September 26th, 2020

Dream Koi

ARTIST: Dee Maurice, Canada

ARTIST STATEMENT: For this particular piece, I was experimenting with distress oxide inks; a combination of the sprays as well as the ink pads. I laid down a background with the distress inks, using stencils and sponges. Then I put a coat of matte medium over top of the inks […]

September 5th, 2020

Chai in July

Artist: Shivani Jadon, Mumbai, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: Mumbai is known for its rains in the month of July. This year due to the lockdown, I had a chance to enjoy the rains at home with my favourite beverage, ‘chai’. With some inspiration from the net, I decided to paint this Gouache illustration. The colour […]

August 30th, 2020

Puppy Portrait

ARTIST: London Vale, USA

ARTIST STATEMENT: I absolutely love photorealism. I find inspiration in exploring all the raw details and flaws I can possibly capture in both acting and creating visual art. The specificity of details are fascinating to me, and I hope to share as much life as I can in both forms […]

August 23rd, 2020

Apple Study on Black Surface

ARTIST: Ankit Jasmatiya, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: This is the reverse process artwork in which we need to go from dark to light. The surface is black and I can directly start using white charcoal pencil and finding light values. A process of this kind allows you to have a better understanding about light […]

July 18th, 2020

Green Sea Turtle

ARTIST: Katy O’Neal Killingsworth, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: I have been working primarily in transparent watercolor over the last few years, but have ventured into gouache lately. The black paper has been a fun background for the opaque layers of gouache. I try to keep up with a monthly painting challenge by Denise Soden […]

March 21st, 2020

Hudson Valley Sketches: Nova Trio Sketchbook Review

ARTIST: Jamie Williams Grossman, United States

The following are excerpts from Jamie’s review of the Nova Trio square sketchbook.

If you love working on different colored toned papers, this sketchbook is for you! I usually carry around a selection of paper colors if I’m working out on location in gouache. Stillman and Birn […]

March 14th, 2020

Across the Universe

ARTIST: Artdrawnd, California, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: As I always use my painting processes to express inner feelings and emotions, I never really control what will happen on a blank page. On this black paper, it seemed like a space void to me, and I spontaneously had this idea of filling it minimally […]

February 22nd, 2020

Stillman & Birn Nova Series

The Nova Series burst onto the scene in 2018 and it has become one of our customer’s most beloved products. This series give artists new options in paper color, all while still maintaining Stillman & Birn’s high quality mixed media standards. These papers weigh in at 150 gsm, and are ideal for dry and […]

February 8th, 2020

First Congregational Church

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November 16th, 2019

Sumatran Tiger

ARTIST: Alyssa Johnson, AustraliaARTIST STATEMENT: Animals of all kinds have always been a love of mine, but nothing compares to the majesty of the big cats. My training runs more towards animation and sculpture, but sketching was my first love. I spent a couple of hours putting the Sumatran Tiger sketch together one morning […]

November 9th, 2019

Portrait of Kennedy McMann

ARTIST: Justin Maas, CanadaMEDIA: Pencil, white charcoalSURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Beige – Medium Grain Finish

ARTIST STATEMENT: As a portrait artist, I do a lot of different types of work – from very loose sketches, to my finished commissioned pieces. This drawing of Kennedy falls somewhere in the middle […]

November 2nd, 2019

Roofs of Kaluga

ARTIST: Alex Gimein, RussiaMEDIA: Fountain pen, ink, acrylic, paint markersSURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Beige – Medium Grain Finish

ARTIST STATEMENT: This picture was drawn in the beautiful old Russian city of Kaluga that I visited this summer with a group of sketchers. I was always fascinated by the roof […]

October 5th, 2019

Café Goodluck

ARTIST: Niloufer Wadia, India ARTIST STATEMENT: This sketch was done on location at the very busy Fergusson College Road, Pune. Café Goodluck has been situated at that crossing since 1935, an iconic eatery open 7am through 11.30pm, serving no frills Indian tea, snacks and meals, and always overfull. As a group, the Urban Sketchers Pune […]

August 18th, 2019

Beautiful Hollyhocks

BEAUTIFUL HOLLYHOCKS Artist: Regina Sielk, Germany Artist Statement: This summer, gorgeous hollyhocks were almost everywhere and I wanted to capture the beauty. Thewarmth of the Stillman & Birn Nova beige paper makes the watercolors and coloured pencils contrast so intensively, perfect for bright hollyhocks.

MEDIA: Watercolors, Colored Pencils, Acrylic SURFACE: Nova Series – Heavyweight – […]

July 20th, 2019

Okunoin Cemetery, Koyasan, Japan

OKUNOIN CEMETERY, KOYASAN, JAPAN ARTIST: Doug Russell, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: About twelve days into a recent month-long trip in Japan, I sat down to sketch two tombstones in the Okunoin Cemetery on Mount Koya. The nearly two kilometer long cemetery is home to the graves of over 200,000 Buddhist monks – and just a […]

June 29th, 2019

The Cactus

ARTIST: Jessica Seacrest, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I live in Southern Arizona. Lots of amazing cacti. This sketch is of a Beavertail Prickly Pear. Occasionally I’ll snap pics when I’m out walking. I like painting from photos because I don’t feel rushed, plus the temps here get high. What appealed to me the most about […]

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: […]

June 8th, 2019

Hot Sauce

ARTIST: Shari Blaukopf, Canada ARTIST STATEMENT: Every once in a while, I love to take my tubes of gouache out to play. I find that the process of applying opaque pigments onto toned paper is a great exercise in thinking about colour mixing.

The real challenge in this one was figuring out what to do […]

May 10th, 2019

Thanos Study in Gouache

ARTIST: Jordan Rhodes, United States ARTIST STATEMENT: I painted this gouache study out of excitement and anticipation of the upcoming movie Avengers Endgame. This particular scene was from Infinity War when Thanos was explaining his motivation behind his quest to eliminate half of the universe. While at the surface it is a cruel intention, it […]

April 8th, 2019

Starlight

Artist: Sara Crawley, United States Artist Statement: This was done in a Nova Trio sketchbook that I was given. I love it! The fact I get to pick from three different colored pages is fun. This art piece was inspired by several things: my joy of playing video games, stargazing, and coats.

As always I […]