Monday, October 20, 2014

New Landscape

"New Landscape" Acrylic-Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)
Enjoy the beautiful earth colors - contrasted with the Sea blues.
Amazed that the Cosmos are still in bloom - a Fall favorite for painting -
Also enjoy the Peruvian Lillies.
Like it this way too -MMR 2014(c)
(Taking a Break till Robert feels Better)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Butterfly

"Garden Party II" By Mary Maki Rae -(c)2014

Butterfly with Bellflower and Cosmos-By Mary Maki Rae (c)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Star Flower

"Star Flower"- Acrylic & Collage 
Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)
Painted Paper "Sea Space" Inspiration for the Vessel Painted  Above

Work in Progress -Two Vessels 
cut from the my new painted papers

Color Palette for the Painting Above

The first Flower - a "Star" Shape

Fini: "Star Flower-Peaches-and Strawberries"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Keeping It Simple-Two

"Summer Flowers & Fruit" - Acrylic & Paper Collage
By Mary Maki Rae - 2014 (c)
Painted Designs on Arches Paper for Collage
Mary Maki Rae - 2014(c)

One Tall Pitcher and Two Cups

Two "Mignon" Dahlias in the Tall Vase to set the Color Theme

Fini: A Bellflower - Apricots - Plums - Grapes - 
and A Curious Little Bird

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer Bouquet & Sweet Peppers

"Simple Summer Bouquet with Sweet Peppers"
Acrylic - By Mary Maki Rae - 2014 (c)
Summer painting - keeping it simple - Acrylic and painted paper collage mixed -I Like the clean - fresh look-! Taking a Break to work on some "Issues".MMR

 **************KEEPING IT SIMPLE**************

Cutting out shapes from Painted Papers

A Cup and A Vase cut from the Painted Papers 
Placed on a Bright Yellow Table

The Palette of Color of Paints to be used for the Flowers

First Flowers in the Vase

Then some Sweet Peppers & Blueberries in the Cup & A Blue Butterfly Above

Fini: A Beautiful Red Flower appears and Another Blue Butterfly for Balance

 (Hope you're having a Fun - Pleasant Summer-MMR)

Monday, August 4, 2014

"TLC Butterflies" Watercolor By Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Follow Your Heart

"Follow Your Heart - And Listen To Your Soul" 
Watercolor - By Mary Maki Rae 2014
(Title of a Song I heard recently - If you do as said -
supposedly the World will be a better Place)

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Summer Salad

"Summer Flowers" Watercolor - Mary Maki Rae -2014 (c)
Now that Summer is Officially Here -(temperature in the 90's) - I'm in a Salad Mood - because of their relative simplicity - ease to assemble - and can in almost no time become "a meal in it's self".
Following is a Recipe for one that I thought would be tasty and open to additions . . . maybe Celery and Walnuts-?  See what you think. 


1/2 cup Mayonnaise

1/4 cup Dijon Mustard

Grated Zest of 2 Lemons - Plus 6 Tablespoons Juice

1 Tablespoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Boneless - Skinless Chicken Breast Halves (each about 6 ounces)

Peanut Oil for Brushing

4 Ounces "Hemplers" Bacon - Cut on the bias into 1/4-inch thick Slices

1 Head Lettuce Leaves - spararated

1 Avocado - pitted - peeled and cut into Wedges

1/2 English Cucumber - thinly sliced


1. Whisk together mayonnaise - mustard - lemon zest - juice and oil
    in a bowl.
    Season with salt and pepper - Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture.
    Add chicken to the remaining marinade and turn to coat.
    Let chicken marinade for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat grill to medium and brush grates with oil.
    Remove chicken from marinade and grill - flipping occasionally - until
    cooked through - 10 to 12 minutes.
    Transfer to a cutting board - let stand 5 minutes - then slice.
     Meanwhile - grill bacon - 1 to 2 minutes per side.

3. Divide Lettuce among plates.
    Top with chicken - bacon - avocado - and cucumber.
    Season with salt and pepper - drizzle with reserved marinade 
    And serve immediately.

Recipe from: "Living"Magazine - July-August 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Dazzling Red & White Decor

I really enjoy how this Italian Fortress-like Farmhouse has been Transformed -
with white paint and yards and yards of brilliantly Red & White Striped  Awning Canvas - into a Secluded Haven-! 
Above is the Living Room with it's giant round Table and a Chinoiserie Mirror which serves double duty as a display piece for Post Cards - Photos and Memento's.

The Living room walls are decorated with Plaster Peacock Hen Eggs - 
as a Coat of Arms - and Footprints.  The Painting of a Dog is By Gianni Penati - Professional Photographer - a Protege of Diana Vreeland.
 His wife Sandra Penati also worked at Vogue

Same Living Room with French Chair and Bench - 
All the Table Covers - Cushions - and Upholstery -
were made By local Seamstress Antonietta Castigllone.
All so Simplistic and Beautifully Tailored.

Genoese Beds have Canopies - Blue Bedspreads - and Red Bolsters
made By Antonietta.

The Main Bedroom Bed was dressed By Antoinette 
in the Red & White Awning Canvas.
She also made the Duvet Cover with the Red Piping.
The Red Chinese Clotheshorse is a nice accent.

The Red Wrought Iron Chandelier is hung with Chilli Peppers.
Chair slipcovers by Antoinette.

Same Kitchen - looking into the Living Room.
All Images from: World of Interiors - January-1996

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July

"Uncle Sam & Wife" Americana Candle Holders 
By Robert & Mary Rae 2014(c)
6 Medium-Size Red Potatoes - Cooked & Sliced
7 Eggs - Hard Boiled & Sliced
4 Strips of Good Bacon - Cooked & Sliced Fine
3 Green Onions - Sliced
1/2 Cup Black Olives - Sliced
4 Mushrooms - Chopped
Salt & Pepper - to Taste

Layer the Ingredients Listed Above
In A Large Bowl
Then - Mix With the Following:

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Dry or Prepared Mustard - to Taste
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese - Finely Grated
Dried Curry - 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon to Taste
Celery Seed - to Taste
Fresh Basil - Chopped
To Decorate the Top:
Reserved Slices of Cooked Egg
Green Olives - Sliced in Half
Fresh Parsley  Sprigs
6-8 Fresh Basil Leaves
1. Use mostly "New Red" Potatoes
    Cook about 12 Minutes in Simmering Water - Leave Skins On.
2. The Eggs:
    Place Eggs In a Large Sauce Pan with 3 Cups of Water.
    Bring to a Boil - then Boil for Five Minutes - TIME IT-!
    Then take the Pan Off Burner - Set Aside.
    Cover and Let Eggs Set for 15 Minutes - TIME IT-!
    Now Place Eggs in Cold Water for a Few Minutes
    Then Peel Eggs Under Cold Water - and Place in bowl to Cool.
    REMEMBER: When Slicing The Eggs for the Salad - to Reserve 1 or 2
    of the Them for Decorating the Top of Salad.
3. The Dressing:
    Dry Mustard is prefered - but prepared Mustard will do.
    Don't forget: 1/2 - 1 Teaspoon of Dried Curry - It Adds a Mysterious touch-!
    The Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese (like Bella Gento) will add:
    Flavor and Texture - Also a Good Amount Sprinkled on Top of the Salad
    Adds  an Incredible Delicacy - Plus Eye & Taste Appeal-!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Island Retreat

"Island Retreat" Acrylic-18 x24-Mary Maki Rae-2014

If You have a shady spot on your Island in need of some friendly plants -
Here's a Plan for a small Shade Garden - designed with twelve.
I found it amazing how so many more live and thrive in the Shade.

"Shade Garden" Acrylic on Paper - By Mary Maki Rae -2014 

For the Back Row -as an Edging: "Lady's Mantle" (Alchemilla Mollis)

The Second Row: Hosta ('Patriot') - Ligularia ('the Rocket') - Geranium ('Rozanne') 

Third Row: "Deer Fern" -"Astilbe" ('Amethyst' a new Lavender color)
"Pulmonaria" ('Raspberry Splash'- the leaves have Dots -fun to paint)

To Set in Front or About: In the Wheelbarrow - "Maidenhair Fern"
in the Clay Pots: "Begonia" and "Viola".

Note: I think for a Successful Shade Garden: As with most Gardens - Work out a peaceful - semi-quiet Color Scheme - that you won't tire of right away.
Use mostly Perennials and Bulbs for easy maintenance.
And remember to keep Expectation Alive - with a new plant to observe and study - that will soon come into bloom through out most of the year.

Robert and I have Forever Enjoyed this Weathered Wheelbarrow (It has a beautiful Rusted Patina)- It's Perfect for this Garden - It holds a Maidenhair Fern that Robert found growing in it's natural habitat and has continued to grow happily for us for Many -Many Years -!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Flowers to Plant for Summer

"Flowers to Grow in Containers for this Summer"
Art By Mary Maki Rae -2014(C)
 You might try this Combination of Flowers Pictured Above:

Bright Red Geraniums – They’re always dependable and Bloom throughout the Summer – Find plants at your local Nursery in May

Red Zinnias - Find healthy plants at Nursery or Start from Seed.

Calendulas - Bright Yellow and Orange - Start from Seed - So Easy.

Rudbeckia - The Best for a large Pot would be: Rudbeckia (fulgida var 'Fulgida) that grows to 20" tall in Med July through October.

Here's Ariel - Ready to Plant - with some more suggestions 
for Rudbeckia Plants:

Cappuccino - Grows to 18" - 20" Height with huge Orange 4" flowers.
she blooms from late Spring to early Fall and is Perfect for Cut flowers too.

Cherokee Sunset - Double and Semi-double 3"-4" Flowers in shades of Yellow - Orange - Red - Bronze - and Mahogany.

Maya - Blooms Golden Yellow - Fully Double large Flowers on 18" tall plants.

"A Spring Garden Muse" - By Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)
All of the Plants mentioned above are available to order online from:
The Bluestone Perennials Catalog.
Or: Check at your local Nursery to purchase them - just remember to make sure to buy Rudbeckia Plants that grow to only 18" - 24" - the Best size for Planters and Containers. 
(As some grow to 3-4 Feet & would not be happy in a Pot-!) 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Garden Muse & A Restored French Farm House

"Summer Garden Muse"-Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)

*********A Restored French Farm House*********

Marston Luce spent 15 Summers preserving his 15th Century Stone Farmhouse located in the South of France. He calls his small farm (or fermette) - Sous Bois - which means literally "a shady or woodsy place".
His emblem for the house - that he uses on his stationary and as Sculpture in the Gardens that he planted on the Hillside - is a Snail.
Which to him signifies - the slow - deliberate pace of life the French embrace.

Enjoy this medieval pigeonnier in the Garden of Boxwood - 
European wild Ginger and Impatiens. 

French 19th Century Sphinxes overlook he Garden.

Limestone walls inspired the creamy white Furnishings and Fabrics -
Enjoy the Antique French Lantern & Ladder-back chairs.
Original 15th Century Stonework and French 19th Century Furniture.
A Charming Sitting room off the Kitchen - 
Enjoy the Rooster Sculpture displayed by the open window.
(Reminds me of Robert's Sculpted Rooster-!)

Antique Soft Green painted Furniture - Rustic Beams -
Stone Walls - Beautiful-!
the Terrace - an Inviting spot for an Alfresco Meal -
under the big Umbrella and surrounded by Boxwood
Lavender and Cypress trees.
Images From: VERANDA May-June Issue
Paintings By: Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Floral Pattern Design

"Flowers on a Hillside" -Acrylic 
By Mary Maki Rae 2014(c)
Working on some new Floral Pattern Designs - Enjoy how the lively Colors work together in this one above - I'm thinking some coordinating smaller flowers - stripes and checks would be nice to go with this Design.
A Floral & Stripe Pattern Design to coordinate with "Flowers on a Hillside"
Pattern above - Mary Maki Rae 2014 (c)

Bustier in the same color pattern to wear under 
A Spring Floral Dress- Sculpture By Robert Rae 2014(c)