I’ve just recently framed these small paintings from my In Our Veins series. I feel like the frames take them to a whole other level. Connected and Union are both acrylic on cardstock, 4″ tondo and the framed images are 5 1/2″ wide by 6 3/8″ high. Both are currently available for $100 each. If you can see this in your home, contact me to purchase at https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
A couple of photos of my latest painting in progress. This will be the latest addition to my In Our Veins series. After marking the center line (even though the figure won’t be completely symmetric), this is the sketch on canvas.
Then I roughed in the first layer of paint and started working on the details of the face. It is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 8″ high. I’ll be posting the finished painting soon!
I’ve recently finished a new painting in my In Our Veins series. You may recall the progress photos I’ve posted of it along the way. The title is Bond and it is an acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 12.” View the painting online (and much larger) here: http://amyguidry.com/bond.html.
My recent New Realm solo exhibition received a great review on the Southern contemporary art blog, Louisianaesthetic. Reggie Michael Rodrigue said of my work, “It’s basically about the ability to choose one’s direction or directions without distraction, without shackles, and without having to ask for permission from the powers that be. Guidry seems to be saying that the real power resides inside all of us, whether we are innies, outties are something in between. We can all be “forces of nature” as long as we tend to ourselves and our surroundings with diligence, curiosity, wisdom and love.” Exactly. Read the review online at: http://louisianaesthetic.com/2012/07/22/beauty-and-the-beasts-in-the-new-realm-amy-guidry-at-lafayettes-ballet-academy/ .
I’ve just added a new painting to the In Our Veins series titled Vessel, and it is 4″ x 4,” acrylic on canvas, $100. It was created from a sketch I did three years ago (!) and just wasn’t able to incorporate it at the time. I was reminded of it when going through my sketchbooks the other day and found that it was perfect for this series. The moth, which I took artistic liberty with, represents life. It can be viewed as life either leaving the body or entering it, that is entirely up to the viewer. No matter how it is viewed, life is part of us for a certain period of time. It transitions from one living organism to the next. The body contains life- it is a vessel. To view a larger image, go to: www.amyguidry.com/vessel.html.
I just realized that I’ve been slacking a bit and did exactly what I would tell other artists not to do. I forgot to get photos of a few paintings. They were in an exhibit almost immediately after being finished, hence the mistake. Though I’ve had plenty of time since then to rectify it…. One is now sold, which at least if I need a photo of it I can get one from the buyer, but that is not always the case, therefore it’s important to always document. The good news is I do have a photo of the other painting that sold- Spring. Both paintings are acrylic on canvas, 5″ x 5″ each, and from my New Realm series, which you can see the larger paintings in the series here: www.amyguidry.com/beginning.html.
I get so many questions about my work ranging from simple to philosophical, so today I thought I’d post about one of the more fun ones. Sort of a Where’s Waldo post. So some of you have asked about the models I’ve used in my paintings, which have always been varied from series to series. However, there is one model that has been used for almost every body of work. If you’ve been following my work since the early days, you probably know the answer to this. Aside from using my own face, the next cheap and readily available model I know is my husband. Depending on the painting, some are an exact resemblance, some take artistic license, and some don’t even feature his face (i.e. Everything’s Coming Up Roses). So here are some of the paintings he has appeared in some form or another:
I wasn’t sure what to title this post other than “Chicago.” I figured Chicago conjures up good things- the band, the musical, the city… so in this case Chicago conjures up another good thing- an exhibition! I was waiting for the results of the 15th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and received my notice the other day that my work was selected! I’m excited to be included in this show as well as excited to be showing in Chicago for the first time. I was honored to be one of the few chosen since only 33 works were chosen from 750 entered. The juror for the exhibition is Linda Warren, director of Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago. The show will open March 2nd, with a reception from 6-9pm and will be up through April 26th.
Selected artists are: Karen Appleton, Patti Bartelstein, Angelique Brickner, Cat Del Buono, Catherin Colaw, Renee Couture, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Sebrina Fassbender, Alexandra Fritz, Amanda Greive, Amy Guidry, Zoe Hawk, Edith Hillinger, Ellen Holtzblatt, Aran Illingworth, Pamela Johnson, Kay Knight, Mie Kongo, Sioban Lombardi, Jennifer Moore, Anna Pamasa, Silvana LaCreta Ravena, Janet Roberts, Clare Rosean, Sausan Saulat, Carrie Schumacher, Soo Shin, Beverly Y. Smith, Allison Svoboda, Camille Swift, and Susan Smith Trees
Another New Realm painting has found a new home. Awakening is one of the earlier paintings from the series and is one of the largest at 48″ wide by 24″ high. The single butterfly represents growth and freedom, themes that are heavily present in this series. As stated on my website, New Realm challenges the antiquated views of women as often seen in fairy tales. Using a surreal backdrop, it is a modern tale which presents the heroine as a strong and courageous woman. I’m also happy to say that several paintings from this series will be included in a upcoming exhibition featuring works from early in my career to the present. More details on that closer to time. Meanwhile, you can check out this series as well as a closeup of Awakening at www.amyguidry.com/awakening.html.
I hadn’t mentioned this sale before on my blog, but I thought it would be a great time to do so since one of my inspirations is having an opening next month. One of my earlier series consisted of portraits and figure work, this being one of those paintings. I was (and still am) a big fan of Philip Pearlstein’s work, and thought of his nudes when painting this piece (except sans the various objects in the background, since my focus was on closeup views of the faces and figures). As it turns out, Mr. Pearlstein is having an opening November 4th at Betty Cunningham Gallery in New York. Judging by the title of the show, it will consist of all new paintings, too.
So my homage to Philip Pearlstein has sold. But if you are in the area, you can see why I am such a fan of his work by checking out his show at Betty Cunningham, which will be up through Dec. 11th. And if you’d like to see more of my work, be sure to visit www.AmyGuidry.com.