Maryland or Bust

"Anti-Aging" by Amy Guidry; Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

I received a call the other day from an artist and gallery owner in Maryland interested in my work. I was familiar with Jill Hackney’s work and knew that she had recently opened a gallery there, so I was thrilled that she called me. Too bad I had the flu at the time, but I was surely as excited as one can be when they are lying on their deathbed. Anyway, in addition to showing at Jill’s gallery, R. Coury Fine Art Gallery, she also asked that I participate in two exhibitions. One is in conjunction with Pinkapalooza, a benefit for the Blossoms of Hope Foundation. The other is for GreenScape, a benefit for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

"Special Ingredients" by Amy Guidry; Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

“Anti-Aging” will be featured in the “Hope” exhibit at R. Coury Fine Art Gallery as part of Pinkapalooza. I chose that piece because aside from having a lot of pinks and pastel colors in it, it’s also a piece about female beauty at any age. “Special Ingredients” is the painting I chose for the GreenScape exhibit which will be held at the Cotton Shed Gallery at the Savage Mill in Savage, MD. I felt this piece was appropriate for a green-themed exhibit given the rainforest destruction that occurs thanks to the fast food industry and beef industry in general. Plus there’s nothing ‘natural’ about fast food since it’s pumped full of trans fats, hormones, antibiotics, and a whole plethora of unknown substances.

So if you are in the area, go to R. Coury Fine Art Gallery for the Pinkapalooza benefit starting April 1st and open through May 15th with an auction and closing reception. The GreenScape exhibit will be April 13th and run through May 3rd with an auction and closing reception. If you’d like to learn more about these events, visit www.SavageMill.com. And if you’d like to view a larger image of these paintings, visit my website www.AmyGuidry.com.

There’s Method to This Madness

I was trying to come up with an apt title for this post… I mentioned my brother’s (Craig) artwork before in one of my older posts. For those of you who don’t know, he has been working on a comic book for a few years now. He drew out a lot of work originally and then returned to it later and improved upon it. All of this is his own original story and line work. I think he’ll be doing the whole book in black and white. Perhaps I will interview him later as this project develops and give you all a more in-depth look into his work. Anyways, I wanted to give you a glimpse of the detailed work that he does and a look into the dark themes that often appear in his paintings and drawings. The main character in this comic is a lizard man of sorts (reminiscent of the character in one of his paintings I wrote about before). These are a few scenes of the lizard man out hunting. There’s a whole respect for animals/nature element to the story which will be flushed out as the book progresses. Craig’s work is very tedious, so it takes him forever to complete one page. However, I’ll be sure to cover this book some more in the future as he adds to it (and sends more photos!)

Look What I Got!

"Evangeline Maid" by Troy Dugas; Copyright Troy Dugas 2009

Yes, I’m bragging.  Not often that I get to do that.  I (will officially) own a piece by my friend, Troy Dugas, as of March 11th.  It’s currently on display at Gallery 912 in Lafayette, LA, but after that it’s MINE… muahhahahaha (that’s my evil laugh, by the way).  As luck would have it, I was dropping off my piece for the Art of Re-Use exhibit when Troy happened to show just as I was leaving.  So I had to see what he brought knowing I’d want first dibs, er, I mean, knowing that I’d want to purchase a piece to support the Children’s Museum of Acadiana.  When I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  Not that I’m a big fan of Evangeline Maid bread (I only eat 100% whole wheat, not that processed stuff) but given the fact that I love intricate patterns, bright colors, and hell, that bread company is a Louisiana company, I knew I should buy it.

I don’t even have it here with me, so I can only hazard to guess at it’s size, but if photographic memory serves, I’d say it’s 16″ x 20.”  If I’m right, you can be sure I will gloat about this in a later post.  The entire piece is made up of cut-up squares of Evangeline Maid labels that are rearranged into the lovely pattern you see here.  It’s then magically attached to wood- I don’t know all his secrets.  Anyway, you can see more of Troy’s work on his website www.TroyDugas.com (you may have, or should have already done this if you check out my blogroll- these are important links, why else would I post them?!)  And if you’re in New Orleans this month, you can see his work at Arthur Roger Gallery through the 28th.  So get to steppin’!

 

Small Updates

"Boar-Fish" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

Small, yes, literally and figuratively speaking. Two new small paintings have been added to my New Realm 5 x 5 series. Aaaand my homepage slideshow has been updated! Some paintings have been removed and other paintings have been added on. So now you can see a whole different set of paintings scroll by when you go to my website. Yea! Doesn’t take much to make me happy, I guess.

The new paintings are “Boar-Fish” and “Cocoon.” You will recognize the characters in each from previous New Realm paintings. I try to give everyone their moment in the sun. Ha! The boar-fish that has fascinated-confused-and-possibly-scared viewers upon seeing my painting, “Acceptance,” has appeared in a 5″ x 5″ painting.

"Cocoon" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

“Cocoon” features the red and black butterfly as seen in many other New Realm paintings. The cocoon as well as the butterfly was in my painting, “Renewal.” Also, this piece is a 5″ x 5″ painting on canvas.

If you are new to this blog, you can view these paintings as well as my other work on my website www.AmyGuidry.com. And if you’re a “regular” (and have time to kill) you can still check out my new slideshow on the homepage…

The Art of Re-Use

Amy Guidry and Deborah Norsworthy at the Heymann Ceiling Tile Project and Exhibition

Everyone is all about the Green Movement these days. I’ve been all for it for over 20 years now (yes, hard to believe, right?), and now it’s gained more popularity than ever. So perhaps that is why recycled art materials are gaining popularity? Or maybe people just think it looks cool. Either way, you can show your support (ostensibly for the Green Movement) by attending the Art of Re-Use exhibition at Gallery 912. The opening reception is tonight (oops, so much for advanced notice) from 6-9pm at Gallery 912 in the Oil Center in Lafayette, LA.

All sales from the exhibit are to benefit the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. The exhibit will later be on display in June at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA). Last year’s benefit was also a re-use of sorts because invited artists were given a 100-year old ceiling tile to rework. The photo to the left is actually from that exhibit. The woman featured with me is Deborah Norsworthy, the curator and exhibit planner for the Children’s Museum of Acadiana.

Sadly, I do not have a photo of my piece. I completely forgot to take a photo of it. I can tell you that I painted on a wooden ceiling fan blade. It features the Stag from my New Realm series. If no one knew any better, they might just think I had a long, narrow piece of wood to paint on and cut a neat shape out of the end of it. Hee hee.

So if you’re looking to check out an exhibit, stop by Gallery 912 sometime soon. And even if you can’t make it, you can still see my work at www.AmyGuidry.com.

New “New Realm” Painting

"Butterflies" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

After a short break, I did end up painting another 4″ x 4″ panel piece from my New Realm series.  This one is “Butterflies” and features the red and black butterflies seen throughout the series.  I kept the composition rather simple given the small size of the panel.  These panels are great.  I found them one day while getting art supplies.  They’re so darn cute and very smooth.  Works wonders when doing tiny detail work (which is rather often for me…) so I do like working with them.  I do like canvas, too, though, so I won’t ever give that up. 

You can also view more of my New Realm series, including large pieces (and I do mean large!) on my website www.AmyGuidry.com.

New Realm- New Work

"Daybreak" by Amy Guidry; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

Two pieces to mention from the New Realm series.  These are 5″ x 5″ paintings from the aptly titled, New Realm 5 x 5 series.  Both paintings feature the heroine of the story as well as the butterflies.  The top piece is titled “Daybreak.”  This was fairly time-consuming given all the butterflies in the painting.  However, I was rather happy with the outcome, so well worth the challenge.

The bottom piece is titled “Morning.”  This is also part of the 5 x 5 series. This painting stems from the large New Realm piece, “Renewal.”  Both have the same concept behind them- that of change, a new day, a fresh start.

Both of these new paintings will be featured in my upcoming solo exhibition at the Schepis Museum in Columbia, LA next month. The entire New Realm series, including the 5 x 5 series will be on exhibit.

"Morning" by Amy Guidry; SOLD ; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

If you would like to view more of my New Realm series, in addition to previous bodies of work, visit my website at www.AmyGuidry.com.

Sold

"Mike" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

I try to post as much as possible on here, but sometimes I slack off a bit when I’m really busy. Case in point. So while trying to catch up on recent news, I realized that I didn’t even post the last two paintings I sold. Sales are always good news, so that’s worth sharing. I sold two portraits that I had done awhile back. They were some of the first paintings I had done when I decided to paint professionally and make a career out of my art. I was especially glad since that series has dwindled down to not quite enough to have for a whole show, yet too many to have sitting in storage. And they didn’t exactly fit with my recent series, either. So now they have new homes, and I am very happy about that.

Both paintings are the same size, 30″ tall by 24″ wide. A “medium” size that I do, depending on your definition of medium. (I know some artists think 4 or 5 feet is “medium” sized…)

"Craig" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

And they are both framed, so that actually adds an 1 1/2″ in each direction.  The painting, “Mike,” is of a friend I met through my husband. The painting, “Craig,” is of my brother (you may recall seeing his picture in previous posts). The “Craig” painting is actually the first portrait I did for this series.

You can view more from my portrait series, in addition to my new work at www.AmyGuidry.com. And if you haven’t seen it already, you can view my painting video on YouTube at http://www.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uL3H_rKW1k.

New Realm- New Painting

"Transition" by Amy Guidry; SOLD; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

I’ve had a lot of positive response to my New Realm series, and of course everybody has their favorites in the bunch. One of my personal favorites happens to be a popular piece among viewers of my shows and of my website. It may even be your favorite- “Adaptation.” While this painting is rather large (4 feet tall and 3 feet wide), I have come up with a smaller solution that may soon be a new favorite. I found some 4″ x 4″ panels that I just fell in love with- great texture to work with, especially for small details, and the size is just too darn cute. So I have taken the beloved fish character and featured him in a 4 inch panel painting. I’ve aptly titled it “Transition.” To view more of my work you can also visit my website at www.AmyGuidry.com.

New Painting

"Renewal" by Amy Guidry; From the New Realm series. Copyright Amy Guidry 2009

Lots going on this week, so I am posting yet again.  Making up for lost time, right?  I have a new painting finished.  It is from the New Realm series.  It’s called “Renewal” and it is 48″ x 24.”  This will be in my upcoming solo exhibition at the Schepis Museum in Columbia, LA.

The piece features the heroine of the series as well as the butterflies, albeit in their cocoon stage.  One of the butterflies does break free from the cocoon.  Dew drops are interspersed on the branch as well.  The cocoons and the dew drops represent morning, or renewal, the start of a something new.

You can view this piece, in addition to the rest of my series, on my website www.AmyGuidry.com.  You can also view a new video of my work on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uL3H_rKW1k which features detail shots of my work in addition to the meanings behind the paintings.

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