in the studio

POSTED ON Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:37

It has been a year of saturated color. 

I have been making commissions and sketches to lead me to those final pieces. Here my studio wall holds many of the pieces I have made this year. All of the work is from this year, including the small drawings on paper. There are additional works on another wall.

I’m about to make a couple large drawings on panels and get back to some works on paper.

Stella Untalan Post 2017 studio view
POSTED ON Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 15:00

This past week many of my drawings were photographed. The documentation process is a very exacting one. My drawings have very subtle changes that are difficult to capture without the help of a professional.

I called on Elena Bouvier, friend, artist, professional photographer to capture the true feeling of my drawings. 

I’m looking through the images now to add them to my website.

So exciting to have them to share.

Elena Bouvier shooting Stella Untalan’s drawings.
POSTED ON Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 19:58

I love pulling out the wood glue and clamps.

Here I am creating two cleats for hanging a large two panel piece to a wall. It's basically a small shelf which will hold the work level.

Two pins will look the artwork to the cleats. The glue is setting and I will return to add some wood screws.

Clamping a handmade wooden cleat
POSTED ON Friday, June 30, 2017 - 12:30

A continuing adventure of studies for my large commission. This new 12 x 12 square is a test in color density. I needed a large area to get a good sample of the pattern result. 

Proximity and relativity of color have a specific role in this new work. The scale of the piece makes such a huge difference in the drawing and perception of the pattern. 

Each time I increase the size of the field I make so many new discoveries.

I've begun laying the ground color for the two large panels. They need another coat and I'll be ready to draw with my Montana Markers.

Sun and the sea drawing commission by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 22:19

For the last few months I have been experimenting with Montana markers and Flashe vinyl paint.

The markers allow me a different kind of control in making marks over large areas. I can allow for variants in opacity using the pump feature in the markers. I'm also able to draw with paper attached to the wall. I love being able to use a varient of tools I am very familiar with to make this new work. 

These three small panels are in progress. I've had to put them aside while I work on studies for a large commission.

First marks new drawings, new series
POSTED ON Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 19:04

The other part of art making is displaying and installing the work. One can leave this to a framing expert but sometimes it's not a frame that the work needs.

I'm doing some design and construction for a wooden cleat to install a larger work. I also need that hardware to enable a tight fit of two panels at the seam.

This method takes some careful finishing.

I just realized that my C clamps don't fit so I'm off to purchase a couple wood clamps for gluing and a steady hand to drill small pin holes. Then I will be on my way to do the install.

My work table looks like this
POSTED ON Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 11:15

Over the past month I have been working on drawings made with markers. I'm happy have to found paint markers that I enjoy using for drawing. This past week I began experimenting with some lines and marks that I had found to be successful while making a series of studies. 

The first image is little patterns on paper. The second image is of the first two small drawings. These are the first of the blues. 

Two mark and color tests for studies.
POSTED ON Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 17:59

I've started making some new walnut missives drawings. Here I am deciding on pairs. Looks like I'm going to need a few more drawings to get good pairs.

Then I'm off to have them photographed.

Opening up that pot of ink again.

walnut missives by stella untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 17:41

I've been working on a smaller drawing to test a process for my current commission. I've been in the studio for three days and made progress enough to visualize the much larger piece. The rhythm is working and the color patterns work. I can feel the ocean and its undulation.

Now it's time to think about mounting paper or not to make this drawing. The paper as substrate will make drawing on the surface a bit more fluid. I also want to make the marks a bit larger and absorbtion into paper will help the marks dry faster.

Stella Untalan drawing in progress.
POSTED ON Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 14:18

After finishing a few small works and curating and hanging two shows I'm finally getting my studio under control for a new commission.

Things would be easier if it stopped raining in my studio but it seems the leak keeps illuding the fixers. Sigh.

Stella Untalan in the studio.

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