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May 5th, 2016

Oliver’s Nightmare

ARTIST: Jaimie Dent-Campbell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: My mantra is “show up every day”. I set yearly challenges for myself to draw and/or paint every day. The practice of “showing up every day” has vastly improved my drawing/painting skills and has strengthened my confidence when approaching any subject. This year’s challenge, that I’ve dubbed “Life […]

April 28th, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with […]

April 19th, 2016

Hungarian Parliament Building

Artist:  George Lewis, United States

Artist Statement: I use watercolor as a tool to express my thoughts and emotions. One of its great qualities is seeing the water and paint co-mingle together, almost dancing on the paper. I have always been deeply drawn to architecture, on which the majority of my work is centered, and […]

March 27th, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more […]

March 14th, 2016

Arising from Flowers

Artist: Mashiiro (Magalie Gréaux), France Artist Statement: Flowers have always been a subject I wanted to practice with watercolors. For this piece, I wanted to depict a fragile woman, reaching from a field of delicate white flowers, like she used to be one of them, and “evolve” to a woman. I found that layering washes […]

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 […]

February 27th, 2016

A Fanciful Bookplate

Artist: Jody Marx, United States Artist Statement: I started keeping a small-format sketchbook in 2013. I always put my name and phone number in the front since I lost a sketchbook at a superstore a few years ago. (Luckily I got it back.) My contact pages have become increasingly fanciful over the years. This illustration […]

February 16th, 2016

Gurudwara Sahib

Artist: Sunil Shinde, United States Artist Statement: Everybody has a story to tell. I have a story to show. I love to read and am an avid reader of history. All that reading makes me travel. Sketching helps me travel better. My sketches remind me of places I want to read about. This is a […]

December 1st, 2015

Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown

Artist: France Belleville-Van Stone Artist Statement: Because I rarely do a “pre-sketch” in pencil, I often end up with second or third attempts on one page. There is something healthy about keeping the failed drawings close at hand, to be reminded of where they went wrong. The construction lines cannot be erased as they were […]

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 […]

November 14th, 2015

Supporting the nation and people of France

French Flag by Roger Pfister, U.K.

October 20th, 2015

Sunflowers

Artist: Cathe Jacobi, United States Artist Statement: I typically paint every evening, with a focus on the given season. I like to observe those elements that are ordinary but change with the weather. Some of my favorite things to observe are leaves, flowers, feathers, rocks…ordinary subject matter that continues to change with the temperature. I […]

October 6th, 2015

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Artist: Mais Qasrawi , Palestine Artist Statement: I usually try to capture scenes or characters and take them out of their usual context, either using freedom in line strokes or in the application of color. I take quite an unstructured approach to creating my art, which I think makes it look more lively to the […]

September 28th, 2015

English Coast Sand Dune

Artist: Felicity Flutter, U.K. Artist Statement: There are times when I trawl through my sketches and photos looking for inspiration for my next painting or drawing. I often have an open mind and no firm idea as to what will happen next.

The images I had of the Dunes and Marram Grass at Camber Sands […]

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 […]

September 14th, 2015

Back Alley at Jalan Bahagia

Artist: Vincent Pang – CitiSketcha, Singapore Artist Statement: I grew up in this housing estate that was built in the 60’s under the local government’s housing administration, HDB. Being built then meant that there was a mix of 10-storey apartment buildings as well as 2-storey terrace houses which still stands today. The view of this […]

September 9th, 2015

Head Badges

Artist: Jessica Canales, United States Artist Statement: Head badges are hood ornaments and logos for bikes, attached to the bike’s “head tube”. This collection of vintage head badges was displayed at a new bike shop in Portland, Oregon, called Rivelo. They caught my eye, being old and detailed, and I love drawing up collections of […]

September 5th, 2015

Flowers from São Paulo

Artist: Sabrina Eras, Brazil Artist Statement: I like to use my sketchbooks with watercolor but it´s sometimes hard to find one with a paper that makes me happy. But when I saw this Beta Series that a lot of artists are using, I decided to try it and felt in love.

I am especially passionate […]

September 2nd, 2015

Kilauea Lighthouse

Artist: Joseph Stoddard, United States Artist Statement: This is a view of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. I wanted to capture the brilliant colors of the ocean, the sun hitting the white structure and the waves crashing below while seagulls circle. I used a Sanford Uniball Micro pen to do […]