thinking out loud

POSTED ON Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 10:30

When you have lots to do and no idea where to begin it's time for a cup of java and some experimentation. I pulled a couple new markers onto the worktable, grabbed a piece of Yupo and tested some marks that I like to use in different ways. 

I layed down a group of stripes in different directions and waited for them to dry. My expectation was to drag some sharp objects across the surface to scratch out some marks. I tried using some T pins I had close to hand. Surprise, the Yupo stubbornly held on to the ink. Well, ok that was a discovery I can use in the future.

Using markers to make new marks.
POSTED ON Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 12:18

Yesterday I spent a full day in the studio.

Today I have another long day. It feels as though it's been forever since I've been able to spend several hours at a time working. Today I picked up a lovely breakfast and headed to the studio to make a latte and contemplate my next move. Here's a smap of my breakfast while get the studio set up. Studio breakfast from ICI in old city

studio breakfast from ICI in old city
POSTED ON Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 13:51

I packed up my art gobag before the blizzard. It was essential that I be able to make drawings while the storm did its thing.

It was terrific to be sequestered with all my tools and sketchbooks and papers for days. Here are a couple pics of my unpacked bag spread out on the kitchen/dining table. It's days later and I still have the pop up studio working. It's wonderful to be able to make work at home too.

So now I am designing a small space that I can have drawing supplies here all the time and make my smallest drawings and books here.

my tools in my pop up studio
POSTED ON Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 19:27

Working on two book simultaneously.

These are two of the books I am working on for RiTUAL Reading Room. I'm working on several ideas at once. The book on the left is about obliterating and revealing through repetitive mark-making, 

The second book is an expression of my measurement work. Each dip of the pen makes a new field of color on each page.

I'm still working on both of these. I'll know more as I draw. 

Books for RiTUAL Reading Room
POSTED ON Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:59

Starting the morning slowly, sipping coffee, planning for the day Wonderful morning sounds.

morning planning
POSTED ON Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 20:19

One of my measurement drawings. It still doesn't have a name. We're having a nonverbal conversation. I thought offering it a frame might help reveal a name.

Acrylic Ink on Yupo Synthetic Paper.


measurement drawing without a name
POSTED ON Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 20:24

The past few days I have been working on a commission. I've been spending time near the ocean to create a measurements piece that will be installed at a beach house. Being near the ocean in late september and early October is very informative. The weather conditions can be incredibly different from morning through evening and from one day to the next.

These are two images I took on two consecutive days. There was also a day where the fog was thick right through noon. I experienced so many states of light and texture so close to where the land touches the ocean.

plein air, drawing, ocean, weather, horizon
POSTED ON Monday, September 21, 2015 - 11:13

I've got a special bag just for art supplies ready to go at all times. 

Here I am by the ocean with a selection of my tools. The bag has served me well since I set up my pencil cases, brush rollups and assortment of pads and sketchbooks. I can also carry it as a backpack and it is just the right size to be light and confortable while I carry a slew of optional drawing implements.

Time to take it out for another spin.

art go bag for drawing on the go.
POSTED ON Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 20:01

I've been making drawings daily in anticipation of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Working in different directions, experimenting.

I'll be showing drawings new and old. This pic is a Hipstamatic grab of two drawings. Been very busy extending my measurement works. These show three dips. The larger needs the last pen dip. 

I'll be looking forward to visitors from noon - 6 PM.

 

New drawings, three pen dips by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 12:46

This morning I opened a package in my snail mail to find some handmade square sheets of paper. Shortly later I made this drawing.

I had never used this ink, this pen, or this paper before. Difficult drawing, Interesting results. 

The way that the small sheet and all the edges come into play when placed on a larger surface make the deckle feel like a drawn edge.

small paynes gray ink drawing on square paper by stella untalan

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