I made a map a few months ago in my journal. It is of my ideal city, a village really, by the sea. Southern California was my childhood home, and aside from the traffic I really miss it. This place, La Dolce Vita (The good life) is by the sea, and has piers with cabanas at the end, like this one in Bora Bora. Nothing, but nothing could make me happier.
My village is here.
In the book she takes journal pages and creates art based on them. I thought I would try that with my Dolce Vita Map, since I so adored wandering around in that fictitious place. There are gardens, shops, a performing arts complex, affordable houses and parks. Cabanas, water, flowers and an art studio.
I decided to paint the map on silk. It took forever. My sister painted with me on a scarf of her own, both of us very ambitious in our designs.
The scarf is 24″ square. The black area is dark purple and black. I had to do it a number of times to get the contrast I wanted.
I was going to cut it up originally, and make one of the projects in Melanie’s book, but I could not do it. I want to look at this map forÂ while.
Paint a map! Make your nirvana and visit it when you like, and then send a pic to me.