undercurrents

dance & drawing. movement. cycles.

i switched majors in college when i was 19 from ballet pedagogy (university of oklahoma at norman) to visual art (university of arkansas at fayetteville). ballet was a passion of mine but i found that it may not have been my calling. i love dancing … tap, modern, theatre, lyrical, ballet. i wasn’t too shabby at it, but i felt my heart pulling towards working creatively with my hands.

diving into painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and everything else was very therapeutic and natural. however, i missed dance like crazy. after all, i danced from when i was 4 to 18. i ended up taking instruction at a local dance studio, which satisfied that need. while finishing up my BFA, i decided to challenge myself with finding a unique way to express the melding of dance and drawing. i researched various dance photographers and took several figure study courses. figure study from professor ken stout was an inspiring set of courses that pushed me further towards my interests.

at the time, i ended up painting a few pieces that i felt achieved the goal i was going for. but after college, the project was put on hold.

last year, i was inspired by a motivated friend to do a little clean-out of ye ole soul. time leaves its baggage piled up in your chest and sometimes you have to get in there and clean it out. you also have to take time to appreciate all the goodness. it is a great favor to do for yourself. so i began to find a healthy path toward focusing on emotional, physical, spiritual clarity. it’s not something to cross off of your “to do” list, but it’s nice to shift your lifestyle just a bit to gain clarity and let go of some aging hook-ups.

during this process of journaling, sketching, reading, pacing, analyzing, resting (and a little bit of dancing), i began my “undercurrents” series. i’m a pretty private person and have been wanting to challenge myself by exposing a more emotional side in a tasteful, expressive manner. i worked with dear friend and talented photographer Lily Darragh back home in little rock to shoot a couple of dancers. i shared with her my goals, we painted a backdrop and did some planning on how this would best play out.

Working with a dancer during the Little Rock photo shoot.
working with a dancer during the little rock photo shoot.

after spending quite some time narrowing down the emotions/narratives i intended to convey, i built playlists to correlate with each narrative. we met one afternoon with two dancers that ended up really pushing the idea. as the dancers listened to the music, i loosely “choreographed” the shoot and encouraged them to improvise and tap into their own forms of expression. it was a pretty incredible experience watching these talented girls put my description into action.

the photos turned out better than imagined: i now have a beautiful custom library of photographs to create from. and they all tell a personal story. i am currently in the process of organizing the photos, sketching from them and creating mixed-media paintings while also creating from live models. more to come …

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thank you to jenny wittenberg, georgia & ashton, lily and momzie. 

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[dancing to the bangles, of course.]
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these days are numbered.

literally … these days are numbered. i had the honor of designing the bar bc ranch calendar again this year. last year’s was a success and, according to the bossman, this year’s “is fabulous, well done!  Maybe the best yet?” 

Bar BC Calendar Cover

this year, i was asked to not only design the calendar and handle pre-production/production, but they wanted me to paint a series of watercolors to accompany each months “hero” photograph. the series consists of 3 insects, 3 fish, 3 trees and 3 plants. again, this was one of my most favorite jobs. i love large, intense projects that i can get lost in. this satisfied both my overly-organized self as well as the creative daydreamer in me. thanks again to mj for a great experience.

i work with a great partner on the project, which makes it that much more enjoyable (mj, you know i’m talking about you). the organizing, research, working with wyoming photographers, etc, went smoothly with the hillwood team. printing went smoothly, which is always good news. capital printing here in austin does a fantastic job of being technically on-it as well as accommodating and pleasurable to do business with (high five, mickey!). the production side of it can be a headache (and backache and eyeball ache) but they run it smoothly and kink free.

which is your favorite?me, i’m partial to jackson hole in september …

 

photography with the accompanying watercolor:
it’s easiest to click on the first one then scroll through them with the arrows once the image is open large.

 

 

production with capital printing co, austin.

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2013 recap

THANK YOU to all who posted, liked, commented, shared and supported in 2013. lots of love.
i’m ready for another great year, full to the brim.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

police positive

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i got a call from a very nice arkansan not too long ago requesting a portrait of a colt police positive .22 using walnut grips that he owned. the drawing is planned to be a birthday surprise for his brother’s birthday in september. he mailed images of the gun, as well as the grips to choose from and their screws. we corresponded over the time the piece was created and, in the end, he was very pleased. he wrote, the morning after the piece was delivered “woke up this morning smiling … NO buyers remorse”. happy customer. happy emily.

 

thank you, jch, for your ideas, support and your humor.

new site!

emily galusha creative header

well, a website redesign was due, so i’m happy to share my new site, eegcreative.com. it focuses on graphic design work as well as my visual artwork (drawing/painting/mixed media). this is a good excuse to turn your phone on silent, grab your laptop and do some surfing.

this blog (the page you’re on right now) will still have updates on what i’m working on and all of that good stuff (drawings, photos, projects) … and facebook/twitter/pinterest are also awesome time suckers. so enjoy yourself and go play.

new website link   :   www.eegcreative.com

e.e.g. creative music mix

a big ole thank you to the Man upstairs and to everyone who supports artists, designers, creators and those with fantastic ideas. you are greatly appreciated.

bourbon & boots

i’m proud to announce that bourbonandboots.com will be selling my southern wares. today, they posted the first item for sale, a pistol illustration. i’m super excited as these guys have a good-lookin’ site with unique stuff to buy.
boots & bourbon says:
“This is who we think you might be.

  • You love the South
  • You are from the South or are a Southern Expat (livin’ up in yankeeland or maybe Texas)
  • You might even be a Carpetbagger who realizes how awesome Southern culture is
  • You value small producers
  • You value quality craftsmanship
  • You like vintage and handmade things
  • You value family and hospitality”

take a look here!

 

e.a.s.t.

the east austin studio tour is a big deal here in austin. artists, galleries and some retail/restaurants collaborate for the sake of being creative. i was fortunate enough to be hosted by the fabulous east side showroom, a depression-era set restaurant with all locally grown and raised food. my pieces fit well, which was a bonus. big thanks to mickie spencer for having me show during such a great event. e.a.s.t. took place during october and since then the pieces that are still for sale have made it to gallery 26 in little rock and to grayDUCK gallery in austin. i also have a few here at the studio for sale. take a lookie!

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thom’s best.

thom’s market in austin, tx, prides itself in the fact that they sell the best. the best wine, the best beer, the best chocolate … the best variety. it is a fun, laid-back specialty store, welcome to anyone. i strolled along each aisle, falling in love with so many labels and packaging elements. i love package design (sidenote: know anyone needing to hire a designer for packaging?). here is a collection of snapshots i took in the store that i thought were some of the best. tasty AND look good!

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movement on canvas.

“suspension in music” • 26″ x 26″ • mixed media on canvas

continuing the dancer series.
here’s a little inspiration from alvin ailey to get you in the mood, too.

bringing back the bodies.

when i was 3 or 4, mom enrolled me in ballet and tap classes. when i grew up some, i began to appreciate what dance was and i continued through to college, becoming a pre-dentistry / ballet pedagogy major. after a year of studying dance at the university of oklahoma in norman, my art calling pulled me to arkansas. i grew depressed without the outlet of physical expression that was like an appendage to my life. i started taking classes locally and felt that goodness again.

in college as an art major, some of my favorite classes were my figure studies courses with the talented professor ken stout. there is so much about the human figure that is beautiful; so many planes, curves, platforms, connections, shadows to work with. why not combine the two creative forms of art and movement?

one of the first original oil paintings i created other than still lifes was “bird dancer,” an image pulled from my sketches (see slideshow). the dancer’s figure extends outside the finished background, giving it an endless power. over the years i have created and sold a few of these pieces at art shows and at the pilates studio of little rock in arkansas. i haven’t painted in this theme in a while and i’m gladly bringing them back into the mix. dance, pilates and a little bit of yoga all on canvas. working on graphic design, pistols and dancers presents a nice balance.

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special thanks to vanessa gottfried.