in the studio

POSTED ON Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 14:23

Lot's of prep work in my studio this week.

I took out a saw to do some cutting.

Here's a peek at 8 new 4 x 5 inch basswood panels gessoed and drying. Can't wait to get making drawings on these pieces. I first used this material for my radical warp series of drawings.

4 x 5 basswood
POSTED ON Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 13:21

Mounting paper to panels I was rusty. But now I'm back up to well oiled machine. These two panels are ready for me to begin my new commission. I'll bolt the two panels together and draw on them as though they are one contiguous piece. The two panels are really to make them more managable for transportation.

My color tests and ink viscosity proved my thoughts to be true.

This weekend I lay down a colorfield and wait for it to dry. Then the drawing will begin.

two paper mounted panels ready
POSTED ON Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 12:42

Got another sheet of paper mounted.
Now to wait for it to dry and then trim.
Then the drawing can begin.

POSTED ON Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 15:14

I made some adjustments to the mounting process and got excellent results. I also didn't get impatient. Waiting for it to dry. One more sheet to mount this week.

weighing down another watercolor sheet
POSTED ON Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 20:11

My most recent work in progress consists of acrylic ink on Yupo. I love the milky translucency of this synthetic paper. I love the way light glints off the ink. I have been working on a series of small measurement drawings over the past few weeks.

These are two of the drawings I recently made and happened to stack on top of the other. A happy surprise. I'm not really sure if I want to give in to this stacking possibility but I'm working wit the series to see if they could be the focus of my show in June.

measurement drawings on yupo
POSTED ON Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 20:21

Friday was my first studio day in weeks.

These are two of the drawings I made in the measurements series the first of 2016. I'm planning a large series that can be hung together to create a larger piece.

I'm deciding on the hues now and plan to draw quite a number of small pieces.

This is the start.

two measurement drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Friday, January 22, 2016 - 19:48

It's been weeks since I spent time in my studio.

But today I got some time to be there. Be there. I began by lighting a candle and incense. Then I walked around my worktable and slowly began to select tools that would be used and those that would be put away. I hung unfinished pieces on the walls to revisit at another time. I circled my worktable until the area was ready for me to make drawings.

I had selected my pens, my ink, my substrate.

A view of Stella Untalan's studio January 3016
POSTED ON Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 18:46

It's been difficult getting some steady time in the studio. Luckily I picked some work that requires waiting. The panels are prepped and ready for drawings to happen. I love the process of getting ready to make a drawing almost as much as making the drawing itself.

I stood looking at them and looking at them. That untouched white surface was as you would expect — difficult to approach.

two prepped panels for drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 19:43

This is what it looks like when I use Nori to mount watercolor paper to a panel. My long and short series is on 12 x 12 inch panels. Each drawing is a pair of panels and one has mounted watercolor paper for the surface. As you can see I am using the latest technology here to press and secure a sheet of paper for one panel.

Nori is slow drying so I usually wait 48 hours.

 

This is how I set the mounted paper.
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 17:14

I'v edecided to work on a larger version of my Radical Warp series.

Let's see what drawing a vertical version is like. This is the start of a new drawing and a photo of my studio with work in progress. I get some studio time again tomorrow.

New drawings, orange by Stella Untalan.

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