Missy H. Dunaway

Welcome! I'm an American painter traveling the US, Turkey, Morocco, and Europe. I paint many things, but this blog largely features my "Book of Paintings."

Tomorrow evening I depart for my second round of globe trotting (Paris, Fes, Sahara, then Paris again). I was supposed to pack up my art supplies, but instead I sat down for a quick color study of my old street in Ibrahimpaşa. I don’t have time to finish it, but it’s a pretty start, I think.

Anonymous said: Can you talk about your experience at the residency stay? Are they financially hard to do?

Residencies are amazing resources for artists. They usually provide you with a studio space, living space, (sometimes) meals, and creative company in an idyllic landscape for a month or more. Some are free, provide a stipend, charge tuition, or offer reduced rates on studio rentals. Not surprisingly, the free residencies are very competitive.

Immediately after graduating from Carnegie Mellon I applied for about twenty residencies. I was rejected from all except one: Vermont Studio Center. VSC is unique in that the application does not require a CV. This was great for me, because I had a very modest resume. But VSC is a non-for-profit organization which charges tuition. For four months preceding my three month residency, I worked as a barista in the mornings, waitress at nights, and babysitter on the weekends to cover the cost. 

I saw VSC as an investment because I knew I could build my portfolio with uninterrupted studio time, meet 50 professional artists a month, and the experience would make me more competitive for other (hopefully free) residencies.

Your resume is equally important as the quality of your art in grant and residency applications. I know that doesn’t seem fair, but the judges just want to ensure they’re awarding artists who will use the opportunity seriously, and not just as a free vacation. They also don’t want to invite someone who could be disruptive, so showing that you have past experience living in an isolated art community is reassuring. 

My next two residencies, Babayan Culture House (BCH) and Cafe Tissardmine, also charged tuition. The fees are about the same as a month’s rent (although take that with a grain of salt because I’ve lived in NYC). I was a resident at BCH while I was still a Fulbrighter, and my monthly Fulbright stipend covered those fees. I was awarded a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, which allowed me to extend my Fulbright research in Turkey. I had a little left over, so that is covering Cafe Tissardmine. 

So now I have a rule: every time I apply for a residency with fees, I apply for a grant that could fund it. Oh, and you probably want to know where I find all this stuff. Knock yourself out at TransArtists.org and ResArtis.org

Good luck!

As I prepare for my artist residency at Cafe Tissardmine, I’m reminded of my old bedroom at Vermont Studio Center, my first residency experience.
"My old room. It had my bed, my letters, my books, and that beautiful carved leather satchel I never once used. I miss it, I miss it, I miss it."
Cafe TissardmineVermont Studio Center

Welcome!

I just received word that my blog is trending on Tumblr.  What an honor!  To all of my new followers: Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you like what you see. 

Cheers,
Missy

I’m in the middle of painting and will share some process photos tonight. In the meantime, here’s a new print that I just added to my Etsy store.

Window shop here!

I just returned from a five day trip to New York City. I had a great visit, although most of my time was spent schlepping artwork through the subway. Years ago, I bought a "telescoping zoom tube" to safely transport large, rolled paper paintings. Unfortunately, the extendable tube does not lock into place well, so it was falling apart at the worst times and the handle snapped off. I’m currently shopping for a better quality replacement. 

Just came across these mementos in the back pocket of my Moleskine. Two fishing flies, a book recommendation from a friend, and a photo of a German soldier lost in WW I. The back of the photo is a missing person’s report written by the soldier’s fiancé.

I’m adding three new prints a week to my Etsy shop. Here’s the latest addition.

"The caves of Cappadocia. Still standing. Still occupied."
mhdunaway:

White text reads: “I’ve had three knee surgeries, thirteen teeth pulled, six psychotic roommates, and three bosses who belong behind bars. But I had you. So yeah, I would consider myself a lucky person.”
Purchase a print of this painting on Etsy

Thank you to everyone who has liked and shared this painting on Tumblr, I’m amazed by how long it’s been gathering notes. I’m excited to share prints of this painting on Etsy. Have a look!

mhdunaway:

White text reads: “I’ve had three knee surgeries, thirteen teeth pulled, six psychotic roommates, and three bosses who belong behind bars. But I had you. So yeah, I would consider myself a lucky person.”

Purchase a print of this painting on Etsy

Thank you to everyone who has liked and shared this painting on Tumblr, I’m amazed by how long it’s been gathering notes. I’m excited to share prints of this painting on Etsy. Have a look!

"These are the only powerlines that bring electricity to my village.
So far away. So content.”

Hanging out here this evening. 

My Etsy store opens today! I’m starting off with just fifteen prints, but will add three new prints every week.

I opened this shop so that my friends can enjoy my artwork in their homes, and not just from their computer screens. If there is any artwork you would like to see for sale, let me know in my message box and your favorite painting might appear in the shop the following week!

Visit the shop now

I love real-time posting. Here’s what I’m working on at this very moment. Process photos to follow.

*Live updating: In July I was living out of a suitcase and was unable to paint for the whole month. This is my first day back, and I’m feeling really energetic and hasty with the brush. That’s fine in the early stages, but now I need to start refining the painting and I still feel too charged. i’m going to stop while I’m ahead and have another go in the morning when I have a steady hand.

Anonymous said: What is your etsy store called

The store’s name is my name, Missy Dunaway. But it’s not open yet… just five more days before I open shop. I’ll post an announcement and link on Tumblr when I launch.