Monday, March 19, 2018

Looking for Spring

"A Spring Muse" with Primroses -
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper -Mary Maki Rae(c)
Sunshine has come here - but still quite Cool outside. However - nothing speaks to me more of Spring than the appearance of Primroses - Hyacinths - and the delicate pink Arabis - a prolific rockery plant that always blooms and covers my largest outdoor Planter - this very time of year. 

Acrylic Paintings on Canvas and Watercolor paper -
Mary Maki Rae (C)2018
Work in Progress - MMR (c) 
Started a new painting of Primroses - experimenting with including a few Vintage Lace pieces for some texture.  A technique that is a bit time consuming but worth it - as I really like the effect of tactile contrast -! So I will continue.

Here is a closeup of a piece of vintage - Irish Lace Crochet -
that is a bit heavier than most lace and as a result - 
It accepts the overlaid Acrylic paint so well.
(I was reading about this Lace - and learned that the making and selling of this  
Lace by the Irish Women helped to save the lives of many -
 from the 'Potato Famine' of the 1800's)

Finished this Painting (18" x 22" Acrylic on Canvas) 
By adding - a cup of Primroses.  Amazing how it helped 
to lighten it up - by balancing the bright pink Stargazer-!

Monday, March 5, 2018

More Winter Painting

"Tea Cup with Lace" - Mary Maki Rae - 2018 (c)
A warm cup of Spice Tea . . . .so comforting on a Wintry Day  such as this one.

In the large painting in back - I repainted the Trees in the small window.  A soft warm brown and more Snow blended more with the rest of the Painting.

"Misty Blue" Acrylic - 10"x13" Mary Maki Rae 2019(c)
I'm enjoying the softness of this painting.

"Tea Cup with Lace" - Acrylic on Wood Panel 8"x8"
Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c) Please See More Info Here

Friday, February 23, 2018

Painting in Winter

"Stargazer" Acrylic on Canvas - Mary Maki Rae -2018(c)
Cold - cold here and Snowy - Tried to warm up by working on a painting of some beautiful Stargazer Lillies.  The composition turned out mostly Mauves and Blues - so painted in a few bright Oranges to warm it up. It helped - now deciding what to add next-?
Maybe a Blue and White dish or cup of Peruvian Lillies . . . .

"Spring Muse" Acrylic on Paper - Mary Maki Rae-2018

A New Muse - This one reminds me of the film 
"Enchanted April"
So looking forward to Spring this year -!

"Poppies" -Experimenting with pasting down shapes of heavy paper first - then painting over it for texture - which turned out kind of "subtle" in this image.
Hope The Weather Warms Up Soon-!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nature - as with People - are my Initial Inspiration - Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
"So many people do not know at all how Beautiful the world is and how much Magnificence is revealed in a stone, in tree bark, or in a birch leaf" . . . .

"Work still in progress" Inspire by the Large Butterfly
 to paint in a couple more - on this recent painting 
of a Garden Muse" - Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)

 Study for Fabric Design - Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)

Friday, January 26, 2018

A Bright Palette

"Flowers" Acrylic on Arches -Mary Maki Rae - 2018 (c)
Working with my "Bright Palette" during these overcast days - Seems it always brings feelings of warmth and sunshine . . . . can't wait 'til Spring. . . . .

"Bright Palette" Mary Maki Rae - 2018 (c)

"Lavender Blue"- Paintings By Mary Maki Rae 2018 (c)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Muse with Floral & Lace" - Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
Working on some new Paintings and Designs in a Lighter/Brighter Palette - to Cheer up the Overcast - Rainy - Dark days here in the Northwest right now. . . .
Its Helps-!

"Spring Colors" By Mary Maki Rae(c)
Some Flowers I did last Spring . . . .