I recently came across this study from my New Realm series. This is the only available drawing from the series as it was done as I was working out my approach to the larger painting Was It a Dream?, but with the lace work as seen in other paintings throughout the series. This study is pencil on cold-pressed watercolor paper, 9” wide by 9” high (5″ x 5″ image size).
Sketch for a new painting I’m working on for an upcoming show. Love working on these smaller beings. In this case, a privet hawk moth. Total size is 5″ wide by 5″ high. If you’d like to know when the finished painting goes online, sign up for the monthly newsletter here: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
A few photos of my current painting in progress. Focusing on the rainforest for this one, specifically the Amazon and its flora and fauna. Also wanted to work on a larger piece, so this one is 20″ wide by 20″ high. It’s heavily detailed courtesy of all the leaves and tree branches. Not to mention full of white-faced capuchin monkeys! The sketch on paper maps everything out before I transferred it to canvas. The painting itself is an acrylic on canvas. I’m still working on the rainforest background at the moment, and the blue morpho butterflies. Butterflies may be small, but they are hugely symbolic in my work.
Close-up of the initial sketch for my upcoming painting featuring a dodo bird. The dodo became extinct around roughly 1662, and since there were no cameras then, I’ve been researching the internet to find out as much as I can via eyewitness descriptions and illustrations from that time period (assuming they’d be fairly accurate but maybe they took artistic liberties as I will be doing). I’ve also been comparing a lot of existing birds as well, ranging from parrots to vultures, and everything in-between. I should mention that I was partly inspired to paint the dodo after reading “The Song of the Dodo” by David Quammen. I highly recommend everyone read it.
There are a lot of great artists in the world, many of which are living, and it seems that I meet a new one everyday. I’ve come across some new artists (or at least new to me) as of late and thought it would be fun to introduce them to everyone on here. I’ve compiled a list- some of which are not as unfamiliar to me but thought they should get their due- so here are their links to their work (in no particular order):
I recently posted a few photos of work I did as a kid up through high school. Funny, it never occurred to me that someone would be interested in adding one to their art collection…I guess because even though they are art, somehow I only considered work done during my “professional” years to be of interest. That is until someone expressed interest. I was also surprised by the enthusiasm people had over these once I posted them to my Facebook “Fan Page.” Even though they were all pieces I did on my own time, they were still part of my “sketchbook” assignments (even though they were not just simple sketches) which I had to turn in weekly to show that I was working on my art. This was standard for those in the Talented Art Program. Every week I would show what I worked on, usually adding more to the same drawing, and wait for approval. In some ways, it’s not all that different from how things are today. So I think this serves as a great reminder that we shouldn’t be so critical of our own work- on the whole, if it’s good, it’s good, no matter how old it is, no matter the imperfections that we think we see, no matter how many times we had to start over. No one else sees that, they just see a great work of art.
I just posted some work from my childhood and teen years on my Facebook Fan Page. I thought it would be fun to share on here as well. I have been digging up older work for future projects- videos, mainly- and came across some fun pieces. Of course I then remembered some pieces that I haven’t seen and don’t actually know what became of them. As a kid, I gave away drawings, plus I think teachers ended up with some. So I have some more digging to do apparently. Here are a few of my finds (click on the photo to see the entire image):
And if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to lately, visit my website at www.AmyGuidry.com.
This weekend (April 9th) is the Second Saturday Artwalk in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. Galleries and business will be open after hours for this free event, officially starting at 6pm and ending at 8pm-ish. BTW, I will have work at Gallery 549 for the annual Spring Group Exhibition, so if you are in the area, be sure to check it out.
Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: Francis X. Pavy: Currents and Flows – now through May 7
Side Gallery: Brett Chigoy: When the Preditor has Defined our Dreams as Prey– now through May 7
Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061 – Cliff Broussard
Galerie Eclaireuse– 535 ½ Jefferson St. / 337-234-5492 – Melissa Bonin
Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796 – Spring Group Exhibition
Galerie Lafayette at The Lafayette Public Library- 538 Jefferson St. / 337-261-5775 – William H. Parr
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530 – Katherine LeMoine
Sans Souci Gallery– 219 E. Vermilion St. / 337-266-7999 – Louisiana Crafts Guild- Fait a la Main
Time has flown by so quickly, I almost forgot to post this month’s Artwalk schedule. Second Saturday Artwalk in downtown Lafayette, LA starts this weekend- June 12th. Some galleries are open as of 5 (though I think the official start time is 6pm) and will remain open until 8pm. And this is a free event!
Acadiana Center for the Arts– 101 W. Vermilion St. / 337-233-7060
Main Gallery: Through July 24, 2010- Southern Open 2010
Side Gallery: June 12 – July 2, 2010- Kent Hutslar Memorial
Vault Series: Through July 24, 2010- Pat Juneau
Cajun Spice– 535 Jefferson St / 337-232-3061 Anne Bulliard Crownover Glasswork & Mosaics
Cité des Arts– 109 Vine St. / 337-291-1122 West Coast Feelings Collection: Los Angeles to Lafayette 2010 works by DGeyrald
Galerie Eclaireuse– 535 Jefferson St. / 337-234-5492
Paintings by Steve Schneider, Dennis Sipiorski and Ruth Sipiorski
Gallery 549– 549 Jefferson St. / 337-593-0796 Frederic O. Daspit- New Sculpture
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)- 116 E. Congress St. / 337-769-1530 Lynn Eustace Sanders- “Collaborative Color”
Pottery Alley– 205 W. Vermilion St. / 337-267-4453 “The Spirit of Haiti”– steel drum art by Carlo Brutus
Sans Souci Gallery– 219 E. Vermilion St. / 337-266-7999 “Drawn to the Stage”- A Collection of Drawings by Elemore Morgan, Jr.
*Not part of Lafayette Artwalk, but as a reminder, I am currently showing in Columbia, LA at the Schepis Museum. My exhibit, “New Realm,” is up now through June 30th. Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9-5pm. View photos from the opening at www.AmyGuidry.com