My painting Perspective has found a new home. Perspective is another painting from my In Our Veins series and is a 4″ x 4″ acrylic on canvas. These tiny hare heads required some tiny brushes with barely there bristles. I always like a challenge, though- it keeps me on my toes. If you’ve been following my work, you may have come to that conclusion… So if you are new, this series deals with the connections between all life forms and our role in the life cycle. I feel that environmental issues as well as animal welfare are a large part of that discussion as they go hand-in-hand. With this in mind, many of the animals in In Our Veins are depicted as just heads or limbs, such as the hares in Perspective. While thinking of animals as simply parts and a means to an end is a common view, I see them as sentient beings and a significant part of the world we live in. While I depict them as ‘missing pieces,’ I focus on the expressiveness of their eyes and faces to relay their importance. You can learn more about the series as well as view the paintings at this direct link: www.amyguidry.com/wild_west.html.
Also of note: if you are in the Lafayette area or planning a visit, you can see works from my In Our Veins series in person at the Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum starting September 15th through December 8th.
Another painting from the In Our Veins series has found a new home. Untitled (Desert) is an acrylic on canvas, 4″ x 4,” and will be joining a couple of my other paintings. It is actually a spin-off from one of my larger paintings, Heads II which can be seen here: www.amyguidry.com/Heads_II.html (and FYI Heads II is one of the paintings included in the upcoming show I’m doing at the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette, LA this September). View a larger image of Untitled (Desert) here: www.amyguidry.com/untitled04.html.
I’ve just added another new painting to my In Our Veins series. It is a 4″ x 4″ painting, acrylic on canvas, $100, titled Perspective. This is yet another example of why I use such tiny paintbrushes. The hare heads are about the size of a dime. The heads are representative of the typical view of animals- that they are simply a means to an end and are just parts and pieces we use or eat as opposed to sentient beings. I, however, don’t see them this way- hence the title Perspective– which is why I depict them in a manner that emphasizes the expressions of their faces or light colored, “human-looking” eyes.
Quick post today- lots going on and I’ll have plenty to share on here later so be on the lookout. The 3-person exhibition that I currently have at Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans recently received a great write-up in the Gambit Weekly. Eric Bookhardt attended our exhibit, “Visions of the Unnatural World,” and gave us a positive review which you can check out here: www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/05/15/review-new-works-at-barristers-gallery. The show is currently up through June 2nd.
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.
Three paintings from my In Our Veins series have recently found a new home in Norway! Interconnected, Full Circle, and Ephemeral are all acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 6,” 4″ x 4,” and 4″ x 4,” respectively. I’m happy to have my work go abroad and to such a wonderful, thoughtful new owner as well. It means so much to me to have someone show such appreciation for my work and to know that it speaks to them in such a personal manner. No award could ever compare.
I’ve recently added two new paintings to my In Our Veins series. The first is The Ties That Bind, an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 12″ high and is available through Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX. Next is a new small painting, Full Circle, also acrylic on canvas, and is 4″ x 4″ square. Both paintings deal with the life cycle and how everything eventually becomes part of the earth, continuously nourishing and fostering new life. We often forget that everything has a role in nature, which The Ties That Bind serves as a reminder of this. Every species is connected and to remove one creates a domino effect leading back to us. Get a better view of each painting here www.amyguidry.com/ties_that_bind.html and www.amyguidry.com/full-circle.html.
I’ve added two new small works to the In Our Veins series. Both are acrylic on canvas, 4″ by 4,” and $100 each. I just had better photos taken of them, hence the late post. The first painting is titled “Interdependent” and the next one is “Untitled (Desert).” I use tiny paintbrushes on all my work, but they are especially useful for these small paintings as they consist mostly of tiny little dabs and lines of paint. The photos here are rather small, so you can view them full-size on my website at www.amyguidry.com/interdependent.html and www.amyguidry.com/untitled04.html.
After much digging through photos and picking the “best” ones to post, I am finally posting one of my latest paintings. This is another addition to my In Our Veins series titled Cornucopia. (Totally a coincidence on the timing, given it is the week of Thanksgiving.) It is an acrylic on canvas, 10″ wide by 8″ high and is available through Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX. I’ve documented my painting during my process and have a few photos to share. I apologize for the poor quality except for the very last photo- which was professionally done. I’m not the best with a digital camera, but feel that these photos still get the point across. Just click the images below for a larger view.
Another In Our Veins painting has found a new home. My painting Sequence has sold and is already at its new residence. This is an acrylic on canvas, 6″ wide by 12″ high. The In Our Veins series deals with the life cycle and the role of every living organism in it. With Sequence, life and death are represented with new life- plants, animals, insects- leading one to the next, from the skull. The animals loosely follow a natural hierarchy, many of them following each other in the food chain. The roses were part of the original sketch and seemed appropriate given that we use roses to celebrate life as well as to honor those that have passed. You can read more about the series as well as view a larger image of Sequence here.