New painting currently in progress. This is the initial underpainting before moving on to more detailed layers. This is a just a sneak peek for now and I’ll be sharing more closer to time. Total size is 12″ wide by 12″ high, acrylic on canvas. To see the finished piece, sign up for my monthly newsletter on my website: https://amyguidry.com/contact.html . Just click on the newsletter icon.
I’m happy to announce that I was recently interviewed by the Mother Nature Network for a feature on their site. Starre Vartan asked me about my work and the connection to animals and ecological welfare. Here is just a sample of what we discussed:
MNN: In Our Veins is dominated by horses, deer, bears, wolves, rabbits, cows and humans. Why these animals?
AG: I feel like a lot of these animals blur the line between what would be considered domestic and what would be considered wild. As more wild habitat is being encroached upon by new houses and shopping malls, these animals are being forced out of their homes and find themselves having to adapt to this new urban landscape. They are wild, yet at the same time, people either think of them as cute nomads or dangerous intruders, depending on the species.
I’ll use cows because I feel like they are the epitome of the agribusiness animal. They are used for meat, dairy, and leather, and it’s because of them that forests are cleared and “predatory” animals are killed — all for the sake of ranching.
As for incorporating humans, I do so to emphasize that we are all part of the animal kingdom. I’ll sometimes combine a human with another animal to illustrate that connection. Other times, I may just paint the human brain as a symbol of sentience and our moral obligation to the welfare of these animals.
I’ve made some more progress to my current painting. This is a closeup of the deer I’m working on. I’ve built up the layers of paint, getting the colors where I want them to be and adding fine details with tiny round brushes in the final stage. I’ll post the painting again once it is finished. In the meantime, view the rest of this series here: http://amyguidry.com/heads.html.
I’ve (finally!) finished my latest painting in the In Our Veins series. The painting is titled Integral and is 20″ wide by 10″ high, acrylic on canvas. Integral explores the sometimes forgotten nature that we live in. The horses, though faceless, are still personable, a reminder of their importance. The landscape, tied to the horses, illustrates the connection between all life. View the painting online here: http://amyguidry.com/integral.html.