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Progress Update

Dodo painting in progress by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 20″w x 10″h; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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.


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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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Up for the Challenge

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.

Dodo painted by Roelant Savery in 1626

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In progress

Making some strides on a new small painting.  This will be the latest painting in my In Our Veins series.  Currently working on the details to the owl, and already roughed in the first layer of paint.  It is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 4″ high.  The finished piece will be revealed soon!  If you would like to be notified when it is available, sign up for my newsletter here: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.

Painting in progress by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; (c) Amy Guidry 2017
Painting in progress by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; (c) Amy Guidry 2017

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New Work

I’ve recently added a new work to my In Our Veins series.  The first is Cultivate, an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 8″ high as seen online here: http://amyguidry.com/cultivate.html.  The second painting is titled Connectivity and is 6″ x 6,” acrylic on canvas.  View it online (and the rest of the series) here: http://amyguidry.com/connectivity.html.

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New Work (Sold)

I’ve just added two new paintings to the In Our Veins series, both of which quickly sold after being featured.  Kin is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4″ and Absent is also an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 4″ high.  Both were highlighted in my latest newsletter, which features my latest work and gives subscribers the first peek, in addition to listings of current and upcoming shows, and other news.  If you would like to keep up with me you can join here: www.amyguidry.com/contact.html.  And you can view my new paintings online here: www.amyguidry.com/kin.html and here: www.amyguidry.com/absent.html.

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The Sum of Its Parts

“The Sum of Its Parts” by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 11″w x 14″h; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2012

I have finally finished the painting that I mentioned last week.  I’m excited to reveal my latest work in the In Our Veins series titled The Sum of Its Parts.  It is 11″ wide by 14″ high and an acrylic on canvas.  I think I set a record for going through the most paintbrushes in one painting.  I took artistic liberties with the size and placement of the stag’s heart to emphasize its significance and to center it up with the animals falling out.  Without being too graphic, I wanted to illustrate when one species dies, many other species are affected.  Each animal serves a role in the life cycle, together forming the delicate balance of nature.  The trees not only close in the composition, but connect with the animals via the roots seen at the bottom and illustrate the role of plant life and the Earth.  The butterflies, which are often seen throughout this series, serve as metaphors for life and beautiful little reminders of our short existence in the scheme of things.  A larger view of the painting can be seen here: www.amyguidry.com/sum-of-its-parts.html.

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