thinking out loud

POSTED ON Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 13:13

When you can't make it to your studio, you have to open up your art bag and work from your kitchen table. Some days this summer and autumn have been oppressively hot and getting excited about stepping out my apartment door has been exceptionally low.

kitchen table studio photo
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 19:56

Four of the six drawings I have been working on in the Radical Warp Series. These four pieces are finished and I have two more to go.

I've begun to discover new ways to use my series of marks. Same marks different context. Vey interested in pursuing this direction with an additional series. Each series surprises me with its completion.


four new drawings in the Radical Warp Series, green
POSTED ON Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 14:24

I've been working on a number of sigle sheet books. They are very easy to work on no matter where I am. I can draw in cafes, on the beach, on the kitchen table, to name a few. I find making each one exciting and intriguing.

Each small book has a narative and a rhytmn of it's own.

I've included a couple photos of two different books. I'm continuing to make additional books and will have several available for view and sale at Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.


Another new single-sheet book by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 19:45

Can I wrap my drawing around the chimney and mantle? You bet I can. Protyping the hanging for my work. My drawing can be installed around corners.

I'm gathering all my hanging materials including epoxy to prepare pushpins for a metallic disc that can be a base for rare earth magnets.

POSTED ON Friday, August 26, 2016 - 14:11

Getting out for a walk and stopping at a sidewalk cafe before temperatures made it into the eighties is my daily goal this late summer. Late summer leads to autumn and a very busy and serious season. It's open studio time in Philadelphia during October. I begin thinking about what new work I will have to offer and what projects I will be working on leading up to open studio

In my Moleskine I was making sure I had captured several ideas for drawings that came to me in a dream state. It always important to note what I can as thouroughly as possible for my next visit in the studio.

cafe and art planning
POSTED ON Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 13:48

In the studio or on the road I try to make little drawings. I love making small single-sheet books and carry one or two with me at all times. I'm almost finished with this book of rhythms. Using metallic ink and some opaque colors it is starting to take shape. 

These resemble embroidery or weaving with luminus thread. The result is a pleasant surprise worth exploring more.

I hope to have several of these at Open Studios in October.


metallic ink small book
POSTED ON Monday, August 8, 2016 - 20:05

I've begun making some drawing in the same influence as drawings I made for the grass is greener show. This drawing also resembles drawings I made in my iPhone drawing-a-day project.

This week I'll cut some more musum board to make more.

metallic experiments begin
POSTED ON Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 11:14

Many new experiments in several small sketchbooks these days. When I open sketchbooks I don't have any expectations when I draw. I'm looking to keep my hand moving and my brain away from concious decisions even more so than when I am in the studio with a goal to make a drawing.

I have many, many different sketchbook, They have different paper and they are different sizes. Sometimes I use a whole sketchbook to investigate a kind of mark or a particular drawing substance or impliment.

graph drawings and their ghosts
POSTED ON Friday, May 27, 2016 - 16:00

I keep a number of single sheet blank books folded so that I can always grab one and start drawing. I took one off the shelf a day or so ago. I had made some marks previously and decided to buff them out.

It was great to draw with these metallic inks. Each layer blocks out the previous. Density and pattern revealed by the overlays. This is the current state of the book. It may be finished. I'll know the next time I look.

a new single sheet book by Stella Untalan
POSTED ON Friday, April 22, 2016 - 21:50

In June I will be showing my work with Brain David Dennis. This week we met for the second time to plot out our show at ARTSPACE1241. Our exhibition will be a conversation with my two dimensional work ( drawings on Yupo synthetic paper ) and his three dimensional work. The first site drawing was made in our planning meeting. We discussed lighting, installation, and viewer experience.

sketch book plan