Nestled in the sleepy Midwestern Flint Hills of Kansas, just off Highway 24, this historic campus can be found.
Last August I was commissioned to make a storybook style map of the old Jesuit grounds.
Seven months later, I was able to present it to my client.
This map, begun during the death of my grandmother, the wedding of my sister, and a couple chunks of sickness, has been quite a journey! Check out the slideshow below to see the final map painting from sketch to ‘almost’ end!
I am very grateful for the support of family and friends who were able to look at the work with honest eyes.
I am also grateful for the patience of my client after a few setbacks.
Some good life lessons and simple art lessons were learned.
Here’s a small sampling of them:
- Ask people. You see more with other people’s perspectives.
- Make time to do your regular hobby and for balanced life habits; it keeps your creative juices flowing. This will make you tackle the professional project at hand with more zeal -and more skill.
- Straight lines matter with perspective.
- Manage the inside voice. If you let your inside voice be harsh and critical, your work will be stressed looking and uptight. In times of performance you need a coach, not a browbeater.
- Continually give yourself over to the One who has made your talents possible. This really keeps the pressure off you. It’s almost like going into auto-pilot.
- Set a timer and take breaks.
- Audible and Movies do help – within reason.
- It’s time to add Adobe Creative suite to the list of skills
Do any of these life lessons resonate with you?
Thank you all for reading and taking a look! Deo Gratias for a beautiful job and everyone’s support and encouragement!
This painting was completed with Windsor and Newton watercolors, on a Arches cold pressed 140lb. watercolor sheet, 22×30.”
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6 thoughts on “When Watercolors Make Maps”
The Lord has blessed you with such a wonderful gift. Keep up the good work.
We enjoyed you, your family, and watching your sketches come to light and life through the flowing strokes of watecolor – beautiful!
Our love & prayers,
Aunt Sib & Good Ol’ Great Cousin Sabrina
Thanks so much, great Aunt Sib and dear Great Cousin Sabrina! 😉
It looks great to me, Bridget. I think it would look better with a Honda motorcycle parked in the parking lot? You do amazing work.
Haha! Thanks, Dale!