We are strong! We will fight! We are united!…………………….America the Beautiful!
We are going through a rough time with caronavirus, but we are strong Americans and we will get through this by working together and staying positive. #USA
I have been working on some new maps for quite awhile now. It’s time to share them. The stars and stripes with a cool modern twist! USA
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As many of you know, I love to create maps using my original paintings. My World maps are extremely popular with my country maps running behind in second. Sometime last year, I got a special request to produce a map of India. I was delighted to work on this piece because India is a very uniquely shaped country which for an artist keeps it interesting. I finished the work and listed it on Fine Art America. It wasn’t long before another artist who was Indian pointed out that I had left off the upper most region. This region is called Kashmir.
The region is divided among three countries in a territorial dispute: Pakistan controls the northwest portion (Northern Areas and ‘Azad’ Kashmir), India controls the central and southern portion (Jammu and Kashmir) and Ladakh, and the People’s Republic of China controls the northeastern portion (Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract). India controls the majority of the Siachen Glacier area, including the Saltoro Ridge passes, whilst Pakistan controls the lower territory just southwest of the Saltoro Ridge. India controls 101,338 km2 (39,127 sq mi) of the disputed territory, Pakistan controls 85,846 km2(33,145 sq mi), and the People’s Republic of China controls the remaining 37,555 km2 (14,500 sq mi).
A lot of the maps I looked at before putting mine together left this area off or had it shaded out. So I left it off too. However, after consulting with a few Indian friends and my Southeast Asian studies professor husband, I decided to include it in my map. As you can see, my map clearly shows this highly contentious region.
Two countries would like to see this map changed and it is possible with enough fighting that it will. As an artist, it is not for me to take sides. I am not making a statement here. It is simply for me to create and if change is required in the future, I will do so.
Until then…..enjoy India!
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Do as the Romans do. I always thought that meant something scintillating, but all it really means is: It is polite, and possibly also advantageous, to abide by the customs of a society when one is a visitor. Oh well.
Today’s map study is the beautiful country of Italy! When I think of this place, my first thoughts are always about food. Italian plays a part in my heritage so I can tell you that there is nothing like a homemade pasta sauce with fresh herbs and spices. There is an art to perfect marinara. It cooks slowly all day long. The smells that fill the house are insanely taunting. Turns out that I have Celiac disease and all of that pasta I grew up with was tormenting my insides. 5 years ago I switched to Gluten Free fare and get to still enjoy those delicious tastes!
Some fun facts about Italy:
* Italy is approximately 116,400 square miles (including Sicily and Sardinia), which is slightly larger than Arizona.
* Italy is one of the most crowded nations in Europe.a Its population is estimated to reach 58,126,212 by July 2009. The population of United States is estimated to reach 307,212,123 by that same date.
* Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.
* In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed 3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record for a truffle.
* When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.
* Parmesan cheese originated in the area around Parma, Italy. Italians also created many other cheeses, including gorgonzola, mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta. No one knows when the pizza was invented, but the people of Naples made it popular.
*Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.
*Over 50 million tourists a year visit Italy. Tourism is vital to Italy’s economy and provides nearly 63% of Italy’s national income.