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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
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
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

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