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In Progress

Stag beetle sketch by Amy Guidry; 5″ x 5″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

Sneak peek at a little piece in progress for an upcoming exhibition.  This is the initial sketch before I take it to canvas.  Full size is 5″ wide by 5″ high.

This is actually only the second time I’ve ever worked on a stag beetle.  The first was in my painting Symbiotic.  See if you can spot him.

“Symbiotic” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 11″w x 14″h; Sold; (c) Amy Guidry 2010

More details on the exhibit soon.  In the meantime, check out the rest of the In Our Veins series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.


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In Progress

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.

Preliminary sketch by Amy Guidry; 20″ x 20″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018
Painting in progress by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 20″ x 20″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018
Painting in progress (detail) by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 20″ x 20″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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In Progress

Dodo bird sketch by Amy Guidry; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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.


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A few of my favorite things

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):

Alli Bratt- http://allisonjbratt.com/

Malcolm Bucknall- www.wallyworkmangallery.com/malcolm-bucknall.lasso

Mark Langan- http://www.langanart.com/

Denise Gallagher- http://denisegallagher.com/

Vladimir Stankovic- http://www.flickr.com/photos/therussian/

Isabelle Bryer- http://www.isabelle-bryer.com/

Sarah Ferguson- http://colorblox.wordpress.com/

John Alexander- http://www.johnalexanderstudio.com/

Colin Miller- http://colinmillerphoto.blogspot.com/

 

Sold

Perfume Bottle drawing by Amy Guidry; SOLD; Done when I was 16 years old

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.

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(Very) Early Days

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.

 

April Artwalk

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

June Artwalk Schedule

From my exhibit "Face to Face" during Artwalk at Artists + Architects
From my exhibit "Face to Face" during Artwalk at Artists + Architects

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

20 Questions…Okay, Not Really 20, But A LOT

Page Excerpt from Craig\'s ComicAs promised, I did an interview with my comic book artist brother, Craig. You may (or should) recall a recent post of his work on here. Okay, I’ll stop blathering now and get to the questions with this interesting artist…

Q. What’s the premise behind your comic?
A. Well, the idea came from a sketch I had done a long time before starting the comic. I just drew a couple of anthropomorphic lizards with primitive/tribal clothing and always kept them in mind. The idea for the comic’s story is inspired by my ideals concerning the planet and its inhabitants, human and non-human. I want the story to be extremely visually interesting and epic.
The lizard-man shown is one of many…a society that is in competition to dominate the life and land that surrounds them. The story will show that this is not an easy task because there are protectors of the forests who will not let their land be stolen.

Q. Do you have a title for it yet? A. Nothing as of yet…I think I just had the idea, being “lizard man,” for the character and went from there. Personally, I think “Lizard Man” would be a horrible title…the book is about more than that.

Q. Will there be any text? Is that a first in comic history or are there other comics that are sans text?
A. I had the determination to NOT put any text whatsoever in my story. I’m almost positive that I can accomplish my goal to create a comic that is all visual and interpreted through framing panels and choosing the right way to convey thoughts of the characters with expressions.
I’m not sure if there are any (successful) comics that contain no dialogue. It’s definitely not a trendy way of presenting a comic book. I feel that my idea will work well without text because of it’s content. It’s animals and a tribal society that has a language we wouldn’t understand. So rather than write text and the reader just pretends he/she can understand what they say while hearing lizard gibberish in their minds, I’ve just omitted the language barrier completely.

Q. So far all the artwork you’ve shown me is b+w, will you be sticking to this or adding any color?
A. I’m not at all against using color…I like to paint with vibrant colors, but I feel my comic is bolder with the dramatic contrast of pitch black and bright white panels and the “gray” tones that emerge from lighter pen strokes.

Q. What other comics and/or comic artists influence or inspire you?
A. I am a fan of a select few comics…I enjoy fantasy art and creative ideas in general, but haven’t really developed enough of a comic book knowledge to compete with “true” comic book fans. I am a fan of such comics as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, MOUSEGUARD, HACK/SLASH, THE WALKING DEAD, HULK: PLANET HULK, some of the PUNISHER: MAXX series, and the original TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES omnibus (which is B+W, as well), HELLBOY, WE 3, I really like Todd McFarlane’s artwork itself, and Jhonen Vasquez’s work.

Work in progressQ. What do you think it is about comics that have such a huge following? They’re highly popular, more so than some books even?
A. Well, I think that comic book artists/writers/creators and the characters and stories that are popular are so probably because they deserve to be. I am a huge fan of movies…and was extremely excited to see certain comic book adaptations hit the big screens as of late. I enjoyed the Watchmen adaptation a lot, as well as V for Vendetta, 300, 30 Days of Night, Batman : Begins, and especially The Dark Knight. It works only when you get a director with some talent and credibility. There are a lot of hack directors out there who may as well have filmed the flushing of a toilet rather than attempting to make a decent movie.
As far as audiences is concerned, I think a lot of people may read certain comics or see the movies without really have an genuine interest in the creativity and hard work involved. A certain character may be popular and children may drag their parents to see the latest Spiderman film, while the children are attracted to the images shown, they probably have not read a single Spiderman comic and the parents are mildly entertained.
I just like it when people who appreciate art and comics and have knowledge of those kinds of things are the ones who see the movies/read the comics and can use discretion when stating which films are good and which are not, as well as which comics deserve their success and which are popular for a character with a flashy costume and no depth story wise.

Q. Who would win in a fight? Superman or Batman?
A. Hmmm…a question that I know has been pondered over by many-a-nerd. I can say this…Batman definitely has more money than Superman. But when it comes to blows, I’m afraid that Superman would most likely win. I think they’ve done a comic with that…I’ve never read it if they have. It’s not really a fair fight if you ask me…but at least Batman doesn’t have to work some crappy job and dress like a nerd.
I think if it were about “smarts” then Batman would win. He’s the best detective around…his costume is cooler…the story is dark and interesting…overall, I prefer that Batman win. I don’t think he would, though, since Superman is the “man of steel” and can stop a bullet, locomotive, and anything else. Maybe if Batman had some kryptonite it would be fair…I’m sick of this question.

Q. If you could be a comic book character, who would you be and why?
A. I would probably like to be Rorshach from Watchmen because I think he is a great character because he’s a loner with convictions who doesn’t tolerate the world and its inhabitants’ selfishness and greed. He is a very violent character…but only against those who in all honesty deserve to be treated in that way.

Q. What is your favorite comic?
A. Probably “Bone,” which is what I’m currently reading. It’s funny and epic and is like Calvin and Hobbes meets Lord of the Rings. The art is amazing…it’s cute little cartoon characters in detailed forest scenes with creative characters and plotlines. The story is huge and I’m only about halfway through it.

Q. Do you have any info on future comics your’e working on that you’d like to share or is that top secret?
A. I’ve got some ideas…one was a story about mice, but not like Secret of Nimh mice. More realistic.
Another idea was a dog that is abducted from its home and put in an animal testing facility. That actually does occur in reality.

Q. For all your female fans out there, are you single?
A. Yes. Not married or crazy…or both.

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!)