in the studio

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
POSTED ON Monday, March 31, 2014 - 20:19

They are alive! Organic forms that I began experimenting with this month. I have ideas that will allow me to use them as repetitive marks. More test drawings are planned. I'm making small idea sketches. Larger drawings to come after I finish my current series.

first drawing test, green ink marker
POSTED ON Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 17:03

I began a series of marks on a piece of engineering vellum this past week. It revealed some very compelling patterns. After a very interesting conversation with art bud Brian Dennis I took to a new drawing. Looking to make a larger drawing. One with the same mark over and over.

These images are my first effort. The rhythm/pattern is revealing itself.

This is the result of three days of drawing. I'm looking forward to working on this drawing again and the others that will come after it. I have a whole drawer of Yupo sheets that can be the surface for these drawings.

pattern one yupo 03
POSTED ON Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 21:34

Marks side by side.

Another experiment on white Yupo with my new marker and acrylic ink. I'm enjoying this adventure into everything synthetic. So strange trying to control the quality of the line as it glides across the surface. I find this an exciting alternative to my rag paper and traditional inks. The other side of the coin in a way. I enjoy both and switching back and forth always keeps me sharp.

This drawing is in it's early stages. I don't know if it really will be something but the trip has been worth it so far.

marks on yupo side by side
POSTED ON Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 22:26

This past week I pulled out an experimental drawing on Yupo. I've been looking for additional tools to make marks I discovered while making my 366 project.

This week I have been doing some experiments with an ink marker.

These are new green marks I added. I'm pleased with the result but the drawing still isn't finished. It hasn't heald my attention. I've hung it on a studio wall while I try to discover what I'll do next.

detail - drawing new marks in green