August 22nd, 2014

Architectural Study

Missouri-based designer and watercolor artist Don Gore sent us this sketchbook study and artist’s statement: “I am first and foremost an admirer of art. I have great respect for anyone that works with their head, hands and heart to “create.” Watercolor paintings specifically speak to me in a unique and compelling manner.

I am currently working on a series of small watercolor paintings for an art show in early September. A Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook has become my book of choice for my sketch work prior to the actual painting. I use everything from a Sharpie fine point to a Pilot V5 extra fine roller ball to a newly acquired TWSBI mini fountain pen with Noodler’s Ink for my sketches. The paper in the Alpha Series is terrific with all of these and more.

S&B says their Alpha Series sketchbooks work fine with light washes. To be totally honest, I was hesitant about adding any watercolor, as I just didn’t think the paper would take it. Well, I was wrong. As I’ve progressed through my sketches, I’ve continued to make my washes more and more soupy and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how the paper performs far better than I would expect. In one of my sketches here, I went as wet as I would on an actual watercolor paper. Much beyond what I ever imagined. “ Don Gore’s Flickr photostream can be found at:; his Instagram username is @dongore50.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain

Don Gore


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