in the studio

POSTED ON Monday, March 30, 2020 - 22:25

I started this post in January as I started to reconfigure the stusio for a new year of work. My energy was high and I began preparing a series of 6 x 6 panels for new ALLSORTS drawings.

For some reason I stopped after uploading the studio photo.

I just came back to this today after the year came to a screetching halt due to the Pandemic.

I haven't been to the studio in 4 weeks. That has been difficult. The work I wanted to do requires the studio space. Also the materials I need are there. So I have had to change course and do other work.

Studio shot, ALLSORTS wall Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 21:30

Last year's experiments that turned out to be 600 drawings. And those experiments are feeding a whole new series of ALLSORTS. Also a new series of works on paper and sculptural drawings.

Here's new work in the studio at the end of last month. I'm be working on them again after hanging and opening my show at HBHQ.

Lots new to share in 2020. It's gonna be a great art year.

ALLSORTS 6x6 inch panel drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 19:12

It was a daunting task and it took almost three weeks to sign. number and bag all 600 drawings.

Maybe I should do smaller year long projects.

Good news there are plenty of inexpensive drawings to purchase and you can even put a few together in a frame. I'll be posting selected images on my website. I also have some available drawings available for purcase at my online store.

You can check what is available at this link.

https://stella-untalan.square.site

Signing drawings 4x4project 2019 Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 16:11

I've begun the new series of ALLSORTS for 2020. I've gessoed some smaller panels but have begun drawing on some of 12 x 12 inch ones.

This group is a different color set. I'm looking forward to using what I learned from my 4x4 drawing project last year to create some new patterns from repetition. I've already been pleasantly surprised by the results so far.

if you know my work you know that there isn't economy of scale. I don't make larger marks - I make more marks. I hope you'll follow what I'm doing in 2020.

Allsorts 2020 in progress Stella untalan drawings minimalism
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 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 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 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

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