Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Working at home today, as I am almost every day. I am grateful to have a large commission on which to work. It is tedious and will be time consuming but that is a good thing this month with so much time at home. Here is the start. My adjustment to the work table at home coming along.

Saturday, March 28, 2020  Working from home. 
The view out my window is amazing, it is the reason I live where I do. There has been a fair amount of atmosphere this week, and one amazing sunset, which I do not see directly but see the light on the buildings out my windows.

Finally I have been working on a new blog devoted to my sketchbooks. I try to scan a sketchbook every couple of days and I have been able to post four books thus far.  If you are looking for something to help you kill a little time you might enjoy looking through these. This is just a start, I hope to scan many more as the weeks go on. A few examples below and a link to my sketchbook blog at the bottom of this post. Be well, be sane, be kind. 

The view out my condo window. June 2019

December 22, 2019

Doodle from the spring of 2018. 

Testing a new pen on December 8, 2018

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Stay At Home Day One

I have worked out a method to post on my blog from home! Good thing as it looks like I might be here for a few weeks if not longer . I hope to write almost every day during this time of social isolation, providing content for friends confined to their own homes. My postings will be quick and dirty, I am not a writer, barely a passable speller. I am still unsure of what exactly the content of this blog will be, I have a few ideas, but I plan to stay largely away from politics and crisis recapping. There is plenty of that out there if you desire. I'm focusing on looking toward the future, post-virus, when we will all resume out lives. For the next few days I will post random images from my computer desktop. It is a mess, I save images I would like to review later and my taste range wide and undisciplined. The images pictured below are all vintage travel posters, I love the one I have as my desktop image. The color is crazy good, and the graphic nature of the printing makes me happy. The artists name is Henry George Gawthorn.  I will begin with an image of my actual desktop and proceed from there. More tomorrow.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

One Large Piece and Many Smalls

I have taken advantage of the warm winter weather, using my bike for transportation much of January. It looks like bike riding weather is over for now, I will not ride if the temperature is below 32 or the streets icy. I do think of winter as a good time to get work done and I have been in the studio regularly this month. I just finished a very large grid like piece. This genre of drawing usually fall into the category of my 'brutalist' pieces but at this scale it takes on more of a textile feel, something that is point-on in terms of my inspiration. Large, on canvas, I plan to have my framer stretch it for me and perhaps put it in a simple wood frame.

In preparation for this piece I made smaller pieces of this type. You can often see a face in this work and for a few of them I pushed that suggestion to an obvious state. There is something fun about these, they evoke wrestling masks, Olmec oversize stone heads, and robots too. Thinking about make one of these very large.

A few additional, more abstract drawings. 

I have had the rubber stamps out too. I found a few florescent colors in the printing ink I have been using for these pieces and thought I would experiment. 

Finally I have a client that wanted photos of a few older pieces. Including them here. Keep warm. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

New Rubber Stamp Pieces

Between my Holiday cards and a large commission I have had the rubber stamping materials out this past week. As long as I have the process going I thought I might explore a couple ideas I never finished up the last time. Mixing these colors from a fairly basic set of water-based printing inks is always a good exercise. The results below in chronological order. 
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Block Printing Ink on Arches Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Block Printing Ink on Arches Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Block Printing Ink on Arches Paper - 40 x 26 inches
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Block Printing Ink on Arches Paper - 40 x 26 inches

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October 2019 Work

A few new pieces

Finished this drawing up recently, it had sat in the drawer half finished for six months. Color study using very optical colors. Technically orange and blue sit across from each other on the color wheel. The blue triangles are a collage element, Arches watercolor paper painted a bright blue.

These three have been in the drawer for a few months but I have shown them to no one. Very Franz Kline derived but conceptually different. I am using the very mat black acrylic paint I have been drawing with for the last year. It changes them as any brush marks completely disappear and the image become purely graphic.

I had the yen to make a few botanical drawings too. I think it was fall moving in that made me want to capture the lush summer that had passed. I worked back into three of them with white.

This is my newest drawing, made just this week. I plan some variations on this theme.

Have I shown you this? Made earlier this summer. I made the drawn part of the piece bleed off the top and bottom.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

More 12 x 12 Panels

I continue to make drawings on the 12 x 12 inch panels. They reflect the way my mind is working this month. Small ideas that may coalesce into something meaningful. I am enjoying it.
Michael McGuire - Four Untitled Drawings - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 x .75 inches each

Michael McGuire - Untitled Panel - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 x .75 inches
Michael McGuire - 34 Panels

Monday, July 1, 2019

More of the Same, But on Panels

The last three weeks I have been working on 12x12x.75 inch panels. revisiting many of the motifs I had explored much of this last spring: baskets, grids, optical black and white....

The panels are an intriguing presentation, and I do enjoy with the modular aspect of them. Create your own composition, make it a game, perhaps it is a language... The possibilities are almost endless. I have had fun with a couple of clients putting together compositions. Below is a photo of one such group. We mixed in some color with the striped panel, and that panel is actually .25 inches thicker than the surrounding panels, so we get a change of elevation on the piece too.
Michael McGuire - Various Painted Panels - 12x12 inches each

It is drawing of the baskets that I return to again and again. Their graphic and optical qualities engage concepts that I like to ponder. The black paint I am now using removes most evidence of the brush, and your eyes do jump somewhat at these graphic black and white pieces.

Michael McGuire - 9 'Basket' Drawings - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12x12x.75 inches each

The other thing I am exploring in these panels is the tight, hand-drawn grid. Once again the optical qualities of the small white squares intrigue, and most people are unsure how these are made. I change up the configuration within the square format of the panels for a little variety.

Michael McGuire - 7 Untitled Panels - Acylic Paint on Panel - 12x12x.75 each
Michael McGuire - Skewed Grid 7 - Acrylic Paint on Panel - 12 x 12 x .75 inches
A new configuring.
Michael McGuire - Untitled - Acrylic Paint on Nine Panels - 12 x 12 x .75 each