Another close-up of my dodo painting in progress. This is just the initial rough layer of paint for now. I’ve actually been working on the background, but I won’t reveal too much just yet. So for now, it’s just a little sneak peek. The entire painting is 20″ wide by 10″ high and is an acrylic on canvas. I’ll share more updates soon, in the meantime, you can check out the rest of this series here: http://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.
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.
Happy to announce my new work for the new year. Just finished Sight, an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 4″ high. It’s the latest addition to my In Our Veins series. Also announcing Reflection, though technically not a 2018 painting, I just recently framed it in an antique frame painted black. Reflection is an acrylic on cardstock, and is 4 1/2″ wide by 5 5/8″ high framed (image size is 4″ tondo). Both of these paintings are currently available, $100 each. Direct inquiries to me here: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
Doing a lot of research right now as I plan to include a dodo in a future painting. To clarify, this piece is by Roelant Savery and since it was painted in 1626, roughly 40 years before dodos were extinct, I think it should be fairly accurate. There are so many variations in the colors, the shape and size of the feathers, and even in the size of the dodo, and since there are no photographs, I’m combing over old illustrations that range from representational to cartoonish, photos of dried up remains, as well as images of parrots, pigeons, vultures, and chickens. It’s a bit of a daunting project, even though I normally paint realistic images of what isn’t real, I’ve at least seen these things in person to some extent. The challenge is not only to paint something I’ve never seen, but to bring it to life. I’m anxious and looking forward to the challenge at the same time.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and the New Year. Just discovered one of my paintings sold at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans- a very nice way to start off the year. Shelter is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 10″ high, and is from my current In Our Veins series. This piece was also featured on the cover of the Cimarron Review. View it online here: https://amyguidry.com/shelter.html.
I’m getting ready for 2018 and clearing out my previous postcards. I have a dozen designs available with previous exhibitions listed on the back (as seen on top right example). If you would like a complimentary set mailed to you, contact me with your address here: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
Excited to finally reveal my finished painting, Transcendental. This piece was specifically created for a new exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco called “Familiar: The Spirit Animal in Contemporary Art.” Transcendental is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 6,” and features the “butterfly eyes” in keeping with some of my other paintings as of late. “Familiar” opens tonight, November 3rd with a gallery reception from 6-9pm and will remain up through December 1st, 2017.
I’m so happy to announce my finished painting, Vestige. It features a grizzly bear atop old cars in a junkyard. Flowers grow out of his back as a reminder of the connection of all life forms and also serving as a symbol of a vestige of nature among waste.
When I was a child, I diligently worked on a book I was “writing” about animals (it mostly consisted of drawings). My thinking was that if they were good enough illustrations, people would then care about animals as much as I did. I still feel the same today- paint animals so that people will care about them, see them, really see them, for who they are, all part of this Earth.
While working on this painting, I’ve been focused on how much gets sent to landfills, creating a new “landscape” in which trees are removed and replaced with garbage. It has even inspired a recycling fiend such as myself to discover new ways to reduce and reuse.
This is a little sneak preview (closeup) of my painting recently created for an upcoming exhibit. I’m happy to share that my painting will be featured as part of “Familiar: The Spirit Animal in Contemporary Art” at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, California. The exhibit opens Friday, November 3rd with a gallery reception from 6-9pm. The exhibit will remain up through December 1st, 2017. I’ll be sharing the finished painting in its entirety soon.
After working on a few other projects for upcoming shows, I finally have a chance to get back to my grizzly bear painting. And I’m at the point where I can work on the face, which is when it really comes to life. The subject becomes more real to me once I paint the eyes. Even if I don’t know the subject, it’s when I paint the eyes that they come to life. They take on a personality. It’s exciting for me as an artist to witness that transformation.
This painting is an acrylic on canvas, 12″ by 12.” I’ll be posting the finished piece soon. In the meantime, you can check out the rest of the In Our Veins series here: https://amyguidry.com/gallery.html.