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.