Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pairs

I had a client this week that wanted to see a few drawings that might work as pairs. I thought I'd share the photos I sent to her. The two 'Indigo' pieces are new this week. All drawings are 40 x 26 inches. 


Thursday, November 9, 2017

40 x 26

I very often work on cold press Arches watercolor paper sized at 40 x 26 inches. It is an excellent paper and the size is manageable for me. I have made so many drawings at this size that I now think of them as a series. Despite the varied subject matter and range of media they all constitute a body of work in my mind. It calls to mind sketch book pages in its roving focus but all united in uniform size and paper.

I recently took quick photos of about half of the drawings at this size I have on hand at this time. The photos are for a client and we have had a couple conversations about 'the story' that might run through these drawings. If not a story, perhaps a 'rebus'. Certainly about my interests in architecture, urbanism, architectural drawing (drafting) and Chicago.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Work In Anticipation Of Andersonville Arts Weekend

Michael McGuire - 3 Untitled Collages - Block Printing Ink, White Glue, Arches Watercolor Paper - 16 x 12 inches each
Michael McGuire - Regatta 16, Regatta 17 - Watercolor On Arches Watercolor Paper - 20 x 13 inches each
Michael McGuire - Urban Grid Study (9 Panels) - Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 18 x 18 each

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monoprints - Color Studies

Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprint - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprints - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16 x 12 inches each
Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprints - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16 x 12 inches


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

In the Chicago Tribune Home Magazine Last Weekend

Chicago Tribune Homes Magazine - Photo by Mike Schwartz/Studio Gild

I was surprised when I found a copy of last weekends Chicago Tribune Homes magazine slipped through the mail slot of the gallery on Wednesday. On the cover is a beautiful photograph of a Chicago interior that prominently features a drawing of mine from my series of 'Indigo' pieces. I had no idea, but fun to see. Thank you to Studio Gild for including my work. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/home/sc-home-0821-blue-modern-design-20170816-story.html


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monoprints

I have been working on a series of monoprints that I have been making by using a couple very simple rubber stamps. I started by using a triangular shaped stamp and them moved on to the circular one this week. The prints are fun and geometric and I plan to continue the series in color eventually.

This morning I was into the studio early and jumped right into the prints when it occurred to me to make a mono-print off the plastic sheath that I was using as a pad for inking the stamps. I saw similarities to some of the Rothko Studies I had made earlier in the summer and began inking different areas in gray tones. I also varied the amount of printing ink I would use in areas and it was applied with a brayer, hence the somewhat rectangular arrangements. I ran through all 15 sheets of 16 x 12 inches hot press Arches Watercolor paper that I had on hand and some of the results are intriguing.

There was a dimple in the surface on my drawing table that the plastic surface I was using as my inking area soon began to show. A small dot appeared in many of the prints. Oddly enough if you read the prints as landscapes, the dimple becomes a mark that just might represent the moon in the upcoming solar eclipse tomorrow.Seems like a nice sort of synchronicity.
Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprint - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16 x 12 inches

Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprint - Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 16 x 12 inches
Michael McGuire - Various Monoprints - 16 x 12 inches each
Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprint - Printing Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled Monoprint - Printing Ink on Arches - 40 x 26 inches
And a few new framed drawings just back from Wall to Wall Framing.