pop up studio

POSTED ON Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 15:04

A look at my workstation at home right now. My new collectable buttons from my drawing sea grass. Color tests for my new Krink markers. The first button from my 660 Drawings project.  My Heavybubble button. A business card from artist photographer Elena Bouvier and a button from Damini Celebre and last but not least my membership card for MASS MoCA that came in the mail yesterday!

My digital workstation Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Monday, September 16, 2019 - 21:26

I settled in to make some new work on the deck looking out to the lake. It was the only day that I was out from under cover.

The weather was question mark each day.

i was able to spread out and make a couple large drawings but made many more small ones. I always had to be prepared to dash under cover. There were also pretty windy afternoons.

The drawing pictured here was completed and a couple that I started will be finished in the studio. The impressions from the stay are still quite vivid even with the city pounding at my once quiet mind.

Drawing on the deck in the mountains
POSTED ON Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:30

Sharing a couple of my 4 x 4 inch drawings made on paper cut from scraps in the studio. Each is an informative new discovery. Some have layers, some have none. Thinking about how if I wanted to I could show them all at one time. They are small and wouldn't be atted or framed. Well, that's for another day. Now it's all about making them.

This is an image of two of my most recent drawings. You can follow me on flickr to see more.

pop up studio capture of two recent 365 drawings 4x4 inch square
POSTED ON Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:33

Freezing temps mean keep drawing were it is warm. I've been getting my drawing muscles worked out. I'm having to work with the gear in my drawing travel bag; that's a challenge. I've been drawing with acrylic markers and ink. Now I'm drawing with watercolor and pencils.

Testing these materials for my 365 project. Join my mailing list to get updates by email.

Drawing anywhere. Watercolor markers and 3 x 3 paper
POSTED ON Friday, January 18, 2019 - 15:42

The new year has brought me back to drawing with pencils again. It has started with my small travel kit that I often use at coffee shops and cafes.

The small drawings currently combine paint markers and pencils. These are experiments for what will be larger drawings in the near future.

i’m happy to be drawing again. It was difficult to do much in November and December.

Draw anywhere my travel kit.
POSTED ON Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 09:17

Eight hours driving to get to the cabin and drawing paradise.

Happy to settle in with my art go bag and make drawings with a hot cup of Joe beside me. I made a few drawings and used my sketchbook to get some impressions recorded for making more formal drawings back in the studio.

This is time I use without the intrusion of the net and social networks. No electricity. Just grilling, nature and drawing.

In the photo Inktense pencils, watercolor sketchbook, brush pens and The New York Times.

Drawing on the deck looking at the lake
POSTED ON Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 19:15

I have three fabulous Fabriano tiny books. I have been drawing in this green book for three weeks now and I am almost finished. It is a wonderful object that has a seemingly coded story that can be revealed. Some people call this asemic writing it is an accurate description of the drawing in this book.

Making drawings that are also objects is very interesting to me. Books are a special love.

drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:26

I've been working on some studies for something much larger recently.

I seldom make more than a simple line drawing to indicate my process for making any work in progress. But the scale of the final drawings and the number I would like to make in this series asked for some testing of hues and marks.

It's wonderful to be able to make these studies anywhere I can carry my pens and small paper pad.

Four details of recent drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 22:34

So many sketchbooks, so little time.

I've begun attacking these books I've been given with seriousness. Surprisingly I have been making drawings everyday in my Strathmore watercolor sketchbook. The sketchbook is half full. These two drawings are made with Inkrense pencils and gel pens.

These are great materials for making drawings on the go. I'm excited about these new experiments.

I'm also looking forward to taking these materials in my go bag on a trip into the mountains this weekend. I'm imagining the drawings will be very different in the below freezing mountains.

drawing by Stella Untalan using intense pencils and gel pens
POSTED ON Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 21:02

I have been working on several small sketchbooks recently. I have been making single pen dip drawings on each new recto.

I'm using different inks and different pens to draw in each book. These are two of the books I am working on. The orange book is made with a less flexible nib and acrylic ink. The yellow book has walnut ink drawings made with a flexible fine point nib.

The drawings create a linear tale made line by line and page by page.


measurement books by stella untalan