Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sketch: Pines at the Pinery

Sketch: Pines at the Pinery, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Water COlor and
Water Color pencils, 5 x 8, done in situo (en pleine air).


Columbine, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. With my macro and my new 90-degree

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fringed Polygala

Fringed Polygala, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Also known as "gaywings." These are not common wildflowers in most places I have been, but are fairly abundant at the Pinery in Ontario this weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Girl in the Fog Revisited, with note

Girl in the Fog Revisited, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I've reworked this
somewhat for the occasion. It was taken at the Pinery, where we're

I am leaving tomorrow to go camping at the Pinery for Memorial Day and
will be back late Monday night.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Round 2: Mole 5-6: The Overlook Tree

The Overlook Tree, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Scanned and photographed
versions of my next one/two mole(s)(5,6) with Biker Buddy acting as
photographer's assistant. Done in Michelle's Mole with pencil, ink,
gouache, and crayola crayons, lol! I really had fun with this. :-D

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sparrow and Plum Blossoms

Sparrow and Plum Blossoms, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, after Lucy Wang. My second new piece in Michelle White's Moleskine as part of the moleskine exchange.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Fire-starter

The Fire-starter, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. (new version.)

for Photo Friday Fire.

The Anguish of Memory

The Anguish of Memory, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digitally composited
and and adjusted photograph.

Orchids, Chinese Brush Painting

Orchids, Chinese Brush Painting, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I've been reading about Chinese brush painting and making various attempts at it. I can see why Zen brush painting is good for Zen practitioners; it really takes a lot of attention and I am NOT very good at it. The middle one was done on newsprint, which is recommended for beginner to practice on. But they don't come out as nicely.

I am also trying to learn the lettering but I am even worse at that. I understand that it has to be exactly right or means something else, but I know mine is NOT exactly right so I will tell you what it is supposed to mean: return to serenity. View my rocks here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fractal Flame Fireworks Flowers

Fractal Flame Fireworks Flowers, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. These are Oxidizer fractal flames modified in Photoshop. I haven't gotten the hang of Oxidizer yet. You can see the "out-of-the-box" version here. Thanks to meeyauw for her tutorial located here. Sooner or later I will get it!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Biker Buddy Rides again

Biker Buddy Rides again, by Mary STebbins Taitt.

Actually, this was a VERY quick black goache sketch of BB last night,
sitting on a chair in the shadows listening to a tape of PB
practicing. It's 5 x 8, on a new pad with new paint and a new brush.
It was really late at night and I didn't do a pencil sketch, I just
splashed some paint on the page. Probably the fastest sketch I've

Study for crab painting

Study for crab painting, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I am going to
attempt a water color painting of two crabs. This is the study for
the painting, a digital composit.

As happens way to often, after I posted this, thinking I was DONE with it, I made a variation that I think I like better at No Polar. THIS is supposed to be my master illo blog, but lots that get posted there are better. :-(

Sunday, May 11, 2008


When I bought my first ever moleskine for this project, I also bought
a water color mole. I did these pix in it. It's easier to paint in
than the sketch moleskine.

The first is another portrait of BB with watercolor pencils, and ink,
the second a friend at dinner, the third tulips for mother's day and
the fouth the robin which I attempted to paint in as Asian brush style.
I got some books about that but haven't had time to study them yet.
These were photographed rather than scanned.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Electrogirl's Electrovision glasses

Electrogirl and her Electrovision Glasses, by Mary Stebbins Taitt.

The girl started from a coloring page. I colored her and changed her some.

The electrical flower is what she sees through her special Ellectrovision goggles--the electricity in all things. Digitally manipulated photograph with Apophysis fractal flame superimposed. Do click on it to see it larger.

For Illustration Friday.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Saturday, May 03, 2008

My moles, first ever

I joined a moleskine exchange group and purchased my first ever
moleskine and made my first three moleskine pieces.

They are:
"Italian Window," for E
"Self portrait with owl and pine branch," for E
"Biker Buddy caricature," for BB

Ozark Spring Revisited

A reworking of an earlier piece as a gift for Leaflady.