Second hand, Joke’s drawing challenge
This is a wonderful theme, thank you so much Joke.
Anyone who knows anything about me knows I’m all over that one!
Out of all the maps I bought in England, the one I really fell in love with is a 1963 map of Oxford.
It’s been well used. Someone drew on it with coloured crayons, divided four sections and crossed off houses along some streets. Every time I look at these maps I love the scribbles and tears and wrong way pocket folds…they all tell a history. In this case it might have been a salesman or perhaps a survey taker, but who ever had this map in the past, it’s mine now and I decided to paint busy little bluetits on it.
They’re perching on a little split hazel garden fence and quite possibly eyeing the morning milk delivery.
Robert tells me of mornings in his childhood, when the door was opened and little bluetits were fleeing the scene of the crime having pecked thru the tops to have their share of the milk.
So here is my drawing challenge painting: Bluetits over Oxford.
Come visit Joke when you have a chance to see all the links to everyone’s interpretations.
Ida P. Krause
You turn ordinary things into works of art. This is really neat.
Aw, thank you Ida. I hope to save them by giving them a bit more value. I hate to see these lovely old papers thrown out or relegated to the recycler. 😀
this is such a charming piece Veronica
you truly captured the spirit of these darlings in your art
and on a map is wonderful
Did I really? Thank you so much Tammie, I’m so glad you think so. They are such playful and clown-y little things. I love them and miss them when I’m not in the UK, but we have their cousins the chickadees here. 😀
Joanne Sarah Andersen
I love what you have done to the old map 🙂
Beautiful blue tits.
Thank you so much Joanne. 😀 Big hugs to you sweetie. Popping over to see what’s new with you.
Those birds, here we call them koolmeesjes, are free to fly where ever they want. The people who bought a map also wanted to have a nice day or needed a helping hand to go to there destination. And I’m also that person who folds a map the wrong way… Birds and maps, a great combination in a lot of different ways
I love koolmeesjes Joke. That’s a fabulous name. I too fold maps the wrong way. Not because I don’t know how to, but because the original folds always seem wrong…lol. 😀 Thank you so much for the great prompt.
Thank you so much Jill. Must come see how the studio is coming along. Bet it’s all finished and lovely now. 😀
the story, the drawing, the already-history-in-your-hands-as-well vintage map of oxford… what an absolutely beautiful, classy and whimsical delivery! oh those rascals, pinching milk… makes me long for milk on the door step. we never had that. almost never. well not ever the silvery caps. … n?
Thank you so much, and, I know what you mean Nadine. I wish the old days of milk on the doorstep delivery came back. When my oldest children were little we still had that, but that was millions of years ago. 😀
Hi Veronica, I love old maps also very much, they are so intruiging, but seldomly find anyone and your artwork of top of it is absolutely superb! Love it!!!
Thank you so much Barbara. Off to visit you now. 😀
What a great find to draww on these old maps. Love them! – eric
Thanks so much Eric. Old maps are really my thing. Love them to pieces. Can’t stop drawing on them. LOL
Every talented, i love your birds and especially on the old map. Just a wonderful job,thank you.
Thank you so much Marlene. I generally tend to save old maps or book pages with my art. 😀
wonderful your birds on the vintage map…looks like they were talking about Oxford…
Hi Sabine, thank you so much. 😀
i love your repurposed maps .. they are a joy to behold
Very beautiful! great way to upcycle. I love the attitudes that show in the birds. Wonderful job!
What a cute and wonderful combination! I love your little birds on the old map. It seems they’re the real Oxford inhabitants as they’re having the best overview on the city!
wonderful drawings! so very enchanting, I love the paper!
It is admirable how our eyes gives importance to what is really watching. I’m looking at your picture, and the plan of Oxford goes unnoticed. but it is also a perfect background for your drawing, because it does not distracts my attention from the birds. Very good work, excellent “recycling” of a “second hand”
I LOVE your painting of these little birds on this old map! Have never seen anything like it! Just beautiful….Are these pieces that you sell? If so, I would love to have it! 🙂
I am your neighbor to the south…Gig Harbor, Washington!
Greetings again…did my comment get through about your beautiful birds on old map painting? Will you sell it? 🙂
‘ll send you an email Chris. 😀