in the studio

POSTED ON Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 21:38

Yesterday was the first full day in my studio in a while. Freezing cold temperatures and the job had kept me away. Still it didn't take long to choose a challenge for the day.

I have been working on two orange panels for several months. What I wanted to do with them has made itself known in waves of clarity and cloudiness. I began clearly enough with dense and tonal backgrounds of orange. I almost wanted to leave them in their first state. I wasn't brave enough. I would come to the conclusion later they weren't really finished.

POSTED ON Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:47

Trying to get something started.

I cut some sheets of Yupo to size. Working on seeing what happens when I make a series of about 40 drawings and arrange them in a grid. These are the first two in the series.

I'm about to work on two new pieces within the same framework. I never know what this ink will do. I haven't done any of these monochrome measurement drawings with magenta before. So much is new in drawing and experience. Off to make some more.

repetitive drawing in magenta by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 22:42

Finally back in the studio today.

When I return to the studio after having been away for a number of days in a row my day goes through several creative stages. Gathering supplies, preparing surfaces and then making the first marks of the day.

Today's first marks were an experiment. I used sumi ink and some new plastic droppers.

I'm not sure what will happen next but it was a good start to the day.

work surface in the studio
POSTED ON Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 09:18

Most recent work. Expanding the measurements series with horizontal lines. These lines require super concentration. Dip pens need to positioned just right to drag across the substrate. The lines again are drawin with one dip until they run out and then are filled again. When the ink runs out I return to begin from the left again. Open spaces occur randomly, creating a rest in the measurement.

I always draw or brush pigments for my backgrounds.so the have tonal differences, sometimes textures, and almost always — voids.

orange horizontal lines
POSTED ON Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:07

These are new drawings the first that I have made in the new year. I had to start somewhere and something said: Make a purple drawing, very purple.

purple and white drawing one
POSTED ON Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 16:15

Everything in my studio is important to me. Each object holds memories of the work that has been created; they are my art partners. This stool has been in every creative space since 1977. At one time it was a tall stool with a back, but when I stopped working at a drawing table I removed the back. Somewhere along our journey the back didn't travel to the next studio.

studio stool
POSTED ON Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:43

These images show the one result in the circular rhythms of creating and waiting. An empty ordered space allows the making of new things. Clarity comes from this sense of order. The process of making is messy.

My studio and I are now in the waiting place. 

POSTED ON Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 22:48

Today I spent most of the day cleaning up after the mounting matting and framing of work for the Heron Show.

I took all the finished drawings off the walls. Everything has been put away and now I'm ready to begin with something new. Another ink gift, orange sumi.

orange sumi may be next
POSTED ON Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:45

New work 12 x 12.

I've started making marks on the orange surfaces I've made in the past few weeks. This is the first larger one which is watercolor paper mounted on a cradle board.It was an effort to cover the area with my two stroke eliptical forms. Next I will fill the open spaces.

I've posted two images one from a normal distance, the other a detail.

Can't wait to get back into the studio to add the next layer.

new orange drawings maybe for Heron Studios [detail]
POSTED ON Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:50

Here's a look at the tools I'm using to make my walnut drawings.


This view gives you an idea of how the whole nature of the process of drawing informs what the work will be in the final state. The process is the drawing. This has been the case with all the drawings I have been making in 2014. No emotion, no memories, no composition. No consideration for anything but making the marks. No standing away from the drawing and assessing it.

The process makes its own demands

the ink pot

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