Friday, November 12, 2010

A new Painting in two steps

I did this painting on my iPad in Artrage at dinner tonight. First I sketched the face gesturally with pastels and then painted over it with oils. I was looking across the table at my husband who was not holding still! (No photo involved. Drawn by hand on iPad screen, a "finger-painting")
Click image to view larger.

The Human Condition II: Bethany with Crown of Thorns

The Human Condition II: Bethany with Crown of Thorns

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Nyah-hah ha hah!

Hope you have a good one!!!!  :-D

May you have all good treats and only good tricks!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010


I did this on Panther Studios Colorpad in my iPad, then fooled with it on photoshop a little.

Nature Girl

Nature Girl, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. New painting done on artrage today (started yesterday). Click to view larger.

The lover one is the original, but it didn't look good on this computer. It's hard getting the colors to translate right.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Homeless and Hungry #100818-1147

Homeless & Hungry #100818-1147,by me, today, click image to view larger. This is 5 x 8, in a moleskine sketchbook.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mama bear with triplets

This is my collaboration with Steve, a splotch monster of sorts. Top: Mama bear with triplets, bottom: original splotch by Steve.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Yellow Lady's Slipper

I did this "painting" with Sketchpad Pro (by Autodesk) on my iPad. I did NOT touch it up on photoshop, this is straight off the iPad--I wanted it to be an untouched iPad picture. I spent several weeks working on it because Sketchpad pro is very slow (for me; I'm a newbie.) Sometimes, I used a pogo stylus, but mostly, I used my finger. I "painted" it from scratch, no photo was used. I did however, use a photo as a reference. The photo I used is one I took myself many years ago in the pouring rain. My mother stood over me with an umbrella. I did not paint all the droplets that were in the photo--that would have taken literally years to do. I just put a few representative ones in. See that floating leaf at the bottom? I tried and tried and it would not write there. So--too bad. The floating leaf is now part of the picture. C'est la vie!

Collaboration Splotch Monster with Steve Loya

My Splotch Monster Collaboration with Steve Loya is at the top, his splotch is underneath. Click image to view larger. Click here to see Willie's Splotch monster from this same splotch. (I love his wings and beak.)


Digital Smudge painting, another homeless man, looking for help in the form of a possible benefactor whose head appears at the top left.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Anti-Homage to the Emerald Ash Borer

This is a "finger-painting" in "brushes" on my iPad of the view from the window of my studio. The tree in the foreground is a white ash which is dying as a result of the emerald ash borer. The painting was made at night, and the lower dead branches appeared bright, whereas the upper ones were dark. Click image to view larger.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Homeless and Hungry #100726-1313

I thought I would continue the theme I seem to be going with of homelessness. If hunger goes too far . . .

Pen and ink with watercolor, click to view a little larger.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Taking Homes from the Homeless #100721A

Sam and Keith are talking to Dale, a homeless man in Detroit, about where he sleeps in the winter (an empty deserted factory) and how he eats and stays warm. This is a companion piece to the one I posted yesterday. It's on the facing page.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taking Homes from the Homeless

If anyone knows Detroit, this is down near Eastern Market--it was a few years go. The bundle under the bridge is Dale's belongings. Now it is my understnding they made a walking trail there, so where is DALE? Where is he living? It's cold in Detroit in the winter--and hot in the summer.

Pen and ink and water color.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Self Portrait of the Artist as a Homeless Person

Self Portrait of the Artist as a Homeless Person

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris (very small painting, for card), by Mary Stebbins
Taitt. Watercolor.

Sketch pro #2

And here is my second attempt with Sketchpad Pro in the middle of the night last night. Sent from my iPad

Sketch pro #1

I am trying a new iPad Sketch program, which I did during a bout of insomnia last night.  It seems to work pretty well.   It's called sketchpad pro.  Sent from my iPad

Insomnia 100715

I had insomnia last night, lay awake in bed for an hour and half and then got up several hours, then lay awake for several more hours.  I did this piece on iOla the IPad last night to illustrate how I felt.  Sent from my iPad

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blind Drawing of BB, painted

I made a blind drawing of BB and then painted it (not blind).


A watercolor sketch of the deck at Crosswinds Restuarant in Whitehall, Michigan, made while eating there on vacation. It did not fit entirely on the scanner. See earlier version here.

Digital Iris Painting

Iris, by Mary Stebbins Tait. I've been trying to learn to do art on
the iPad, because I took it with me camping. Today, I am home--came
home a week early due to medical issues. So I did a digital smudge
painting on the real computer, with the cintique tablet--I've got a
lot more control! I can do much finer detail!!! LOL! (What a
difference). I wonder if they wil have software for the iPad that
comes closer to this.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Guitar Boy, sick

Still trying to learn--combining programs on iPad.  Kid was sick.  I'll be away about 3 weeks.

Sent from my iPad

Friday, June 25, 2010


If's after 2 Am and I haven't slept a wink yet. :-(

Did this SP on iPad with Colorpad HD.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Newest iPad art

I started this on Sunday, played with it some more today. I realize it is very primitive. I used my club-like finger, but it was fun, anyway. Done of OmniSketch on iPad. Sent from my iPad

Friday, June 18, 2010


A quick IPAD sketch with Omnisketch.  Sent from my iPad

Updated k portrait from iPad

It was late last night (this morning) when I was doing this, so Ididdled some more this AM

Sent from my iPad

Second drawing on Ipad

I made this one with Omnisketch, my first on OmniSketch.  I am very tired.  Learning curve gets steeper and steeper the tireder I get.  Sent from my iPad

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A Swelling of Sound

A Swelling of Sound .This is a collaboration with Steve and his wife.
They did the string print and I fiddled with it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blind drawing, painted

I did a blind drawing of BB last night and painted it with gouache,
following only the lines I'd drawn.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lonely Street, 3 AM

"Lonely Street, 3 AM," is done in gouache on arches 140 lb watercolor paper. It's from the homeless series I'm working on. The paper is is bigger than the size of my scanner. so it's slightly blurred because it was lifted off the platen and also, slightly less purple than it really is. I don't know why the scanner didn't pick up the purple.

If you click on the painting, it will enlarge significantly.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Two of my new pictures from my homeless series, done in gouache on colored paper.