Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Storm (From the temptation of Eve Series)

The Storm (From the temptation of Eve Series), by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Another Mole Sketch. This one was created using gesso and gouache. The sketch was then made with ink and the highlights removed by painting with water and then some shading added with a little additional paint. The scans never seem to be quite right.

The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, in Leah's small Moleskine sketchbook, part of the moleskine exchange group 2. This image is part of the Temptation of Eve series. It is 7 x 5.5 inches in a double page spread. It is gesso with gouache, ink and salt. I discovered that salt does not make those nice little starburst patterns in gouache!

from Sketches for the Temptation of Eve

from Sketches for the Temptation of Eve, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Click to view larger.

See more from this series.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Blue Crab Claw

The Blue Crab Claw, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. My sketch of the day for
Moleskine exchange, in Hennie Mavis's Mole. This is something I saw
up in the UP in 2002 and again in 2008 and I wrote a poem about it,
too. Gesso on Moleskine, with water color wash, salt, water color
pencils, ink.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Confrontation, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Done today in Bagelboy's Moleskine as part of the Moleskine exchange. Gesso, watercolor, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, ink and salt.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

vacation sketches

1)The woods behind our campsite at Presque Isle Campground in the Porcupine Wilderness area of the U.P. (Yoopee).

2)The Deck at Crosswinds restaurant at Marina in Whitehall, MI.

both done in my practice Moleskine sketchbook. 1)gouache and watercolor, watercolor pencil and pastels, 2)ballpoint and watercolor pencils.

You can click on the pictures to view the detail better. See another vacation sketch here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Acrylic in Ian's Mole

I painted this at our campsite in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park at the tip of Michigan's wild Upper Peninsula. It was cold, rainy, buggy, but I had fun doing it. It was an actual barn and a woman cutting mums set the vase on the windowsill while she gathered a second group of them. I shot a photo of it from which I made the painting. I thought it was fun because it was very primary (and I only had primary colors [and white] with me). The barn was old and out of square (but I might have overdone it, lol!) Biker Buddy took the shot from inside the car where he was retreating from the biting bugs.

In Ian's Mole

Self Portrait of the Artist as a Chimpanzee in the Detroit Zoo in an
April rainstorm. Done in the car on the highway and at Crosswinds
restaurant. (You can see the placemat under the mole). graphite
pencil, water color pencil, ink, water color and gouache.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Away and incommunicado

We are leaving for a two week camping trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and will probably be incommunicado until we return on the 22nd or 23rd of July.  (prolly no posts)