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September 1st, 2016

A Vacation Map

Artist: Jean Mackay, United States
Artist Statement: When traveling to a new place, I like to start with a map in my sketchbook. Though I’ve been to Maine many times, I’d never been to Deer Isle. Prior to setting off, I sketched the island outline and painted the deep blue water, using a lot of water and letting the colors merge right on the paper. The map created a sense of anticipation and helped me get oriented to the island when I arrived. Thereafter, I added details each day, which made for a nice record of the week’s activities. There’s a lot going on on the page so I chose to keep the color scheme for the islands pretty basic. My final step was to add the paler blue around the text to tie it all together.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolors
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Artist and educator, Jean Mackay immortalizes the ephemera of everyday life and nature in her artist journal and on her blog, “Drawn In”. She lives in Connecticut. www.jeanmackayart.com

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