September 19th, 2020

Fluorescent Florals

ARTIST: Janice C. Lee, Canada

ARTIST STATEMENT: It has been a dry, hot summer, but on this particular day it was raining. I chose an unconventional palette of black, fluorescent rose, and bright blue for a floral study. It was a therapeutic exercise. I gave 100% focus to the paint flowing from brush to […]

August 8th, 2020

James Bowing

ARTIST: Dominique Eichi, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: The process of this piece was to explore and discover what watercolor can do once you let go most of the control of it and add a drawing of an image with details using an 005 ink pen. Thus, creating two opposites. This brings a duality that […]

July 26th, 2020

Nadya

ARTIST: Stephen Gardner, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I started this project during COVID19 lockdown, I’m attempting to paint a portrait of everyone I know as a way of dealing with the separation we all feel. I paint one portrait each morning in a 90 minute session before I start working on other assignments.

MEDIA: […]

July 4th, 2020

Cacti Study

ARTIST: Isabel Manibardo, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: The reason for this study is that watercolor and nature are two of my passions, so I really enjoy painting plants, flowers, animals…Usually I do a very light drawing with an erasable pencil and apply only a few watercolor washes in order to preserve the light of the […]

June 13th, 2020

Beta Series

Stillman & Birn’s Beta Series is an extra heavyweight (270 gsm) mixed media surface with a versatile cold press texture. The Beta Series holds up to a wide variety of techniques, such as layering, wet in wet watercolor washes, and mixed media mashups. Because this beautiful white paper is double-sized, it is especially robust […]

May 4th, 2020

White Camellia Floral Study

ARTIST: Allyson Tierney Jones, South Carolina, USA

ARTIST STATEMENT: My neighbor’s gorgeous camellia bushes always inspire me, especially when in full bloom. A promise of spring contrasted against the stark, bareness of winter’s chill. Camellias are one of my favorite flowers to paint for this reason! I referenced a photo I took myself, and […]

April 28th, 2020

Japanese White Eye

ARTIST: Wayne Gott, West Yorkshire, England.

ARTIST STATEMENT: The diversity and genius of nature has always been my inspiration. How could it not be? Birds in particular are a source of great enjoyment for me, with their incredibly diverse range of anatomy, colours, habitat and individual character. I begin my work with a sketch […]

January 21st, 2020

The HiLo Diner

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January 4th, 2020

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

ARTIST: Santi Sallés, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: Drawing made with graphite pencil with oil base and painted with watercolors and topped with colored pencils. Drawn in soft cover notebook Stillman & Birn Beta series. 270 GSM, size 20.3×25.4 cm.

MEDIA: Oil-based pencils, watercolor, colored pencilsSURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White […]

November 23rd, 2019

Town Square – Vence, France

ARTIST: Iain Stewart, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I enjoyed this one done in Vence. Walking with my friend Adrienne in town, we noticed another group painting and working in their sketchbooks. We just sat down amongst them and began to work. With so much going on in the buildings, I decided to keep the […]

August 3rd, 2019

Windmill of Damme

ARTIST: Brenda Swenson, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: Being a painter is more than mastery of techniques. It’s the desire to express how I feel about my world and my response to it. To put simply…to communicate. My tools are that of a painter: brush, paint, paper and ink. I sketch and paint outdoors constantly. Working […]

June 23rd, 2019

Forest

ARTIST: Santi Sallés, Spain ARTIST STATEMENT: Drawing made with graphite pencil with oil base and painted with watercolors and topped with colored pencils.

MEDIA: Pencil, watercolors, colored pencils SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST:Santi Sallés is an urban artist, illustrator and graphic designer. […]

June 13th, 2019

Square Sketchbook Giveaway

We’re giving away ten of our new 7½” x 7½” softcover sketchbooks. Winners can choose one sketchbook from the following series in which this new size is offered: • Alpha Series • Beta Series • Zeta Series • Nova Trio (toned paper – mixed sheets)

TO ENTER CONTEST: Simply email us with your name to: […]

May 27th, 2019

Color Playground

ARTIST: Stefanie Hornik, Germany ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch is all about trying out, playing with colours and materials. I more or less randomly picked different tools to test the effect and the handling on the paper. (For example, I used watercolors, acrylic markers and colored pencils.) I mostly use these materials for my artworks. This […]

May 16th, 2019

Nathan

Artist: Natalie Higgins, United States Artist Statement: I love experimenting and playing in my sketchbook. It gives my brain a break from the technical and precise work of designing and making jewelry, my day job. I enjoy trying to capture the expression and mood of the human face. I start my drawings with a simple […]

April 28th, 2019

Unfurling Ferns

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States Thank you naturalist Jean Mackay for posting this lovely drawing of unfurling ferns to celebrate the arrival of spring. One of the joys of spring is watching fern fronds unfurl. They start with small fuzzy arcs in the early spring, just poking their little heads above the crown of the […]

April 12th, 2019

Alexandria Window Study

Artist: Reham M. Ali, Egypt Artist statement: Sketching architectural elements such as doors, windows or any architectural details, especially of old buildings always interests me. That’s the reason my sketchbook is filled with door sketches that I usually call my rescue topic during any artistic block. And as an interior designer, my architectural background has […]

January 30th, 2019

Great White Sketch

Artist: Ian de Hoog, Canada [ @iandehoogart ] Artist Statement: My sketchbook is my playground. It’s where I can relax and explore new ideas and techniques without the pressure of “creating a painting”. I never know what is going to end up on a page on any given day and that is part of the […]

January 9th, 2019

Remembering Georgia O’Keeffe

Artist: Nisha Sehjpal, India Artist Statement: Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings are as intriguing as they are evocative. The colours used are bold and her strokes confident. Looking at her art it’s no wonder she is recognised as “Mother of American modernism”. This is my first ever attempt at painting with gouache and I couldn’t have thought […]

August 17th, 2018

Bangkok Skytrain

BANGKOK SKYTRAIN Artist: Suppachai Vong (Louis), Thailand Artist Statement: This picture was created while waiting for friends at this major Bangkok train station of the ARI BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System). I arrived almost an hour early to meet friends. Luckily, I carry my watercolors and sketchbooks all the time. I found the right seat […]