Making some progress on my current painting. Working on the polar bear’s hair at the moment. This piece will be part of Cactus Gallery’s Magic Oceans, Sacred Rivers exhibition which focuses on our connection to oceans, rivers, and their animals as well as their welfare. This painting is an acrylic on canvas, 5″ wide by 5″ high. If you’d like to be updated when it goes online, sign up for my monthly newsletter: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
Happy to say that my painting On the Rise is in the current issue of Tulane University’s literary arts journal The Tulane Review. On the Rise is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. You can view the painting on my website at this direct link: https://amyguidry.com/on-the-rise.html.
I’m happy to announce (and share this sneak preview) that my paintings will be included in the upcoming “The Art of Compassion” book which will benefit the charity Veganuary. The book has been several years in the making, and will feature art by vegan artists from around the world. Big thanks to Leigh Sanders and Jessica Goodall for making this all happen. My painting Vestige will be one of three works I’ll have included. This piece is an acrylic on canvas, 12″ wide by 12″ high. The book will be available worldwide through Amazon later this Fall. More details soon. In the meantime, you can view Vestige online here: https://amyguidry.com/vestige.html.
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.
Closeup shot of the progress on my latest painting. Finished the flowers, currently working on the bear’s fur. With all that hair, I’m going through a lot of tiny paintbrushes on this piece! This painting is an acrylic on canvas, 12″ by 12.” Hoping to finish this one soon and reveal the finished piece. Get the first look at the finished painting by signing up for my monthly newsletter here: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
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.
A few photos of my current painting in progress. I had started this painting just a few days before Grizzly bears were removed from Endangered Species status. Sad, but fitting. 700 bears in the wild is not a high number, especially if there is a major disaster, and to ensure no genetic mutations occur due to inbreeding. Our priorities need to change. So it’s fitting that I happened to choose a Grizzly as my subject for this piece. We are steadily creating desert landscapes full of our garbage- in this case, a junkyard of cars- as we clear out the natural habitat of so many species, many endangered. I used flowers growing out of the bear’s back as a reference to our connection to nature; this lone patch of flowers mirroring the small, shrinking natural landscape.
Sometimes I receive installation images from people after they’ve hung my work in their home. It’s always nice to see my work again and how it looks in its new space, plus if it’s been included in groupings of work by other artists, that’s always nice to see. So these are a few shots featuring paintings from my In Our Veins series and Beneath the Surface series.
I’ve finally finished my large painting as well as a couple of smaller pieces. All three are the latest in my In Our Veins series. The first is titled On the Rise and is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. This piece was created in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of animals in the Arctic. Next is Arise, also an acrylic on canvas, 6″ by 6″ square. The skull serves as a landscape for wild horses, linking humans and animals. Lastly is the latest addition to the smaller paintings, Stem, which is 4″ by 4.” The deer wears a wreath of roses, representing their connection to each other and all of nature. View all three paintings online here: On the Rise, Arise, and Stem.