April 28th, 2016

Whose Next for a Ride?

ARTIST: Colleen McCafferty, Australia ARTIST STATEMENT: I was inspired to paint camels by Danny Gregory’s blog on Sketchbook Skool. I remembered that I have photographed lots of camels on my travels. But having seen the camels first-hand helped enormously with my colour choices and to paint with an artist’s eye.

I usually sketch out with […]

April 8th, 2016

Pick of the Day at Wet Paint – St. Paul, MN.

PICK OF THE DAY AT WET PAINT – ST. PAUL, MN. Thank you to Meg and the rest of the wonderful staff at Wet Paint (St. Paul, MN.) for selecting Stillman & Birn as their Pick of the Day. Meg writes, ““My go-to sketchbook is the Zeta by Stillman & Birn. The extra-heavy weight, smooth […]

February 16th, 2016

Gurudwara Sahib

Artist: Sunil Shinde, United States Artist Statement: Everybody has a story to tell. I have a story to show. I love to read and am an avid reader of history. All that reading makes me travel. Sketching helps me travel better. My sketches remind me of places I want to read about. This is a […]

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 […]

October 23rd, 2015

Peonies and Grape Vines

Artist: Charley Parker, United States Artist Statement: I’m frequently fascinated by contrasts of light and dark in the landscape. These peonies are in my own yard. I noticed they looked great at a certain time of day in the dappled shade of the grape vines growing on the chain link fence along our driveway. I […]

October 6th, 2015

Piazza del Duomo, Milan

Artist: Mais Qasrawi , Palestine Artist Statement: I usually try to capture scenes or characters and take them out of their usual context, either using freedom in line strokes or in the application of color. I take quite an unstructured approach to creating my art, which I think makes it look more lively to the […]

September 26th, 2015

Her Whimsical Self

Artist: Iris Fritschi Cussens, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I always draw & paint faces. Faces tell a story; to me there is no part of the body that is as interesting as the face. There is so much to express, so much to learn and often the faces surprise me, as if they had a […]

September 9th, 2015

Head Badges

Artist: Jessica Canales, United States Artist Statement: Head badges are hood ornaments and logos for bikes, attached to the bike’s “head tube”. This collection of vintage head badges was displayed at a new bike shop in Portland, Oregon, called Rivelo. They caught my eye, being old and detailed, and I love drawing up collections of […]

August 3rd, 2015

Out of the Blue

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States Artist Statement: Of the 123 million pounds of lobster caught on the Maine coast each year, only one in two million comes up blue. I was among the lucky few to see this genetic mutation, hauled up by lobstermen in Muscongus Bay, and then tossed back into the deep. The […]

July 21st, 2015

Fishing Expedition

Artist: Anna Bucciarelli, Canada Artist Statement: I am a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. My style is influenced by my training in classic Ukrainian “Petrykivka” painting, an Eastern European art focusing on floral and plant motifs. I like to bring together various forms of traditional media, such as ink and watercolor, and introduce digital […]

July 15th, 2015

Painting with Crayons

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: This summer I have been experimenting, trying to find a way to get painterly effects with drawing tools. Ideally I could be painting with oils or using traditional pastels, but I want to avoid toxicity, dust, and fumes. After some initial frustration, a method that allows for both […]

July 8th, 2015


Artist: Pira Urosevic, Canada Artist Statement: This piece is born of a monthly personal challenge I present myself with. Using only inks sent in a sampler pack by an online shop, I combine the colours in a single drawing that is based upon their selected theme. This month it was ‘Farmer’s Market’. I use an […]

June 27th, 2015

Sailboat at Paradise Cove

SAILBOAT AT PARADISE COVE Artist: Janette Meetze, United States Artist Statement: Everywhere I travel I am looking for inspiration and subjects for sketching, painting and tapestry weaving. I noticed this sailboat at the Paradise Cove Marina (Sequoyah State Park, Oklahoma) last summer shortly after the Fourth of July holiday. What attracted me to it initially […]

June 26th, 2015

Fiat 500

FIAT 500 Artist: Luciano Cisi, Italy Aritst Statement: The subject is a Fiat 500 F Series – a vintage 1970 model. I drew it in plein air at a mall parking lot close to my home in Latina, a town in about 65 km south of Rome. I sketched it using pencil, Steadtler Pigment Liner […]

June 8th, 2015

Urban Sketching Tutorial

Artist: Laura Sfiat, United States Artist Statement: I recently gave a workshop at the local Urban Sketchers chapter in Boston. I had prepared some handouts on my 20-minute technique for urban renderings. Here below, is the process from beginning to end including the color wash.

The event was very well attended and I was quite […]

May 31st, 2015

In the Spring Woodland

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States Artist Statement: I went out with a friend one evening to sketch at a beaver pond that is surrounded by woods. The water was dark and still, trees were lay crossways in heaps where beaver had felled them, and a large mud lodge rose on the far shore. But what […]

May 14th, 2015

Beyond the Sea

Artist: Faustine Vaughn, United States Artist’s Statement: For this piece, I was inspired by artwork I saw that featured this idea of hiding fish in the curves of ocean waves, and thought it was so creative! I knew I had to do a similar theme in my sketchbook. But I had no idea what to […]

April 19th, 2015

Watercolor Study and Final Painting

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: How many of you artists out there were taught to do a study prior to painting? And how many of you just want to skip this step and dive into the painting? Well, I would like to say, for the record, to all those teachers: You were right! […]

April 3rd, 2015

Rebirth of the Rialto

Brenda Swenson [ Brenda Swenson Watercolors ] posted this beautiful two-page spread of the historic and shuttered Rialto Theater in South Pasadena. The L.A. Times reports that “a prominent L.A. redeveloper of older buildings purchased the theater last month and hopes to turn it into an entertainment venue that could include a bar and screenings […]

March 22nd, 2015


Artist: Leigh Reyes, Philippines Artist Statement: My drawings have words and my words have drawings. I “callidoodle” – many of my drawings, incorporate calligraphic strokes, for directional texture. My preferred pens are fountain pens with flexible nibs.

For this drawing, I appropriated this pose from a picture of me many years back, but it’s really […]