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Vie Magazine

“Interconnect” by Amy Guidry; Vie Magazine; May 2018

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.

New Work

“Invasive Species” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 20″w x 10″h; (c) Amy Guidry 2018
Detail of “Invasive Species” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 20″w x 10″h; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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.


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Exhibition Opening

“Interconnect” by Amy Guidry; acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

This is a sneak preview of sorts of my new painting Interconnect which will be part of Gristle Art Gallery’s “Floriography” exhibition.  It was selected as a promotional image for the show, so I’ll be posting the full image (sans text) once the exhibit opens.  If you are or will be in Brooklyn, New York anytime soon, the exhibition will be up March 10th through May 5th.  There will be an opening reception this Saturday, March 10th from 7-9pm.  More details here: https://www.gristleartgallery.com/current.html.


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Sold

“Sight” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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.


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In Progress / Upcoming Exhibit

Painting in progress (detail) by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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).


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In Progress

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

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.


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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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New work

“Sight” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″ x 4″; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2018
“Reflection” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on cardstock; 4 1/2″ w x 5 5/8″ h framed; image size 4″ tondo; $100; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

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.


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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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