Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More Color

A Paul Klee homage
Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
The first drawing with the long rectangular rubber stamp. Primarily a color theory exploration.
Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Color mixing one step at a time. I prefer this drawing in a horizontal orientation.
Block Printing Ink on Arches Watercolor Paper - 26 x 40 inches

The work table where colors are mixed. Note the rubber stamp in the upper right hand corner.

And I have spray painting a bit. An extension of the signs I made last month. Playing with color and letting it fly. Spray paint on cardboard.

And finally, spray painting into a striped piece.
Michael McGuire - Acrylic Paint Pen, Acrylic Spray Paint on Panel - 30 x 24 inches

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Have I Posted These?

Michael McGuire - Untitled Mono-Print - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire - 2 Untitled Mono-Prints - 40x26 inches each
Michael McGuire - 2 Untitled 'City' Drawings - 40x26 inches each
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 30 x 40 inches

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Work In Color

This morning I finished a large color 'stamp' piece. I'm still taking it in - a lot of color in one piece for me. But color is appearing a much of my work this January. Maybe it is the time of year and a rebellion against the cold gray weather. It certainly stems from my experiments this past fall with the rubber stamps and color. I reexamining a few of the things I learned regarding color relationships.

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Last week I spent much of my time making signs for the Chicago Women's March. It was an amazing event, I so glad I attended. Michelle and Corinne carried a large cardboard sign I made from the boxes my framer gives me. And I also spray painted a series of smaller color stencil pieces that we handed out at the march. There are a few left in the gallery and I may make a few more.

Monday, January 15, 2018

House Beautiful - February 2018

One of my drawings appears in next months House Beautiful. The home of two very dear clients of mine has been featured in a 'Before and After' article in magazine. (Happily I made the 'after' portion of the redo.) Their place looks great and I am so happy to be a part of it.

The drawing pictured is a few years old, 2014 approximately. But I still make work related to this concept. As I often tell clients, the majority of my work derives for my High School drafting classes and this body of work falls right into that category. To quote Louise Bourgeois, “All my work of the last fifty years, all my subjects, have found their inspiration in my childhood.”

A few related drawings.

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year, New Work

Bitter cold here in Chicago for the first week of January 2018. What else is there to do but work? The studio is cool but workable, and I have been treating myself to movies and the occasional cocktail with friends. But I have gotten some work done too.
Michael McGuire- Indigo Overlapping Grids 3 - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, Arches Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire- Tinker Toy Grid 3 - Acrylic Paint, Arches Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire- Untitled - India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Arches Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire- Untitled - India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Arches Paper - 40x26 inches
Michael McGuire- Untitled Collage - India Ink, Archival Glue, Arches Paper - 30x22 inches
Michael McGuire- 3 Studies - Acrylic Paint, Arches Paper - 9x12 inches each

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Pair?

Every once in awhile I have a reason to recreate a drawing. I have a 'soft' hold on an Indigo Lake drawing so I thought I'd make another. No two drawings are exactly the same and I often intervene to make them even less similar. In this case the second sheet of indigo stained watercolor paper (Arches Natural White Watercolor Paper - 25-3/4" x 40", Cold Press) was already dyed. But these dyed sheets are never the same and to change it up further I decided to reverse the image. To make my life easier I used new Molotow acrylic paint pens rather than using the old ones I have on hand from previous projects. I did approximately use measurements from the earlier drawing to gauge where things should fall but I did not anticipate the two being quite so similar and symmetrical. Fun as a pair but they will not remain so, I'm taking one to the framer today.

Michael McGuire - 2 Indigo Lake Drawings - Watercolor, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches each

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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.