Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer TeaCup Pillow

Painting & Pillow Design By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
"The Summer Teacup Muse Pillow" - From "The Seasons: Spring-Summer- Fall-Winter Quartet". This one "Summer" looks so cheerful with the"Rainbow" paintings. ( I like the way the Pink Trim sets the design off perfectly.)

Here's the Back of the Summer Pillow - in a Sunny Yellow with a bow-!
( On the Table is a "work in progress: "The Turtle Teapot" Pillow front.)

The "Summer Teacup Pillow" again with another 
type of Pillow in the background coming soon.

Working on the "Turtle Teapot" Pillow -
Painting by Mary Maki Rae - Sculpture by Robert Rae
For more on Pillows See Here 


Friday, May 13, 2016


"Inspiration" Acrylic on Canvas-Mary Maki Rae (c)
Working on this painting - not quite finished yet. I need to add more flowers. I was so Inspired to paint this Bouquet that I received on Mother's Day-!
It contained so many more flowers besides the Mauve Tulips - there were beautiful deep Blue Dutch Irises - dark Burgundy Tulips and many - many tiny fragrant "Sweet Rocket" plants that I remember painting from long ago. . . .
(We also went out to buy a few more Plants for the deck - that's where the Cosmos came in-!)


"Wild Wave" Acrylic on Canvas Mary Maki Rae (c)
Another experiment with the "Acrylic pouring method" - I liked this one - I would like to try it on "parts" of one of my larger canvases soon. . . .


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"-!