Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Self-portrait with owl and pine branches

Self-portrait with owl and pine branches, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Sketched from a photo taken by my daughter of me at the State Fair in NY. I made myself look much younger than I am, LOL! This is in my first-ever moleskine for a moleskine exchange. Click image to view larger.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Beach Below Mooreshead Light

Beach Below Mooreshead Light, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Quick water
color sketch in my notebook while downloading pix.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Working the Subject: Lenten Roses

Lenten Roses, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Bryan with a Y Peterson defines "working the subject" as experimenting and trying different POVs, filters and effects and not being satisfied with the first "easy" shot. Lenten Roses (at least mine) are not easy to photograph well, as the flowers tend to be low to the ground and point downward. I took "zillion" shots of these and then I ortonized this one digitally on Picasa and then I made a sepia version and sandwiched it back with the original to get this. Oh, I prolly should include the original so you can see what I have done, and even a shot of the Lenten Roses to show how they face downward. OK, I will add those later. Here they are. Click to view larger.

Postcard from Piran

Postcard from Piran, by Mary Stebbins Taitt.

My daughter, D2, otherwsie known as Brown-eyed Girl, collects
postcards, so I've been trying to paint one for her at each of my
painting classes. This is the one I painted yesterday. I didn't
think it was all that great, but everyone in class including the
teacher praised it (maybe they were just being nice).

I guess I am getting a *little* better.

The scene was painted from MEMORY, which means it is not accurate. It
represents a church in Piran, Slovenia that is right on the Adriatic
and has these huge columns under it holding it up. The church is
truly lovely, and the columns were very impressive. After I painted
it, I realized there was a wall between the beach and the grass which
I had forgotten about. That's nto the only thing that is different.
But since Piran is an incredibly lovely town, and the church is
fantastic, maybe you should check it out for yourself! I prolly
should post some of the pictures of it, in case you can't go, but I
don't have time right now.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


War, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digital compositing and other effects.

Spring Abstract

Spring Abstract, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. The reds of tulips, the
yellows of daffodils. Easter eggs. Bursting New growth. YAY spring!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sun, Captured

Sun, Captured, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Abstract created in search of
fractals. Made in photoshop from scratch.

The title comes from the delightful book, Piggy Wiglet: "It felt so
good to be a pig that piggy wiglet danced a jig, he tossed his head
and flipped his tail and slipped beneath the bottom rail and trotted
off to have some fun, to play all day and chase the sun." (and so on.)

Not Fractals: Jacob's Ladder, Hot Air Balloon

Jacob's Ladder, Hot Air Balloon, Two Pieces of Abstract Art Created by
me, Mary Stebbins Taitt, on Photoshop using various distortions to
attempt to create a fractal without using a fractal program. These
two were both made from the same starting image, which I created from
scratch in photoshop..

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Fractal: At the Chiffon Palace

At the Chiffon Palace, fractal manipulation by Mary Stebbins Taitt. With the aid of Apophysis open source software obtained by a link on Andree's page.

Pizza Box Tulip

Pizza Box Tulip, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. From my pizza box series.

Italian WIndow

Italian Window, by Mary Taitt. Acrylic.

Winter Trees

Winter Trees, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I'm in my 6th week of my water
media class, first paiting class since I was a child. This one and
the previous one are fromt he book, Watercolor for the Absolute

Autumn Trees

Autumn Trees, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I'm in my 6th week of my water
media class, first paiting class since I was a child.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tulips at the Village Market III

Tulips at the Village Market III, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. A brand new
piece, probably not really done yet. Been working on it for several

Monday, April 07, 2008

Mallard in early spring

Mallard in early spring, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Straight shot with
300 zoom lens. No effects. Nashua Creek, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Gatehouse in Green

I am taking my first-ever water media class. This is a student exercise directly from the book Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner, or something like that. I painted it entirely with red, blue and yellow (no green, brown etc.) It is 12 x 16.

I thought this was done when I took a picture of it, but then I painted it some more. You can see the new version here. By the way, all the new additions were made with the same three colors, red, yellow and blue. You can also view the earlier version (smaller) I made in sepia.