Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recent Commissions

It has been a week full of commissions. That is good new in terms of the rent, but sometimes bad news in terms of creative output. But not always, and this week turned out to be quite worthwhile.

A return to the indigo drawings that some refer to as 'Winter Lake' pieces. There was a happy accident and the top portion of the indigo watercolor and it came out quite wonderfully. Perhaps I can make that accident happen again?
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawing - Watercolor and Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 40'' x 26''
The next three commissions all relate directly to drawings I have made in the past. The good new is that in the course of making each one many new ideas occurred to me. Perhaps I did not initially fully explore each of these concepts. And it is interesting to me that each of these could be seen as an interpretation of the architecture and urban scheme of Chicago.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawing - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 40'' x 26''
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawing (Triple Cross 2) - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 40'' x 26''
Michael McGuire - Girder and Panel 18 - India Ink on Arches Paper - 40'' x 26''
This final commission is a throwback to my architectural school days. I was not entirely comfortable in the process, too tight, too much preparatory drawing. But there are some aspects of the results that evoke some of my favorite illustrators and graphic novelists. Not likely to repeat this on any time soon.
Michael McGuire - Empire State Building - Acrylic Paint on Arches Paper - 36'' x 24''

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Few New Drawings

I have been sending images to interested parties via email today, and as long as I have the images somewhat prepared, I will share them here too. Not a lot of work made this week, I spent a few days in Michigan, and spent more time at the beach and swimming in the lake than making work. I love September around Lake Michigan, the lake is at its' best. But I do have a few new things, and I will be busy this weekend with commissions and urgent ideas.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New This Week - First Week of September 2016

A few 'Foliage' studies made over this past weekend. I went to Michigan for a couple days and was inspired by the late summer foliage. I was so green and the foliage so lush, like no summer in recent memory  - the grass stayed green all summer.  In addition it has been a very noise Cicada season, not a full 17 year cycle, but some minor cycle, and they are loud. But that is a nostalgic sound for me. Reminds me of summers in Madison Wisconsin. Late summer nights, riding bikes....
Michael McGuire - Untitled Foliage Study - India Ink on Arches Paper - 26'' x 40'' inches

Michael McGuire - Small Foliage Study 1 - India Ink on Arches Paper - 20'' x 26'' inches

Michael McGuire - Small Foliage Study 2 - India Ink on Arches Paper - 20'' x 26'' inches
 And then in the studio I have been drawing white grids on watercolor paper that I had sprayed with India Ink to get uneven surfaces. I'm playing with various configurations and using a smaller nib on the paint marker. The tightest grids (upper right and lower left) become almost pure pigment.
Michael McGuire - Untitled - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches - 40'' x 26''

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A New Series?

I have now made enough of these new drawings that they are nearly constitute a series.  I keep thinking I will determine exactly what I am after as I work on them. So far, not exactly. They are shown in the order of their making, (I sold one early one), and the last one is the most interesting to me now.

A few of the things I'm thinking about:
   Poured paint ala Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis.
   Continued color exploration, frequently looking at optical color.
   Density of color and tone, gradated in some cases.
   The contrast between the organic and the regular. 
   In a way these are deconstructions of some earlier drawings. Making processes more obvious.
   The tightening of the grid down to tone.
   They still look like architecture to me, or biological structures. 

Each of these drawings is on Arches 300 pound watercolor paper and are sized at 30" x 22.75". The materials are either watercolor or India ink on the background and acrylic paint pen.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Variations on a Theme

Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 inches
A few of the gray panels I made last fall needed a little touching up, so I've taken this opportunity to revisit some of the concepts about these pieces. I consider the panels modular, that is movable and interchangeable. In a slightly embarrassing way they resemble carpet tiles and their endless variations. These panel by contrast are all hand made and each unique. At this point there are eight panels, and I do move them around all the time to explore the varied geometries. 

Eight Panels - 12 x 12 inches each
Shift the four right hand panel up 12 inches and you get something new.
Some variations on the panels created in Photoshop. These do not exist in reality, but suggest where the project could go.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A New Series of Drawings This Week

I am working on a new series of drawings where I'm using India Ink, Foamcore and cardboard to make the marks. It is a process I have used in the past - I like the dark, messy mark it all makes, and in a series like this, it is just easier and faster. I am debating whether to work through every possible arrangement in this scenario, but as I generate them I acknowledge that I'm drawn to the more complicated ones, and like the ones that read more like potential architecture. At one point the old TV game show 'Hollywood Squares' came to mind. Perhaps daytime television affected my architectural taste more than I like to admit. But I also think of box kites and bamboo scaffolding.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawings - India Ink on Arches Paper - 15 x 11.25 inches

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

'Small' Drawings

I had a request today for photos of some of the smaller drawings I had on-hand. I've been rushed all day and I rushed on these photos, but at least I included a yardstick (48 inches) in the photos to give them some scale. I told my client, once they narrow down the parameters I will send better photos with sizes and media.

Michael McGuire - Various Drawings
Michael McGuire - Various Drawings
Michael McGuire - Various Drawings