in the studio

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 repetive 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 absorbtion 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
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
POSTED ON Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 15:29

Two new small works. Another series of experimental vocabularies. These are on watercolor paper and are made using inks and Flashe vinyl paint. I use steel pens, syringes, and markers. The drawings are 4 x 6 inches.

Two magenta drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Friday, July 5, 2019 - 16:18

On the worktable lies my newest commission Sonic #1. I’m letting the ink and vinyl harden. I’ve glued the brackets and let them set. In another day or so I will drill them.

i can’t wait to see it installed in it’s new home.

Afterward I’ll work on getting it documented at the location.

Stella Untalan studio worktable view with Sonic a new commission
POSTED ON Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 19:18

My open studio took a whole lot of work but such a time of discovery. I filled the studio and hallway walls with with work old and new.

The event secured a drawing commission that I had to work on right away. it was too difficult to get all the work put away before getting started. What to do?

The result is the photo in this post. I moved all my drawings to one wall. This is a photo of the current situation while I have been making a drawing on another wall.

I hope you’ll come see some of this work in October for Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.

Stella Untalan studio in south philadelphia

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