Monday, December 5, 2016

Thinking About Christmas

"A Boho Bouquet" 24"x24" - Mary Maki Rae-2016(c)

Thinking about Christmas Decor for this year.
I'm Inspired by this Painting with Dahlias arranged in a Straw Basket and a Sunflower placed in a Vintage Glass Coffee Jar. I'm enjoying them placed upon an Antique - Embroidered Shawl. ( I added the lace for this painting -In reality - it has the classic 12" Silk Fringe and Large Bright flowers - similar to the ones in the Basket.) I think the Painting radiates a beautiful "Bohemian Style" - that I've always enjoyed-!

It Snowed Today-! The first time for this Year. 
So now I'm really enjoying the "snow" and the Snowberries added to the small paintings of "A Winter Walk"-! (May add a few Snow Flakes-!)

"A Pyramid of Fruit" Mary Maki Rae (c) 2016
(might use these Red print fabrics & Patchwork Table Cloth)

"The Winter Walk" Small Painting -(One of a Pair)- MMR - 2016(c)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Day

"Warm House on the Hill" -By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
When on a Fall or Winter Walk - it's always a Joy to find a Beautiful wild bush of Snowberries.  Mixed with a bouquet of Flowers -they create a nice contrast that I've used in many of my floral Paintings.

"A Winter Walk" -Acrylic By Mary Maki Rae - 2016(c)

"A Winter Walk" -Acrylic By Mary Maki Rae - 2016(c)
I created these Paintings as a Pair - (The Two seem to be charmed by their discoveries.) If it begins to snow soon - I will paint some Snow on the Tree Branches and some more Snowberries in the foreground for balance.
I don't know about you - but I've been concerned about the state of America -and of the World right now.  So It will feel Great this year to have some Warmth and Together-ness with our Families and to Enjoy our Traditional Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. We need it now more than ever-!
So - Count your Blessings -
Find Joy in Nature -
Hope for Peace -
and Enjoy a Happy


Friday, November 11, 2016

Kitchen Bouquets & Woodsy Pathways

Paintings By Mary Maki Rae - Acrylic -2016(c)

 "Birch Trees" - Acrylic -Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
Some Paintings I've enjoyed working on recently - Flowers on Canvas - a Joy Always-! The new "Tree Scenes" on small wood panels were quite a different journey - I'm inspired to paint more on a larger format and on canvas.
they seem so Peaceful. . . .

Wishing All  a Peaceful Weekend


Friday, October 21, 2016

A Fall Obsession

Fall Bouquets in Black & White Vases
Mary Maki Rae 2016 (c)

Finishing up on Art for the Annual Vision 20/20
Gala Show and Fundraiser - 

"Fairwood Trees in the Fall" - Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

The Leaves - Such a Joy right now to behold at every window in the house - Quite a show for a while - until the Fall Winds sweep them all away-!

Turns out - I find them quite inspiring and perfect subject matter for some small wood panels that I'm working on at the present time.
I find this technique of layering many colors over other colors in light and dark warm autumn tones - to give a pleasing - Impressionistic effect-!
Rather like weaving a multi-colored fabric of a rich brilliance.
For the trees and branches I've used an Acrylic pouring medium - that shines when it is dry. I kept it that way because I liked how it contrasted with the hand-painted surfaces and how it gave a slightly different depth and subtle reflection - depending upon the light. 

Another - in lighter tones on Watercolor Paper - 
The trees look more transparent.

"Autumn Leaves" Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
This one I painted last year -
much more detail and took much longer-!
More to come soon.....