Friday, April 5, 2019

Alpacas with Colorful Landscapes


Carlie

Ella 

 Brooke

 Blake

 Annabelle

Everly

Alexa


My example

There are some really Fabulous llama and alpaca art lessons out there right now. I was inspired by these: http://www.handmakery.com/2019/01/you-me-a-teepee-alpaca-my-bags/
@iluvcuppycake on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iluvcuppycake/
and the Gorgeous art of Jane Newland.

Our Alpaca landscape illustrations were started creating colorful mountains using tempera paint sticks. I encouraged the children to add a variety of colors and patterns. Next they added watercolor wash grass and skies, choosing from day or night. These were put up to dry and I led them in a simple line drawing lesson for standing and sitting alpacas. They could add brightly colored details with markers.  I showed them how to create packs for their animals to carry on their backs. I had a few children concerned for the welfare of their alpacas so it was a resounding, "Nope!" 

Day 2, they added details to their landscapes and dry brushed clouds. And last, glued their alpacas to their foreground. 

Here is a link to my close-up Llamas with Peruvian Textiles:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Somewhere Right Now





The Origins





 








 Pages at a Glimpse






I am thrilled to announce my children's book, Somewhere Right Now, is now available for purchase on Etsy. Just click on this link:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaryMakingArt

Somewhere Right Now parallels the daily events of a young child (brushing teeth, going to the park, taking a bath ect..) with the activities of animals and creatures around the world at that moment. Through rhyming text and bold type, it is meant to spark a curiosity and respect for wildlife and animals in places near and far. 

The collage illustrations were created using leftover painted papers made by children in my art classes. I transformed these remnants and scraps into layered collages with pens, markers, watercolor and acrylics. 


I am a children's book enthusiast and have been collecting them since I was very young. (Ezra Jack Keats and Brian Wildsmith are longtime favorites). Writing and illustrating my own book was a real passion project for me. I have been so pleased to hear the positive feedback in response.