August 23rd, 2021

Floe Lake Study

ARTIST: Tyson Klein, Canada

ARTIST STATEMENT: The Rocky Mountains are a common theme in my artworks. Being raised on the prairies, I have always been drawn to their foreign starkness and scale. I try and spend as many summer weekends as possible in the backcountry of these mountains and usually spend the rest of […]

July 7th, 2021

Coming Soon: New Stillman & Birn Landscape Sketchbooks

We’re announcing today that Stillman & Birn is introducing hardcover landscape sketchbooks made with our extra-heavyweight (270 GSM) papers: Beta, Delta and Zeta series. We’re taking this step in response to repeated artist requests that we expand our range to offer sketchbooks in these series in a landscape format.

These new sketchbooks measure […]

March 13th, 2021

The Mando & Son

ARTIST: Alex Iniguez, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: It took me a long time to land on my “art style” but working with a variety of tools has helped me get to the artistic place I need to be in order to feel like I’m doing my best work, what does this look like? It […]

January 26th, 2021

Bighorn Sheep

ARTIST: Mark Fraley, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: My sketchbooks are my playground. I find so much pleasure in trying new things. This particular depiction of a bighorn sheep is no different. I knew what combination of elements I wanted to include, but not exactly how they would interact with each other or in what […]

December 27th, 2020

An Orchestra of Peacock Feathers

ARTIST: Monali Haldipur, India

ARTIST STATEMENT: I enjoy depicting and visually presenting the scene and objects, the way I interpret it, the way I feel about it. That’s my goal, going the realistic way isn’t. However I do feel that realistic studies are very important to begin with in order to build a strong […]

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 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 […]

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 […]