US County maps inspired by an online ‘road trip’ I made of each US state back in 2016.
I wanted to learn more about the country that has had such an influence on my life through music, movies, literature, food. thoughts. So I decided to visit each county in each state through social media and the internet and take notes of what I could see.
It could have been something very boring and mundane or it might have been some beautiful view. It might have been someone hunting deer or a school library. Once I had all my notes gathered up I went about painting a map for each of the 50 states.
Here is me in the garden after completing the task!
At the time the thought of making prints of these never crossed my mind, I was determined to paint everything by hand. And did.
But now 5 or 6yrs later after global pandemic, the constantly shifting algorithms that make things harder, customs changes, environmental concerns and packaging laws I’ve decided that it makes sense to sell them as prints.
The only thing is that I didn’t take brilliant photos of them at the time as I didn’t think I need them for prints. So these maps are inspired by the original paintings.
I didn’t realise it would be so hard to get hand painted maps seen on Etsy and Google search. Naively I thought that something being unique and special would mean you got found near the top of search results.
But it’s the opposite. So I don’t know if these US county maps will ever be seen on Google but if you’re reading this and checking out the maps thanks!
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I'll be away from The Wee Shed until the 3rd Mar, so any orders received between now and then will be posted on the 4/5th Mar. Thanks! Dave