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May 18th, 2018

Smithsonian Castle

Artist: Amanda Kavanagh, United States Artist Statement: This is a quick sketch from a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Normally when I’m visiting a city like D.C., I’m jumping from museum to monument to gallery, trying to take in as much as I can each day. It’s exhilarating and fun, but usually ends up as […]

February 28th, 2018

Fragrance of Spring

Artist: Irina Safronova, Russia Artist Statement: I created this artwork in stages. After determining the layout, I first moistened each petal section of the tulip on the paper with water, then introduced multiple watercolour washes, wiped with a wet brush. I layered bright places to build up color. After drying I added even more washes […]

January 12th, 2018

Zeta Series

ZETA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/zeta

Excerpt from online review: “By far the Zeta series is my favorite paper to draw on. The paper is smooth and thick, allowing for lots of layering and blending without any pilling and erases quite nicely.”

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December 21st, 2017

Koi Stream

Aritst: Juanjo Gaspar, Spain Artist Statement: While visiting the Sensō-ji in Tokyo, I saw this stream of koi, and I couldn’t resist painting them. I’m in love with Japanese culture; I have studied Japanese and Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy), so this trip was a chance for me to get a first-hand glimpse of the icons […]

December 6th, 2017

Prickles and Petals

Artist: Laura Capuano, Italy Artist Statement: For this piece I wanted something fresh. I was so used to tulips and peonies, so I needed something different. I loved the idea of succulents: they look “friendly”, in a way, even with all these prickles. So what better than flowers?

The contrast between the petals and the […]

October 8th, 2017

Guiness® Extra Stout

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: No matter what I paint, much planning goes into it. Having been commissioned to paint a bottle of Guinness® Extra Stout – whose color is advertised as being equally as deep as its taste – made this job a bit more stressful.

I always start a painting with […]

September 22nd, 2017

Mixed Media Portrait

Artist: Sebastian Tinajero, United States Artist Statement: This piece began as a pencil sketch inside my sketchbook during one of my routine visits at my favorite coffee shop where I often go to draw and paint. I usually visualize colors according to the sense of mood I’m feeling while working on a project. For this […]

August 5th, 2017

From Urban Sketchers Symposium 2017

Chicago Theater Marquis By Urban Sketchers founder, Gabi Campanario The landmark Chicago Theater on State Street, built in 1921.

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

Thank you to the Urban Sketchers organization for inviting Stillman & Birn to be a sponsor of this […]

July 1st, 2017

Zeta Series Sketchbook Tour

Thank you to Mark Fraley for posting this great video sketchbook tour of his recently completed Zeta sketchbook. https://youtu.be/W9J4Ti3_aSk  Shown here, “Bighorn Sheep”

MEDIA: Ink, Watercolor, Collage SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mark Fraley is a collage and portrait artist based in Broomfield, […]

April 5th, 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 […]

March 4th, 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 […]

February 18th, 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 […]

January 11th, 2017

Kelly Slater

Artist: Dean Spinks, Australia. Artist Statement: Kelly Slater. The greatest human to ever set foot on a surfboard, mesmerising both in and out of the water. The only way to do the great man justice was to go larger than life with this drawing. Working exclusively with fine tip black markers, I require a fine-tooth, […]

December 7th, 2016

Iguana

Artist: Margaret Hunt, USA Artist Statement: The Iguana is one of numerous sketches done on one of my Key West trips recently. I try to sketch plain air, in situ in a cafe, restaurant or an outdoor venue with pen and ink adding watercolor.

However I don’t know if you have ever chased an iguana […]

October 5th, 2016

Spires of Copenhagen

Artist: Amanda Kavanagh, United States Artist Statement: For a recent two-week trip to Denmark, I had to make some decisions about which art supplies to pack and which to leave behind. After many years of traveling I have come to the conclusion that the more supplies I bring, the more distracted I become and the […]

September 25th, 2016

Zinnias from my Garden

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States Artist Statement: The zinnias in my garden are a mass of color every summer, and I often cut bouquets to bring inside. When I was looking around late one evening for something to draw for a daily sketch challenge that I’ve been participating in during September, I spied this arrangement […]

September 1st, 2016

A Vacation Map

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States Artist Statement: When traveling to a new place, I like to start with a map in my sketchbook. Though I’ve been to Maine many times, I’d never been to Deer Isle. Prior to setting off, I sketched the island outline and painted the deep blue water, using a lot of […]

August 24th, 2016

Lifting Pigment on Zeta Series

Artist: Reham Moniem, Egypt Artist Statement: In this drawing I used a big mop brush to create large washes the lifted them with tissue (tissue blotting) using firm pressure when the wash was still wet. Later in the process, I wanted to lighten the value of colors in certain areas in my drawing, especially in […]

August 1st, 2016

Brenda Swenson Reviews Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

We very much appreciate this unsolicited review recently posted by renowned watercolorist, Brenda Swenson.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiIt0-H-yK0

 

June 19th, 2016

Betty & Veronica

ARTIST: Allison Sohn, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: For my Betty & Veronica variant cover, I used Stillman & Birn Zeta paper. I wanted to limit the way the markers can spread on the surface, and I find that the thickness of Zeta really helps with that. Since I knew there were going to be small […]