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Ho’olaule’a

“Hope” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 4″w x 6″h; SOLD; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

I was recently invited to create a piece for the upcoming “Ho’olaule’a” exhibition opening at Cactus Gallery in Los Angeles.  The exhibit celebrates endangered species (Ho’olaule’a is Hawaiian for celebration), and I chose to paint the Ethiopian wolf.  Ethiopian wolves are the only wolf found in Africa.  They are the rarest species of dog in the world and the rarest carnivore in Africa.  There are less than 450 left in the wild.  They live in close-knit packs of 3-13 adults, but unusually for wolves, they hunt alone.  One of their biggest threats comes from habitat loss due to agriculture.

The title of my painting is Hope and it is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 6″ high.  The human third eye refers to our connection with nature: the we see ourselves in animals as well as seeing the world through their eyes.  The rainbow is a symbol of hope, hence the title, and serves to inspire us all to keep working towards a better future for all of nature.

The “Ho’olaule’a” exhibition opens this Saturday, May 12th, 6-9pm and will remain up through June 2nd.  More details here: https://cactusgalleryla.com/.  For pre-sales, contact Sandra at sandra@cactusgalleryla.com.


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New Painting / Exhibition Opening

“Bestow” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; $500; (c) Amy Guidry 2018
Salvador Dali with ocelot

Very excited to reveal my new painting, Bestow, created for WOW x WOW’s upcoming online exhibition, “Super Reverie.”  Bestow is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high.  I’ve been fascinated by ocelots since a very young age.  (And apparently Surrealist painter Salvador Dali is a fan.)  As mentioned before, I knew all the big cats so well I could identify them solely by their patterning (without seeing their faces).  I paired the ocelot and bees in this piece because of their similar colors and patterns.  Because of bees, plants are pollinated and ultimately provide food systems for all animals.  The bees surround the ocelot and adorn his head as if they are bestowing him with life.  The human eye refers to our connection with all of nature.  You can view the painting online here: https://amyguidry.com/bestow.html.

The exhibit opens May 4th, 7pm BST, and will remain up through May 25th.  More details and view the exhibition: https://wowxwow.com/product-category/super-reverie.


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In Progress

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

Currently working on a new painting for WOW x WOW’s upcoming online exhibition, “Super Reverie.”  I decided to paint an ocelot for this one.  When I was a child, I was such a fan of ocelots and big cats that I could identify them solely by the markings on their fur.  While the overall ocelot population is currently considered stable, there are only 30 left in the United States in southeast Texas.  They used to be found east in Arkansas and Louisiana, as well as throughout Texas and in Mexico.  Now they are found only in extreme southern Texas, northeastern Mexico, in addition to Central and South America.  Hunting and habitat loss are their biggest threats, which is why a border wall could hinder their roaming for food and breeding.

These are progress photos of the beginning layers of paint as well as much more development of detail to the hair and eyes.  The painting is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high.  Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to know when the finished piece goes online: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html.


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New Work

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

I’ve recently finished a new small painting in my In Our Veins series.  This piece is titled Interlace and is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ wide by 4″ high.  It features a Manx Loaghtan sheep, which is a rare primitive breed of sheep native to the Isle of Man.  They were near extinction in the 1970s but their population has increased to where they are now “At Risk” status.  The human eye in the center of the rose refers to our connection to all flora and fauna.  You can view Interlace on my website as well as the rest of the series at: https://amyguidry.com/interlace.html.


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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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New Work / Exhibition

“Interconnect” by Amy Guidry; Acrylic on canvas; 6″ x 6″; $500; (c) Amy Guidry 2018

My latest painting in the In Our Veins series is now online.  This piece was created for Gristle Art Gallery’s “Floriography” exhibition going on now through May 5th, 2018.  It’s titled Interconnect and is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 6″ high.  The human third eye refers to our connection to all of nature, both flora and fauna.

I chose to paint a jaguar for this piece- one of my favorite big cats ever since childhood.  And an appropriate subject for a floriography-themed exhibit as their black spots are referred to as “rosettes” because of their rose-like shape.  Jaguars are mainly found in the Amazon or remote areas of Central and South America.  They haven’t reached full endangered status -yet- but their population is in decline and they are listed as Threatened.

“Floriography” is on view at Gristle Art Gallery in Brooklyn, New York now through May 5th.  You can also view the exhibit online here: https://www.gristleartgallery.com/floriography.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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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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