Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration - Part II

As I previously wrote in the article Open Hearts Big Dreams Project Book Illustration Part I

This year I am happy to participate in non-profit project called Open Hearts Big Dreams. This grand project is created to help Ethiopian children learn how to read in English and their native languages. 

Many great artists around the U.S. already brought their talents into this amazing endeavor; and, they created an incredible art that will go into fun, educational books that talk about life in Ethiopia and day-to-day activities. 

I am painting two more (besides the Girl Reading A Book one)  illustrations that will be included in these children books.

This watercolor illustration is about an ancient church in Lalibela area.
 Lalibela is a small African town in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. It's known for its distinctive rock-cut ancient churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, which became pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. The churches are carved out of rock, the subterranean monoliths include huge Bete Medhane Alem, and cross-shaped Bete Giyorgis. Some of the churches are joined by tunnels and trenches, and some have carved bas-reliefs and colored frescoes inside.
It was fun painting this monumental church made by man, yet originally created, or "being hidden" by rocky mountain. 

Live To Create!!! 


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