These are a few photos from opening night for the “Face to Face” exhibition at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Artists represented by the gallery as well as a few new artists have created their own interpretation of portraiture, ranging from the traditional to the abstract. The show is up now through July 29th, so there’s still time to see the exhibit.
I’ve just finished both paintings previously featured while in progress. Pervasive and Sentiencewill both be on exhibit for the opening at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans tomorrow (June 3, 2017). Pervasive has been a long time in the making. I’m sometimes asked if living in Louisiana affects my work. Given that my work deals with the welfare of our planet, many of the issues that Louisiana faces (habitat loss, flooding, BP oil spill, hurricanes) are something that I cover but on more of a global scale. Pervasive is one of the most direct pieces I’ve done, focusing on the conservation of Louisiana wildlife and wetlands. The BP oil spill not only affected the wildlife of Louisiana, but it continues to affect the wildlife of rest of the world to this day as bird and sea animals continue to migrate. It may be asking a lot of a painting, but I hope that it has a big impact.
Sentience was specifically created for the “Face to Face” exhibit opening at LeMieux Galleries. The exhibit features a range of interpretations of portraiture. In Sentience, the butterflies represent the beauty and fragility of life, while the third eye represents enlightenment. The eye is a human eye, referring to the fact that we are all members of the animal kingdom, and can see a bit of ourselves in the personalities of other animals. Sentience is an acrylic on canvas, 6″wide by 6″high.
Both paintings will be on view tomorrow, June 3rd for the opening reception from 6-8pm. The exhibit will remain up through July 29th, 2017.
While working on my pelican painting, I had another project come up. Here is a sneak peek of the work in progress- more will be revealed soon. It is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high. In the meantime, check out more paintings from this series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.
A few photos of my current painting in progress. I have not decided on a title yet, but can say that it is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. These are a few shots of the beginning stages taking it from a sketch on paper to the first few layers of paint, focusing on the sky.
I like to paint. There was a time when I was scared to paint, thinking I wouldn’t be any good at it. I was used to drawing and liked the precision and control I had with it. Paint seemed messy and unforgiving. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I began to like painting. I think gradually I just learned to be less critical of my results thus allowing me more opportunity to work with paint. I like the tactile process of painting. I like filling in each square inch of a canvas, transforming it from a white blank space into a story. I like the toothy texture of the canvas. I like the look of the paint as it spreads across and fills in each crevice. I like the challenge of it even though it can be daunting. I just really like to paint.
I’ve been making a lot of new progress on my current painting in the In Our Veins series. The first rough layer of paint is done and I’ve been building color and adding detail to the background. It is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. I’ll be featuring the finished piece in my next newsletter, which you can receive here: http://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
The latest finished painting to my In Our Veins series is now online. The piece is titled Conscience and it is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 6″ high. It was featured in my latest newsletter, which you can receive monthly by signing up here: http://amyguidry.com/contact.html. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/conscience.html.
More progress on my new painting. The first layer of paint has been roughed in and I’ve started adding more color and detail to the tree in the background. It is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. More details soon, in the meantime view more of the In Our Veins series online here: http://amyguidry.com/wild_west.html.