Why Do Flowers Bother?

Sometimes, I think of flowers as simplistic, easy, everywhere, common and even obvious. And they are. AND they are joyful, life-affirming, creative and spontaneous acts and beings. They are little miracles of happiness sprinkled along our streets, on canvas and in vases in the kitchen. So common, essential and truly Read More …

Fertility Adieu

When I receive this text: “Do you have a painting for a hysterectomy?” “Why, of course I do.” And then I said goodbye to this sweet painting this morning. SOLD. I love that she has a new home and love everything this painting gave me. Fertility by Marika Reinke This Read More …

The Next Party

The Next Party There is no better party than the present. Watercolor 16″ x 12″ BUY Original is Available $149 Limited Edition Prints are Available $49 Shop Here Contact marika@marikareinke.com

My Jungle

  My jungle is not green, Nor any quiet color. My jungle is not silent, Because she squeaks and yawns unlike an ordered universe. My jungle is not still, Its movement flows in winds and rivers. My jungle blooms, and swallows, sighs in heaves, it splatters and disconnects and re-puzzles. Read More …

Jewels, Dreams and Metaphors

These are beautiful one-of-a-kind original watercolor painting necklaces. They sparkle, a luscious punch of style, like jewels but crafted with iridescent, gold, silver and vivid luxurious pigments. Practically, they are durably sealed to outlast Costa Rican heat and water (please don’t put them in the laundry though!). Ultimately, they are meaningful gifts that seal friendship, memories, love and self. Read More …

On the Cover

It is official.  Goodbye Adrian made the cover of the German magazine raum & zeit (Space & Time).  The magazine runs in print and is available in Germany.  I have a few copies in Seattle but none in Costa Rica.      How did this happen? I was discovered online.  The magazine Read More …

Constraints and Freedom

“I always finish a painting in a day – max 2 days” she said.  And I thought Wow. “I can work on a painting for up to 6 months.” was my response. We both looked at each other in awe. The creative process takes many forms and there is no one right way.  But Read More …

Loss

Loss is felt as much as for what we have as for what we think we could have had. A wound and scar, internally, spiritually, emotionally. We carry on, even thrive, but the wound reverberates. Watercolor 19″ x 19″ Original is Sold. This painting was a commission. My client wanted Read More …

The Paintings I Carry

One week left in Seattle and then we hop on the plane for a new adventure in Costa Rica.  Mostly, packing has consisted of purging, the getting rid of and lightening, but I’m willing to carry a few items for sentimental reasons.  I will paint in Costa Rica.  I’m packing all my paints but I Read More …

There is so much about this whole being human thing that I can find wanting. My imagination paints the ideal picture and nothing will measure up. It is after all, my imagination. And my perfectionism. And my idealism. Which are flip sides of criticism. It is easy to criticize. And Read More …