thinking out loud

POSTED ON Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 02:55

I was organizing in my studio and came across three drawings I made a couple years back at the Jersey shore. I often go to the ocean to make drawings. I love sitting on the boardwalk or even in the car if it is raining and making marks that feel like that moment. I often create a series of glphs or make repetitive lines that define the consition of water or grasses, sand or sky. These drawings reminded me that I hadn't made any plein air in several months. I need to get outside and to look and listen to the rhythm of my surroundings.

Three plein air ocean drawings on paper by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:10

I've really been unable to make any progress in my studio for the last two months. This is something new for me. It has never happened before. I'm internally motivated and I make lots of work all the time.

I've decided that I need to take some gentle action.

I started making small experimental sketches in my Moleskine. I've also decided to carry a couple more sketchbooks and pens in my art gobag.

small sketchbook drawing by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Friday, June 5, 2015 - 07:29

When it is dark and you are pouring your french press into a mug be sure the mug is big enough to take all the coffee.

perfect brew, coffee, crema
POSTED ON Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 09:22

Yesterday while I was making room to do some drawing on the wall I had to manage some framed work. I have some little niches ouside my studio where we gather and chat so I hung two there. These are from my measurement series on watercolor paper. Stop by and see them.

I really like them by the red chairs.

I just think I need to hang them a tad lower.

green drawings by the red chairs
POSTED ON Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 10:59

It feels as though it has been ages since I've been in my studio.

I'm walking around boxes at home but they are slowly being discarded as belongings are absorbed into drawers and closets. I can't make art when I feel this kind of disorder. Soon I'll be able to get past the boxes and back into the studio.

POSTED ON Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 18:25

Cleaning my studio reveals my addictions. I love using single edged razor blades. I prefer them to scissors or xacto blades; although I do have stocks of both. Everywhere I pick up studio debris I find another straight edged razor blade, aka Gem Blades. It's a danger zone for those who don't know the signs.

I'm crazy about having a sharp one so I'm always opening a fresh blade for fear of creating a tear rather than a clean cut.

single edged razor blades in the studio.
POSTED ON Monday, January 19, 2015 - 22:45

So much has kept me from getting into my studio. Work, my exhibitions, and curating exhibitions, I've worked on little sketches and I've been reading about art. Just now mark-making. Tomorrow I will have time in my studio. I'll clean the sapce and I hope to tear paper at the very least. I need the energy to make art.

my studio storage
POSTED ON Friday, December 26, 2014 - 19:42

One of my drawings in Measurements. Made with ink and a bamboo pen on three torn sheets of Rives BFK. Trying to think of a name. Right now it is unnamed. Each line was made with one dip of a pen.

unnamed drawing
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 22:55

These maybe the last two drawings I have in my Rare Earth Series. I made these in the Adirondack Mountains a few years back. If you would like to give them a new home let me know. I'm happy to send them flat and you can frame them as you like.

two rare earth drawings
POSTED ON Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:25

I appreciate the method, I appreciate the minimalism, the work you put into handcrafting these pieces. But what I like the most is the topology that arises when you "stand back" a little, as shown in this photo. The differences in value that occur based on the simple rules you impose create a kind of relief map-- a topology of a process, that has its own beauty. Very nice work.

@et_in_arcadia, on ello

 

It's always wonderful when someone gets my work.

frame fitting art

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