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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austin medical marketing.

in december of 2013, i was hired by tarrytown pharmacy to handle their design work. the shop is family owned and operated and has been open since 1941. i enjoy doing creative work for them as there exists a steady consistency within the design work … and i grew up with a pharmacist for a father.

i worked closely with the pharmacy’s marketing specialist, delta lane. she recently resigned from her position there to follow her ambition of opening her own marketing consulting firm. in this process, i was invited as partner, handling the design work. i continue to work with tarrytown pharmacy but am excited to have this new avenue of design work open up.

along with myself, delta also partnered with kristy ryan, founder and CEO of lexicon medical. together, the three of us make up austin medical marketing.

from the humbling press release sent out last week : “Just like the providers they serve, these women are successful in their own specialties doing what they do best. And they have recognized the wisdom of collaborating and exploiting each other’s skills. This group of Austin businesswomen offers a powerful marketing and sales team that is uniquely suited to address the needs of Austin medical providers.

Austin Medical Marketing provides practices and healthcare facilities a strategic marketing plan specific to the local community including branding, content creation and media relations.”

i created the branding for the new marketing firm:

 

branding
(logo, stationery design)

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website

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For more information on Austin Medical Marketing please visit the website link above or email Delta at dlane@austinmedicalmarketing.com.

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.

plaza saltillo.

about a year ago andrew started a small urban farm in east austin called HOPE community farm. after helping him get started i joined him in managing the farm. we are under the blanket of the amazing HOPE campaign, including the HOPE farmers market in east austin. the farmers market is continuously adding local vendors, providing excellent quality produce, clothing, art and more at an affordable cost. the market is moving a few blocks east to the plaza saltillo, a beautiful site (take a look here!).

each month a local artist creates a poster to promote the market and HOPE sells the posters in their shop. lizzie garrett, development director of the hope campaign austin, asked me to do a poster to advertise the market and to help promote the move. keep an eye out for the poster around town and in the next edition of edible austin!

 

Plaza Saltillo, HOPE Farmers Markethope : helping other people everywhere

i’ll have a little ranch on the side, please.

© David Stubbs 2012(photo by David Stubbs)www.davidstubbs.com
© David Stubbs 2012(photo by David Stubbs)www.davidstubbs.com

each year a project or two claims itself as my favorite. in fall 2012, the bar bc ranch in jackson hole, wy, hired me to design their 2013 calendar and marketing promotional piece. thrilled to begin, i knew i’d be spending a couple of months staring at photos of heaven. the bar bc ranch was also featured in quentin tarantino’s 2012 “django unchained” (look for the beautiful tetons and snowy scenes).

excerpt : Hillwood, a Texas based land development company owned by Ross Perot Jr., purchased the lower Bar BC Ranch in 2004. Known as one of the largest private real estate developers and investors in the nation, Hillwood is recognized for its strength in creating premier projects and signature developments that create value for its partners, both public and private. The Bar BC Ranch is an example of Hillwood’s sensitive approach to protecting the land through conservation easements and respecting the native wildlife.

in past years, the photography of the marketing piece has been in color. marketing manager, mary jane ashmore, had a vision to do the piece in black & white, with inspiration from the fascinating photography of ansel adams. so, we did just that. all photography included is on the bar bc ranch, with exception of a few that are nearby. the images are all original, taken by a collective of photographers including mary jane. the layout design, production management, binding design are all done by yours truly. my client was blown away by the product and we continue to hear positive feedback as their clients receive the 2013 ranch promo. take a step into one of the most beautiful places in the country.

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special thanks to capital printing co and mickey brosseau who handled the printing, binding and mailing. also to mary jane ashmore for being incredibly great to work with and to jackson hole, for being so dreamy.

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.