in the studio

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
POSTED ON Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 18:02

Been getting into the studio more regularly now. I’ve begun a series of 4x6 inch drawings. Had done a few previously and like working with the proportion. Still a great way to make use of cut ends of larger sheets of paper that have been left over from others series.

i really enjoyed laying down some vibrant spring color. These three and three more are drying on my worktable. Looking forward to getting to work on them again tomorrow.

love using my giant Montana markers.

Three new spring small work By Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 17:15

Artist Alyse Bernstein invited me to be part of a demo she As going to print with her intern Anna.

I’ve had a chance to experiment with Gum Arabic as a drawing ink. It was a very interesting experience making four drawings. It’s a substance that requires drawing quickly. It’s important to finish drawing before the gum dries so the whole drawing can be seen.

The results are based on the suspension of the gum in water and how it pools and disperses. I’m looking forward to the results.

Plate with gum Arabic and water drawing by Stella untalan
POSTED ON Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 19:33

Cutting a template for four small drawings I’m making on a metal plate for Alyse Bernstein to print. Being precise is good. Yet another experimental adventure. I have no idea what will happen but this set of four small drawings will reveal what my techniques will do in this environment.

This template helps me leave the correct space around the drawings to work on the press. It also helps me keep fingermarks and hand oils from marking the plate.

Template close up for drawing.

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