in the studio

POSTED ON Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 19:33

Cutting a template for four small drawings I’m making on a metal plate for Alyse Bernstein to print. Being precise is good. Yet another experimental adventure. I have no idea what will happen but this set of four small drawings will reveal what my techniques will do in this environment.

This template helps me leave the correct space around the drawings to work on the press. It also helps me keep fingermarks and hand oils from marking the plate.

Template close up for drawing.
POSTED ON Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:05

I had a whole plan for a 365 project. It went to hell.

It seems that these small drawings have started to pour out. So I ave changed the project to small drawings on 4 x 4 inch squares of scrap paper bits tht ave been lying iin my flat files for soe time. They are happy to be used.

I've also pulled out pens, pencils, crayons, and markers. Some little nubs of things too.

I'm learning something new each time I make a new drawing. I'm interested in making some larger pieces that use the marks and process I've used for the smaller pieces. 

Two new 4 x4 inch drawings
POSTED ON Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 19:21

Working on a new large drawing. I’m a bit further along than when I snapped this process image.

This panel has a sheet of Stonehenge mounted on it. The wash is made with a vinyl paint and the dots are acrylic ink made with a syringe. I expect to have the dots completed in my next visit. Then I will determine whether other marks are needed.

New large drawing, work in progress
POSTED ON Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 13:39

I've been busy in the stuudio adding a new series of All Sorts drawing to my work. I'm hoping to have he individual pieces for sale at my open studio and to have an installation group that could be purchased as a whole.

Stella Untalan : All Sorts a series of 6 inch panels
POSTED ON Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 16:25

I've been making larger drawings lately but now have slid in two directions at the same time.

These three drawings use many of the materials I have been experimenting with this year. Watercolor and acrylic paint markers and vinyl paint cover Strathmore watercolor paper almost completely.

I'll blot and press them to eliminate the curl or mount them on museum board. It's fun to make these pieces inspired by some sketchbook drawings.

More to make.


Three small experimental drawings 4 x 6 inches by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:23

June is shaping up to be the last of the spring cleaning for a bit. Many series of drawings have been stored in boxes and the last of the boxes are being glued to store pairs of drawings that have been mounted on boards. I've been able to clear my flat files for more drawings. I'm hoping I'll be able to extend this system to make more drawings easily available for when I have studio visits.

Building boxes on my worktable.
POSTED ON Friday, May 18, 2018 - 15:49

Ready to continue All Sorts drawings. Started prepping new panels last week.

This series really helps me learn new things about my process. It's great to have the energy to prep the panels and organize myself to expand the series.

I have six small panels to start.

Prepping new boards in the studio
POSTED ON Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 13:16

A new drawing using a deep forest green. So many folks have remarked on the scale of this drawing. I’ve embraced a new series of drawings that are vertical, this one.

New drawing by Stella Untalan on panel
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.