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POSTED ON Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 19:15

I have three fabulous Fabriano tiny books. I have been drawing in this green book for three weeks now and I am almost finished. It is a wonderful object that has a seemingly coded story that can be revealed. Some people call this asemic writing it is an accurate description of the drawing in this book.

Making drawings that are also objects is very interesting to me. Books are a special love.

drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:39

My work is about process and materials, it is methodical , repetitious, and meditative.

I made a few timelapse videos and stitched them together on my iphone. It was fun and painless. This is part one. It's fun to look back on what happened when you make a piece. The timelapse makes it speedy but each line is drawn slowly.

By The Sea a commissioned drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 21:21

I've begun a new series that is more calligraphic. I'm working with several patterns.

Here's a detail of one. This sketch was made with my friends Montana Markers. The markers allow me to make large marks and thin with standard and mixed colors.

I'm very keen on making more.

But first back to working on a commission.

drawing in progress Stella Untalan sketchbook
POSTED ON Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:30

A continuing adventure of studies for my large commission. This new 12 x 12 square is a test in color density. I needed a large area to get a good sample of the pattern result. 

Proximity and relativity of color have a specific role in this new work. The scale of the piece makes such a huge difference in the drawing and perception of the pattern. 

Each time I increase the size of the field I make so many new discoveries.

I've begun laying the ground color for the two large panels. They need another coat and I'll be ready to draw with my Montana Markers.

Sun and the sea drawing commission by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 22:19

For the last few months I have been experimenting with Montana markers and Flashe vinyl paint.

The markers allow me a different kind of control in making marks over large areas. I can allow for variants in opacity using the pump feature in the markers. I'm also able to draw with paper attached to the wall. I love being able to use a varient of tools I am very familiar with to make this new work. 

These three small panels are in progress. I've had to put them aside while I work on studies for a large commission.

First marks new drawings, new series
POSTED ON Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 19:04

The other part of art making is displaying and installing the work. One can leave this to a framing expert but sometimes it's not a frame that the work needs.

I'm doing some design and construction for a wooden cleat to install a larger work. I also need that hardware to enable a tight fit of two panels at the seam.

This method takes some careful finishing.

I just realized that my C clamps don't fit so I'm off to purchase a couple wood clamps for gluing and a steady hand to drill small pin holes. Then I will be on my way to do the install.

My work table looks like this
POSTED ON Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 11:15

Over the past month I have been working on drawings made with markers. I'm happy have to found paint markers that I enjoy using for drawing. This past week I began experimenting with some lines and marks that I had found to be successful while making a series of studies. 

The first image is little patterns on paper. The second image is of the first two small drawings. These are the first of the blues. 

Two mark and color tests for studies.
POSTED ON Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 17:59

I've started making some new walnut missives drawings. Here I am deciding on pairs. Looks like I'm going to need a few more drawings to get good pairs.

Then I'm off to have them photographed.

Opening up that pot of ink again.

walnut missives by stella untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:26

I've been working on some studies for something much larger recently.

I seldom make more than a simple line drawing to indicate my process for making any work in progress. But the scale of the final drawings and the number I would like to make in this series asked for some testing of hues and marks.

It's wonderful to be able to make these studies anywhere I can carry my pens and small paper pad.

Four details of recent drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:28

I spent some time getting back to drawing my microweave pieces. These are each about 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 inches square. I'll be looking through them to see which really have a unique feel. Loving my Stablio pens, planning on extending the colors in my pencil case.

I currently have a dozen.

They each take patience and being in a very restful state.

Micoweave drawing by Stella Untalan

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