thinking out loud

POSTED ON Friday, October 4, 2019 - 21:15

Last week I got the files documenting a commission that I did a while back. It's a pretty emotional thing for me to see this drawing that I made for a friend who was very ill at the time.

I had to fight through mine and make this for her. I wanted her to have every minute with it she could if things were to worsen. I hoped it would give her joy and calm on dffecult days.

By the Sea a large commissioned drawing by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 13:44

I have been back in the city for two weeks. I'm holding on to the time that I spent in the mountains and deep woods of the Adirondack Park. Autumn had begun to assert itself.

In this photo are a few finds that inspire me and make my breathing slower and easier. Seeing these bring back the smell of pines, the ripple of the lake, and the scurry of critters.

I'm working on a series of drawings that are based on these moments. Looking forward to sharing with you.

Several leaves from trees in the Adirondack mountains.
POSTED ON Friday, August 9, 2019 - 20:49

Working on Yupo with Montana Markers and ink is a joy.. Each line drawn has a sound as it progresses. I’ve made numerous small piece that are in my Short Phrases series. And this drawing is one of a number of larger works called Purple Prose. The inks are opaque and the Yupo is translucent. So the gaps take on the a cloudy version of the hue of whichever background it is mounted to.

I’m looking forward to showing more of these in October at Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Purple and white ink on yupo
POSTED ON Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 11:25

Getting ready for my studio sale every drawer I opened held another mystery or surprise. Old friends being revealed again.

These drawings were made in 2008. I made more work with pastels then and I'm thinking about revisiting that media during my art trip to the woods in September.

All About Trees was a group exhibition to which I was invited. It was a pleasant surprise to rediscover them.

1. Bark Summons
2. Deepening Wood
3. Salamander Darts
4. Respiring Pines

All four of these drawings are availble directly from me at my studio.

Bark Summons mixed media by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 09:02
The horizon disappears under a blanket of warm mist My thermos releases a swirl of vapor joining this obscuring blanket Muffled sounds comfort me
POSTED ON Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 18:31

Today an old friend returned. Living abroad the past twenty years it is home again ready to return to the studio.

I had almost forgotten how beautiful and comfortable this industrial stool could be. It’s an original. I’ll take it to the studio next week.

I’m already imagining how much more exciting it will be to sit on this stool at my work table. I’ll sit on it when greeting folks for my studio sale, open studio, and my upcoming show of 4x4 inch drawings in early 2020.

I hope you’ll come visit us both.

An old friend returns.
POSTED ON Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 21:17

drawing and 


and drawing.


My voice goes silent

drawing in progress Stella Untalan sketchbook
POSTED ON Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 17:21

Sketchbooks at the ready.

A lovely Red Pine pine cone. So few of them these days it seems. I love their blueish bark.

I'm making drawings influenced by my mountain retreat. This pine cone will work iits way into the drawings.

POSTED ON Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:55

Starting a new sketchbook. I always make some marks on the cover. This is a testing ground for some marks for larger drawings. It's pretty exciting drawing with some new watercolor markers.

I love defining something about what is happening in the sketchbook on the covers.

I have several large panels that I am interested in making drawings with multiple panels.


POSTED ON Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 14:33

Reflecting on my most recent exhibition of drawings.

When I take my drawings out of the studio and into the world they speak with another voice.

These drawings were all made at the end of 2016 through 2017. Most of my work in the past couple years has been monochromatic. This past 14 months I've imersed myself in vibrant colors. I really love seeing this burst of color.