I joined Instagram today! If you’d like a better look into my daily life as a traveling artist, find me at missydunaway, or by clicking the “Instagram” link in the header above. Thanks!
Anonymous asked: HI honey! I was wondering, do you ever paint faces? If you do would you post those paintings/drawings?
Hello! You might not have expected it, but this is a very complicated question. You see, I only painted portraits for years. Between college semesters, I was a student in a small group of Impressionist portrait painters in Provincetown, Massachusetts. We’d spend seven hours a day painting a live model on the beach, and occasionally I’d stay late to draw the skull. Winters were spent in drawing and sculpture workshops that focused on classical study of anatomy.
After college I decided to pursue my individual style, and leave portraits behind for a while. After all those years as a student of Impressionism and portraiture, a love of Impressionist color theory is what remained, and my work continues to focus on light and color. I don’t draw faces or figures nearly enough anymore, and I should. The figure exhibits form, color, value, balance, weight, mass, volume, movement and expression. If you can draw people, you can draw anything.
Portrait of a Sioux chief for a college assignment, circa 2008:
Portrait of a live model on the beach in Provincetown, from 2008 as well.
At the last minute I was included in an art exhibition at Bonart Sanat Galerisi in Teşvikiye, Istanbul. The opening reception was earlier this evening, but the exhibition will be on display from April 1st - April 12th. If you’re in the area, I encourage you to check it out.
Bonart Sanat Galerisi
Ahmet Fetgari Sokak
No: 20 Daire: 2 Teşvikiye - İstanbul
Anonymous asked: What sort of paints do you use for your paintings? They are amazing!
Thank you! Allow me to redirect you to this informative post. Enjoy!
zazu1luv2 asked: Hello there! your books are very inspiring, do you have any advice for the amateur traveling artists out there? :) Any way to get started and get inspired, any way to look at things differently? Thank you for your time!
Hi there! Travel advice, let’s see. My biggest piece of advice, especially for artists, would be to take your time. Let your curiosity guide you when picking destinations, but when you arrive stay for a while and let the environment sink in. I usually set aside at least a week or two for a single location. If I have a year in a new country, like I do now, I’ll travel domestically and cross the border only once or twice.
Of course, most people don’t have the luxury of traveling for long stretches of time. In this case, go ahead and let yourself be a tourist. Whenever I get to a new destination, I book a bus tour and nerd out with a map, camera, and Rick Steves’ guide book. It’s cheesy, I know, but tours include a broad history lesson, the opportunity to meet other travelers, and they’re time-saving. After all, tourist attractions are often popular for good reason.
As for looking at things differently, I arrange home stays when possible, where I stay with a local family in their house. Home stays are ideal for peeking into the culture, and they’re often inexpensive or free.
For inspiration, I usually pick a neighborhood that interests me and simply wander around (with a map and while exercising proper safety, obviously). I carry a camera, but for the most part I keep the lens in my backpack. I always feel insensitive and uncomfortable when I take photos of people, and I never feel fully present when I’m looking at things from behind a lens. What can I say, I’m a painter, not a photographer.
Thank you for your question, and for the nice things you have to say about my art.