Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From the Providence of Dream

From the Providence of Dream, by me. I had another insomniac night and am tired. Sometimes, when I am really tired, I begin to dream while I'm awake. I'd say hallucinate, but it's not quite like that. This is a digitally altered fractal from Xaos.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Canal Scene, Venice

I'm fairly happy with the painting which is gouache on blue paper. I'm NOT happy with the paper, which turns out to be too thin and fragile or with the scanner which did really bad job making this look right--the paint is very reflective to the scanner light--it looks much better in natural light.

Friday, March 12, 2010

One Ski

One Ski, by me, is an illustration of a dream I had this morning. You can read the dream here, if interested. The illo is a digital composit which is further painted and manipulated on photoshop. View it a little larger by clicking the image.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Colorplay by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digital painting done on Artrage.

I worked on this some more and produced this, which I actually like better.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bird of Paradise Flower #2 (Experimenting)

Bird of Paradise Flower #2 (Experimenting). This is an experiment--I sprayed flat black acrylic paint on the paper of a 5 x 8 Moleskine, opened up to 8 x 10 size (2-page spread) and painted the same bird of paradise flower that I did earlier with pigment markers. It is done in gouache, and I'd say it's a failed experiment, but interesting anyway.

The gouache did NOT work well on this paper. It looks more like acrylic, but doesn't cover as well. Because of the reflective nature of the scanner, it looks MUCH brighter than it actually does in the mole itself.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nora's Entry

Nora's Entry, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. pigment markers. ~ 8 x 10. Click image to view larger.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Piran Alley

I painted this with gouache on yellow paper from a photo I took of an Alley in Piran, Slovenia when we were on our honeymoon there. (Click image to view larger.)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's day!

I made the pigment-marker sketch last night and then digitally altered it on photoshop to make a valentine. It's all pigment markers except the skin, as I have no skin-colored pigment markers.


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Sardinian Bridge

Sardinian Bridge, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, Gouache on purple paper. Gift to E.S.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


More with the pigment markers! I need to read up on them, I have some questions. But anyway, another attempt for Hennie's pocket. (The original) Done on watercolor paper with Faber Castell indian ink pigment markers.

Hennie may end up with a fuller pocket than anyone else because of the holiday delays.

I had to clear the dining room table for company the other day and lost my painter's masking tape and now I keep goofing the edges of my work. Can you imagine anyone thinking that a table was for eating on--a table is for art, right?

with pigment markers

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The People Mover at Night

The People Mover at Night, Mary Stebbins Taitt.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Biker Buddy with Pigment Markers

I never used any kind of markers for art before, and now I am learning the difference between pigment markers and dye markers. Y'all probably already know this. One of the cool things about pigment markers is that you can shade within the same color, it gets darker as you color over it--that has great possibilities for hair and fur and shadow texture etc, but on the other hand, it is difficult (for me, so far) to make large smooth areas with pigment markers.

This drawing is done exclusively with pigment markers that I got for Christmas. There are four colors plus the white of the paper. The man, as y'all know, is my husband. I tried "cover stock," but I like water color paper better! The picture is 8.5 x 11, but I will have to trim it a little to get it into the pocket.

It's another experiment. I learn something from every experiment.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Reach, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, digital smudge painting.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Scott Carter at Silk Creek

Scott Carter at Silk Creek, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Water Color.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Veloce or The Girl with the Scarves

Veloce or The Girl with the Scarves, in Aya's Moleskine. I'm working hard on a fellowship grant application, and wasn't going to do any art until I finished it, but I needed a BREAK!

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(There's a bit of a story--she's riding in the Tour de France and quite a character with all her scarves! Someone's trying to get her attention by offering a beer, but she's having none of it--pedaling furiously, and looks into the "camera" (or the artist's eye) for just a moment before she whirls away out of sight.).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Black Veil

My work on Aya's Mole for the day: "The Black Veil." This is done in watercolors--or, I should say, water color. I only used one color, indigo (I think Windsor Newton, but I'm not sure--I used it off my palette.) It is for Mike Kline to finish. Have fun, Mike--use any media or color you want. I was inspired by a photograph at the DIA, but unfortunately, I didn't get the info, just the idea. I wanted to photograph the photograph and info, but we were not allowed to.

Scott in Snow

Digitally manipulated photograph. by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I'm not sure if I should post this on my art blog of my photo blog.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Naptime or Bottom of the Heap

Naptime or Bottom of the Heap, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Watercolor, approximates 8.5 x 11, in Aya's Mole.

The Long Day

The Long Day, new 11 x 14 water color by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Original gifted to Scott Carter for Christmas '09. (new in December, but I couldn't post anything.)

Self-Portrait for a New Year

Self Portrait for a New Year, watercolor, pen and ink, digitally manipulated. From a Mole sketch in Aya's Mole.


I've been unable to post because my Picasa Web Album filled up. I had to create a new identity and it's going to take a while to et caught up.