I was recently introduced to Missy Dunaway's work. Susie left her info in the comments a few posts back. I found myself intrigued by her fresh unique approach to sketchbooking. Entire pages filled with beautifully rendered ink paintings. Landscapes & cityscapes in all their rich glory. Unimaginable beauty. So painterly! I love to find artists I've never heard of before who leave me breathless after spending time with their work. You can read about her process HERE. She answers questions from readers which make fascinating reading. Go see for yourself!
I contacted Missy and she kindly agreed to let me feature her work.
Recently Chronicle Books had a "Great Tumblr Book Search" and Missy entered it. She writes on her tumblr blog:
I have combined two personal art journals into one book entitled “Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York.” This book builds a narrative through painting and poetry to recount two years of solo globe-trotting, giving readers a chance to explore the world through the eyes and heart of a painter.
Eighty paintings guide the reader through a visual journey beginning in 2013 when I moved from New York City to Istanbul alone. Short poems describe a mirroring emotional journey as I leave old relationships, adjust to a new culture, and learn a new language. The book continues into 2014 as I move from Istanbul to Central Turkey, where the cultural divide deepens and the language barrier rises.
“Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York” combines female travel writing themes like independence, exploration and alienation with simple poetry and colorful artwork …
I hope Chronicle Books sits up and takes notice. I, and probably you too, would buy a book of these glorious paintings in a heartbeat! Missy's website HERE.