Saturday, December 28, 2013

Egg tempera for Andrea's pocket

Biker Buddy
egg tempera on "artboard" (cardboard)
I don't know how well this will travel, but I'll try it.  I made the paint from French earth pigments and egg-yolk.  My daughter brought the pigments home from France.  Keith was talking to a friend and not sitting still.  I did not make a sketch first, but just painted right on the artboard with the paints.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Holidays!)

I decided to use a collaboration with Steve Loya as my Christmas card this year:

Have a wonderful Holiday!
As always, click image to view larger.
You can see the original from 2010 here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mary in Mary's, page 4 pass 2 round 4: On a bright red caboose

On a bright red caboose
watercolor on watercolor moleskine
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Second draft

On a bright red caboose
watercolor on watercolor moleskine

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Goose                                      
and their friends Aloysius and Frangelica Moose     
And two herons who complained their stockings were loose
all rode together on a bright red caboose.

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that I can get the book done in time for Christmas. (For my grandson).

This completes my work on this pass of round 4, except for the back cover and envelope if I have time--I'll be mailing soon.

(Now that I've signed it, scanned it and posted it, I've decided it's not quite done yet.) (By the way, the complexity of that caboose was just about beyond me!!!) (OK, I did work on it for another hour, not sure if I made it better or not, but the second one is on top.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Queens of Tenacity, Ballookey in Andrea's

And with these, Andrea's book is done and I believe she has it back at long last.

Side note, there was an upside to me having this book so long. My 7-year-old niece came over for a visit last weekend and I brought out paper and pens so we could draw. She was flipping through the large sketchbook where I roughed out these pages, and so I brought out Andrea's Moleskine to show her. She loves to draw and make things, so I always try to encourage that.

Anyway she was just fascinated by looking at the book. She picked up on the different styles everyone has right away - after I told her who did the first image in a series, she could easily see that "Mary did this one (reading Mary's signature - so cute!) and Mike did this part..."

She picked up on the things that made each artist's work so special - loving the detail of Aya's work, the storied scenes that Mary painted, the bold and funny faces of Mike's work, and the graphic patterns of Andrea.

After we put the book away, she started filling a large sheet with her own graphic patterns, clearly influenced by Andrea. :)

It was great to visit the work through someone else's eyes.

Again, sorry for how blurry the images are. :( 
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Collaboration page for Andrea to work. I wanted to finish it quick one night before sending the book, so I just took the thorny element from the previous page. I thought it might work well with Andrea's style. :)

For Moleskine Exchange

Didn't Give Up... Ballookey in Andrea's

Oops! I was in such a rush to send this, I didn't realize the one and only snapshot I took of this page was so blurry.

For Moleskine Exchange

A closeup of this half the page, for what it's worth (not much, still blurry):

For Moleskine Exchange

Friday, December 6, 2013

starting second round in my book

The book is already on it's way to Ballookey (or maybe got there already), and it took forever both to finish and to get out. I had that experience I only heard about before, when it comes to Moleskine Exchange - I was star struck. I have to say, this was the book with my all time favorite work on Moleskine exchange ever, and the fact that it was my book did not make it any easier.

I was really too scared to start painting and wreck a winning streak.

Eventually, there was no way around it and I had a few "dead days" - those days between a new job coming in and getting all the material to work with, and so, I got working. 

I kept the dream theme with my work in this book, and most of what's here are some sort of dreams that I had recently. 

Pages 1 and 2 with Mike

Pages 3 and 4 - Transfusion 

Pages 5 and 6 - all the dreams are true

Page 7 - for Ballookey

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Tut tut, Woman Scolding" Collab for Mike

"Tut, tut, Woman Scolding"
First half of a collaboration for Mike to finish
pen and ink with watercolor "wash"
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Okay, here's my collaboration of the second pass of round four in my own Moleskine, for Mike to finish.

I still have one full page to do of my own work, plus I was going to do the back cover.  I may skip that until later, same with decorating the envelope,  If I'm running late.

Cardinals Collab with Hennie Mavis in Mary's Mole

Hennie's lovely start
(First half)
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Hennie's gorgeous painting is wonderfully balanced and has really nice composition and color.

my half of the collaboration
cardinals fly, by Mary Taitt
Unfortunately, when I started this painting, we company for dinner and I only had one of my small watercolor kits, it was the wrong one, and the colors didn't match.  Wrong reds and blues.  Of course, that wasn't the only flaw, I'm sorry to say.

full double-page spread
Cardinal Dream
collab Hennie Mavis and Mary Stebbins Taitt

I have one solo piece and one first half collab for Mike left to do before I mail.