November 28th, 2020

Midnight in Donosita

ARTIST: Aaron Kelly, United StatesARTIST STATEMENT: I’m often attracted to spaces and views that I feel are overlooked. Spaces devoid of people or on the backside of a frequently used place. This painting is of the view from my hotel room in Donostia in 2019. (San Sebastián or Donostia is a coastal city and […]

November 21st, 2020

Morning on Ivanovskaya Gorka

ARTIST: Alex Gimein, Russia

ARTIST STATEMENT: This picture was drawn on the Ivanovskaya Gorka – my favorite place in Moscow. It’s one of the oldest parts of the city, located on one of the seven Moscow hills, with a lot of alleys, beautiful buildings and churches. I draw here all the time, this view […]

November 14th, 2020

Rainy Day Sketches

ARTIST: Alex Cfourpo, Sweden

ARTIST STATEMENT: I like to explore in the local forests on my bicycle and I often take pictures of places that stand out to me. But somehow a picture never really captures the right atmosphere or memory. So I started drawing them instead. Mostly on the rainy days when I […]

October 31st, 2020

Gamma Series

The Stillman & Birn Gamma Series features medium grain heavyweight paper, at 150 GSM, and comes in a lovely warm Ivory tone. The Gamma Series has the exact same paper qualities and strengths of our Alpha Series, with the added benefits of a warm backdrop to suit your sketching and illustration needs. When using […]

October 27th, 2020

Magic River

ARTIST: David A Parfitt, United Kingdom

ARTIST STATEMENT: My watercolour paintings and monoprints are informed by being in the landscape. I make many drawings and sketchbook studies/experiments but it doesn’t mean that everything is used to develop a finished studio painting. This drawing probably won’t either. It was started during a woodland walk with […]

October 19th, 2020

Sunset

SUNSET

ARTIST: Klavdiya Krinichnaya, Kazakhstan

ARTIST STATEMENT: For me, painting is like translating from one unfamiliar language to another (especially if you do it occasionally). What’s why I often use postcard format to avoid extra details. This was quick oil pastel study, made in one layer. Beige papers with delicate textures allows me to […]

October 11th, 2020

Spy Cider: A Study in Light

ARTIST: Inna Gertsberg, Canada

ARTIST STATEMENT: I love grey toned paper for drawing/painting light. It captures the highlights magically. The chilled sweaty can and a glass jar were perfect models. I started with a quick graphite sketch and then followed up with watercolour dual brush pens to create the space and the shapes. […]

October 4th, 2020

The Marvelous Collection of Alvin Guilbert

ARTIST: Manelle Oliphant, USA

ARTIST STATEMENT: I started this project for MerMay 2020. (MerMay is a monthlong celebration about artwork about mermaids). It’s a story about letting go and having faith and there are mermaids in it. This is the book cover and I used ink and watercolor to create it.

MEDIA: Ink, Watercolors

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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 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 […]

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 15th, 2020

Epsilon Series

EPSILON SERIESHeavyweight: 150 gsmShade: WhiteSurface: SmoothMedia: Pen & Ink, dry media, light washGallery: http://www.stillmanandbirn.com/gallery/epsilon

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

July 11th, 2020

Self-Portrait in Quarantine

ARTIST: Jimena Lagunilla, Spain

ARTIST STATEMENT: I work with many students and colleagues and my subject of study is the human body. When the COVID-19 quarantine suddenly interrupted our everyday life, it had and still has to this day, a very big impact on my routine. I found myself in this surreal situation of […]

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 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 […]