Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Drawings - October 19, 2014

This week I had some time to draw on two of the sheets of Arches watercolor paper I had previously stained with India ink and Windsor Newton watercolor. I'm experimenting a bit with a strategic use of color, and I continue the exploration of Delaunay triangles and how they can define a sense of space and structure. 

Oort Object 3 - India Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper - 40" x 26"
Red Bundled 2 - India ink, Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper - 40" x 26"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Homage to Frank Stella

I have always felt an affinity to the early Frank Stella 'Black' paintings. The geometry in them relates to many things I think about and create. I finally broke down and am making a few drawings that directly quote him.

Untitled (Stella Study) - Indian Ink, Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper,  26 x 41 inches

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Andersonville Arts Weekend

The Opening Night Reception is Friday, October 10, 2014 - from 6 to 9pm. I will be hanging out at Scout on Friday and will be showing four beautifully framed drawings from my latest body of work there.

Untitled - India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Arches Watercolor Paper, 40 x 26 inches

I will also have unframed work at Las Manos Gallery. Michelle Peterson Albandoz and Tricia Rumbolz will also be showing new work. Stop by both places if you get a chance, it will be a fun night.

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Drawing

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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chet Faker

My new favorite music maker is Chet Faker (great name!). Listen to the entire forty-five minutes of his performance with the 'Boiler Room', a traveling music project. If you are inpatient skip to the 40 minute mark where he sings "No Diggity' and mixes it with Bill Withers 'Grandma's  Hands', the source of the original sample. And at 19 minute mark he sings a song of his own composition titled '1998', check it out. Here is the link to the video of '1998' which is pretty cool in itself, and appeals to me as someone who makes drawings.

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room
Chet Faker - Still From the Video for '1998'

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Close Encounters With A New Drawing

Untitled - Windson Newton Watercolor, Acrylic Paint Pen, Arches Watercolor Paper - 26" x 40 "

This new drawing has been knocking around the studio for a few weeks. Many people seem to like it and ask about it's precedents, which are many. Architectural drawing, and specifically perspective drawing figures into its making. The slight skewed grid was created using an old standby for perspective drawing - by definition the diagonal lines connecting the nodes should all 'vanish' to one point on a distant horizon. I use this rule to help me establish a simple grid on the paper. 

Additionally a few years ago I made a series of drawings using watercolor paint and rubbing alcohol, which when applied on top of the freshly wet watercolor, expands and resists the color. Which to me looked very much like galaxies and stars. 

But quite frankly, the biggest influence of all, certainly the one that reaches back the furthest for me, would be the movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', the Steven Spielberg movie from 1977. I know I sat though it twice the first time I saw it. But what very much impressed me about the movie at the time was the simple and elegant way the makers used light to create the illusion of something real and three dimensional. The early scenes of the initial encounters with the smaller UFOs were thrilling for me and I like to occasionally think of a drawing like this as an alien space craft or at least the stars aligning in some unreal way. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

'Bundled' Drawings

A new series of drawings is emerging from my recent stint of work. I call them 'Bundled' because they resemble things that are wrapped or bound together. They are abstract and can be read a variety of ways, but the bundled idea is what I see first. Pictured is my most recent drawing, and then three of the earliest drawings where the under-color did not cover the entire page. The surface of the drawing below is mottled India ink and the acrylic pen is silver in color.
Bundled 5 - India Ink, Acrylic Paint on Arches Watercolor Paper - 40 x 26 inches