I've become very fond of the blue jays in my backyard. The other day I set up my camera and took a series of photos of them at the bird feeder. When I heard about a new contest at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on "The Map as Art," I used one of my bird photos as a pattern and digitally repainted it with the bay area section of the map of California. I wanted to try some map art since buying the book by Katharine Harmon on contemporary artists who explore cartography. One of my favorite pieces in the book is a map collage titled "Swimming" by Brazilian artist Joao Machado.