Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Handiest Model

On the left is a value study of my husband's face at dinner, done in markers.

On the right is what will probably become our Christmas card this year. Pen, marker and watercolors.

I sketched two pictures lightly in pencil facing each other as close to each other (similar to each other, the "same") as I could, then worked from there on each side.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pipe Dreams

Drawn from a photo I took at The Renaissance Festival.

Flanders Fields

"In Flanders Fields," watercolor, wet into wet.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Distance & Benthic

Three new pieces (the third is a simple variation on the second). Water color, digital (3rd). See earlier stages of "Distance," the first one, here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Barn Value Sketch for painting

One of several value sketches of a barn I am planning to paint as a Christmas (I hope, if I have time). I've changed the trees that look like they are growing sideways from the roof and the perspective on the roof, may publish later versions when I'm done with them..


Painted on the computer in Artrage. (Free trail download available.)


Painted in Ander's Moleskine for the Moleskine Exchange with watercolor and gouache.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Crone Ceremony, Collaboration with Steve in Ander's book

This is a collaboration in Ander's Moleskine with Steve Loya. The completed collaboration is on the top, the original by Steve below it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BW Value Sketch gone colored

I can't stop playing--I made my BW value sketch into a color sketch on Artrage and then into a Thanksgiving card. On the color version on Artrage, I used "markers, paint and chalk." I forgot to mention on the previous post that the original value sketches on Newsprint wouldn't fit on my scanner. That's why my signature and notes are cut off.

Two Marker Value Sketches

These are my first ever intentional value sketches, done quickly with marker on newsprint.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner Sketch of BB

I made this tonight, first with gel pens and then colored pencils--using only the basic colors (I had no flesh tones or anything but like basic green, so I tried blending pink orange yellow and brown. Unfortunately, the subtle tones did not scan well, and the ink scanned much darker than the pencil. But oh well, here it is.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The F of Clubs

For Ellen's Moleskine Pocket, done (by me) digitally from a painting in her mole. ([sort of] After one of Frida Kahlo's self portraits.)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Trying for a likeness

I would like to learn to be better at likenesses because I'd like to illustrate my own children's books. This is a quick sketch of BB last night while he was talking and moving around (not holding still.) From life.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nearing the End, New One in Steve's Book

My latest painting, In Steve's watercolor Moleskine, 8.5 x 11/

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Eve, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digital composit.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Self=portrait on my new Moleskine

I was trying to make it look like me, but it looks more like me ten years ago.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Pix in my new Moleskine

Three new Mole pictures in my new Mole.

1)Beached Carp: water color, pastels, charcoal
2)Still Life with Hostas and African Violets, pastels, charcoal
3)"If Only" --ink, pen from Andrea. This is my half picture. It's 1/2 the page on a diagonal. Feel free to add color or change it in any way.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Strong (skunk)

Strong (Skunk), by Mary Stebbins Taitt, For Illustration Friday: "Strong". Digital Smudge Painting. Brand new today.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Raven, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Painted in Artrage. New today. Click to view larger.

This is one of my altered fractals that came originally from Fractalworks and was altered on photoshop by me. For some reason, I did not come out sharp. I'm running out of time to play.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Farm by Moonlight variation

Farm by Moonlight variation, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I can't stop fooling with this, and I have other things to do. AK

Farm by Moonlight

Farm by Moonlight, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digital Smudge Painting, new today. Intentionally "primitive."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed booby, by Mary Stebbins Taitt

Monday, August 10, 2009

Everyone we love IX

I never leave well-enough alone.

Everyone We Love VI

I just can't seem to let this one go. I made this version for Jim Doran and printed it for him. If you click on the image, you can see it larger still.

This shows many of the variations I made of this piece of art. he one on the bottom left is a scan of the original color version done on a tiny piece of paper with markers--the paper was an hp printer instruction sheet printed with a daisy over it. One is a pastel version.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Everyone we Love V

This may be my last version of this--I printed out the previous version and colored it with pastels in A4 size (8.5 x 11) and scanned it. The original pictures was 3 x 4 done with markers, so now I have a large "original" (that is, a paper copy which is unique from any of the digital versions. I'm going to give it as a gift.)

The blue here is more saturated than the actual picture, sorry about that. I'm not sure how to fix it--I suppose I could dork with the scan of the print on photoshop but I don't have time for that now.

The text has come out along the side and I do not know how to fix that either I thought if I just kept writing you might see it and look to the side.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Modify, for Illustration Friday

Modify,by Mary Stebbins Taitt. For Illustration Friday. These are a few of the modifications of the variations of "Everyone You Love" (Will have to die.) This image was originally drawn twice, once as a quick sketch in pen and once with markers over a print of a daisy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back-eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digitally altered photo.

Monday, July 20, 2009

In the Harmony of Dreams II

In the Harmony of Dreams II, by Mary Stebbins Taitt

Digital composit.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hollow, revisited

Hollow, revisited, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digitally altered Moleskine Sketch. See scan of original here. The original was just a sill sketch, and was smaller than what you see here. Click on this image to see it much larger. (I accidentally posted the big image, afer resizing it smaller.)