Aqua, my Drawing Challenge

February 13, 2015

There’s legend about an island somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors refer to it as Sham Center and all maps say it is to be avoided, for anyone who comes near risks life and limb. Because, you see, this island is the home to a strange civilization which no one can get close to. Some say it’s paradise on Earth, others say it’s a prison. All that is known about it comes form a few aerial photographs which are usually obscured by a creature so fierce, so territorial, that usually only one partial photograph manages to be transferred remotely before the camera drone is forced down into the depth of the ocean and is lost forever.

This creature is the dreaded Aqua Sham.

No ordinary sparrow, this distant cousin of the common rosy house finch has evolved to live in and around the coast line of Sham Island. Some believe it needs the tropical waters to breed and incubate its eggs, some believe it is a water bird only coming to the air in a massive murmuration when the island is approached by someone or something foreign. Whatever the truth may be, be warned, if you approach the island, it may be the last thing you ever do.
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Joining in with their most Aquanocity:
Tammie,Β Roberto, Ariane, Marian, Carole,Β Katrin, Eric, Nadine, Annton, Rebecca, Barbara, Susan, Lara, Melodye, Stefanie, Emily,Β Linda, Sharmon, Kim,Β Lucia, Lissa, and maybe Patrice

And remember, there’s still time to get in on my giveaway. Draw this Sunday. πŸ˜€

Art: Collaged map from pieces of a pretty much destroyed ordnance survey map of Lancashire, tissue paper, inks, different blue acrylics.
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Hello from Sunday night, and, we have a winner!
Symmetry, the WordPress photo challenge

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35 Comments

  • Reply Norma February 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Brilliant! Brava! Best ever! Beautiful. Bon! Blue…aqua…oooohhhhhh!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      AW, (blush), thank you so very much Norma. Big hugs and I hope your weekend is fantastic. πŸ˜€

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks February 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Man, glad we don’t have those sparrows here in Canada, LOL!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I know…right? Although my killer resident hummingbird, who goes after my cats, comes at a very close second place. πŸ˜€

  • Reply tinyWOOLF February 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    “aquanocity”, hee hee, clever woman!!

    i’m charmed, so charmed by your {literal} strips of blue, my favourite natural colour these days… and i really would like to know more about sham island… you must tell the tale in full, for i am hooked to the suspense! your collage is so powerful, illustrating the story…
    thxs, brilliant challenge, n?

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks so much Nadine. Eric just added in the idea of a Bond film…lol…so now I have loads to think about. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Tammie February 13, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    you drew me in with your words
    smitten with your tale
    such a powerful little bird painting, really love it’s stance
    thank you for being our host!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much Tammie. I had a hard time turning something tame and gentle into something fierce, but I’m glad it worked out. πŸ˜€ Ain’t no thang. I loved hosting.

  • Reply eric February 14, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I like your collage and your story. It must be paradise…however, it could be situated in a “bond” film as well πŸ™‚ – eric

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Yeah? Bond and the Evil Finches. I love it. Got to have a Dr No and a series of Bond babes in various stages of undress though. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Sharmon Davidson February 14, 2015 at 6:44 am

    veronica, I love this piece, and the story that goes with it! My piece is map-themed as well!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Fantastic! Great minds…huh? On my way over in a second to see what you’ve been up to. Big hugs. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn February 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    awesome mythology! x

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you so much dearest. πŸ˜€ x

  • Reply Lara Schiffbauer February 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    So very beautiful, Veronica! You have amazing talent. πŸ™‚ Thanks for including me this week!

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Aw, (blush), thank you so much Lara. It was so lovely of you to join in, and, as you know, I love your Friday funnies to pieces! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Emily Trespas February 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Great wings! swooping in, clutching. Love the map and textures.

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Emily, thank you so much. I really enjoyed making that map and taking pains to join various lines and elevations, and then I just went and painted all over it…lol. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for joining in.

  • Reply lissa February 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    whether true or not, that is an intriguing tale. wonderful collage. that bird looks very fierce indeed.

    just drop by from Tammie Lee’s blog and notice the theme. I just posted a new piece that fits the theme. if it’s not too late, may I join in?

    anyway, hope you have a lovely day.

    • Reply Veronica February 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much Lissa, I’ve added your link now and coming over for a visit. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Kim Henkel February 14, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Love the view of your beautiful ‘no ordinary sparrow’! and what a tale to tell. Loved it Veronica! Thanks for the theme and being our host.

  • Reply barbara bee February 15, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Oh what a wonderful story! Have you ever thought about making a book with stories and your collages – would be wonderful! Your collage is perfect for the story although I have to admit I thought it was an odinary sparrow.
    Thanks for the nice theme, I had a lot of fun with it!
    barbara bee

  • Reply Miss Herzfrisch February 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Dear Veronica,
    what a wonderful story and the drawing is great. I really love the combination of map and drawing.
    I am late, but your theme inspirated me, to make some aqua experiments too, thank you for inspiration:
    http://www.herzfrisch.com/blog/drawing-challenge-aqua/
    Regards
    Sabine

  • Reply Stefanie Seltner February 15, 2015 at 8:07 am

    oh lala! amazing.
    I love your collage, itΒ΄s a beauty!
    thanks for hosting x stefanie

  • Reply Carole February 15, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Yikes, I’ll heed your warning, Veronica! Fabulous drawing/collage!
    Thanks for hosting this week’s challenge.
    Have a great week. xo

  • Reply Lucia February 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for everything.
    Lucia

  • Reply Catiean February 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    oh how i love this…………I was completely drawn in to your story…..kept thinking have I heard of this place as the story unfolded……well done on both that and your art. The collage is so great and your bird looks strong and predatory.

  • Reply Linda G Hatton February 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous work as always, Veronica!!
    I’m sorry to report that I forgot to participate. πŸ™

  • Reply annton February 16, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I still want to step on this island. The magic and the beautiful birds would be worth all that. love this peice so much! xo Annton

  • Reply renilde February 16, 2015 at 7:24 am

    hello Veronica, i didn’t have time to play with you all but what a great theme, blues are probably my most used paint colors.

    Your collage is so powerful!! i’m not familiar with this legend but i would love to know more about it, a comic strip illustrated with your collages would be awesome without doubt.

  • Reply pomomama February 16, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I love this! Just let you know, I did work on azure as a prompt last week but didn’t get any further than Instagram!

    • Reply Veronica February 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Oh no Amanda! LOL, some weeks are like that. I just called one for next week and Ariane usually keeps track of the challenges as people call them. She’s at: http://arianereichardt.blogspot.be/ It would be wonderful if you could join in here and there. πŸ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein February 17, 2015 at 6:36 am

    i wish i hadnt been so lazy and joined in this challenge .. alas .. i am a sloth .. but i love the drawing and the story is definitely one for a toon

  • Reply roberto February 18, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Hi, Vero, Beautiful story and very good art. Congratulations!

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm February 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Oh you are so clever!!! I just love this …great art, great story .. gosh great blog!!

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