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POSTED ON Friday, October 4, 2019 - 21:15

Last week I got the files documenting a commission that I did a while back. It's a pretty emotional thing for me to see this drawing that I made for a friend who was very ill at the time.

I had to fight through mine and make this for her. I wanted her to have every minute with it she could if things were to worsen. I hoped it would give her joy and calm on dffecult days.

By the Sea a large commissioned drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 13:44

I have been back in the city for two weeks. I'm holding on to the time that I spent in the mountains and deep woods of the Adirondack Park. Autumn had begun to assert itself.

In this photo are a few finds that inspire me and make my breathing slower and easier. Seeing these bring back the smell of pines, the ripple of the lake, and the scurry of critters.

I'm working on a series of drawings that are based on these moments. Looking forward to sharing with you.

Several leaves from trees in the Adirondack mountains.
POSTED ON Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 09:58

I've signed and labeled the artwork. Now I'll wrap them up for delivery to art consultant Susanna Gold for hanging. Time to get out the packing materials.

Elements has been acquired for Temple University’s Fox School of Business at 1810 Liacouras Walk in Philadelphia The work in this collection are a generous gift of alumnus, and philanthropist Dennis Alter.

POSTED ON Monday, September 16, 2019 - 21:26

I settled in to make some new work on the deck looking out to the lake. It was the only day that I was out from under cover.

The weather was question mark each day.

i was able to spread out and make a couple large drawings but made many more small ones. I always had to be prepared to dash under cover. There were also pretty windy afternoons.

The drawing pictured here was completed and a couple that I started will be finished in the studio. The impressions from the stay are still quite vivid even with the city pounding at my once quiet mind.

Drawing on the deck in the mountains
POSTED ON Monday, September 16, 2019 - 21:14

After sanding the third and final coat sits to harden. I'm about to head in for a day of color tests and the last fine sand of these surfaces. Everything has hardened and ready for drawing to begin.

I'm excited to start drawing again in the studio after considerable inspiration from my trip to the North Country.

Lots of work ahead and new work that should be ready for the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. I hope you'll come and see what's new October 12th from noon through 6 PM

Gessoed panels resting
POSTED ON Monday, September 16, 2019 - 21:09

In the studio the small panels are stacked for a whole new series of allsorts.

I’m engaged in some color tests for a new sonic drawing that will help me discover what I would like to do with the allsorts. I’m planning on making some black backgrounds for sure but there are a few other colors calling to me. 

There are several very luminescent colors that I am looking at. I also discovered that a few jars of Flashe are a bit lower than I had thought. Purchases may need to be made.

I’m excited to be making a new body of work.

Stack of 6x6 panels
POSTED ON Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 15:17

My newest commission Sonic #1. I heard from the art consultant that it has been installed "easy peasy". After I get back from my autumnal visit to the high peaks of the Adirondacks I'll have it documented.

This piece consists of three 12 x 24 inch birch cradled panels. I wish I could show you multiple images. This is a pic before I packed it up for delivery. Looking forward to the documentation pics.

I'm interested in drawing in this proportion for a couple more pieces. The length is required for the Sonic feeling.

 

Sonic. commissioned drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:53

I will be participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12 – 6 PM

Please put the date on your calendar. I will be opening my studio with more than a dozen others in our building 1241 Carpenter in Philadelphia. My work will also be in our Annual group show at ARTSPACE1241 on the first floor of the building.

POST 2019 ad for Stella Untalan Open Studio.
POSTED ON Friday, August 9, 2019 - 20:49

Working on Yupo with Montana Markers and ink is a joy.. Each line drawn has a sound as it progresses. I’ve made numerous small piece that are in my Short Phrases series. And this drawing is one of a number of larger works called Purple Prose. The inks are opaque and the Yupo is translucent. So the gaps take on the a cloudy version of the hue of whichever background it is mounted to.

I’m looking forward to showing more of these in October at Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Purple and white ink on yupo
POSTED ON Friday, August 2, 2019 - 21:52

The process begins. Preparation of surfaces for new drawings. Here are the panels I’ve worked on so far. There are two groups. The square panels are 12 x 12 inches and have three coats of gesso. Each application was sanded to make a smooth drawing surface.

The other panels have their first coat. I will be able to sand them in a couple days. The panels are hardening for the weekend.

Panels in the studio

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