Two Years of Travel By painting of a landscape or memory In my Moleskine Notebook

Missy H. Dunaway

I’m an American painter working with acrylic ink in a Moleskine sketchbook. In 2013 I ventured to Istanbul with a Fulbright Fellowship and have been on the move ever since, attending artist residencies and traveling independently in the US, Turkey, Morocco and France.

For nine years I have painted in Moleskine journals with acrylic ink. Each page is a painting of a landscape or memory embellished with handwritten descriptions. I combined my two most recent journals into one book entitled Standing in Asia, Looking at Europe, Thinking of New York. 

One hundred illustrations guide viewers through a journey beginning in 2013 when I moved from New York City to Istanbul for one year, followed by several months spent in villages in central Turkey and Morocco. Along the way the artwork explores broader themes of memory, nostalgia, and the blending of one’s inner world with the external world.

My work has exhibited in Brooklyn, Washington DC, Chicago, Berlin, Istanbul and the UK. Pages from my travel sketchbook are featured in A World of Artist Journal Pages, published in 2015.

For more information about me and my work, feel free to visit my website via the link




This painting is a nice example of why I’m so loyal to my medium, acrylic ink. When diluted with water, the medium’s translucent, pigmented, ink-like nature comes through– as seen in the sky. But I can also load my brush directly from the jar and move it onto the paper. It’s so thick, it will bead on the surface– as shown with the street lights. I highly recommend it.



Reblogging for Istanbul.

“I haven’t had a dream in three months, but so long as my hours awake are spent in Istanbul, I don’t miss dreaming.”