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.
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.
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.
Prints of TheWild West will soon be available! This is only the second painting to be available in print form. This will be a limited edition run of 50 Giclées, hand signed and numbered, 11″ wide by 14″ high on acid-free, 100% cotton, archival 230 gsm paper, $50 each. The prints will be available next week, so if you want to be notified before they are announced online, contact me to get on the list: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.
Just finished this small painting from my In Our Veins series. Cohaereo, which is Latin for connected, is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ by 4.” The rabbit wears a collar of roses atop an exposed heart. The heart on the outside of the body serves as a reminder of our shared biology with all of life. The butterflies are a metaphor for life in that both are beautiful, fragile, and ephemeral. You can view the painting online here: https://amyguidry.com/Cohaereo.html.
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 added two new small paintings to the In Our Veins series. One was previously posted in progress. Both were featured in my recent newsletter and have each found new homes in Louisiana and Florida. Spiritus, which is Latin for breath, continues with the theme of organs on the outside of the body as a reminder of our shared biology. It is an acrylic on canvas, 4” wide by 4” high. Perception, also an acrylic on canvas, refers to our understanding of nature and recognition of all sentient beings. View each of them here: https://amyguidry.com/spiritus.html and here: https://amyguidry.com/perception.html.
A few photos of my current painting in progress. I have not decided on a title yet, but can say that it is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 20″ high. These are a few shots of the beginning stages taking it from a sketch on paper to the first few layers of paint, focusing on the sky.
I like to paint. There was a time when I was scared to paint, thinking I wouldn’t be any good at it. I was used to drawing and liked the precision and control I had with it. Paint seemed messy and unforgiving. I can’t pinpoint exactly when I began to like painting. I think gradually I just learned to be less critical of my results thus allowing me more opportunity to work with paint. I like the tactile process of painting. I like filling in each square inch of a canvas, transforming it from a white blank space into a story. I like the toothy texture of the canvas. I like the look of the paint as it spreads across and fills in each crevice. I like the challenge of it even though it can be daunting. I just really like to paint.
More progress on my new painting. The first layer of paint has been roughed in and I’ve started adding more color and detail to the tree in the background. It is an acrylic on canvas, 8″ wide by 10″ high. More details soon, in the meantime view more of the In Our Veins series online here: http://amyguidry.com/wild_west.html.