Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays-!


"Finnish Santa" By Robert Rae -Holiday Painting-
 & Cookies By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

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Filled
CHRISTMAS COOKIES
(Sweet Ravioli)
(I bake these Cookies Every Year - 
to most Everyone's Delight-!)
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Preheat Oven to 350*

Using your Kitchen Aid:

Cream: 
One Cup (2 cubes)
Softened Unsalted Butter
with 
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
Add:
1 Large Egg
1-1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1/4 Tsp. Almond Flavoring
And:
The grated Zest of 1 Medium Lemon

Slowly Add:
2-1/2 Cups Flour
1/8 Tsp.Salt
1/4 Tsp.Baking soda

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Have Ready:
1 Cup Apricot Jam
And/or Apple Butter Preserves
and Cookie Cutters.

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Divide dough in Half -
Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut into desired Shapes.
Lay first half of Cookie on a Baking Sheet.
Dot in the center with Jam filling.
Cover with second half.
Press down Edges with tongs of a Fork.
Bake at 350* for 9-12 Minutes -
(or until - Edges are just Brown.)
Cool.
Store in Air-tight Container 3-4 days-
Or may be kept in freezer up to 3 Weeks.

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Happy Baking-!
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Thinking About Christmas


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

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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-!

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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-!)



"The Winter Walk" Small Painting -(One of a Pair)- MMR - 2016(c)
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"Happy At Home" Painting By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

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 "The Little House" Painting worked well
as a Design for wrapping Paper.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Kitchen Bouquets & Woodsy Pathways


Paintings By Mary Maki Rae - Acrylic -2016(c)
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 "Birch Trees" - Acrylic -Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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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

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Fall Obsession



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

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Finishing up on Art for the Annual Vision 20/20
Gala Show and Fundraiser - 
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"Fairwood Trees in the Fall" - Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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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)
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This one I painted last year -
much more detail and took much longer-!
More to come soon.....
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Blue&White-Persian Delight


"Persian Delight" Acrylic 12x16 - Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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What goes into a Painting and what inspires it-?
It can be many things - this time it was just this Blue & White Dish that I found in a in a Decor Shop along with a cloth napkin with a Persian-like Pattern - also in Blue & White -plus Aqua. When I got home I realized that I was attracted to that Dish because it reminded me of a small Hand-painted Blue & White Dish with it's pointy stripes - that Robert had bought for me - long ago when we would poke around in old Book Shops and Antique Shops - We had such Fun-!
So I guess it's true - that we do paint our Memories - almost uncousiously sometimes. . . .

The Palette - to begin with.


I Brought in some bright Oranges and a vibrant - deep violet Dianthus - just in bloom - really enjoyed the effect with the Blue & White


And the Palette really changed and came to life - with more different-colored Flowers and Leaves-!  If it was a larger painting - I would add even more details on the Table and on the left-hand side. But for now I really enjoy it as is-!



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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Lilly Bouquet


"Lilly Bouquet" -12"x 16" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae (c)2016
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This Painting started out as a Summer Lilly Bouquet displayed in a richly textured clay pot. Then the first splendid Fall Maple Leaf appeared on the Deck. 
It thereby influenced the color composition plan. So I see this painting now as a transitional one - of Summer slowing evolving into the Fall Season of the Year.



CloseUp of LillyBouquet- Mary Maki Rae -2016(c)
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Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Summer Day Lilly"


"Summer Day Lilly" 17"x23"- Acrylic 
By Mary Maki Rae (c) 2016
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A Cottage Garden Perennial - The Day Lilly - still in bloom. . . . .
Almost finished with this painting - need to paint the background - I'm thinking of (Perhaps) the classic beach scene with tall dry grasses blowing to and fro in the Wind.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Rose


"Summer Roses" 12" x16" By Mary Maki Rae -2016(c)
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A Small Painting from a few Summers ago ...... 
A Beautiful Pink "Simplicity" Rose with some Rhododendrons a Dianthus and a Columbine -  also I really enjoyed painting that Dark Rose for some contrast.
I also like that very Textured background and Tablecloth.
It Kind of "Sparkles" in the Sunlight-!
For more See Here.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Flight to Rio


"Let's Fly To Rio" - By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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Working on a new Design for "Ariel's Garden" Collection - I must have been Inspired by those Vibrant Colors in Rio while watching some of the "Olympic Games recently-? Such a Happy Joyful Atmosphere-! And the Athletics so exciting to watch-!


"Ariel"(c) 2016


"The Duke"(c)2016

(To see more of "Ariel's Garden"  See: Here )

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Soft Summer Breeze


"Soft Summer Breeze" - Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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I enjoy the Cool Blues in this painting of a Sweet Summer Bouquet in a Blue & White Porcelain Coffee Cup. I like the way a breath of Fresh Air seems to stir a Lace Curtain at the Window. . . . .
For more See: Here

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Ariel's Garden


"Happy Blue Shoes" 12" x12" Acrylic - Mary Maki Rae (c)

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"Ariel's Garden" Tea or Coffee Cosy
By Mary Maki Rae (c)2016
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"Ariel's Garden" - Mary Maki Rae - (c)201
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Just finished this Tea or Coffee Cosy "The Duke" for Ariel's Garden Series -
Take a Look at the new Shop Here



More Art to come soon . . 
Happy Summer-!
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Friday, July 8, 2016

4th of July Floral



Painting By Mary Maki Rae - Soldier By Robert Rae (c)2016
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"4th of July Floral" Acrylic on Canvas- By Mary Maki Rae(c)2016
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Started this Painting for some Independence Day Inspiration.
Love the balance of Red - White -& Blue together -! (Now why could that be-?) - but what ever shades of these colors I use - it seems to "work"-!
Still needs a little more detail for balance at the bottom -however . . . .
Quite a lot of rainy weather of late - We need more Sunshine-!

Hope you're Enjoying Summer-!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

A New Summer


"Summer Beginning" Acrylic- Mary Maki Rae -2016(c)
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Just finishing a new painting - a familiar theme and colors I know - I really needed something cool and calm to offset so much chaos lately.
(A great and needed use for Art - Yes-?)
Now how to finish the background - where to be - the garden - the deck or the Sea. . . . maybe just another shade of blue-?

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Touch of Whimsy


Art & Tea Cosy -  By Mary Maki Rae(c)2016
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Celebrate Summer-! And. . . 
Brighten Up your Kitchen with a Colorful Touch of Whimsy-!
I've just finished this Cheerful Tea or Coffee Cosy - and I really enjoy this Whimsical "Red Tea Kettle on Wheels" - filled with Daffodils and Painted Bright-Colored Eggs and Teacups - which make it Perfect for Kitchen or Breakfast-Nook Decor-!! Please See Here


Art and Tea Cosy By -Mary Maki Rae(c)2016
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The Enlarged Design behind The Cosy is also available now - Printed on a large Stretched Canvas (15" x20")- or as a Large (15" x 20") acid-free Paper Poster.
(Plus- Two other clear-coated "water-protected" options.
Please see Here
Thanks - Hope you're having a Terrific Summer-!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer TeaCup Pillow


Painting & Pillow Design By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)
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"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
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For more on Pillows See Here 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Inspiration


"Inspiration" Acrylic on Canvas-Mary Maki Rae (c)
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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 as a gift-!
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-!)

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"Wild Wave" Acrylic on Canvas Mary Maki Rae (c)
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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. . . .

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Windy Day


"Windy Day" Acrylic on Canvas - Mary Maki Rae (c)2016

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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)

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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-!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Pillow Design


 "Ariel's Garden" New Fabric Designs By Mary Maki Rae(c)2016
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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)
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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"-!
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Pastels And Texture


Pastel Spring Painting By Mary Maki Rae (c)2016
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Spring Pastels and Texture have been on my mind recently.
You can't see it in the above image - but I've added some texture to the background of this painting - that I like so far - a lot-!
I thought this image might look good printed on fabric - then add Embroidered details on the hair and dress to balance the texture in the Background.
However - I may paint the detail on the hair - Then add a raised pattern on just the dress.
Kate and I went shopping in a Art Supply Store - (Like a candy shop for Artists-!)(Daniel Smith's) And we bought some new products to experiment with for texture - so we'll see what developes. . . 

In the actual sample - the granular texture shimmers slightly -
 like beads perhaps - on silk fabric
(Also reminded me of a Dotted Swiss Fabric from long ago)
  
On this pink one - I brushed the lavender paint overlay in one direction -
I liked the pink spaces showing though.

On the blue above - I brushed the Lavender randomly -
creating more movement.
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All and All - just to lose oneself in experimenting sometimes is Good -!
Hope you have a Nice Easter Holiday . . . MMR
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