Sunday, December 27, 2015

Handcarved Sculpture
Robert W. Rae
May 6, 1939 - December 20, 2015

Our Beloved Robert - 
A Husband, Father, Artist, 
And Friend to Many
will Always be Greatly Loved
and Remembered for His Art and Humanity.
His Spirit will be within or Hearts
Forever . . .

I love you, gentlest of Ways,
Who ripened us as we wrestled with you.

You, the great homesickness we could never shake off,
you, the forest that always surrounded us,

you the song we sang in every silence,
you dark net threading through us,

You began yourself so greatly
on that day when you began us -
and we have so ripened in your sunlight,
spreading far and firmly planted -
that now in all people, angels, Madonnas,
you can decide: the work is done.

Let your hand rest on the rim of Heaven now
and mutely bear the darkness we bring over you.


I can never Thank you many Doctors, Nurses, and Caregivers 
enough for all your kindness, skill, and love 
you have given to Robert during his long journey.
(A long struggle with Kidney disease and Stroke
to his Spine)
Blessings to each and every one of you.
I will always remain so grateful. MMR


"Winter Scene" By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)

Look for me - I have not left you . . .

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle Autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Look for me - I have not left you.


From an Indian Memorial

Friday, December 11, 2015

North Country Muse

"North Country Muse" Paintings By Mary Maki Rae - 2015(c)
She is walking on the path to home - with a gathering of Juniper Boughs and Red Berry Twigs - perhaps she will lovingly create a wreath to decorate her Wintry Cottage . . . .

"The Blue & White Cottage Still Life "
Acrylic - 24x30 Mary Maki Rae

"North Country Muse" Acrylic Painting 
 By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)


"I love the dark hours of my being.
My mind deepens into them.
There I can find, as in old letters,
the days of my life, already lived,
and held like a legend, and understood.

Then the knowing comes: I can open
to another life that's wide and timeless."


Some Styles of Wreaths I enjoy:

Twig and Berry Holiday Wreath
from Pinterest

Nordic Winter Wreath
From Etsy via Pinterest


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Winter Garden

"Ariel's Winter/Spring Garden" 
 Designs By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
Still working on "Ariel's Winter-Spring Garden" - A Collection of Images with a Light Whimsical Touch. I'm adapting them to use on Pillows right now - but I have many more ideas that I plan to sew with this fabric.
The "Happy Holidays" will be coming around again soon . . I know. . . 

"Ariel's Winter-Spring Garden"- By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Winter Thoughts

"Winter Dreams" Acrylic - By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)

Wishing Each and All 
A Happy, Thankful, and Peaceful
Thanksgiving Day-!

So Sad about what has happened recently in Paris - We all so admire France's Great Heritage and Culture that has provided so many Inspirations to the world. 
Our Heartfelt Sympathy, Hope, and Peace to the Survivor's.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Leaves & Peruvian Lillies

"Fall Leaves and Peruvian Lillies" - Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
In this painting I'm enjoying the soft color transition from Fall into the Winter Season. 
The background puts me in mind of a warm tweedy sweater - The tall whimsical vase that inspired the long curved flow of the leaf branch could be an ultimate Late' coffee cup - and I'm quite charmed by the two mellow blues.
I need to add another small branch of Golden leaves and maybe some Maple Seed pods or such.
The "Imported" or Greenhouse-grown Peruvian Lillies are so fun to paint - it's nice that they so gracefully last forever-!

The Soft Fall Palette

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bright Dahlias

 "Some Bright Dahlias with Blue" By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
Working on a painting that was inspired by some Sweet - Bright - Dahlias this Fall Season.   More details need to be added - in time. . . .Decided I liked it with just the pear - a nice Balance. For more see here.


"Dahlia Design" By Mary Maki Rae - 2015(c)

A New Floral Design inspired by the same Dahlia shaped petals.

Really Enjoy it here - where it's featured as part
 of a Quilted Fabric Purse.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Sewing Inspiration

Purse and Paintings By Mary Maki Rae - 2015 (c)
I was Inspired by the Bohemian-Style Tunic this Summer - to sew together a casual purse to wear with it. Just getting around to finishing these last few days . . . . 

May be Inspired to finish another - shown above with a 2" Fringe.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn Bouquet

"Brightly Sprightly" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
The Maple leaves are falling and the Primroses are blooming like they think it's Spring-! . . . However - this small painting seems so refreshing . . . .
an Autumn bouquet of Fall-colored leaves - Primroses - and berries - arranged in a whimsical black vase and placed upon a classic Chessboard.
For more see: here

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fall Garden Muse

"Island Garden Muse" Acrylic- Mary Maki Rae (c)2015
Working on a new Garden Muse Theme - this one looks kind of like a "Peruvian Princess". Really enjoy that dark hair and the contrast effect it creates as a background for the Flowers. Thinking about what she should wear - lace - floral patterns - or ethnic designs with triangles and stripes.
(May try some Fall colors soon. . . . 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Summer Garden

"Summer Garden" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae-2015 (c)

One: Some Flower Heads

Two: Flowers with Stems

Three: Flowers with Dresses

Four: A Summer Garden
All Art By Mary Maki Rae - 2015 (c)


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer Serenity

"Summer Serenity" 18 x24 Acrylic on Canvas
By Mary Maki Rae -2015(c)
A Peaceful Summer day . . . thinking about a new deck - surrounded by soft pastels - soft breezes - many fragrant Herbs and Flowers in full bloom like Jasmine - Roses - or Lillies - fresh ripe Fruit and of course - some Bees and Butterflies.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer Inspirations

"Summer Inspirations" 18x24 Acrylic on Canvas
By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
(for more info: See Here)

Summer Palette II (more orange & red)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Rose

"Summer Rose" Acrylic by Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
Enjoying my summer Palette - with one of Tammy's Roses - an unusually Beautiful color of Petunias - and brilliant yellow Marigolds from our trip to a Garden Nursery.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer 2

"Summer Morning" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
The one thing I enjoy about this 90 degree Heat Wave we're going through - are the fresh clear mornings - as in the painting above.
I would like to fill these pristine pastel vessals with images and words of Summer Memories - past - present - and dreams of future possibilities.
(on a much larger format)

"Summer Sailing" 12"x12" Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
This Painting now Available - For more info See Here.


Friday, June 26, 2015


"Summer Day Dreaming"- Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)

Working on some new designs in a New Summer
Color Palette of Hot Pink - Lavenders - and RED -
Cooled by two French Blues - Aqua Green - and Moss Green.

I will be adding many more details soon to this painting -
Not finished yet-!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Blue Watering Bucket

"Blue Watering Bucket" -20"x 19" Mary Maki Rae 2015 (c)
A Summer bouquet of garden flowers - mostly Hydrangeas with one vibrant Sunflower.  I've arranged them in one of my most often used gray watering buckets. I've painted it a Brilliant Blue - which I find most complementry to all of the colorful flowers. (Now available as a print for more see here.)     

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Daffodil Garden Hat

"Daffodil Garden Hat" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae 2015 (c)
Working on a "new" Garden Muse in a very bold new color composition.
Imagine Red, Lush Lavender, Chrome Yellow, Magenta, and two Garden Greens (yellow green & teal green) all together. . . .
I liked the way her dark hair brought all the other colors into focus. . . .
 See here.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Tulips

"Spring Tulips" 18" x24" By Mary Maki Rae -2015 (c)
A cool Spring day indoors warmed by a Pitcher of bright pink Tulips - multi-colored Primroses and some vibrant Oranges arranged on a pedestal dish.
Spring always seems to bring a certain longing for a new journey. . . . 
For more Images See Here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Muse in Lavender Hat

"Garden Muse" and "Two Tablescapes' with a Moroccan Theme
By Mary Maki Rae -2015(c) See Prints Available Now Here

Art by Mary Maki Rae -2015 (c)

Art by Mary Maki Rae - 2015 (c)
I've been concentrating on some "Art Marketing" - hope you will take a look at the  pieces shown above. All of the Originals were painted with Acrylics on Arches Watercolor Paper - except the Bouquet in a Teacup on Blue Gingham which is on Canvas.
Spring and Pastel Colors are in the air - but I really Enjoy these Images with a little pop of black for contrast and definition.

I also Enjoy Collecting and Designing Black & White Objects such as the Mask -Three-Way Mirror and The vintage 18th Century Gentleman in the Gold Frame in the first Image (He has a matching 18th Century Lady-not shown.)
I'll be posting more soon. . . . 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Teacup

"Spring Teacup" By Mary Maki Rae - 2015 (c)
A Whimsical Teacup filled with a Bouquet of Garden Flowers.
To view this Image and more prints available now See: here

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Bunny Book Prints

"Waking Up" Serigraph 9"x 11" By Mary Maki Rae (c)
Robert and I Hand Silk-Sreened this group of three Childhood Scenes when our daughter was about five or six years old - as samples of my illustrations for a book I was working on at the time.
The one pictured above - was inspired by her and her bright sun-filled bedroom with it's brass bed - Yellow gingham curtains & bed skirt - and her classic wooden toys.
Robert cut out all the stencils for the printing process by hand - and it still amazes me how deftly he captured the the child's expressions and all of the details that define the art image.
We screened a Limited Artist's Proof Edition of 30 - including samples of the text pages with modern folktale-like border designs - to send to publishers.
(Very Nice Prints of the scenes can now be found here:

"Dressing" 9"x 11" By Mary Maki Rae (c)

"Pet Rabbit" 10"x 11" By Mary Maki Rae (c)

Wishing All a Pleasant 
Easter Holiday-!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Awakening

"Spring Awakening" Acrylic on Arches - 
By Mary Maki Rae 2015(c)
(For some very nice Prints of this Image & others see here


4 Slices of Homemade Egg Sesame Bread - 
Cut to 1-1/2" thick

1/2 Cup Cream or Half 'n Half

3 Eggs

1/2 tsp.  Sugar

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp. Rum Flavoring

1 Tbls. Orange Zest (Don't mix in with the Batter-
just sprinkle on top of toast)

Good Maple Syrup on top -

(or like we had this morning-
Fresh Sliced Strawberries & Whipping Cream)


Sunday, February 8, 2015

"In The Swim"

"In The Swim" - A Dream Seascape - By Mary Maki Rae (c)2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Looking Good" Acrylic Painting by Mary Maki Rae(c)2015
Enjoying this "PreSpring" Theme - Need more Flowers soon-!