in the studio

POSTED ON Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 18:46

It's been difficult getting some steady time in the studio. Luckily I picked some work that requires waiting. The panels are prepped and ready for drawings to happen. I love the process of getting ready to make a drawing almost as much as making the drawing itself.

I stood looking at them and looking at them. That untouched white surface was as you would expect — difficult to approach.

two prepped panels for drawings by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 19:43

This is what it looks like when I use Nori to mount watercolor paper to a panel. My long and short series is on 12 x 12 inch panels. Each drawing is a pair of panels and one has mounted watercolor paper for the surface. As you can see I am using the latest technology here to press and secure a sheet of paper for one panel.

Nori is slow drying so I usually wait 48 hours.

 

This is how I set the mounted paper.
POSTED ON Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 17:14

I'v edecided to work on a larger version of my Radical Warp series.

Let's see what drawing a vertical version is like. This is the start of a new drawing and a photo of my studio with work in progress. I get some studio time again tomorrow.

New drawings, orange by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 18:24

Spent another full day in the studio and was able to do some additional work on this panel of my long and short of it series. Each drawing is two panels.

This is the short panel. 

It's still not ready. But it's now pretty close. This photo was taken while the ink for the current set of marks was drying.

The short of it. Earth. by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 13:52

Recently I got a call from artist Lesley Mitchell inviting me to participate in a small works show. I was excited I have lot's of small works, how easy. Sure I'm in. Alas, nothing I had framed an ready met the size criterial. I've been makinging larger work it seems. 

Getting the orange on
POSTED ON Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 07:58

I've been folding lots of paper into books for the upcoming RiTUAL Reading Room show. I've been pulling out found papers and papers I've saved. This will keep me open to possibities. I'm looking through drawers in my studio and pulling out sheets.

I have many ritials and I can make the actual act of making the books a ritual. Excited to investigate and think about by rituals. By thinking about my acts everyday and the act of making working I discover more of my personal rituals.

A selection of folded sheets for RiTUAL Book Show.
POSTED ON Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 17:35

All the panels have been gessoed for the second time. Now they will sit and dry thouroughly so I can sand them the next time I'm in the studio. Then I'll wipe them down and mount the watercolor paper. Meanwhile some folding. And I'll be framing a couple of those small drawings on the wall for a small works show.

panels prepped in my studio
POSTED ON Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 21:37

Time for some fine sandpaper a chamois.

Then the gesoo, then the sandpaper, and a brush. Dust away.

Then the gel, squeegee.

Paper and brayer.

Weights and wait.

 

POSTED ON Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 20:37

I've gotten serious about doing folding for RiTUAL. Reading Room. Last week and this week I'm folding several sheets and will begin drawing and marking them this week.

I'm also making some work on unfolded sheets which I will fold after the drawing is made.

The revealing of what the marks will do when they are reassembled as a folded book intrigues me.

 

Folded paper for a single sheet book RiTUAL. Reading Room
POSTED ON Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 19:12

Many missives in this little red Fabriano Sketchbook. Each drawing in this body of work is made with a fixed width fountain pen. Each drawing has a conversation with the drawing before and the drawing after.

The lack of opacity of the Fabriano sheet allows a reader to experience the show through drawing on the verso and the full drawing on the recto. This creates a rhythm and a linear experience a story line as one pages through.

There is no meaning to the marks until the reader views the drawings in context. The experience create a narrative of imagination.

missive sketchbook #1 drawings by stella untalan

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