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Friday, May 26, 2017

Alpha Series

ALPHA SERIES
Weight: 150 gsm
Shade: White
Surface: Medium Grain Finish
Media: Dry media, light wash, ink
Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/

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Monday, May 22, 2017

In Turner’s Wake

Artist: Liliya Rodnikova, Russia
Artist Statement: I like trying different styles and themes in watercolor and use my sketchbook to test the waters. This time I remembered that best way to learn something in painting is copy great artist of the past. And I made my own version of one of the works of J.M.W. Turner. And it was an awesome experience to be in touch with all this amazing colors and shapes. It was the first try and I’ll continue with it in future.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Liliya Rodnikova is 27 year old photographer and artist. She commits all her free time to learn something new in watercolor or pastel and is a passionate lover of good art supplies.
Always open for new projects and collaborations.
Email: rodnikova@yandex.ru
Instagram: @lileinaya

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Son at Twelve

Artist: Leach Lichingheng, Singapore
Artist Statement: I was sketching my son as he sat at my studio table as he was studying for his exams. I was focused on getting a looseness into my lines and adding splashes of colors. But once I was finished, the thing that struck me most was that I had drawn a young man. Immediately and all at once I felt surprised, sentimental, proud. What started out as a casual sketch, that I might well have chuckled at, is now something of deep meaning to me.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolours
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Leach is a freelance Artist, illustrator and Art educator from Singapore. She is known for her wide breadth of style, fluid and colorful watercolours, as well as dark and intricate pen & ink work.
Blog: lichingheng.wordpress.com
Instagram: @lichingheng

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Praha – Ovocný trh (Prague – Ovocný Square)

Artist: Anna Vecherskaia, Czech Republic
Ovocný Square is a small narrow plaza in central Prague. The square has been a home to a market since the early 13th century and was a center of the fruit and vegetable trade until the early 20th century. Anna’s watercolor depicts the square as the sun is setting and as the walking pedestrians cast long shadows on the cobblestone street.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Anna Vecherskaia is a watercolor artist, illustrator and web designer based in Prague in the Czech Republic. She is a teacher of painting and collaborates with the British design firm, Oxford Designers and Illustrators Ltd (ODI). Anna’s artwork can be seen at her Behance photostream: https://www.behance.net/annavecher682a and on Instagram: @annavecherskaia

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Illuminated Manuscript

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States
Artist Statement: I made a decision several months ago to give up the commission side of my art business. As my calendar had filled with teaching engagements and trips to far-flung places, it became more and more difficult to find time to squeeze in the labor-intensive custom artwork. But when my friend Mary approached me a few months ago about doing a very special piece for her, I couldn’t say no.
Mary’s cousin, Rita, had been her best friend since childhood. They were like sisters, always there for each other. Rita’s husband, Tim, had recently passed away, and Mary, wanting to help her friend in some way, had the idea for a very special sort of memorial. It would be a tribute in the form of a traditional illuminated manuscript, but with a modern twist. Not only would it include a formal reading from his funeral, one which had great meaning to the family, but it would also capture the essence of who he was as a man…
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This is the link to Leslie’s blog post in which she describes the step-by-step process she used to create this complex work of art: http://www.lesliefehling.com/2017/05/step-by-step-watercolor-modern.html

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Leslie Fehling is an American artist specializing in watercolors. She does freelance work and teaches classes across the US and in Europe. Her workshops include instruction in drawing, watercolor techniques, hand lettering, page design, and travel sketching. She and her husband live in a Victorian farmhouse perched on a windy hilltop, surrounded by the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania.
Website: http://www.lesliefehling.com/

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Iglesia del Divino Salvador, Sevilla

ARTIST: Alfonso Garcia Garcia, Spain
The baroque Salvador Church is the second largest church of Seville after its Cathedral. It was built on the site of the city’s main mosque and some of its Moorish elements are still to be found in the church’s design.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Alfonso Garcia Garcia is a Spanish architect and urban sketcher based in Seville.
Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/79614328@N07/
Instagram: @alfonsosketches

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two Red Peppers

Artist: Stacy Egan, United States
Artist statement: I believe that sketching everyday objects is wonderful to incorporate into a daily art practice. It allows me to document my life and sketch consistently to develop my own artistic style. I love the Alpha Series books for my everyday sketching because there are plenty of pages in each book and the paper is robust enough to handle my sometimes very wet watercolor washes. In this case I am celebrating the wonderful haul from our local produce source, On Wheels Without Waste, one of the benefits of living so close to the Mexican border.

I set up a couple of the red bell peppers onto white paper as a mini still life. After quickly blocking out the shapes in pencil I drew the outlines in ink with a brush pen and a fountain pen, then enjoyed loosely painting the watercolor washes to communicate the beautiful red tones of the peppers.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Stacy Egan is an ink and watercolor artist who lives in Tucson, Arizona. She is active in two local sketching groups, The Sketchbook Artistry Guild and Old Pueblo Urban Sketchers, and is an art instructor at Tucson’s Art Verve Academy. No subject is safe from her love of sketching.
http://stacycreates.blogspot.com
Instagram: @stacyegan

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Friday, April 21, 2017

National Garlic Day (April 19)

Artist: Suhita Shirodkar, United States
Artist Statement: It’s National Garlic Day today! I’m going to say I celebrated, because I was in Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World, today… I did this little piece for Gilroy a few years ago. Painted on Stillman & Birn Beta paper. Watercolor and ink

Ed note: Gilroy, California is 30 miles south of San Jose. Its hot, Mediterranean climate and rich soil make it particularly suitable for garlic cultivation.

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

 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Matisse Cut-Outs: The Audacity of Simplicity

MATISSE CUT-OUTS: THE AUDACITY OF SIMPLICITY
This is in an excellent video about Matisse and his development of the cut-out art form. The 30-minute video was produced by the BBC to coincide with the landmark 2014 exhibition of cut-outs at London’s Tate Modern and New York’s MoMA. Shown here: Icarus (1943 -1944)

“In 1941, after a near-fatal operation, Matisse decided to give up painting and sought a new way of drawing in color. Scissors replaced a paintbrush and with the unique skill of a tailor, he set about creating his now famous cut-outs, which have yet to be rivaled for their originality and daring.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4NHDpaQW9s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some examples of the influences of Matisse’s Icarus:

 

 

 

 

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Paris Street Scene

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States
Artist Statement: This is a watercolor sketchbook page I painted last week at a workshop hosted by the Potomac Valley Watercolorists. The subject is a bustling street in the St. Martin Canal district in Paris created from a reference photo.

I start with a fairly strong pencil drawing. I rely on a dull point on my pencil to avoid overworking detail and explain to my students that we first look for large shapes and gesture before thinking of detail. I particularly enjoy how the Alpha Series paper reacts to wet media. The paper holds up wonderfully to multiple washes. The pigment stays on the surface which allows me to mix color on the paper and let it mingle.

My watercolor sketches are generally done in three major washes with a last pass to add detail and touches of opaque white where needed. All the washes are done wet on dry and then I drop in color or use clear water to fade in color and direct the eye to my center of focus. I will then keep working wet in wet until I have the depth I desire. I use an atomizer to keep the paper moist to avoid uneven drying and prolong the time I can continue to work. After each major wash I let the paper dry completely. I build layers looking mainly at tonal value and keeping the washes from looking too flat. I will work in water and lift pigment when I see things becoming homogeneous. At all costs I try and keep my washes from looking like a screen print. They should have character, lost and found edges, and most of all varied tone. I use a couple of pieces of artist’s tape to hold the page to the sketchbook and this keeps the paper from warping quite well.

MEDIA: Watercolor and gouache
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Iain Stewart is an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the National Watercolor Society (NWS) as well as other state and international societies. He has received numerous awards in international competitions. His works were included in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition and his watercolor “Apse End Notre Dame” will be on exhibition at the NWS/China small works exchange. His paintings have been published in numerous magazines, among others in the Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 15 and 16, and the French publication Pratique des Arts. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, AL and is also an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele, teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.
Website: http://stewartwatercolors.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @iainstew71
Instagram: @iainstew7

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tropical Days

Artist: Janine Weiss, United States
Artist Statement: As a fashion designer, owning my own business, I had gotten away from taking the time to just sit, draw, paint and doodle for my personal self. I got hooked on Instagram and the many different artists I found there, each so inspirational in their own way. I picked up a Stillman & Birn small sketchbook, 3.5 x 5.5, Zeta Series, along with pigment pens and a small travel watercolor set. I started carrying them everywhere. Now I’m out of control, sketching, doodling and creating everyday….and posting. Each day I start it with a sketch, then I check my email. I love the challenge of using a small travel sketchbook and turning out a quick piece of art in under ten minutes.

For “Tropical Days”, I started with a very light quick sketch to get proportion with a 4H pencil. I then put the black line using a basic ballpoint pen. I applied layers of watercolor for the final touch.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavy Weight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Janine Weiss is an American Artist, Fashion Designer and Textile Designer. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design with a BFA degree. She was a professor at Parsons for 18 years teaching Fashion Design and Illustration. She owns her own company for 24 years, SNOSKINS. Her clothing is proudly manufactured in the USA.
Follow SNOSKINS on Facebook
Instagram: @witchypowr

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Play Day in Pasadena

ARTIST: Brenda Swenson, United States
MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Brenda Swenson is a renowned watercolorist, author and instructor. She teaches at her private studio, The STUDIO in South Pasadena and at art workshops around the world.
www.BrendaSwenson.blogspot.com
www.SwensonsArt.net

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Koru

Artist: Guillem Marí, Spain
Artist Statement: My vision in creating the artwork: I just love painting portraits and to experiment different approaches and media applied to portraiture. One of the things I enjoy most is to combine it with abstract and geometrical shapes, stains, drippings and splatter. I use my sketchbook to just experiment with those elements in a playful way, without giving it too much thought. And that’s what this sketchbook page is all about.

Techniques/Media: In this case I used mostly watercolors, with some details in gouache and color fineliners. I initially draw a loose sketch with a mechanical pencil, and then just play around with the paints. The drippings, spatter and geometrical elements are pretty much improvised along the way.

MEDIA: Watercolor, gouache, ink
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Guillem Marí is a Spanish freelance illustrator, painter and designer currently based in Ibiza. Guillem studied illustration and graphic design at the Joso Art School in Barcelona. After that, he worked in the animation industry for a while, but soon started his own path as a freelancer in comics and illustration, working for several international clients, including Marvel Comics (US), Image Comics (US), Schibsted Publishing Co. (Sweden/Norway/Denmark), Uitgeverij de Boemerang (Belgium) and Editorial Vicens-Vives (Spain), Tyche Books (Canada), amongst many others.

Although painting and drawing are his main passions he also enjoys playing guitar, writing, contemplating and hiking in nature, as well as travelling and being hugged.

Guillem is always open and happy to discuss all kinds of new projects and commissions, and can be contacted at contact@guillemmari.studio
Twitter: @guillembe
Instagram: @guillem_mari

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Things on the Breakfast Table

Artist: Koosje Koene, The Netherlands
Artist Statement: I like using sketchbooks as my personal illustrated journals. They give me the opportunity to try new techniques, experiment and explore, and collect memories in drawings. Doing daily drawings in my sketchbooks means that I carve out time (even if it’s just a five minute drawing) to draw anything that appeals to me then and there, and the pages build up to a document of my life. The drawings tell stories (big and small), keep memories alive, and capture so much more than a photo could ever do. I love how very mundane things can become interesting when you draw them – as soon as you start drawing them. Like: the random stuff that’s right in front of you at the breakfast table. This drawing reminds me of the lazy Sunday morning when I made this, right after finishing breakfast.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Koosje Koene is an artist and entrepreneur from Amsterdam. She founded an online art school called Sketchbook Skool, together with Danny Gregory.
Websites: SketchbookSkool.com, KoosjeKoene.nl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koosjekoene/
Instagram: @koosjekoene
Twitter: @koosjekoene

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Thrill of the Race

Artist: Colleen McCafferty, Australia
Artist Statement: Sailing played a large part in my life for many years when my three children were young. They all learnt how to sail and every Sunday was spent at the local yacht club racing dinghies. There was always much excitement after the racing and many hours spent recounting the events of the day, which often included the occasional spill into the water and drenchings. It was great fun. My son went on to join the Navy and other family members either have been or are still in the Navy and own or have owned boats. So we have a lot of the ‘sea’ in our blood and I truly love painting boats and trying to capture the movement of the boats and action of the sea.

My method is to firstly draw it out in pencil – roughly for the water but more accurately for the boat. I then do line work in ink over parts of the boat, but not all. I never start the watercolour until I know that I have a few hours free. Not because it takes me that long to paint it, but I can’t stop in the middle of a wash. The sea is mostly painted in one go with a lot of water and I just go for it. Once that is done, the rest is much easier. I prefer translucent colours and if I need to go over it all again with a glaze to intensify the colours, then I carefully do so. For me, the longest part of the exercise is the thinking beforehand as I try to go through the painting exercise mentally before I start. The smooth heavy paper in the Stillman & Birn Zeta series journal is excellent for the way that I paint.

MEDIA: Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavy Weight – 270 gsm – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Colleen McCafferty is an Australian artist who is feels herself fortunate to have the opportunity to frequently travel around her beautiful country and particularly into the Outback. She is retired and has been painting on and off for over 30 years. Her preferred medium by far is watercolor, but she also loves sketching in pen and ink. More of Colleen’s work can be found on her website www.colleenmccafferty.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/colleen.mccafferty.art

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Children at Play

ARTIST: André Mangabeira, Brazil
ARTIST STATEMENT: Quite often I like to play with dark colors more focused on mood and atmosphere. I am passionate about my sketchbooks which provide me opportunity to explore new approaches in my daily creative process. Every time I want to draw people in my sketches or paintings, I have this natural tendency to portray them in movement or doing something. I don’t know exactly why, but I do like it because it makes the task more challenging. Also, in this particular sketch I relied on some childhood memories to help me create the composition. Memories that I hope will never fade.

Regarding my sketchbook process, the very first step usually starts in my mind when something triggers the interest and that can happen in several situations, like during my commute to work, during my lunch time and so on. Later in my studio, I start work in using a very light and soft pencil. The next step is the black ink, applied mostly with a worn out brush using dry brush technique and not fully loaded. Then is time to apply watercolor pigments in two washes at most. The main rule here is be loose and let the colors flow enough to create nice effects. Sometimes I tilt the sketchbook in order to achieve the goal. To create white lines, I pretty much use a rigger brush loaded with Chinese White or when I want something stronger I go to my awesome Gelly gel pen which has a pure and strong white color.

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
André Mangabeira is a Brazilian artist and illustrator. He is self-taught and a lover of traditional media technique, especially ink and watercolor. You can see more of André’s work on his blog here: https://mangabeirainkblog.wordpress.com/

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Hummingbird Study

Artist: Laura Sepulveda, Australia
Artist Statement: I’ve always used art as a lifeline to make sense of the world externally and internally. I know all my art has a touch of the macabre, expressed through elements of nature. Using a variety of mediums, my favourite ink, I try and capture the snapshots in my head as a way of freeing up space, momentarily achieving a sense of peace. I dabble in both abstract and realism, but I aspire more to realistic, classical renderings.

I always sketch out my concept in mechanical pencil, as I can establish detail easier, then I use pigmented fountain ink or most lately, paint markers, to finalise my artwork. I find using these two mediums provide a bold, graphic effect that makes the work leap from the page in an emotionally intense manner.

MEDIA: Graphite, Acrylic (paint markers), Ink
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Laura Sepulveda is a 23 year old graphic design student, working and studying in Sydney. She works in a variety of media, mostly ink, but also graphite, acrylic, carbon, pencil and watercolour.
lsepillustration@gmail.com
Instagram: @laurasepulvedaillustrations

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Cacophony of Color

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States
Artist Statement: When I was in Florida a few weeks ago, my friend Judy and I spent a few hours at the Village of the Arts in Bradenton. We had a great lunch and strolled through the neighborhood filled with brightly colored historic cottages. Many of them house galleries, art studios, restaurants, and specialty shops. The little cottages were so cute that I couldn’t wait to sketch them. I decided to do a two-page spread in my Stillman & Birn Zeta Series softcover sketchbook. The sketch would feature four different cottages plus the hand-painted street sign in the center.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

Leslie Fehling provides a step by step description of her techniques in creating this artwork on her blog here:  http://www.lesliefehling.com/2017/02/a-cacophony-of-color.html 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Load of Rope

Congratulations to British artist Felicity Flutter, whose painting “Load of Rope” has been selected by the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours for display at their Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries this April.

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

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lapis Necklace

Artist: Jody Marx, United States
Artist Statement: On this day, my two co-workers and I went to my favourite vintage store. All three of us spent quite a bit of money. The owner surprised me by gifting me an Afghani necklace and thanking me for introducing her store to so many of my family and friends over the years.

Technique: I start my page with a pencil sketch and trace over it with a black Micron pen. I may or may not erase the pencil lines, depending on the look that I want. I did erase them here. Then I start layering my watercolor paint.

The watercolor technique that I use in my journal is “dry brush using a water brush.” I build up lighter layers of mostly transparent paint to create darker masses. Keeping my light source in mind is very important to create a 3D effect. When the paint is dry, I go back over my illustration with the Micron pen and Staedtler fine line paint markers to crosshatch in more mid-tones and shadows where needed. In this instance, I use an opaque bronze (created with a base of Daniel Smith Buff Titanium with touches of Burnt Sienna) at the end to give it the bronzy color to portray the pyrite flecks in the Lapis lazuli.

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolors, paint markers
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jody Marx is a graphic designer for the School of Education at University of Washington. She also has a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from UW. Jody needs to multi-task as much as possible (Life is short!), so works on her sketchbook while watching TV series with her husband. She is looking forward to her art show featuring her sketchbooks at Elizabeth C. Miller Library at University of Washington Botanic Gardens in August, 2017.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarxNaturalScienceIllustration/

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