The assignment: a "map" (not necessarily geographical) integrating a self-portrait and some form of personal information. The result:
From the get-go I wanted to do something with the Columbia river since it's the geographical feature that ties my two "homes" together, and then to integrate the Pacific coast and Vancouver island since it's taking on increasing importance for me as the oft-visited home of my bonny lass. I was stumped about what to do beyond that, though. The composition finally came after much doodling when I realized that the mighty Columbia follows the outline of my beard pretty well, and when I saw that Pend d'Oreille would be sitting, appropriately, in my ear, I took pencil in hand with intent and worked my meagre magics.
In critique, the question was raised of whether this is watercolour or gouache. The answer is water colour, gouache, coffee, and white acrylic. The colours look awful on the computer by comparison with the genuine article. I did a bit of tweaking in GIMP, but I'm just never happy with scanned colour artwork.
Lastly, "Ag Mneas" was the name of a planet in a science-fiction story I tried to write a few years ago. I have no idea why it popped into my head for a title. Peculiar, because I haven't even thought of that story since the last day I worked on it.