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Saturday, December 20, 2014

REPORT FROM A WINNER
Canadian artist Owen Swain was one of the winners of our recent Holiday Giveaway. Owen posted about receiving his prize this week along with a drawing about it. The drawing is part of Owen’s daily drawing challenge which he celebrates during the Advent season. Here’s Owen’s report:

“I can hardly believe it myself. Stillman & Birn had a Holiday Giveaway that I saw on both Everyday Matters and Sketchbook Skool and I thought, OK, enter! Not only did I win but my selections arrived before Christmas, not after. Kudos on S&B for getting this shipped out fast to Canada.

Already a big fan of S&B products I am tickled to give the Beta Series a try. The Zeta and Gamma sketchbooks are beautiful and great fun to work in so I have no doubts this one will be as well. Have never used QoR High Chroma Watercolors. Looking forward to trying out this set of six paints. The box they are in, as I’ve seen in photos, features a mixing tray in the inside of the lid. Cool.

Now, the thing is, the package is just so Christmasy that I have decided to hold off opening it until the Day. I know. Weird. But oh what fun over the holidays and into the New Year! Reviews to come in 2015. Thanks, Stillman & Birn!” This is the link to Owen’s blog post: http://bit.ly/1HgBLjK

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish

Owen-Swain

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Stillman & Birn Arrives in Thailand

We’re very pleased to share this photo supplied by Lamune, an upscale design and art material shop in downtown Bangkok.

Lamune
Siam Square 10
Bangkok 10330
Thailand
Phone +081-7203352

http://lamune.co.th/

Lamune

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wilberforce the Rabbit

When we get inquiries about which of our papers are suitable for pen and ink, we reply “all of them”. “But even the cold press surfaces, like Beta and Delta?” Yes, they are all mixed media papers and support inking techniques (plus of course varying amounts of wet media). Alaskan artist Michelle Hotchkiss illustrates the suitability of our cold press papers for line art with this intricate pen and ink drawing in a Beta Series sketchbook.

“The inspiration behind the drawing of ‘Wilberforce the Rabbit’ is an actual rabbit named Wilberforce. He is the pet of a friend and lives in a cabin in Alaska and spends the winters lounging in the heat from the wood stove, eating oatmeal and bananas and sipping on apple cider. When springtime finally comes after a long Alaskan winter, I imagine Wilberforce revels in the fresh air and warm sunshine, while hopping around under the flowers, enjoying being alive.

This drawing is in my Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbook, using a very fine point 0.05 mm Copic Multiliner SP pen. I draw the texture of the fur by overlapping several light, short strokes of the pen. The surface of the Beta paper is perfect for making very fine lines, where the ink skips over the paper and creates an etched appearance. Mixing these very fine lines with heavier weight lines, where the pen marks are a bit more solid and darker, makes a very life-like fur texture on the Beta paper. I use the same short, light pen strokes for creating the shading in the flowers, grass and plants.

This type of drawing is not quick and it took thousands and thousands of small pen strokes to create this drawing; but I find it very enjoyable and relaxing. The heavy weight of the Beta paper stands up extremely well to the many layers of ink as well as heavier pen lines, without bleeding, feathering or fraying. Thank you for making high quality sketchbooks and paper that is a perfect foundation for my art.” Thank you, Michelle!

MEDIA: Pen and ink
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish


Wilberforce

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Acrylic Study on Gessoed Paper

Guadalupe Diaz Hidalgo (Lupe) is a New York City portrait artist who uses Beta Series sketchbooks to create acrylic paint studies. These studies are used to plan a final rendering which will be on canvas or board. In the following, Lupe explains the process in which he primes Beta Series sheets for use with multiple layers of acrylic paint.

“As an old art teacher once told me, ‘to be a great painter you just have to paint’. So having a sketchbook that can handle paint seems like a great way to practice as much as you want without committing to the expense and space required to store canvases and boards.

I use a Stillman & Birn wirebound Beta Series sketchbook. Although the extra heavyweight paper can handle paint without preparation, I’ve found that priming it with gesso gives the surface a texture that is closer to that of a canvas or board. I do this by first taping a border on the paper and applying a few layers of gesso. What is great about this is that the additional layers won’t stress the paper. I’ve been doing this for two years and none of my work has warped or damaged. I always let the gesso dry overnight, giving the paper time to settle back into its original flat state. Once the paper is dry I can go crazy and paint to my heart’s desire.

I use acrylic paints and prefer to the Golden brand, but I’ve used several other brands and they all work fine on this paper. Acrylic is a great medium to use because it dries fast but still has a heavy body that allows you to experiment with a large range of painting techniques. I usually do a detail pencil sketch of the subject and start applying thin washes as a foundation to help me establish where colors, tones and highlights will go. And as I progress I add more paint giving my painting texture and body. I try not to get caught up with fine details because I consider this ‘sketching’: my goal is to simply capture the likeness of my subject within one or two sessions which usually adds up to a few hours. I have found that this process of creating preliminary studies with acrylics in my sketchbooks has made me a more confident painter. My work has improved and my actual paintings show it.” To see more of Lupe’s artwork, please visit his blog here: www.lupecandraw.wordpress.com

MEDIA: Pencil and acrylic paint on gesso-primed sheet
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Acrylic Study _17

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Giveaway Winners Announced

These are the ten winners of our Holiday Giveaway. Each will receive High Chroma set of QoR Modern Watercolors from Golden Artist Colors plus their choice of a Beta Series or Zeta Series sketchbook.

Debo Boddiford
Brian Bullen
Carol Holt
s. Jane Mills
Marcia Milner-Brage
Janette Meetze
Martine Pacquet
Owen Swain
Jill Tattersall
Damian Wilcox

Winners were selected by chance using the true random number generator function from Random.org.

Thanks to all for participating….our next contest will be in March.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Giveaway

We’re giving away ten gift sets of Stillman & Birn sketchbooks bundled with a case of QoR® Modern Watercolors from Golden Artist Colors. The watercolors are a QoR High Chroma Set, containing a six-tube palette of brilliant colors. The sketchbook is a 5½” x 8½” (14.0 x 21.6 cm.) hardbound, your choice of either a Beta Series (cold press) or Zeta Series (smooth).

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TO ENTER:
Simply email us with your name to: contest@stillmanandbirn.com. We will automatically enter you into the contest. You will receive an email reply confirming your entry within 48 hours. Entry to this contest closes December 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

NOTIFICATION:
Winners will be picked at random on December 6, 2014 and will be announced on our blog and social media sites that day.

RESTRICTIONS:
You must be over the age of 18 in order to enter. No purchase required. No geographical limitations.

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ABOUT QoR MODERN WATERCOLORS – HIGH CHROMA SET:
The unique formulation of QoR Watercolors accentuates the luminosity and brilliance of pigments even after drying. QoR provides the subtlety, transparency and flow of a great watercolor, with colors that have as much vibrancy and fire as the best acrylic or oil paint. This High Chroma Set, packed in a deluxe metal case, contains six 0.17 oz (5 ml) tubes of the following colors:

• Cobalt Teal
• Green Gold
• Quinacridone Gold
• Transparent Pyrrole Orange
• Quinacridone Magenta
• Dioxazine Purple

ABOUT STILLMAN & BIRN BETA SERIES & ZETA SERIES:
Stillman & Birn Beta and Zeta Series contain extra heavyweight mixed media papers which will support a wide variety of both dry and wet media. With exceptional wet strength and a surface that also readily accepts line art and multiple erasures, these robust papers allow artists to combine drawing and painting techniques on the same sheet. Archival quality.

• Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press
• Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth

Holiday Giveaway_2015_Graphic ver 5a

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Eagle Head

Elaine Hill, from Lancashire, England, recently posted this powerful drawing of an eagle’s head and we asked Elaine to describe her vision and technique. “I’m an office worker and painting is my hobby. I have painted since I was a child but I recently started to study a very comprehensive online art course provided by www.arttutor.com . An exercise in the Animal section of the Watercolour Academy given by Tutor Glynis Barnes-Mellish, had a great photo of an eagle’s head that inspired me to paint this picture. Working full time, I don’t always get much chance to paint. So earlier this year I joined the ‘Artists Journal Workshop’ on Facebook and this led to my working in a sketchbook.

After studying the photograph, I penciled in the drawing of the eagle, keeping it to the right so that I would have space on the left for any writing. I intentionally made the drawing large enough for the dramatic effect of the head extending to both the top and the bottom of the page. I then painted pale washes of colours over the pages, pinks yellows, burnt sienna, and turquoise. When the paper dried, I began to work on creating the texture of the shiny beak and the glassy eye using wet paint on dry, then adding more washes of darker-toned colours for the feathers, painted in the direction that the feathers grow. I then used Uni Posca felt tip pens to sharpen and darken details, such as bringing out the shine on the hard beak, the texture of the feathers and highlighting the reflection in the eye. I also like to spatter the pages with colour, which adds a bit of magic. Lastly, I drew the border in one of the colours I’ve used in the picture, taking the lines only up to the edge of the eagle; this created the illusion of bringing the head of the bird forward.

A big thank you to ArtTutor for the inspiration to create this artwork and allowing me to show you my painting.

MEDIA: Pencil, watercolor, ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – White – 270 gsm – Smooth Finish

Eagle

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wild Wave

Felicity Flutter is an English graphic designer and landscape artist, whose artwork is inspired by the Kent and Sussex countryside near her home. Felicity recently created an exciting seascape that she posted here. We asked her for a report about her unusual technique in which she combines pencil drawing with watercolor painting.

“A painting can be similar to a signature, I am told that my watercolour work is very recognizable. However I am eager to experiment with new subject matter, techniques and materials. I have recently begun combining my love of drawing with watercolours. This meant that I needed to search for a paper which would suit both wet and dry mediums. I contacted Stillman & Birn and tested out the free samples of different papers they had sent me.

I found the Beta Series paper (extra heavyweight, white, cold press) was just what I had been looking for. I like to keep a rhythm while I am painting, continually readjusting colours and tones as I work. This paper is robust enough for me to both apply my pencil mark-making and to build up layers of watercolour and washes until I have achieved the balance I am trying to attain in my paintings.

My process for producing ‘Wild Wave’ began with a reference photo I took at Winchelsea Beach on a blustery October day. I brightened the reference photo on my computer and looked at close ups to study the forms and colours more closely; I then interpreted this into what would work as a painting.

I began the creating the painting with a loose drawing to indicate areas of light and dark. This was followed by wet washes of watercolour over the entire paper. The next stage was to draw the details in, once the paint was dry, with a shading technique using a range of Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils H/B/2B/4B and 6B. I then continued to apply layers of Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolours until I had built up the range of tones and colours which I felt worked best. I could not erase any of my pencil marks or this would have removed some of the watercolour paint so I needed to get it right first time.

I had left some areas of white paper but the final stage involved adding the splashes of white foam. To achieve a random effect, I masked off some of the painting with scraps of paper before ‘flicking’ opaque white to get the finest blobs of spray.”

Online sources to see more of Felicity Flutter’s artwork: http://www.felicity-flutter.co.uk/ and http://www.seos-art.org/artists/felicityflutter

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Flutter_WildWave

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With your permission…

via Susanne Shavelson

with your prermission

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Haunted McPherson

Erik Davis had sent us this drawing of an eerie house in his neighborhood that we were to have posted before Halloween. We apologize to Erik for being late!

“This is called Haunted McPherson, it measures roughly 10 x 7 inches. The painting is loosely based on a house in our neighborhood, on McPherson Street. And if there was ever a house that could be haunted this would be it; it really has a creep factor to it. I wanted the drawing to have a dark and mysterious feeling to it, but I didn’t want to be too obvious that I was going for a haunted house. So I added the tree to give the entire drawing an organic feel, as if nature were reclaiming but not quite taking it over.

I started the drawing by making a quick layout in pencil, just to rough in the size and placement. Once that was done I went right to the pen. I used a Uni Pin Technical Fineliner drawing pen followed by American Journey (Cheap Joe’s) watercolors. I also used a white gel pen for some of the white highlights.

This paper has a great hard finish which supports line work with pen, but still has the cold press characteristics needed for numerous watercolor washes. I’ve tried many types of hot and cold press papers, but the Beta Series is really a favorite of mine for mixing pens and watercolors.”

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Haunted McPherson

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sunset at Sea

San Francisco artist Robert Sloan is an educator, writer and pastel specialist. He recently created this vivid rendering of a sunset at sea and shares his techniques in this report: “My 7″ square Beta Series sketchbook is perfect to create a Pastel Journal for plein air painting, color studies and my own collection. I taped a sheet of tracing paper to the outer edge of each page to protect the art. I covered this page with two coats of clear Art Spectrum Multimedia (Colourfix) primer. I don’t have to prime the Beta Series pages for my pastel artwork, but I do use it when I want more layers and the effects of a sanded surface. Inspired by a reference photo, I created this artwork with limited palette of twelve Blue Earth pastels (distributed by Dakota Art Pastels).

I started with a dry underpainting in beige and orange-red right over the primer, reserving the sun and the bright yellow area as white. Then I began painting loosely with stronger colors to create more interesting shapes and variations in the clouds. Brush strokes from my priming gave a canvas-like texture to the grit and I liked that. I lost myself in it, painting intuitively, abandoned the reference as clouds moved and light danced in all the layering.

I am always aware of the effect of color over color. I layer by successive approximation, for a saturated effect I go around the color wheel: using orange under red, under red-violet, under violet, will keep its intensity. Blue Earth pastels are extra soft and take a light touch, so I relied on brush strokes and the sanded texture to get broken color and a mini-pointillist effect of optical mixing.

I was not trying to render any details until the end. It was all about textures with very soft pastels and broken color, loose pastel painting techniques on a sanded surface. At the end I painted the small boat in deep dark violet with a calligraphic stroke, bringing its sail down to float at sea anchor till the dawn.”

MEDIA: Acrylic primer and pastels
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Sunset at Sea

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Artichoke Flower

Artichokes, like all other thistles, will flower given time. In this write-up, Australian artist and educator Carol Lee Beckx describes coming across a flowering artichoke in her native South Africa and painting it years later from a reference photo: “It’s not often that one comes across artichokes when the flowers have developed. In the vegetable shops the globes are tightly wrapped, ideal for eating but not as good for painting.

This painting of artichokes reminds me of a visit to a friend’s farm some years ago. She had a vast vegetable garden with many fascinating plants. I was captivated by the artichoke plants in every stage of development. I spent some time there with my camera and was fortunate to be able to pick some to take home with me. These references have been used a number of times for drawings and paintings.

Recently, I was painting a series of flowers and came across the envelope of photographs (yes, these were pre-digital). I had done the previous paintings in watercolour on watercolour paper. This time I wanted to draw first with ink. I used my Lamy Safari (EF nib) and Noodler’s black ink in an Alpha Series sketchbook. Once the drawing was dry I added watercolour. The paper responds well to both pen and brush, allowing liberal amounts of water in the washes with no ill effect. Since I go through sketchbooks at quite a rapid rate, the Alpha Series, with its generous number of pages, is an economical choice. “

Here is the link to Carol’s blog post featuring the artichoke painting: http://carolleebeckx.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/fun-with-flowers.html

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

Artichoke_ink and watercolour_carolleebeckx_com

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Nature Sketch

Leslie Fehling created this unique two-page portrait-oriented spread to record a recent nature walk. This is her report: “I look for any excuse to get outdoors on these beautiful October days, so I decided to do a page in a new sketchbook dedicated to nature sketches. I walked downhill from our house and sketched this at the edge of the woods, then picked up some acorns to bring back and draw. The border is inspired by some Zentangle designs I’ve been looking at lately.

Total time to create this spread was probably three hours for the whole page. The border isn’t really complex – I just worked on it a bit at a time. I marked off the border area on the page (in pencil) before I did the sketches, then, after the sketches were finished, I decided on the border design. Leaves seemed an obvious choice. I marked off spaces for the leaves, drew them, added the veining, then painted them and the background spaces around them. Then I decided to add the fine lines to the gold background. The inner border needed to be simple, so it wouldn’t detract from the sketches, so I just made irregularly shaped circles. Last, I added the little detailing at the top, above the date, because I thought it looked like too much white space there. I like working on repetitive things like this. It’s very relaxing to me.”

Leslie Fehling will be hosting workshops in Southern California and Tuscany next year. Her drawings and paintings are posted on her Everyday Artist blog:

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Fehling Nature Sketch

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

At the Palace of Fine Arts

Watercolor artist Joanne Gustilo is being increasingly recognized for her drawings of iconic buildings on both coasts. Joanne recently created a series of studies of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. The Beaux-Arts architecture is rendered with elegance, precision and drama. This is Joanne’s statement about her work: “Being able to visit the famous Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, was a dream come true for me. For when I was a little girl, I fell in love with that place as I watched my father create a painting of it as a commissioned piece. Standing in front of this magnificent structure and being able to sketch and paint it was a very overwhelming experience for me, almost surreal.

I have been keeping art journals for quite sometime which contain special memories of places, things, and dreams I cherish the most. For this series I did several pen and watercolor sketches in my Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook. I chose this particular sketchbook because of the quality of its paper. It is heavy duty, and can take a lot of heavy washes of watercolor which is usually my style. On this particular sketch of the pillars, I used a Sakura Micron pen 01 & 05 in Sepia to sketch the main structures and some details and then added some watercolor washes on it. I just love working on the Beta Series, it allows me to make several layers of watercolor washes and I can lift colors easily without ruining the paper.”

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series- Extra Heavy Weight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Palace of Fine Arts

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Bee Study

Barbara Tapp recently retired from a distinguished career as an architectural illustrator and is now pursuing an old/new direction for her artwork. She talks about it here: “This study began when I needed an image of a bee for a painting I was completing. Working outdoors, I was observing and taking notes and I found I was captivated by the maneuverability and industry of the honeybees as they gathered pollen and nectar. Then on Sept 1st, I began a challenge to create a daily piece on bees. It has been 38 years since I worked in the art department at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and here suddenly and unexpectedly I was brought to combine my love of watercolor, flowers and insects in this project.

My Mum told me in February the day before she died that she wanted me to paint for myself. I have had a great career drawing architecture but these bee paintings are honestly where my heart lies and the joy I am experiencing creating them is amazing.

This was my first time using Stillman & Birn’s Beta Series cold press paper. I chose it for its weight and white tone. This painting is about “buzz pollination” with the bee gathering in a dish shaped flower. [Ed: ‘In buzz pollination bees are able to grab onto the flower and move their flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, dislodging pollen.’ via Wikipedia]. And I am as much interested in the structure of the flower as that of the bee. I specifically chose to have a contrast between the bright colors and shadows of the flower and the dark-toned body of the bee.

Working from sketches and my own photos I blocked in the flower and bee loosely in pencil and applied many washes on the flower before adding the bee. I wanted to be semi-abstract and playful with the petals and the backgrounds of this study, yet I wanted the focus of the artwork, the bee, to be accurate.

The Beta Series paper proved to be excellent for very wet washes without absorbing the color. Therefore, the possibility for layering colors seemed endless. I could get precise line work and brushstrokes ending with bold solid color as in the vivid yellow at the top. It is this response from the paper to my paint that really satisfies me.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish
Bee low res

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

After the Rain – Paris Morning

Thanks to Iain Stewart for posting this great watercolor of a wet Parisian street on his Facebook page, Iain Stewart Waterrcolors. In creating this piece, Iain started with an underdrawing in pencil and then layered color, building up tone with several watercolor washes. Afterwards, Iain lifted pigment from the center of the page to create the illusion of reflection on the wet street. We generally recommend our extra heavyweight Beta (or Delta) Series with this heavy amount of wet media and paper manipulation. But Iain likes to push the limits of the Alpha Series and in this beautiful artwork he demonstrates how much abuse the paper can take. Thanks again, Iain!

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

After the Rain_Paris Morning

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Vibrant Greens Along the River Fowey

British artist Hannah Ivory Baker uses a unique abstract style in her sketchbooks which she creates with gouache and a bold impasto technique. The result is more of a finished work then a sketchbook study. Zoom in to see how loaded the page is with pigment.

“I am an artist living in Crouch End, North London. I began painting when I was quite young, nothing formal but I was always encouraged to draw and paint. My grandad was an artist and I used to sit and watch him for hours in his studio. I loved watching him work. There were bits of dried paint, used brushes and half whited-out paintings everywhere. If I close my eyes I can remember the smell of cut wood, turpentine and chalky paint lingering in the air of his studio. It pleases me that my studio now smells similar!

All my sketchbook work really aims to capture the essence of place, time of day, weather conditions. So with this in mind the key is to remain as loose and free as possible when painting without being too intricate or detailed.

In the sketch titled ‘Vibrant Greens Along the River Fowey’ I was specifically trying to record lots of greens, vivid and luscious, and combine this with a sense of life and movement; the movement of water, sparkling light reflecting off the river and foliage.

I started by wetting the paper and spreading varying shades and intensities of blue and yellow gouache directly on to the wet paper leaving an abstract wash and creating a rough guide of the general composition. From there I built up the darker areas of trees, shadow and reflection. Using a palette knife loaded with paint I flicked thicker blobs on to the paper and scratching away certain areas of the thicker paint I was able to create a little texture. This enabled me to define the reeds coming out of the water, areas of leaves and branches as well as certain areas of the foreground.

The techniques I employ in my sketchbook work are very harsh. The paper must be robust enough to support wetting, scratching and the application of thicker paint without creasing, wrinkling or tearing. I have been incredibly pleased that the Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbooks.”

MEDIA: Gouache
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

vibrant greens on the river fowey, Bodmin, cornwall (Delta)

 

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Friday, October 3, 2014

New Sargent Exhibit Announced

Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell reports on a major Sargent exhibtition coming next year to London and New York. Very exciting news for Sargent enthusiasts after last year’s Sargent watercolor exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and MFA in Boston.

” ‘Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends’ will be on display next year at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I’m sure this will delight many fans of portraiture!

This morning I went to the launch event for this new exhibition which has been five years in the making. The exhibition is going to be a unique perspective of some 70 paintings and works on paper by John Singer Sargent – one of the greatest portrait painters of all time.” For more details and insight, see Katherine Tyrell’s blog, Making A Mark.  via Jan Blencowe

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Packaging Giveaway – Winners Announced

These are the ten winners of our New Packaging Giveaway. Each will receive their choice of one of the six sketchbooks listed in the contest.

Hannah Ivory Baker
Leonie Barton
Becky Cao
Hap Newsom
Colleayn Klaibourne
Wong C. Lee
George Lewis
Jenny Lin
D. Katie Powell
Mike Walters

Winners were selected by chance using the random number generator function in Excel. Thanks to all for participating….our next contest will be in November.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Packaging Giveaway

As part of our new packaging launch, we’re giving away ten sketchbooks. Winners have a choice of any one of the following sketchbooks pictured:

• Alpha Series – 5½ x 8½ – 14.0 x 21.6 cm. – Hardbound
• Beta Series – 5½ x 8½ – 14.0 x 21.6 cm. – Hardbound
• Gamma Series – 6 x 8 – 15.2 x 20.3 cm. – Wirebound
• Delta Series – 5½ x 8½ – 14.0 x 21.6 cm. – Hardbound
• Epsilon Series – 6 x 8 – 15.2 x 20.3 cm. – Wirebound
• Zeta Series – 5½ x 8½ – 14.0 x 21.6 cm. – Hardbound

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TO ENTER:
Simply email us with your name to: contest@stillmanandbirn.com We will automatically enter you. You will receive an email reply confirming your entry within 48 hours. Entry to this contest closes September 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

NOTIFICATION:
Winners will be picked at random on September 30, 2014 and will be announced on our blog and social media sites that day.

RESTRICTIONS:
No purchase required. No geographical limitations. You must be over the age of 18 in order to enter.

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ABOUT STILLMAN & BIRN SKETCHBOOKS:
Our six series offer artists a choice of paper weight, shade & surface.

Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain
Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press
Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain
Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press
Epsilon Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Smooth
Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth

New Packaging Giveaway_low res

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