Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Out Of That Corner - Two New Drawings

I continue to work at coloring (staining) my Arches watercolor paper. Some of them are amazing, but I am drawing 'architecturally' on top of them. Something about the 'rational' holding back the chaos. The tower is based on the cubing of the first thirteen positive integers, what is more rational than that?
Tower of Cubes - Arches Watercolor Paper, India Ink, Acrylic Paint - 40 x 22 inches
Untitled - Arches Watercolor Paper, India Ink, Acrylic Paint - 40 x 22 inches

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Drew Myself Into a Corner

Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on India Ink on Watercolor Paper - 40 x 36 inches
I've been intensely involved in 'staining' Arches watercolor paper with India Ink this week, and the results are intriguing, if not a bit disconcerting. One thought is to draw over these abstractions with something very formal,  even architectural - I've drawn a tower or two. The dialogue between the hard edged and the abstract could be a metaphor for so many things in our world.  On the other hand the papers themselves are so sexy in their tones and level of distress they might stand alone. I'm torn between my need to be a minimalist and the guilt I feel when things are not complex enough.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New/Old Drawing - 'Winter City'

I had fun with this one. The start of the drawing had been sitting in the drawer for a couple months, half finished - white acrylic buildings on a hand-washed background of diluted India Ink. My thought at the time was to continue drawing buildings at a smaller scale into the background, but I ran out of momentum. Recently I've been wanting to experiment with grids, or lines of acrylic paint on hand colored watercolor paper, and this unfinished drawing was the perfect opportunity to do so. I worked on a large sheet of paper, left over from a larger roll of Arches watercolor paper, and I tore it down after the drawing was completed. The deckled edge is very much in evidence. I'm happy with the way it came out, the traces of the under-wash still show - I already have a couple of directions that must be explored. I'm calling it 'Winter City' because it reminds me of the way Lake Michigan looked this past winter, covered in sheets of ice.
Winter City - Acrylic Paint, India Ink, Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x22 inches

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New India Ink Drawing

Untitled - India Ink on Bristol Paper - 32 x 24 inches - Sold

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Work In The Ralph Lauren Fall Showrooms

Ralph Lauren will be using two drawing of mine in their Home Showrooms this fall. They own the original drawings but for this particular situation we will be creating oversized prints from the drawings and placing them in eleven of their stores in the US and London. I'm so happy to be associated with RL, they have been nothing but kind to me, and they see my work in ways that are revealing even to myself. Unfortunately, Chicago will not be one of the store featuring my work, not all stores have the high ceilings a ample space required to house this installation. My friends at Ralph Lauren were kind enough to send me a few photos as previews and I'm posting a four here.  The showrooms don't go up until mid-August and will be in place through January. The store where the showrooms will be in place: New York (Madison Ave.), London (New Bond Street), London (Bromton Cross), Denver, Atlanta, Chevy Chase, Troy, Greenwich, Palo Alto, Manhasset, Phoenix.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Drawing

Experimenting this week - not all of it successful. But I have been thinking of augmenting my recent color striped drawings by adding a contrasting type of mark. There has been a bit of a dialogue taking place in the art world for the last few years about just this type of practice - mixing marks. In my mind it began with Christopher Wool and his large abstract paintings where he would make the wiping away of paint a distinct mark on top of his abstract brush stokes. I'm sure that manner of working has been happening for quite a bit longer than Christopher Wool, but it was seeing his paintings in person here in Chicago that motivated me to merge this into my recent work. Clearly, this becomes as they are fond of saying in the gallery world - 'Painting about Painting'. This was my second attempt at such an endeavor, the first an utter failure on all accounts. But I rotated this one 180 degrees from my intended orientation, and something shifted for me.
Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 26 x 40 inches

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Union Jack

Union Jack - Recycled Cardboard on Arches Watercolor Paper - 45 x 68 inches