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."

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.

erin-c-carr said: I also have a question. How do you make the prints of your work? Do you photograph the book, scan it? Order prints, do it yourself? Thank you.

Hi again!

Photographing my book: I’ve tried scanning it, but the book is so thick that the centerfold can’t lay flat and the image warps. I was recently advised to seek out a V-shaped book scanner, but I’m in no rush because I like photographing the book. I want the viewer to see all four corners and have a sense of the book as an object.

I’ve tried photographing the book on several surfaces, including plain white, but it just seems to wash out the pages. I’m tired of the blue painterly background, but the colors usually compliment the pages and the book just feels at home on it. 

Printing the pages: At the moment I’m visiting a local printer for small businesses. I shopped around a few companies to find a printer with a good color balance and paper quality, and just found one today. But using a professional printer is just temporary— once I make an income, the first thing I’m going to do is purchase the Epson 3880, which was recommended to me by another Etsy artist. Printing from home will be much more affordable in the long run.

I can’t wait to launch the shop next week. I see that you’re on Etsy, too. I’d greatly appreciate any advice you might have for a newcomer!

Cheers,
Missy

I am one week away from launching my Etsy store, where you will be able to purchase affordable prints of my artwork.

Today I photographed the prints inside of a frame, which turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. I’ve collected many charms, books, and decorative figurines over the years, and now I can finally put them to good use in photographic still lives. 

I’m at home with my parents for the month of August before departing for another round of globe trotting. This time, I’ll spend two weeks in Paris and one month in Morocco at the artist residency Cafe Tissardmine.

I’m setting up a workspace at my parent’s house, where I came across this innocent looking paisley box. Inside, I’ve hoarded every jar of ink I’ve used. And this is one of TWO boxes. One of these days I’ll have to go through and add up the amount of money I’ve spent on these jars.

On second thought, it’s probably best if I never ever do that.

USA BOUND!

This is my last day in Istanbul!  I just took four feather paintings off the walls of Holy Coffee Cafe in Çukurcuma.  Thank you to all of my friends at Holy Coffee for showing my art through the whole year, which has been one of the best of my life. 

When I arrive in the United States the first thing I’m going to do is unpack my carefully wrapped inks, brushes, and paper.  Thank you to all of my Tumblr friends and followers for your patience during July’s “summer rerun” posts.  New art is just around the corner!

I spent the past week in the UK, which explains the sparse posts. Apologies! I visited a few artist friends in the city, delivered a painting, and took a night bus to Scotland for a tour of the Glasgow School of Art, as I am considering pursuing an MFA.

The very talented artists pictured above are Shaun Stamp and Jonny Briggs waving hello from Shoreditch, and Sophie Aston at work in her Hampton Court home. 

And I am very proud to announce that one of my favorite carpet paintings was acquired by the newly appointed Director of the London Film School, Jane Roscoe. Ms. Roscoe and I toured the beautiful and diverse art collection of the House of St. Barnabas, which was the perfect ending to my UK adventure.

Thank you to all of my friends for making my UK visit worthwhile. You were worth every flight, layover, and night bus!