Sunday, May 1, 2016

Windy Day

"Windy Day" Acrylic on Canvas - Mary Maki Rae (c)2016

More experimenting -!
This time using a new technique with a "Pouring Medium".

To 1/4 cup of the Medium  - I added 1 teaspoon of acrylic paint of one chosen color. For the small painting shown above - I used Six different Colors in Six different cups.
I then poured the paint one by one onto a "Wet" background - Which results in a Soft - Floating - active type of effect-!

When dry - I added a soft touch of detail with my "Sponge Technique".
I could Add more detail with flowers or such - But I like it just the way it is right now - open to the imagination-!

"A Meadow of Trees" Acrylic on Canvas
Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

When pouring the Medium onto a "Dry" Background - I used just one color - letting the paint dry very firm - just touching at the top - this created the image shown above - of a "meadow of trees".
Then using my sponge I added two greens and a blue to indicate Leaves and grass.
I'm now going to paint in some Flowers and Ferns to Brighten the scene-!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Pillow Design

 "Ariel's Garden" New Fabric Designs By Mary Maki Rae(c)2016
This is reminiscent of the Classic Damask shape - however I love the Fresh - bright new color pattern-! Hope to be doing more adaptions from it on different concepts soon . . . .Have you seen Etsy's NEW Site Format-?
I think it is quite Improved and interesting - Take a Look-! See:here 

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Blue Lavender Meadow

In A Blue-Lavender Meadow - Mary Maki Rae 2016 (c)
Have been Experimenting with "Artist Masking Fluid". 
I drew the fluid first onto the white watercolor paper - to represent "Lace" on the Dress (see image below) and the "Flowers" on the Hat.
Then I set the painting aside for the fluid to dry (about an hour or two).
Leaving the Dried fluid on - I painted the Dress - Background - and Flowers.
Then I used a Sponge Technique over the Grass - Sky - and Dress to Blend it all Together.

I'm setting the painting aside again for a while - then I may add a Flower or something else for her hand - If this piece were larger I would add more Flowers in the Grass - I'll do that next time . . . 
Really liked using the Art Fluid technique - and will try it soon on a more "abstract" piece-!

Changed the location of my Paint Table - over closer to the window and I'm enjoying the use of more "Light"-!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Pastels And Texture

Pastel Spring Painting By Mary Maki Rae (c)2016
Spring Pastels and Texture have been on my mind recently.
You can't see it in the above image - but I've added some texture to the background of this painting - that I like so far - a lot-!
I thought this image might look good printed on fabric - then add Embroidered details on the hair and dress to balance the texture in the Background.
However - I may paint the detail on the hair - Then add a raised pattern on just the dress.
Kate and I went shopping in a Art Supply Store - (Like a candy shop for Artists-!)(Daniel Smith's) And we bought some new products to experiment with for texture - so we'll see what developes. . . 

In the actual sample - the granular texture shimmers slightly -
 like beads perhaps - on silk fabric
(Also reminded me of a Dotted Swiss Fabric from long ago)
On this pink one - I brushed the lavender paint overlay in one direction -
I liked the pink spaces showing though.

On the blue above - I brushed the Lavender randomly -
creating more movement.
All and All - just to lose oneself in experimenting sometimes is Good -!
Hope you have a Nice Easter Holiday . . . MMR

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Turtle Tea Cosy "Garden Style"

"Garden Muse" Painting & Turtle Art 
by Mary Maki Rae -2016 (c)
I'm So Happy with the results of the Turtle Tea Cosy Art 
that was printed digitally on Cotton Fabric. 


Here shows layout and Instructions - which I have
 refined now down to a Tee.  I use two Tea Cosies daily - 
one for Coffee in the morning and another for Tea in 
the afternoon (I think it's the only way to keep Tea warm-!)

Here's how I've decided to quilt the front piece -
by sewing through a layer of fiberfill and another 
piece of cotton fabric at the back.

"Parrots" Painting - By Mary Maki Rae -2016(c)
And here's the finished Tea Cosy -
 I've used my "simplified" version this time 
 - which still fits most Tea and Coffee Pots