i finally had the time and energy to enter the ENVIRONMENT OF THE WEEK over at conceptart.org. check it out and if you are a member over there, vote for your fave(s). you don't have to vote for mine... but would it kill ya? [link]
the brief is posted there but in a nutshell, "if the west discovered the americas 350 years later (around 1850) what would they have found"
it was a lot of fun, a little different than my other pieces but a great exercise. i used more natural looking chalk brushes and painterly approach.