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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 repetitive 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 absorption 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 Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11:41

Having that morning cup with a number of new drawings completed in the 2019 project.

Reviewing the work completed and working on getting finished drawings signed and put in little stacks in bags. This project surprises me each tim I group the drawings into stacks and put them in my small drawing flat files. 

I love these year long projects and I find that mking these small drawings is waking up old ideas and instigating new ones. Tomorrow will involve tearing more sheets.

Coffee and drawings by Stella Untalan
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
POSTED ON Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:49

I had a wonderful reaction to a selection of 4x4 drawings that I'll be showing in February. 

I'm making at least one drawing a day until the end of January, I hope you will join me for the February Show and Sale.

4x4 show preview
POSTED ON Monday, October 7, 2019 - 10:56

More than fifty thousand marks were made for this drawing. Finally got a full video together to document my drawing that I made back in 2014. I have it rolled up and waiting to be seen again. It's available to go live somewhere more permanent. Any takers or suggestions? It's drawn on heavyweight drafting film and I've installed it in numerous places using magnets. No framing necessary.

I took the process pics and propped up my iPhone for the video. Still exhibition images are by Elena Bouvier done with available light. Sound is by Lesley Tao Mowat. 

soundings fifteen seven by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 13:20

I've overlapped the making of my 4x4 drawings with Inktober. When I can I'm following the prompts. However, my drawings are always driven by the materials So sometimes the prompt isn't addressed.

its good to have another driver for making the drawings. Making at least one drawing a day can be difficult at times. It's also good to see what other folks are making for the month. There are so many folks making drawings. 

This is one of my metallic ink drawings that doesn't seem to fit the prompt "building".

Drawing with a steel brush by Stella UNtalan

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