Stillman and Birn
February 8th, 2020

First Congregational Church

ARTIST: Jorge Santiago Jr., United States

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: My urban sketches and comic work have always used black ink by default, but I started to question why I was using it at all. As fun as black ink is, it’s a neutral tone that doesn’t really add anything to the scene I’m depicting, […]

January 21st, 2020

The HiLo Diner

ARTIST: Bobbi Stegora Bina, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: The HiLo Diner is an original 50’s diner that had caught my eye several times on drive-by’s. When a friend suggested we meet there for lunch, I jumped at the chance to see if the inside was as fun as the exterior. I arrived early for […]

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 […]

October 23rd, 2015

Peonies and Grape Vines

Artist: Charley Parker, United States Artist Statement: I’m frequently fascinated by contrasts of light and dark in the landscape. These peonies are in my own yard. I noticed they looked great at a certain time of day in the dappled shade of the grape vines growing on the chain link fence along our driveway. I […]

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 14th, 2015

Watercolor vs. Gouache

WATERCOLOR VS. GOUACHE This is an excellent short video explaining the different properties of watercolor and gouache and which wet media techniques are suitable for each.

via Plaza Artist Materials

March 30th, 2015

Portrait of Daisy Pearl

Artist: Riko Colin Chock, United States Artist Statement: This quick sketch is another try at understanding the properties of gouache and a little bit of facial anatomy. I used as a reference a photo from the fantastic iPhone app Sktchy.

What struck me about the particular reference photo were the beautiful colors of the subject’s […]

October 7th, 2014

Vibrant Greens Along the River Fowey

British artist Hannah Ivory Baker uses a unique abstract style in her sketchbooks which she creates with gouache and a bold impasto technique. The result is more of a finished work then a sketchbook study. Zoom in to see how loaded the page is with pigment.

“I am an artist living in Crouch End, North […]