Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Great Fish of Fear

The Great Fish of Fear, by me, Mary Stebbins Taitt.

Click image to view larger. A digitally manipulated fractal from Xaos, a free download for macs and windows?

I'm not sure I am done with this, but no time work on it now!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fears about Fat (Manhattan Acid)

Fears about Fat (Manhattan Acid, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. This is a digitally manipulated fractal from Xaos. See a further altered version here, at IMAGIK ART.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Peeping, the last one

When I got my Moleskine back from my second group, the one with Jim Doran, there were a number of blank pages at the end. Hennie Mavis did an extra for me, but I have working to fill in the rest myself. This is the last. All the pages are done. I have a completed book. (YAY!) It's my first fully completed Moleskine of art. If I ever have time, I may make a movie of it and post it. Meanwhile, all the individual pieces that I have done are on my blog and the rest are at the FLICKR site we used.* Except not everyone posted theirs--some of my favorites never got posted. (And some did).

This piece is a result of my fooling around experimenting with various techniques--I was playing with that wide paper masking tape used for painting in houses--I forget what it's called, and combining various media. I used pigment markers and pens over colored pencil. I'm not overly pleased with the results, but I learned by it, which is what it was all about.

This is a small 5 x 8 Moleskine and of course BB was my willing model.

*I lied. Our FLICKR group has apparently been disbanded without my knowledge or consent. (I was going to post a link).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Colorplay, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. Digital painting.

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

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Uber-quick marker sketches

At dinner tonight, after I finished eating but K was drinking his
beer, I made a couple of super-quick sketches and played around with
marker blending. BB is all pigment markers, the hen, for which I had
nothing to look at and isn't quite right, is a combiation of pigment
and dye markers, and the valentine for my sweetie is me playing with
marker blending with both pigment and dye markers. I was working so
fast I was almost scribbling because I knew he'd finish his beer and
get up. He did not hold still for his portrait and his nose and other
parts are a little off.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Living Statues

I have been fascinated with the living statues at the Renaissance Faire. I've taken lots of pictures of them (and slipped one into Hennie's Mole.) I decided to try to paint two of them, but ended up drawing one with Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens (pigment markers) and then painting over the white parts with white gouache. I could take some lessons from Anders on making good folds!!! I did the other in ball point pen because it is for Mike to finish and he often likes to work in ball point pen. I left the column out on that one because I wanted to give him maximum creative control on subject, materials, space etc. When I was all done, I decided that the living statues are a better subject for photography than art, because the pure whiteness of them doesn't seem as striking in the art pieces as it does in the photos--too late--they're already done. Click images to view larger.