in the studio

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
POSTED ON Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 16:22

I've been making these very small drawings with walnut ink. They feel old, they feel like small twigs in the woods, they are cryptic.

I determined some criteria for making them based on the ink. The ink is in a very small pot. It is handmade and has a handwritten label on the lid. All of these details ask one to slow down and appreciate the moment of placing a sheet of paper on a drawing surface, opening the ink pot slowly. and dipping the pen.

Each dip and mark are their own voice.

walnut ink drawings one
POSTED ON Monday, October 27, 2014 - 21:55

This past weekend was Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. I'm recovering from two long days talking with people about my work in the studio. I rarely got a chance to sit down. This is a shot of my work table that day. The new pieces are orange and in the foreground. I am hoping to have them ready for a holiday show and sale that I have been invited to participate. In the background all six of my pencil drawings are now in private collections. Really thrilled.

old and new
POSTED ON Friday, October 17, 2014 - 22:33

Two of my new series of drawings. Starting number three. I'm cutting new sheets of paper today. Hopefully I will be able to start one or two. It takes some waiting since some marks are made while the paper is wet.

I trimmed another strip of paper and will stretch new pieces for Sunday/

green two in the series
POSTED ON Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 17:00

I've been making drawings like a mad woman. Here's a look at my studio prior to open studios.

In the studio : drawing drawing drawing
POSTED ON Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 21:58

A drawing just happened the other day. Yes just happened. I wasn't sure what I was going to make but my first decision to work with watercolor paper started a cascade.

For the first time in ages I cut a sheet of watercolor paper, dampened it, and taped it down. Laying down color happened immediately. I used markers filled with acrylic in and then let everything dry. I dampeded the paper again and added a wash. I waited for it to dry. 

new green on watercolor paper
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 00:30

Two new pieces drying.

Today in the studio I'm working on my two new orange pieces. It's good to be working on paper again. Working with two pieces that will converse with each other. It's already started.

Im very pleased with the tonal aspects ofboth panels. The solid orange is like velvet.

orange panels in progress
POSTED ON Monday, September 22, 2014 - 18:06

Experimentsing with cradleboards. I've always like the finish and I like working in pairs. This is sanding them down to accept paper or gesso. It will take a couple passes to make them just smooth enough. I'm mounting paper on one and gessoing the other.

in the studio stella untalan working on cradle boards
POSTED ON Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 16:11


When I started the day this surface was full of stuff. Everything has been put in its place. Progress. Now I can use this counter for trimming some sheets down to size. 

Lots of special items pinned to that wall.

one surface ready
POSTED ON Friday, August 22, 2014 - 19:47

Shelves are starting to look like my studio again.

Here's a look at things as they are now. Made huge progress. The space is almost ready to make some large pieces again. I've got new things on the wall looking to be framed. Tomorrow is day three of the studio marathon.

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