Wordless News Update

Hi Friends!

If you’ve been following Wordless News you’ve probably noticed I took a hiatus. I’ve creating Wordless News since 2013 and this summer I needed a break. The news is overwhelming at times I just needed to hit pause. I was also battling some serious morning sickness, I’ve got a baby on the way due in late January. Hooray!

I am hoping to get back to the routine of Wordless News in the next few weeks and continue until the baby arrives. At the end of January I will take another hiatus from Wordless News to focus on the new born responsibilities. I will be maintaining freelance work during that time, but I’ll need to take a break from WN.

Wordless News is my passion project. I do not make money creating the images. As our family has grown, I’ve needed to focus on paying work and spending time with my 2 year old over the past couple of years. I’ve certainly missed some important days in the news cycle but this is a season of life when my passion project just needs to be able to shift to the back burner.

I know there are many, many teachers who use Wordless News in the classroom. Several of you have reached out over the past few weeks asking where I’ve been and I want you to know that I am truly grateful that you follow WN and use it in your classroom. I want to continue to be a part of your curriculum as much as possible.

No doubt there will be days I have to miss a post in the coming months but I’m committed to trying to stay in the routine. WN is such a part of my process as an illustrator and I care deeply about the people who support me and follow along.

xo,
Maria

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Limited Series | Mama Portraits

I love making original artwork for people but my primary source of work isn't mamas and papas or friends.

Since I've been spending afternoons working in the Library studio space, I reconnected with my love to ink on paper. I've been experimenting with flowers, birds, and bold shapes, mostly influenced by the early signs of spring. I thought it would be fun do a limited series of custom portraits for mother's day. 

Each one is different, they can be customized with flowers or birds. You tell me how many babies you want with the mama in the ordering process. Shipping is free (before April 15th), everything is packaged with care and love. :)

Place your order here and email me with any questions or requests! 

Richland Library | Artist-in-Residence

Happy 2018 Friends!

I'm kicking off 2018 with a bit of celebration, starting next week I'll be the latest Artist-in-Residence at Richland Library

Richland Library isn't just a library in our city, it's a community center, a place for making and learning, a place where you can talk to a social worker, participate in story time and take an unbelievable amount of *FREE* creative classes! Really, this library, less than 2 miles from my house, is in the top five in the nation. It's amazing. 

I'll be holding workshops in their space for the next four months. I'll have a little studio space on the second floor (come say hi!) and I will have office hours on T/Th from 3:00-5:00 each week. 

My work is currently up in their amazing gallery/entrance and I'm having a talk about my work on February 1st. 

I collaborated with the Library back in December on these fun Holiday cards. 

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Thanks for following along with my work, I'm so excited for 2018! I hope each of you a year happiness, good vibes, and energy! 

New Work | Supercall.com + Stat News

I've had the pleasure of working on some meaningful and really fun work in the past few weeks.

I just started working with STAT NEWS on their End Notes Blog. Read the moving article related this image here.  

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And I got to draw the Loch Ness Monster and yummy cocktails for an article on Scotch for Supercall.com, so fun! 

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Giant Thank You Card

I recently made a giant Thank You card for my friends at Downtown Church. Here is a video of my process. Lots of erasing and sweat were involved in this process! :)