June 27th, 2020

Siamese Fighting Fish

ARTIST: Sucharita Sengupta Suri, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always liked painting everyday objects and maintaining sketchbooks mostly using watercolor. Lately, I have discovered my love for painting animals. I have been a vintage enthusiast and also enjoy things that are slightly whimsical, which creates a world of its own in my mind. In […]

May 30th, 2020

Repost: Wolves in Plain Sight

ARTIST: Vin Ganapathy, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I used a red ink induced water brush and to create a background. When it dried, I drew over it with white ink, Japanese Brush pens and gouache to create the image. The piece was my reaction to society’s willingness to accept masks and facades, complacency with […]

May 24th, 2020

Gouache Portrait Study

ARTIST: Jordan Rhodes, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: For my gouache studies I like to go with a layering approach, working from dilute to more opaque as I build up layers. The dilute layers allow me to experiment with different color combinations, which can be easily covered or further incorporated into the piece.

MEDIA: Gouache, […]

April 11th, 2020

Queen Amidala

ARTIST: Martin Cavataio, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: My method of creating pictures is using a dot outline method using a 2h pencil from any set. The dot method is where I make an outline using light dots with a 2h pencil and then, when I find the shape that I like, I’ll outline it […]

March 7th, 2020

Eye Study in Graphite

ARTIST: Cilla Ellis, Australia

ARTIST STATEMENT: Although I use charcoal for many of my sketches, I was keen to push the level of detail and realism further in this study and so used graphite. My son was sitting quietly by the window and I was inspired by his “reflection”. I began by sketching and […]

September 28th, 2019

Garden of the Gods in July

ARTIST: Josue Salazar, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: This painting is of the unique rock formation found in the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado. It was made with gouache paint, and I wanted to capture the brightness of the day so I did not hold back on using my brightest greens for the foreground […]

September 13th, 2019

Stillman & Birn Delta Series

If your next source of inspiration needs a little extra warmth, then look no further than the Stillman & Birn Delta Series! This robust, ivory-toned paper allows you to use heavy washes of your favorite watercolors, gouache, acrylics, inks, and more, all while giving your art a warm glow! This paper series weighs in at […]

April 11th, 2018

The Gate to the Past

Artist: Seto Parama Artho, Indonesia Artist Statement: Kotagede is a historic area in the city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Inside we can see many traditional and old buildings, quiet life, quiet alleys, silversmiths, relics, sites of the Islamic Mataram kingdom. Everything is present in the mystical and mythological atmosphere that cannot be separated from the […]

October 5th, 2017

The M and N in Minnesota Breweries

Artist: Jeffrey Nelson, United States Artist Statement: This M and N is made with the negative space left over from lettering every single brewery in the state of Minnesota. I did the layout and handlettering on thick and creamy sheets of Stillman & Birn Delta Series paper with a Pentel brush pen and good old […]

September 7th, 2017

Delta Series

DELTA SERIES Extra Heavyweight: 270 gsm Shade: Ivory Surface: Cold Press Finish Media: Dry & wet media, watercolor, ink Gallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/delta

June 11th, 2017

Wat Po Temple, Bangkok

Artist: Patrick Ng, Singapore Artist Statement: This piece was done during a Southeast Asia regional Sketchwalk held in Bangkok. The atmosphere was somber because it was still during the first 100-days mourning period of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who had then recently passed on. I was blown away by the grandness of the whole palace […]

May 22nd, 2017

In Turner’s Wake

Artist: Liliya Rodnikova, Russia Artist Statement: I like trying different styles and themes in watercolor and use my sketchbook to test the waters. This time I remembered that best way to learn something in painting is copy great artist of the past. And I made my own version of one of the works of J.M.W. […]

May 16th, 2017

My Son at Twelve

Artist: Leach Lichingheng, Singapore Artist Statement: I was sketching my son as he sat at my studio table as he was studying for his exams. I was focused on getting a looseness into my lines and adding splashes of colors. But once I was finished, the thing that struck me most was that I had […]

May 7th, 2017

Illuminated Manuscript

Artist: Leslie Fehling, United States Artist Statement: I made a decision several months ago to give up the commission side of my art business. As my calendar had filled with teaching engagements and trips to far-flung places, it became more and more difficult to find time to squeeze in the labor-intensive custom artwork. But when […]

January 15th, 2017

Wolves in Plain Sight

Artist: Vin Ganapathy, United States Artist Statement: I used a red ink induced water brush and to create a background. When it dried, I drew over it with white ink, Japanese Brush pens and gouache to create the image. The piece was my reaction to society’s willingness to accept masks and facades, complacency with what’s […]

November 24th, 2016

Tommy Kane’s Greatest Sketchbook

Tommy Kane’s sketchbooks are filled with fantastic imagery, rendered by a master draftsman. Thank you Tommy for sharing this new video tour of the art journal you call your “Greatest Sketchbook”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb2rV6tsT_k MEDIA: Ink, watercolor and collage SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory- Cold Press Finish

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November 2nd, 2016

Rorschach Inkblots and Portraiture

Artist: Alicia Harvey, United States Artist Statement: The process used in this piece was developed in August, 2016 as a 30-day art challenge on Instagram. For this art challenge, I wanted to loosen up my portrait work, to develop more imaginary and abstract pieces. One of the techniques developed during this challenge was what I […]

September 6th, 2016

Nature Journaling

Artist: Jan Blencowe, United States Artist Statement: Nature is by far my favorite sketching subject. As a result, about ninety percent of my sketchbook entries are nature studies. Although a great deal of my nature journal studies are done right on my own property (because I believe that your relationship with nature should start right […]

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 […]

August 23rd, 2015

At Salty’s Supply Co. – Trinidad, CA

Artist: Brenda Swenson, United States Artist Statement: It’s been a busy summer with a family reunion at the Lake of the Ozarks, road trip to Northern California, taught three workshops, day trip to San Diego… Throughout the weeks and months my Stillman & Birn sketchbook was by my side. I have many books filled with […]