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March 3rd, 2016

Venasque, Provence

Renowned watercolor artist Iain Stewart discusses experimenting with a bold new technique.

Artist: Iain Stewart, United States Artist Statement: I have been experimenting with different tools and techniques for the last year or so, mainly a flat brush, dry brushing, and a palette knife, to explore the possibilities of a combination of my current approach […]

November 24th, 2015

Daffodil Days

Artist: Shevaun Doherty, Ireland Artist Statement: [Ed: The following is reposted from a blog post first published by the artist in April, 2014 http://botanicalsketches.blogspot.ie/…/04/daffodil-days.html ]

Golden daffodils are always the first to appear each year, heralding the start of spring and the promise of warmer brighter days. Daffodils would certainly make a statement, but they […]

November 20th, 2015

Portrait of Daniel Radcliffe

Artist: Laura Sfait, United States Aritst Statement: I did this portrait of Daniel Radcliffe from a black and white reference photo. I made up the colors using my usual palette for skin tones and Walnut ink for the hair.

My procedure for portraits is based on simplification. Drawing is often not what you draw but […]

September 26th, 2015

Her Whimsical Self

Artist: Iris Fritschi Cussens, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I always draw & paint faces. Faces tell a story; to me there is no part of the body that is as interesting as the face. There is so much to express, so much to learn and often the faces surprise me, as if they had a […]

July 21st, 2015

Fishing Expedition

Artist: Anna Bucciarelli, Canada Artist Statement: I am a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. My style is influenced by my training in classic Ukrainian “Petrykivka” painting, an Eastern European art focusing on floral and plant motifs. I like to bring together various forms of traditional media, such as ink and watercolor, and introduce digital […]

July 15th, 2015

Painting with Crayons

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: This summer I have been experimenting, trying to find a way to get painterly effects with drawing tools. Ideally I could be painting with oils or using traditional pastels, but I want to avoid toxicity, dust, and fumes. After some initial frustration, a method that allows for both […]

May 23rd, 2015

Water Lilies

Artist: Michael Broshar, United States Artist Statement: My subjects are usually based on the places I visit, or interesting subjects that I find in photographs. My architectural background leads me towards painting architectural subjects, but I find interesting subjects in the world around me. I travel the countryside of Iowa and find the rural landscapes, […]

May 9th, 2015

U.O.P. Landscape 1

Artist: Salvador Castío, United States Artist’s statement: I drew this landscape at the beginning of 2014. It was the first thing that I drew in my new Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook. After 25 years of using the same brand of sketchbook, I discovered Stillman & Birn and changed. Their quality is superb and […]

April 19th, 2015

Watercolor Study and Final Painting

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: How many of you artists out there were taught to do a study prior to painting? And how many of you just want to skip this step and dive into the painting? Well, I would like to say, for the record, to all those teachers: You were right! […]