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
POSTED ON Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 17:23

I've been drawing these couples, duos, fraternal twins for a while now. There is something intriguing and comforting about their juxtoposition. I'm working on a whole series of twins to see where they go.

Join me on the journey. Look for more posts.

sketchbook experiments by Stella Untalan. Color backgrounds with lines
POSTED ON Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 20:11

Every girl needs her Super Hero friends. These are a few of mine. Great time at MASS MoCA  Got to see NICK CAVE, UNTILELIZABETH KING, RADICAL SMALL, 


MASS MoCA League
POSTED ON Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 15:40

I took this iPhone pic of Artist Brian Dennis paying homage to Sol Lewitt who captured a nugget of the drawing on his iPhone.

Brian Dennis, Sol Lewitt
POSTED ON Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 22:34

So many sketchbooks, so little time.

I've begun attacking these books I've been given with seriousness. Surprisingly I have been making drawings everyday in my Strathmore watercolor sketchbook. The sketchbook is half full. These two drawings are made with Inkrense pencils and gel pens.

These are great materials for making drawings on the go. I'm excited about these new experiments.

I'm also looking forward to taking these materials in my go bag on a trip into the mountains this weekend. I'm imagining the drawings will be very different in the below freezing mountains.

drawing by Stella Untalan using intense pencils and gel pens
POSTED ON Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 19:01

Being in the Woods unites Stella Untalan‘s ink drawings and Brian David Dennis‘ large cardboard construction titled, [bar], in a meta-magical art installation vibrating with the rhythms of the universe and nature. Minimalist drawings using walnut ink and a nib are serenely precise and flow with life energy. The repetition and hand/mind control pulses across the sheen of the paper like heart beats, the measure of time is palpable and flowing.

Stella Untalan drawings in Being in the Woods with sculpture by Brian Dennis
POSTED ON Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 20:24

Been spending lots of time in my sketchbooks these days. Back in a sketchbook groove. I couldn't help but draw on the cover of this one. I love drawing with white on black and black on white.

Drawing on the cover of my Strathmore Watercolor sketchbook
POSTED ON Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 17:41

I've been working on a smaller drawing to test a process for my current commission. I've been in the studio for three days and made progress enough to visualize the much larger piece. The rhythm is working and the color patterns work. I can feel the ocean and its undulation.

Now it's time to think about mounting paper or not to make this drawing. The paper as substrate will make drawing on the surface a bit more fluid. I also want to make the marks a bit larger and absorbtion into paper will help the marks dry faster.

Stella Untalan drawing in progress.