thinking out loud

POSTED ON Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:59

Starting the morning slowly, sipping coffee, planning for the day Wonderful morning sounds.

morning planning
POSTED ON Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 20:19

One of my measurement drawings. It still doesn't have a name. We're having a nonverbal conversation. I thought offering it a frame might help reveal a name.

Acrylic Ink on Yupo Synthetic Paper.

measurement drawing without a name
POSTED ON Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 20:24

The past few days I have been working on a commission. I've been spending time near the ocean to create a measurements piece that will be installed at a beach house. Being near the ocean in late september and early October is very informative. The weather conditions can be incredibly different from morning through evening and from one day to the next.

These are two images I took on two consecutive days. There was also a day where the fog was thick right through noon. I experienced so many states of light and texture so close to where the land touches the ocean.

plein air, drawing, ocean, weather, horizon
POSTED ON Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:13

I've got a special bag just for art supplies ready to go at all times. 

Here I am by the ocean with a selection of my tools. The bag has served me well since I set up my pencil cases, brush rollups and assortment of pads and sketchbooks. I can also carry it as a backpack and it is just the right size to be light and confortable while I carry a slew of optional drawing implements.

Time to take it out for another spin.

art go bag for drawing on the go.
POSTED ON Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 20:01

I've been making drawings daily in anticipation of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Working in different directions, experimenting.

I'll be showing drawings new and old. This pic is a Hipstamatic grab of two drawings. Been very busy extending my measurement works. These show three dips. The larger needs the last pen dip. 

I'll be looking forward to visitors from noon - 6 PM.


New drawings, three pen dips by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:46

This morning I opened a package in my snail mail to find some handmade square sheets of paper. Shortly later I made this drawing.

I had never used this ink, this pen, or this paper before. Difficult drawing, Interesting results. 

The way that the small sheet and all the edges come into play when placed on a larger surface make the deckle feel like a drawn edge.

small paynes gray ink drawing on square paper by stella untalan
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 22:13
Purchased some new paper yesterday to start another series of small drawings. Tested it and it meets my needs so look out for a new series of small square pieces. The pad has 40 sheets and I'm ready to use all of them.
new paper pad 100% cotton
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 18:01

I've made a series of four drawings in my new red Fabriano sketchbook. This is a narrative of sorts. This is a new project and new form for the measurement drawings. This first series is done with a refillable fountain pen. I can fill it to complete the entire book.

I'm starting another that uses a dip pen where we can see how many missives can be drawn with the dip of a pen.


drawings in a small Fabriano sketchbook
POSTED ON Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 16:12

This past week I spent some time on a barrier island listening to what the sand, sea, and sky had to say.

I've been commissioned to create a piece for a beach house. I'm planninga couple of sketch trips to capture some rhythms and a color samples that will be used in the drawing. The feeling of late summer was in the air everywhere I went.

Took this little snap on my visit.

Looking forward to my additional trips.

On the island, bayside.
POSTED ON Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 19:59

A couple presents that came in the mail this week.

A set of amazing Fabriano sketchbooks and a fabulous polka dot pencil case. destined for my art gobag. Thinking about little sketchbook projects. A book full of ink drawings? Tests required.

I'll have time in the studio this week.

Half the book is microperfed. Yeah.


new gifties fabriano sketchbooks