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POSTED ON Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 10:48

600 drawings 4x4 2019, is the result of a drawing project — making at least one drawing each day. This project involved the use of four-inch squares of paper of various weights, colors, and surfaces. I found that many small pieces could be cut out of remnants of paper in my studio. 

Year long projects help expand my vocabulary, they create new phrases and expletives. Join me to see the hundreds of drawings I made in this series. All the drawings will be for a sale unframed at an incredibly affordable price. Buy a few. 

A sampler of 4x4 drawings by Stella Untalan 600 drawings graphic
POSTED ON Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 16:11

I've begun the new series of ALLSORTS for 2020. I've gessoed some smaller panels but have begun drawing on some of 12 x 12 inch ones.

This group is a different color set. I'm looking forward to using what I learned from my 4x4 drawing project last year to create some new patterns from repetition. 

Stay tuned for updates. The two pieces pictured are still in progress.

Allsorts 2020 in progress Stella untalan drawings minimalism
POSTED ON Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 17:14

I've begun a new series of Allsorts drawings. They are made on 6 x 6 inch birch cradled panels. I've selected a color palette for the backgrounds and begun a series of color tests. 

These are the drawings I've made so far. I'm about to prep another dozen panels this week. Looking forward to showing more detailed images.

Allsorts in progress on Stella Untalan studio wall
POSTED ON Monday, December 16, 2019 - 16:14

I’m working on my coffee table catalog for my upcoming 4x4 project 2019 exhibition. 

In case you haven’t been following my project I’m adding a link to my website journal post. This image is a sampler of four drawings. I’ve been posting an occasional drawing here on Okuna. The drawings are only 4x4 inches square; I think that’s about 10x10 cm I’ve been making drawings all year and have some 400 already.

 

original project post > 

#contemporaryart #drawing #abstractart

4x4 project 2019
POSTED ON Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:13

This year I used some found paper from one of our rituals — the assembly of IKEA furniture.

So many people complain about their assembly instructions which we find pretty darn clear in most circumstances. What's really tricky is actually counting everything in the box at least twice, deciding if their directions need to be followed in exactly the order they give you, and of course hacking the furniture by changing knobs, painting parts.

I made some annotations on each book. They are observations and suggestions to make the experience better.

three IKEA Assembly sheets made into books with annotations
POSTED ON Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 16:32

I began prepping two new panels this past week. It takes time to: gesso and sand and gesso and sand; to get the surfaces prepared to receive a color background before I begin to draw.

I'm at application number three and I'll be sanding at my next visit. If the surface feels even and smooth I'll hang the panels on my drawing wall.

then I will sit and contemplate what colors I'll apply and what marks to make.

 

Stella Untalan’s studio work in progress, large drawing
POSTED ON Friday, November 8, 2019 - 16:40

Embarking on a new series of repetive measurements drawings. This new drawing in the series is made with a steel brush. I love the feel of the brush on the paper. The fact that it is a watercolor paper it's rough surface and absorbtion create some amazing marks. I've just begun testing viscosities of ink.


White ink on Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress 
9 x 12 inch
2019

#art #drawing #minimal #ink #repetitive #meditative

Stella Untalan black and white drawing on Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress
POSTED ON Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 10:56
4x4 2019, is the result of a drawing-a-day project — making at least one drawing each day. This project involved the use of four-inch squares of paper of various weights, colors, and surfaces. I found that many small pieces could be cut out of remnants of paper in my studio.
Stella Untalan drawings 4x4 details, a sampler
POSTED ON Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 22:09

Divided but not Equal And Almost Random.  Ink and pencil on Black Fabriano. My 4x4.2019 project. It’s impossible to make repetitive marks without the revealing of pattern and density.  

My 4x4.2019 project. Another 4x4 inch drawing. The project is coming to a close. Only a few more weeks ahead. These are a couple drawings that feel like a pair.

Stella Untalan drawing
POSTED ON Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 10:05

This morning I pulled an espresso made a cappacino, walked to my worktable and surveyed what was on the surface. I do this in a similar way each time I arrive at my studio. It important to take in everything that this quite sacred space reveals. The color of the light, the work on the walls completed and in progress.

I took a snapshot of color tests lying on my worktable that are informing my new series of ALLSORTS.

color tests for allsorts by Stella Untalan

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