Wednesday, May 8, 2019

New Drawings and an Invitation

This spring has been all about black and white drawings. I have a new black acrylic paint that is so dark and dense that it almost becomes optical when applied to white paper. Thus I have been revisiting some old genres of my drawings to reevaluate my intent. The majority of the drawings have been made on 12 x 16 inch Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper.

I will be showing many of these new drawings at Sojourn in Sawyer Michigan over Memorial Day Weekend. See the invite below. Stop by if you are able.

A selection of some of the new drawings.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Polar Vortex Work

I was comfortably trapped inside during the polar vortex that flew through Chicago last week. Planning ahead made it easier. I had a refrigerator full of groceries and an art project to work on at home. Below are the results. Smaller pieces that required hours of cross-hatching. They are a continuation of a series I created two years ago. Optical images on school lined paper. As if one was trapped in Junior High study hall and was a very skillful doodler. This body of work began with figuration but moved on to optical abstraction eventually. I am working on a new 'Bette Davis' to keep and old, framed 'Rock Hudson' company. What was on my mind during study hall? All are sized at approximately 10 x 8 inches when trimmed. The materials are technical pen on Bristol paper. The school lined paper was printed on an inkjet printer.


Michael McGuire - Untitled - Technical Pen on Bristol Paper - 10x8 inches each
'Bette Davis' - In Progress
'Rock Hudson' - In Frame
Detail

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Work

Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawings - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16x12 inches and 8x5.5 inches



Michael McGuire - Untitled - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 72x37 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled Drawing - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16x12 inches
Detail

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mulit-Baskets

I recently had a conversation with a client, an admirer of my 'Basket' drawings, and they proposed the idea of a still life made up of multiple, overlapping baskets. I was unsure if that was something that I thought might work, but this week I made some studies to investigate and flesh out the idea. I will present the drawings below, roughly in the order in which they were created. There were a couple missteps that ended in the trash out of frustration, but I eventually got my groove on, found the right brush, got the acrylic paint to the right consistency...  I very much am engaged by the last few drawings. I plan to make more.





Detail

Detail
Michael McGuire - Loose Grid Study 1 - Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16x12 inches
Michael McGuire - Loose Grid Study 2 - Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16x12 inches
Michael McGuire - Loose Grid Study 4 - Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16x12 inches

Sunday, November 25, 2018

New Drawings - December 2018

Michael McGuire - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x 26 inches

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Recent Work

There has been a second iteration of the 'urban necklace' series in the last month. The wall piece had a few new elements since its' first version earlier in the fall. I am not sure what prompted me to pick up all the discarded work gloves, but I'm glad I did. They are filthy and discolored, every time I bushed up against them there is a cloud of dust. But they evoke many things for me and look wonderful. It was up on the wall for a couple weeks and then came down for an installation we had in the gallery last weekend. It is safely store away.
My latest version, still under construction, consists of stuffed animal toys that I have been picking up at thrift stores. A half formed idea and I am working out a couple construction issues, but Melvin is a fan.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Four New Drawings For A Dreary Fall Day

Michael McGuire - Color Dot Study - Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire - Color Square Study - Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x26 inches
Lastly an unfinished drawing that I began in late spring. A hand drawing record of my swimming yardage this summer. I was surprisingly  faithful about recording the yardage each day, I found it motivating to keep track and I have not put in this much yardage in months. The crosshatching is time consuming and I fell behind immediately. I hope to finish it at some point but I do like it in incomplete state.
Michael McGuire - Summer 2018 Swimming Yardage - Technical Pen on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40x26 inches