'm going on the first real vacation I've had in over 7 years. I've traveled a few times , but it was always either Israel to see family or Chicago \ LA \ Louisiana for art shows.

Me and Ned are going to Tulum, Mexico for a week, to see some Mayan ruins and swim with sea turtles. I was thinking about taking Mike's book with me, but we are going to stay in a grass hut with no electricity and probably a leaky roof if it rains...

So, I wanted to finish at least one page before we leave, and I'm keeping the travel \ journey theme in mind.

Andrea's "Arrove"

As of yet unfinished painting

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Mary's Last piece(s) in the first half round of Round 4: Dino-Drag

2 half collabs
Mary Stebbins Taitt first halves

half collab for Ballookey
Mary Stebbins Taitt first half

half collab for Aya
Mary Stebbins Taitt first half

I did Two more half-collabs this morning, and I did them together so that Aya, Ballokey and I can to a three-way collaboration.

Feel free to draw, mark or paint OVER any portion of what I did to make the wings bigger, add a damsel in distress, add flying teradactyls, or hunters with nets or approaching vampires or whatever.  Add clouds, change the color of the sky, alter the articulation of the wing bones, whatever you want--fix any mistakes.

And the same goes for the collabs I left for Mike and Andrea--too bad I didn't put those together, too.  For another three way.

Make yourself at home.  Have fun!

This is my last piece and I am hoping to mail today, but I think the post office closes at 2 and if I don't make it,t hen it won't go out until Monday.  Seems unlikely I can make it by 2:00--DANG!

Well, anyway, hopefully it will be on it's way Monday to Mike, then.  WAHN--I'd hope to mail it today.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Round 4 first half Mary's pix

Half a collab for Andrea in back of Mole
Faber-Castell PITT Manga Kaoiro set pens
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The Arctic Trek

Leaopard Lept
Sloth Slept
Reptile Crept*
(*see note)

half a collab for Mike Kline
Faber-Castell PITT

I've been busy working on the Mole.  I intend to leave a collab for each artist in the back, except for Mike's, which is in the normal place in the front.  This may mean fewer pieces in the next half-round.

*San Cassimally asked me to illustrate a kids book he's written with nonsense rhymes and this is my first attempt.  I will probably fiddle with it some more.

I hope to be ready to mail by April 15.

Sadly, I got blue acrylic paint from the leopard etc on the arctic trek and the poppies.  I will need to be much more careful--I had waxed paper taped over the other pages and still messed it up.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Lakeshore Poppies, Approaching Storm

Lakeshore Poppies, Approaching Storm
Watercolor in watercolor moleskine A3
by Mary Stebbins Taitt
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I painted this this morning in my round 4 Moleskine with watercolors. Last night, I did the one below, which is smaller and in a different oritnetation and with gouache instead of watercolor.

I am tempted to darken the Moley one a little (so it looks more like the Graham-cracker-box one), but haven't decided yet.  I guess Iw ill do more work first and come back to it if I have time.

This is my third page in the Round 4 Sketchbook.

If you are interested, you can read about my Graham cracker box sketchbook here. I also did a raisin-box sketchbook here.  Although some of the images don't show up in the small versions, they do show up if you click on them.

For some reason, the images look a little washed out on my screen--they look brighter if you click on them.

Lakeshore Poppies, Approaching Storm
5 x 7 gouache sketch
in Graham cracker sketchbook on Canson mi-teientes
by Mary Stebbins Taitt