Sunday, December 29, 2013

Three Parrots, Egg Tempera

Rainbow Lorikeets
Egg Tempera
I painted this last night during a bout of insomnia with homemade egg tempera paints made with pigments from France brought to me by daughter and son-in-law.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sissy and Garryd at Castle LeFini

Sissy and Garryd at Castle LeFini
This is an illo for another kids' book I am working on, faber Castelle Pitt Pigment pen and watercolor.  If interested,you can read the chapter here, it is fairly short (3 pages typed). 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sparhawk Cotton Mill, Yarmouth, Maine

Sparhawk Cotton Mill, Yarmouth, Maine
Painting by me, Mary Stebbins Taitt
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New Painting, worked on it for four days.  Like all day.  (For hours and hours.)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Baboon Loon and Racoon Dropped in a Balloon

Baboon Loon and Racoon

Dropped in a balloon
I made a second water color for Ballookey's pocket on 7 x 10 Arches 140 lb paper, another illo of San Cassimally's Animal Carnival.  This completes my work in and for this mole, so I will be packaging it up and sending it off to Mike soon. I did this one with the water brush again, but I will probably switch back to regular brushes.  Except for en pleine air work, or for certain things they're good for.  Fine detail work, for one thing. (The Koi brush is really good for detail.)

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Aardvark, Shark, Lark, Ark, Dark

Aardvark with Shark and Lark
Sailed in their ark (in the dark)
This is a pocket item for Ballookey.  It's watercolor on 140 lb cold-pressed Arches paper, 7 x 10.  It was entirely painted with the water brushes that you fill with water.  I got two new ones and wanted to try them out.  One is a fine point Koi that came with a field set, which I'd never used, so I used it last night and in the wee hours this morning when I couldn't sleep.  The other is a Niji flat.  I painted most of the painting with Niji and then added the detail with the Koi brush.

This is theoretically for the series I am doing of San Cassimally's book, Animal Carnival.  However, as you can plainly see, it is in a different medium and different style than the others, so I will probably redo it?  (Or redo the others?)  I just really wanted to play with watercolors.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Botanical Illustrations in Ballookey's Moleskine

Ballookey's Moleskine arrives in Detroit
in time for spring.
2-page spread
Glechoma hederaceae
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Glechoma hederaceae
botanical diagrams

Glechoma hederaceae
botanical painting, acrylics
I'm in a Moleskine Exchange group and a new Moleskine arrived belonging to Ballookey who did the horse in the first picture. I did 2 botanical illustrations of Clechoma hederaceae.

I am sorry to report that I am not only still sick, but I am also getting worse rather than better.  I have a medical procedure scheduled May 30, which is supposed to help and I hope and pray it does.

I kind of messed this up a little, and I apologize.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Eel Revisited

Moray Eel
mixed media
acrylic, gouache watercolor
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Here is the completed version of the painting  started in the previous post.  It is in Andrea's Moleskine, part of the circulating Moleskines in the group I belong to.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Me, Mary Stebbins Taitt
with my mother's day gifts
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Moray eel, in progress
in Andrea's book
with new paints
I was very excited to receive a package from my kids for mother's day, new paints.  I plunged right in and have been having fun mixing violet, yellow ochre and blue in Andrea's book.

I wish a happy mother's day to your mothers, grandmothers, wives or to you, if you're a mother.

Friday, May 10, 2013

When Confronted with our Worst Nightmares

"When Confronted with our Worst Nightmares
I like to fight back with Flowers"
Collaboration Andrea and Mary
mixed media
water color, acrylic, pigment pens, colored pencil
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I wanted to do the girl (standing in for my child-self) in water color, but ended up coloring the background with black Faber-Castell pigment marker (A gift from Hennie Mavis) and then painting over that with glazes of blue acrylic.  I drew the flowers on the girl's pajamas with colored pencil and then painted them in with watercolor.

I have a lot of dreams of being chased down dark alleys by men who intend me harm.  They are nightmares, because I wake up terrified.  Not sure if that's what Andrea meant.

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I am still sick and my work is going slowly.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Gnu is his Canoe

Mr. Gnu in his canoe
Raced Yak in his kayak
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This is my second painting in Andrea's Mole, an illo for San Cassimally's Animal Carnival.  It is done in acrylics.  It took me ten days to paint it and two more to scan and post it.  I regret to say I'm still sick and it's taking a lot out of me.

I posted the steps (4 coats of paint) here, but don't have time to do it again.  At least, not now.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Like Snail, who chose the rail, Crane also took the train.

Crane and Snail ride the train
acrylic on Moleskine watercolor paper
by me, Mary Stebbins Taitt
Like Snail, who chose the rail,
Crane also took the train. 

San Cassimally, Animal Carnival

This is my illustration for San Cassimally's Animal Carnival, which I am no longer officially illustrating.  I did it for Illustration Friday last week ("train"), but because of my illness, I was unable to get it done in time.  (Took me a whole week, so I may be running late!  Sorry).

This is actually on my LAST page, I think.  (The other pages are still blank.)  Because of my pain, which is usually worst in the mornings, I can't paint until evening.

Saturday, April 06, 2013


This is an experiment. I created this digital image from two photographs I took.  I posted it to cowbird and from cowbird to Pinterest and from Pinterest here.  Weird.  If you click the image twice, once here and once at Pinterest, you'll end up at the Cowbird story, with a much larger image.