thinking out loud

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
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 22:13
Purchased some new paper yesterday to start another series of small drawings. Tested it and it meets my needs so look out for a new series of small square pieces. The pad has 40 sheets and I'm ready to use all of them.
new paper pad 100% cotton
POSTED ON Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 18:01

I've made a series of four drawings in my new red Fabriano sketchbook. This is a narrative of sorts. This is a new project and new form for the measurement drawings. This first series is done with a refillable fountain pen. I can fill it to complete the entire book.

I'm starting another that uses a dip pen where we can see how many missives can be drawn with the dip of a pen.


drawings in a small Fabriano sketchbook
POSTED ON Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 16:12

This past week I spent some time on a barrier island listening to what the sand, sea, and sky had to say.

I've been commissioned to create a piece for a beach house. I'm planninga couple of sketch trips to capture some rhythms and a color samples that will be used in the drawing. The feeling of late summer was in the air everywhere I went.

Took this little snap on my visit.

Looking forward to my additional trips.

On the island, bayside.
POSTED ON Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 19:59

A couple presents that came in the mail this week.

A set of amazing Fabriano sketchbooks and a fabulous polka dot pencil case. destined for my art gobag. Thinking about little sketchbook projects. A book full of ink drawings? Tests required.

I'll have time in the studio this week.

Half the book is microperfed. Yeah.


new gifties fabriano sketchbooks
POSTED ON Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 02:55

I was organizing in my studio and came across three drawings I made a couple years back at the Jersey shore. I often go to the ocean to make drawings. I love sitting on the boardwalk or even in the car if it is raining and making marks that feel like that moment. I often create a series of glphs or make repetitive lines that define the consition of water or grasses, sand or sky. These drawings reminded me that I hadn't made any plein air in several months. I need to get outside and to look and listen to the rhythm of my surroundings.

Three plein air ocean drawings on paper by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:10

I've really been unable to make any progress in my studio for the last two months. This is something new for me. It has never happened before. I'm internally motivated and I make lots of work all the time.

I've decided that I need to take some gentle action.

I started making small experimental sketches in my Moleskine. I've also decided to carry a couple more sketchbooks and pens in my art gobag.

small sketchbook drawing by Stella Untalan.
POSTED ON Friday, June 5, 2015 - 07:29

When it is dark and you are pouring your french press into a mug be sure the mug is big enough to take all the coffee.

perfect brew, coffee, crema
POSTED ON Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 09:22

Yesterday while I was making room to do some drawing on the wall I had to manage some framed work. I have some little niches ouside my studio where we gather and chat so I hung two there. These are from my measurement series on watercolor paper. Stop by and see them.

I really like them by the red chairs.

I just think I need to hang them a tad lower.

green drawings by the red chairs