Thursday, January 26, 2012

Companion IV, Sketchbook Project

Companion IV
by Mary Stebbins Taitt
5 x 5, colored pencils (and a tiny bit of micron pen)
This is my friend's cat.  The friend and cat prefer to remain anonymous. Unfortunately, the drawing on the previous page shows through, to some extent (too much to make me happy.)

Next time, I am going to take the book apart and replace the paper.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Monita the Mannequin Revisted

Monita the Mannequin.

This is an unfinished painting, so I may post it again, if I do more work on it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Runway

The Runway,
By Mary Stebbins Taitt
Sakura pens
Prismacolor and Big Mark-it markers
Snakeskin Hat
I also did a little more work on the Snakeskin hat.

Snakeskin Hat

Snakeskin Hat,
Mary Srebbins Taitt
Snakeskin Hat, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, Sakura Micron 05 and Sakura Brush.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

At the Coney Monday, January 2012

At The Coney on Monday, January, 2012
by Mary Stebbins Taitt
Portrait of Graham and Kristina at the Coney Island, Mack and Moross, by Mary Stebbins Taitt, artrage digital painting from SCRATCH (no photos were damaged or abused [or even used] in the making of this art piece.)   The likenesses are BAD, because I'm not that good with likenesses anyway and they got up and left before I finished (drawn from life).

Friday, January 06, 2012

Icky Fingers (half a drawing)

This is my last piece in Stephanie's Moleskine for the Exchange group, so I will be sending it to Ammon as soon as I can get it together, hopefully tomorrow or Monday,  It is done in 005 Micron pen black.  Also a little splash of black gouache.  The green bit on the mouth is from a dirty scanner, sorry.

Icky Fingers
Micron Pen
1st half of a collaboration with Ammon
It's my husband, Biker Buddy (Keith), in case you don't recognize him, working on my son Graham's car.  However, Ammon could make it into something else and that would be OK.  I'll be interested to see what he does with it.
Here's what Ammon Perry did with this piece.

Hellebore, digitally altered photograph

Around here, Hellebore or Christmas Rose (not a rose!) is one of the earliest spring flowers.   e had a kind of Spring-like day today.

This is from another year, the flower that is.  I just made the painting on artrage--it is a digitally altered photograph--I took the photograph and altered it on artrage.

Hellebore, by Mary Stebbins Taitt
digitally altered photograph
altered in Artrage
This was an experiment and is NOT the way I normally work.  However, I consider this an "art" piece for the following reasons:

  • I took the photo, an artistic composition decision
  • I altered the photo with additional choices about lighting and so on in Photoshop raw
  • I "painted" the photo in artrage
  • I further manipulated it in Photoshops again after the fact.
Photography purists don't like manipulated photos and art purists don't like manipulated photos.  Perhaps there should be a category for them, because I think this is a piece of art.

Here is the original unmanipulated raw photograph.  I have friends who always like the original photos better than any "art" I make from them and that is their prerogative.  Yes, I recentered the art piece.  If You click on either of them, you can view them side by side.  I don't normally do this remember--it was an experiment, one of a number of such, for fun.  I feel as if I am sounding defensive, and I am feeling that way because so many people attack this kind of work.  In my opinion, they do not appreciate the kinds of artistic decisions that go into it.  You can choose to like or dislike it--what matters most to me is that I LIKE IT and I enjoyed doing it.

I am also not sure this is done.  It needs more work. Whether or not I will choose to do that remains to be seen.

Turning the Eggs, Collaboration with Gretchen Owen

Turning the Eggs
Collaborations with Gretchen
Turning the Eggs, Collaboration by Gretchen Owen and Mary Stebbins Taitt
markers and pens.  Dedicated to Hennie Mavis.  Gretchen did the eggs and I did the chicken and background.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Under the rte 70 Bridge, Silverthorne, Colorado

Under the rte 70 Bridge, Silverthorne, Colorado

This is another virtual paintout picture from Silverthorne, Colorado.  Gouache on AG Plainbook.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Virtual Paintout, Aspen Colorado

Aspen, Colorado
the walking trail

Two more pages completed in a two-page spread.    This is another for the Virtual Paintout.  Aspen, Colorado.  I scanned the pages separately and didn't get the register quite right in the image.  Sorry.  It doesn't look like that in the book (in the center.)

Here is the google maps street view image I used to paint this from (for the Virtual Paintout).

Screen capture of street view used for painting above
Problem is, I MISSED--Aspen is in Pitkin County, not Summit County.  :-(  I MESSED UP YET AGAIN.