I’m happy to announce that for the first time, my painting Sustain will soon be released as a limited edition run of giclée prints. The overall print size is 12” wide by 12” high with an image size 10” wide by 10” high. It will be a limited edition of 50 prints for $50 each. If you would like to be notified as soon as they are available, contact me via my website at : https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
I was recently invited to create a piece for the upcoming “Ho’olaule’a” exhibition opening at Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibit celebrates endangered species (Ho’olaule’a is Hawaiian for celebration), and I chose to paint the Ethiopian wolf. Ethiopian wolves are the only wolf found in Africa. They are the rarest species of dog in the world and the rarest carnivore in Africa. There are less than 450 left in the wild. They live in close-knit packs of 3-13 adults, but unusually for wolves, they hunt alone. One of their biggest threats comes from habitat loss due to agriculture.
The title of my painting is Hope and it is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 6″ high. The human third eye refers to our connection with nature: the we see ourselves in animals as well as seeing the world through their eyes. The rainbow is a symbol of hope, hence the title, and serves to inspire us all to keep working towards a better future for all of nature.
The “Ho’olaule’a” exhibition opens this Saturday, May 12th, 6-9pm and will remain up through June 2nd. More details here: https://cactusgalleryla.com/. For pre-sales, contact Sandra at email@example.com.
Very excited to reveal my new painting, Bestow, created for WOW x WOW’s upcoming online exhibition, “Super Reverie.” Bestow is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high. I’ve been fascinated by ocelots since a very young age. (And apparently Surrealist painter Salvador Dali is a fan.) As mentioned before, I knew all the big cats so well I could identify them solely by their patterning (without seeing their faces). I paired the ocelot and bees in this piece because of their similar colors and patterns. Because of bees, plants are pollinated and ultimately provide food systems for all animals. The bees surround the ocelot and adorn his head as if they are bestowing him with life. The human eye refers to our connection with all of nature. You can view the painting online here: https://amyguidry.com/bestow.html.
Currently working on a new painting for WOW x WOW’s upcoming online exhibition, “Super Reverie.” I decided to paint an ocelot for this one. When I was a child, I was such a fan of ocelots and big cats that I could identify them solely by the markings on their fur. While the overall ocelot population is currently considered stable, there are only 30 left in the United States in southeast Texas. They used to be found east in Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as throughout Texas and in Mexico. Now they are found only in extreme southern Texas, northeastern Mexico, in addition to Central and South America. Hunting and habitat loss are their biggest threats, which is why a border wall could hinder their roaming for food and breeding.
These are progress photos of the beginning layers of paint as well as much more development of detail to the hair and eyes. The painting is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to know when the finished piece goes online: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
My painting Interconnect is featured in the May 2018 issue of Vie Magazine. It is part of their Introspections page and is a teaser to a larger article to be featured in their Animal issue coming out in August. Look for Interconnect in the Couture issue out now. And if you’re in New York, you can see Interconnect in person at Gristle Art Gallery now through May 5th.
I’ve recently finished a new small painting in my In Our Veins series. This piece is titled Interlace and is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 4″ high. It features a Manx Loaghtan sheep, which is a rare primitive breed of sheep native to the Isle of Man. They were near extinction in the 1970s but their population has increased to where they are now “At Risk” status. The human eye in the center of the rose refers to our connection to all flora and fauna. You can view Interlace on my website as well as the rest of the series at: https://amyguidry.com/interlace.html.
The latest painting in my In Our Veins series is now online. The title is Invasive Species and it is an acrylic on canvas, 20” wide by 10” high. There is no shortage of fast food establishments: they are everywhere, all over the world, sometimes multiples on the same block. While these businesses are taking over natural habitat, there are an inordinate number of species going extinct or listed as endangered everyday. The dodo bird is the unfortunate mascot of extinction, which is why I chose him to be the subject of this painting. There are more McDonald’s in the world than there are endangered species. The fact that dodos were literally eaten to extinction by Dutch explorers adds another layer of symbolism. While we have an overabundance of fast food places, many species such as the right whale and polar bear are dying off due to a lack of food. This painting serves as not only a reminder of the plight of the dodo but also for the prioritization of endangered species and natural habitat. You can view the painting online here: https://amyguidry.com/invasive-species.html.
My small painting Sight has just found a new home. This was the first time I’ve painted a barn owl, and I was very happy with the results. I especially enjoyed painting the contrast of the dark eyes against the white feathers. The human eye on his forehead refers to our connection with all of nature. This piece is part of a larger series titled In Our Veins, which you can view online here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.
In addition to my dodo bird painting, I’ve had another piece in the works for an upcoming exhibition. This is a little sneak preview of my painting for the “Floriography” exhibition to be held at Gristle Art Gallery in New York. The entire painting is 6″ wide by 6″ high and is an acrylic on canvas. The exhibition will open March 10th. I’ll give more details soon (sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to know when the finished piece is up: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html).
Making some progress on my current painting. I’m working on the details of the dodo bird’s face and feathers at the moment. There’s still a little work left to do on the background, but I just had to work on the dodo. I took some artistic license on the details. For example, adding folds of skin around the eyes and wrinkles. All the old illustrations and even the model recreations give him a completely smooth face, but after looking at tons of various bird photos, I decided against that and made my own interpretation. This is just a close-up photo- the entire painting is 20″ wide by 10″ high, and is an acrylic on canvas. More details soon. You can view the rest of this series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.