Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Summer Cosmos"

"Summer Cosmos" Acrylic - 9"x12" Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
I've Been working on some Acrylic paintings on Watercolor Paper in a more "simplified style". This one of Summer Cosmos - I've painted in a modern-style  Pitcher of Blue-Violet and Lavender.
It seems to me that any color composition - if it contains Red - Yellow - and Blue - always works-!   

"New Summer Palette" - Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
(I will be painting More in these colors in the days ahead.)

"Summer Cosmos" - Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)

"Flower Muse in Tangerine Garden"
By Mary Maki Rae - 2018 (c)
For More Info on these Paintings See: HERE


Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

"Portrait of a Lady" By Mary Maki Rae -2018(c)
Acrylic on Canvas - 30"x34"
I've always enjoyed that warm "Italian Light Palette" I used in this Painting -  I remember thinking of my Mom that Summer I painted it - miss her so much and always making that "Mother's Day" card-! (She saved them all . . . . .)

"Summer Bouquet of Roses & Peruvian Lillies"
Acrylic on Canvas 14"x16" Mary Maki Rae (c)2018
 Another Painting in the same Palette as the one above - from another Summer: Roses - Peruvian Lillies - and Daisies in a Vase with a "Romanesque" design.


"A Happy Elephant" 9"x12" - Gouache on Watercolor Paper
By Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)
I've been working on some new designs using Gouache - a water paint that dries flat - it's quite enjoyable. Always liked the design possibilities of elephants and I wanted to paint a "Happy" one -!


Monday, April 30, 2018

More Green . . .

"Green Garden Thoughts" - Acrylic on Canvas 18''X22"
By Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)
Working on a new Painting - love the fresh Green Color - need to add more to the background and a few more details like flowers or plants. 
Must visit a plant store soon for more Flower Inspiration-! (See above how she looks Completed - Just added two more flowers & a leaf to her hat. And a few little color changes - decided  to keep it simple - letting the colors and composition speak. . . )

"Blue Pitcher with Hydrangeas" By Mary Maki Rae (c)

The Palette reminds me of my Painting of "The Blue Pitcher
with Hydrangeas" (same as the one in side bar - here enlarged)
I may use that beautiful Blue Color in the background of
this Garden Girl Painting . . . .

More in Time. . . . MMR


Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Green

"Spring Green" 10"x12" Acrylic on Canvas -
By Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
(Painted in some Peruvian Lillies to complete this piece-
in the background: "Blue Watering Bucket" Painting -
See Here:www.instagram.com/maryrae16


"Modern Muse" By Mary Maki Rae 2018(c)
Here she is Completed. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


"Primroses & Lace" Acrylic on Canvas w/applied Lace
16" x 22" By Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)
Finally finished this Painting by the addition of a crisp white chair with a 
 lace-like trim to contrast and complement the Garden Primroses and vase.
Love the Softness . . . . .

"Primroses & Lace" Mary Maki Rae (c)2018

"Spring Primrose Faerie"

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 . . . .