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2014 Cartography Blog Hop

I come from a family  of map enthusiasts. My uncle collected antique river maps of New Orleans. My father loved old survey maps. I fell in love with maps when I opened my Girl Scout handbook to the page that taught me how to read one.  There is a good reason that one character in my mystery series fell in love with another character when he taught her compass and map reading.

Naturally, I  am a big fan of Jill K. Berry and her book Personal Geographies, which is about using maps as part of journaling and self-exploration. So I was thrilled when she called for people to participate in her Mapping 2014 Artfully Challenge. The idea was to draw a map that represents our hopes, aspirations, fears, plans, etc. for 2014. Monday to Friday of this week, 2014 January 13 to 17, is the blog  hop for people to see all of those artful maps.

Here’s mine

How I see the coming year

How I see the coming year

The week I started working on my map, I was playing  with Norse imagery and the The Vaksala Runestone, from Uppsala Sweden. This stone has a lot of intersecting circles on it. Intersecting circles and a Viking theme became the basis for my map. In the lower right corner is my ship, ready to set sail, but whose way is blocked by a big, pointy stone called Fear. My ship has to find a way around that, and even when she does, I’m not sure there aren’t other big, pointy rocks hidden under the water. There are some safe landing places: trust, patience, and practice, and one big unknown move, because it’s likely that my husband and I will make a big move, our first  in  sixteen years.

The five big destination isalnds are the things I hope guide me this year:

  • Passion because that’s what life is all about.
  • Movement or rather  stillness in movement, a Zen principal I’m trying to follow.
  • Moment, symbolized by the labrynth, which means being aware of and enjoying all moments.
  • Gratitude for all the things I have at this time in my life.
  • And finally, love.

Finally, because I’m a big Harry Potter fan, I’ve put a tiny golden snitch in the middle of the top because if I’m skillful enough to catch one, my team  wins.

For the people who like art details, the map was drawn on Aqvarelle Arches 140 pound cold pressed watercolor paper, with Micron pigma pens. It  has a Golden quinacridone gold under wash and was colored with Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils.

To see links where other map makers are posting this week, go to Jill’s Personal Geographies Blog.


11 thoughts on “2014 Cartography Blog Hop

  1. marycnasser says:

    Sharon, love the intricacy, colors, lettering, and symbolism of your map! Was great reading how the love of maps permeates your family, too!


  2. barbaramartin says:

    This map tells such a story — with a capital S — it seems like you really took Jill’s suggestions to heart. Also, it is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!


  3. 3renee says:

    Hi Sharon, I enjoyed reading the story within your map. Simply amazing, thanks for sharing it.


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