August 2nd, 2020

Left Overgrown

ARTIST: Katrina Pomerance, Netherlands

ARTIST STATEMENT: After living my whole life outside the city, where just a step away there’s nothing but fields and forests, then finding myself moving to the Netherlands, to live in the city centre, I’ve craved the healing power of nature more than ever.

Sketchbooks are places where I can […]

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 […]

July 1st, 2015

New Orleans Magnolias

Artist: Jan Evans, United States Artist Statement: Art has always been a way of life for me. I grew up moving every year or two, so drawing and painting became good friends. I received my BFA from Art Center College of Design. My work as an illustrator is very controlled, so when I am painting […]

March 6th, 2015

Field Trip to Molbak’s

Artist: Charlene Collins Freeman Artist Statement: I am a sketcher, watercolorist and art instructor. I am drawn to objects and scenes which, through their ordinary and familiar qualities, take on a sense of beauty. Something catches my eye, something common, and in the process of sketching it, it strikes me as extraordinary. There is great […]

February 9th, 2015

Rugged Cosmos

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: I use the Alpha Series for almost everything. The lighter weight of the paper is really pleasing for journal work and both wet and dry media are easily manipulated on the surface. Alpha has a slight tooth, and results in a light texture when a field is quickly […]

December 22nd, 2014

Austere and Elegant

AUSTERE AND ELEGANT Thank you naturalist Jean Mackay for posting this unique art journal spread. It combines a botanical study of desiccated pods (they’re Baptisia australis; common name is False Blue Indigo) and a line from a Winter poem from the Victorian era. Jean says the Zeta Series paper was “a perfect match for both […]

November 5th, 2014

Artichoke Flower

Artichokes, like all other thistles, will flower given time. In this write-up, Australian artist and educator Carol Lee Beckx describes coming across a flowering artichoke in her native South Africa and painting it years later from a reference photo: “It’s not often that one comes across artichokes when the flowers have developed. In the vegetable […]

October 15th, 2014

A Bee Study

Barbara Tapp recently retired from a distinguished career as an architectural illustrator and is now pursuing an old/new direction for her artwork. She talks about it here: “This study began when I needed an image of a bee for a painting I was completing. Working outdoors, I was observing and taking notes and I found […]

September 6th, 2014

GUEST POST — Leslie Fehling: Cleome

CLEOME Leslie Fehling’s post of this drawing attracted a lot of attention when she first posted on her blog. We’re happy to repost it now along with Leslie’s Artist Statement: “I drew this Cleome, or spider flower, in Maine at the lovely Thuya Gardens on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. The line drawing […]

July 30th, 2014

Sunflower Study

British artist Emma-Jane Rosenberg recently posted this multidimensional study of a sunflower. We asked Emma-Jane to explain her vision in creating this artwork and this is her report: “Though I have no formal art background, I have always felt compelled to draw. I would describe my paintings in oil pastel and soft pastel as colourful […]

May 19th, 2014

Radishes from a Farmers Market

Thank you Judy Schroeder for sharing this post of your drawing of a fresh bunch of radishes from the market. Wonderful composition, light and shadow. It really works as a two-page spread, drawing the leaves across the spine.

MEDIA: Water-soluble colored pencils and watercolor SURFACE: Beta Series – 180 lb. – 270 gsm – White […]

April 22nd, 2014

West Hartford, Connecticut Demo

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Jerry’s Artarama of Connecticut 1109 New Britain Avenue W. Hartford, CT 06110 Phone: 860-232-0073

Artist and educator Alexandra Walters will host a demo this Saturday about mixed media techniques in Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. This back-eyed Susan (gloriosa daisy) was created by Alexandra for […]

March 14th, 2014

Zeta Series Selected by Nature Trails 2014

We are honored that our Zeta Series sketchbook has been selected by Nature Trails 2014, a prominent group of botanical artists, for a unique artwork exchange. Here is an explanation of the program’s concept:

“Nature Trails 2014, a natural sketchbook exchange, is promising to be an exciting collaboration of 15 botanical artists from all over […]