Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring . . . .

Watercolor Drawing - Mary Maki Rae 2012 (c)
A Spring Bouquet of Narcissus - Tulips - Grape Hyacinths - and those lovely tall Candelabra Primroses.  All arranged in a Blue & White China Shoe Vase that I love so well.
(I enjoy these Watercolor Drawings - this one - fresh - soft - and so evocative of Spring-!)  (Small Jewel-like - perfect for small - intimate spaces and rooms.)

Thinking about what seeds to start and what to plant this Spring in all my "Garden Places" (All small - but an Artist will always find space for more Flowers for more Inspiration-!)  Right now the green spikes of Hyacinths - Day Lillies - Lupine - and Rudbeckia are popping up jubilantly in spite of a very cool Spring this year -!

Wishing you a Happy Spring-!
(for more about Watercolor Drawings
See here.)

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window, into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things, while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

Poem By E.E. Cummings

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Soft & Sultry

"Soft & Sultry" 18" x 24" Mary Maki Rae 2012 (c)
Soft-colored - early Spring Tulips inspired this Bouquet.
Their white-lined edges are echoed in the design of the coffee pot- cum vase and the fanciful cup.
The mood seemed warm and sensuous - then suddenly -  as the Sun resided - it became sultry and mysterious.
Really enjoy the brightly-hued Oranges - how they float in the delicate crystal dish - and how they offer a touch of Zest and liveliness to the scene-!

 A Recipe for Orange Zest follows - We make it often - for it's delicious flavor.

Simmer in One Quart of Water for Six minutes:
the peeled zests of Four Oranges.
(Grapefruit or Lemons work great too)

Drain - Rinse in Cold Water & set aside.

Bring One cup of white organic Sugar & 1/3 Cup of Water 
to a Simmer in a sauce pan.
When Sugar has dissolved - Cover pan & boil a few moments more.

Remove from heat - Stir in the Orange peel - Let steep for One hour.
Pour into clean jar with the juice - Cover & Refrigerate.

(We use the Zest as a Flavoring as you would Vanilla or Almond -
It's Great in Oatmeal and Shortbread Cookies - 
Mufffins - Carrot Cake - Strawberry Short Cake -
Fruit Salad and Dressing.
Absolutely endless possibilities-!)