Night Maps

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Arty Cartophiles, Mapping Techniques | 5 comments

This week I started what I think will be a series for me, called Night Maps.

The surface is layers of gesso, hide glue, Silks, acrylics and Wax. The surface of the sea is shiny, the land is not.

Wandering the streets of this indigo dreamland makes me happy, and powerful. Creating places to go and places to see, that is mighty.

I added a deep blue ocean. The sea was always close to me growing up, now I dream of it. I watch the sun setting over the Rocky Mountains and know that it is headed to the sea.

“for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

E.E. Cummings



  1. very cool!!!!

  2. I like the darkness and mystery to this piece. And that texture — wow!

  3. Beautiful, Jill! Really like the surfaces. I am starting the year with personal heritage maps with my 7-8th graders. I’ll let you know how it goes-

  4. I love this idea. I have always been amazed by images of the earth at night from space. There is so much light on all the time that we humans have created. Looking forward to seeing more of your explorations in this “nocturne” theme.

  5. I love your site! The sea calls to me too although we’ve moved and live far away…I can see it in different ways in the mountains around us. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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