POSTED ON Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:59

Starting the morning slowly, sipping coffee, planning for the day Wonderful morning sounds.

morning planning
POSTED ON Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 21:37

Time for some fine sandpaper a chamois.

Then the gesoo, then the sandpaper, and a brush. Dust away.

Then the gel, squeegee.

Paper and brayer.

Weights and wait.


POSTED ON Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 20:37

I've gotten serious about doing folding for RiTUAL. Reading Room. Last week and this week I'm folding several sheets and will begin drawing and marking them this week.

I'm also making some work on unfolded sheets which I will fold after the drawing is made.

The revealing of what the marks will do when they are reassembled as a folded book intrigues me.


Folded paper for a single sheet book RiTUAL. Reading Room
POSTED ON Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 20:19

One of my measurement drawings. It still doesn't have a name. We're having a nonverbal conversation. I thought offering it a frame might help reveal a name.

Acrylic Ink on Yupo Synthetic Paper.

measurement drawing without a name
POSTED ON Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 20:24

The past few days I have been working on a commission. I've been spending time near the ocean to create a measurements piece that will be installed at a beach house. Being near the ocean in late september and early October is very informative. The weather conditions can be incredibly different from morning through evening and from one day to the next.

These are two images I took on two consecutive days. There was also a day where the fog was thick right through noon. I experienced so many states of light and texture so close to where the land touches the ocean.

plein air, drawing, ocean, weather, horizon
POSTED ON Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:13

I've got a special bag just for art supplies ready to go at all times. 

Here I am by the ocean with a selection of my tools. The bag has served me well since I set up my pencil cases, brush rollups and assortment of pads and sketchbooks. I can also carry it as a backpack and it is just the right size to be light and confortable while I carry a slew of optional drawing implements.

Time to take it out for another spin.

art go bag for drawing on the go.
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 15:50

Join me as I participate again thi year in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. My studio is east of Broad Street  so the dates are the first weekend in October 3 - 4 from noon to 6 pm

I have new drawings and my 366 project is being shown in it's entirety at @HBHQ.

POSTED ON Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 19:12

Many missives in this little red Fabriano Sketchbook. Each drawing in this body of work is made with a fixed width fountain pen. Each drawing has a conversation with the drawing before and the drawing after.

The lack of opacity of the Fabriano sheet allows a reader to experience the show through drawing on the verso and the full drawing on the recto. This creates a rhythm and a linear experience a story line as one pages through.

There is no meaning to the marks until the reader views the drawings in context. The experience create a narrative of imagination.

missive sketchbook #1 drawings by stella untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 20:01

I've been making drawings daily in anticipation of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Working in different directions, experimenting.

I'll be showing drawings new and old. This pic is a Hipstamatic grab of two drawings. Been very busy extending my measurement works. These show three dips. The larger needs the last pen dip. 

I'll be looking forward to visitors from noon - 6 PM.


New drawings, three pen dips by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:46

This morning I opened a package in my snail mail to find some handmade square sheets of paper. Shortly later I made this drawing.

I had never used this ink, this pen, or this paper before. Difficult drawing, Interesting results. 

The way that the small sheet and all the edges come into play when placed on a larger surface make the deckle feel like a drawn edge.

small paynes gray ink drawing on square paper by stella untalan