in the studio

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.

organiation, tools, art tools, art studio, philadelphia
POSTED ON Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:23

I have been working on this drawing on and off for months. It goes on the wall, into that flat files, and comes out again. This is a ritual for this piece. But this week I was showing it to artist Amy Ralston during a studio visit and what I need to do next became clear. The drawing is on the wall and we'll have a conversation later today that I think may end our ritual.

Yellow seems to be the color this month. I also have started a line drawing on Yupo that i'm really starting to embrace.

yellow circle drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 22:46

A few of my walnut ink drawings.

I'm trying to get the work in the flat files organised again. It was ok then not. I'm moving storage for smaller drawings ans long term storage to archival boxes. I have lots of smaller drawings like these that swim around in the flat files. I need to have them be more managable to store and show.

This is the beginning.

I'm actually looking to frame the small ones for a show/sale in November.

looking in flat files of Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 16:25

This week many new changes have taken place in my studio. The big one is rearranging storage. That task includes many descreet efforts. But more enjoyable is the pruning of my ficus marginata. I have had this tree over a decade. I have treated it when it had bugs. I have trimmed away branches when it has gotten a little crazy in it's spring spurts. This time Margaret is doing a careful effort to help it sit in a spot where we won't run into it and injure it's leaves on a regular basis. 

The looks super spiffy now.

Studio tree, pruning, maintenance
POSTED ON Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 22:29

I've begun making my large drawing for my upcoming exhibition. It will be fifteen feet. More details as the work continues.

The first row of marks
POSTED ON Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 21:03

Last week I began testing an indigo ink.

I have made a series of drawings since March that are the result of repetive marks and the visual rhythmns derived from the depletion of ink in my dip pen. When I make these drawings my mind is empty and the result of the process is a complete surprise.

indigo ink on Yupo synthetic paper, rhythms
POSTED ON Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:47

Another in my new series of ink drawings on Yupo.

I was well into this drawing. Only a few rows short of being finished. All I could hear was my breath, the tap of my pen on the Yupo surface. I had just filled my pen when a vibration and a door slam startled me.

The result, a splat.

I gathered myself and decided to finish the drawing. Title 3060 splat

3060 marks and one splat