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October 16th, 2017

Holland Hotel Courtyard

Artist: Tim Oliver, United States Artist Statement: Sketching is a huge part of my art! Every finished watercolor piece that I do, begins its life as a sketch of some sort in my sketchbook. This is a sketch of the courtyard of the historic Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas. It was drawn directly from observation […]

August 28th, 2017

Gamma Series

GAMMA SERIES Heavyweight: 150 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Medium Grain Finish Media: Dry media, light wash, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/gamma 

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 […]

April 10th, 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 […]

October 27th, 2016

Québec Autumn Foliage

Artist: Larry D. Marshall, Canada Artist statement: I’ve been doing location sketching for about five years. This particular drawing is like most of my sketches, ‘discovered’ as I was walking through a park near my house. The bright red tree screamed draw me and I set up my stool in the middle of an open […]

October 19th, 2016

Larry Marshall Reviews “5-Minute Sketching: Architecture” by Liz Steel

The following are excerpts from Larry Marshall’s review of a new book about sketching by Liz Steel, the Australian Urban Sketcher luminary.

“I have followed Liz Steel’s blog and Facebook posts for several years. She’s been one of the most giving artists within our sketching world. She’s also one of the best. I’ve taken all […]

October 16th, 2016

Washington Square Arch

Artist: Mike Daikubara, United States Artist Statement: The Arch in Washington Square Park in NYC. Drawn early in the morning on the S&B Beta series, laying down color washes first with a mop brush/Holbein colors, blowing on it to speed up drying time :), then going in the various details with a fine Micron pen. […]