Which Way is Up?
It's no secret that I like Map art so when Mixed media artist, Jill K. Berry, put out her second call to create a map of our personal vision of 2015 I joined! This year I decided to play with the idea of a city map. I had the idea of a round-about with my family as the center and everything else I do coming out from there. My first sketch reminded me of a spider's web. It wasn't what I wanted.
I cut a couple circle masks, pulled out my square stencils, my Inktense blocks and a paintbrush and went to work.
I put the circle mask a little off center, taped the stencils down and colored each block. Just a little bit of color in each square because the Inktense blocks are truly INKTENSE! A little goes a long way, and even then some colors are more saturated than others so be careful if you don't want an intense color.
I took a photo of the almost completed piece and imported it into photoshop to play even more.
I really didn't know what I was doing or where I was going with this piece. I rotated the piece around trying to figure out which way was up. Suddenly my art brain woke up! It was almost midnight so it was about time!!! I cropped the piece so that the circle was in the upper left hand part, added a compass rose and the words "Which Way is Up?" This idea connected to how I have been feeling lately. I started naming the streets using some of the words from my original sketches and added more from there. I added words that have meaning for me, as well as words that I may experience this year. There are many roads to travel and some of those roads change suddenly. And just because I travel one road doesn't mean I can't turn a corner and change things for myself.
Which ever way 2015 turns out to be this year, I think I'm ready.
If you like map art check out Jill Berry's book Personal Geographies and join us in the Arty Cartophiles Facebook group and the Map 2015 Pinterest page.