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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 […]

May 5th, 2018

Cesar Santos Reviews Stillman & Birn

Thank you to Cesar Santos for taking the time to review our sketchbooks. In this video Cesar demonstrates how he prepares a Beta Series sketchbook with gesso and then creates an oil painting on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDP-0iZrUis&feature=share

April 29th, 2018

Living Room Sketch

Artist: Paul Heaston, United States Artist Statement: I have sketched my wife Linda knitting or crocheting in the living room so many times I’ve lost count. Knitters make great models because they’re usually pretty still and relatively oblivious to someone sketching them, especially if it’s their husband. We’re expecting a new baby at the beginning […]

April 21st, 2018

Stillman & Birn Arrives in Denmark

We’re delighted to begin a new partnership with Stelling Art Supplies, our exclusive distributor in Denmark. Special thanks to our friend, Copenhagen illustrator Tomas Björnsson, who has been our advocate in Denmark. Mange tak, Tomas!

Stelling Kunstnerartikler Amagertorv 9, 1.sal, 1160 København, Denmark +45 33 33 05 20

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April 11th, 2018

The Gate to the Past

Artist: Seto Parama Artho, Indonesia Artist Statement: Kotagede is a historic area in the city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Inside we can see many traditional and old buildings, quiet life, quiet alleys, silversmiths, relics, sites of the Islamic Mataram kingdom. Everything is present in the mystical and mythological atmosphere that cannot be separated from the […]

April 7th, 2018

Inflouressence

Artist: Holly Platt, United States Artist Statement: When practicing my daily art exercises I have found that I prefer to use a notebook with a heavyweight paper. When using mixed media and primarily acrylic paint I do not have to worry about the paper warping and tearing if it is heavier. The Nova Series works […]

March 31st, 2018

Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland

Artist: Soma Acharya, United States Artist Statement: When I was travelling to England, I wanted to take a painting project with me to fill the long 10 hours of travel time on the plane. I found an old photo I took of Dryburgh Abbey in Scotland. The photo reminded me of how much I fell […]

March 25th, 2018

Chappell Hill, TX Residence

ARTIST: Michael Broshar, United States

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Broshar is a practicing architect and watercolor artist. He started painting watercolors in 2013 after working in digital art for a number of years, and now paints exclusively in […]

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 […]

February 4th, 2018

Cat’s Eye

Artist: Maryanne Pitman, U.K. Artist Statement: The image that I was going to use was of a black and white domestic cat, the focus being on the eye. Now I wanted to be a bit lazy with this one and do as little drawing as possible, so selected the black shade paper (and this is […]

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 24th, 2017

Santa

Artist: Muriel Christensen, United States Artist Statement: When I saw my niece’s daughter’s upset face, I got an idea to put her on Santa’s lap for this year’s family Christmas card. I like to do a custom card every year with my artwork. So, for the baby’s face study, I sketched out the concept first […]

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 17th, 2017

Holiday Giveaway Winners Announced

These are the ten winners of our annual holiday giveaway. Each will receive a Nova Series sketchbook (5½ x 8½) in the shade of their choice and a set of Caran d’Ache gouache.

Winners were chosen by random drawing. Sequential numbers were assigned to each participant upon entry. After the contest closed we used a […]

December 15th, 2017

Nova Series Review

Artist Jennifer McLean, author of “Just Add Water Silly”, the popular blog about watercolor and mixed media, recently posted this review of our Nova Series sketchbooks: http://justaddwatersilly.com/2017/11/27/toned-paper-stillman-birn-nova/#comments Shown here are two of Jenn’s drawings done on Nova Series paper from the review, both painted with watercolor and gel pen.

There’s just one more day to […]

December 11th, 2017

Holiday Giveaway

We’re giving away ten Stillman & Birn Nova Series sketchbooks together with a Caran d’Ache Gouache Studio set. The gouache set contains five 10 ml tubes: magenta, cyan, yellow, black, and white. The Nova Series sketchbook is a 5½” x 8½” softcover binding; winners can choose from the three paper options (beige, grey or black). […]

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 […]

December 3rd, 2017

Morning Light in Redwood Forest

Artist: Kris Mordecai, United States Artist Statement: This black and white drawing shows the morning light filtering through the trees and onto a small cabin in Monte Rio, California, perched on the side of a mountain and nestled into the ancient redwoods. Ink and water brush were used to depict the cool, damp air and […]

November 20th, 2017

Thelma

Artist: Carrie LeBlanc, United States Artist Statement: I was very excited about the release of the Nova Series and wanted to take full advantage of what this new paper had to offer. I wanted to experiment with using the paper as a mid tone, so I had used acrylic gouache both as a transparent and […]

November 4th, 2017

Epsilon Series

Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: White Surface: Smooth Media: Pen & Ink, dry media, light wash Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/epsilon Recently described as the “fountain pen friendly sketchbook” on The Fountain Network forum.