Blocking the Light

Obstructed light halts the stubborn scuttle. Then, gently draw a different map. Acrylic 24″ x 30″ $500 Donated to the Black and White fundraising auction 2016 for CEPIA, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. CONTACT ME marika@marikareinke.com E-MAIL LIST Join my E-mail List Here to get current news of events and special deals. 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 …

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 …

Unusual Weather (c) Marika Reinke

The specter of climate change is an underlying disquiet.  What unusual weather we are having is small talk, a subtle code and acknowledgement.  There is change emerging around a corner too sharp to see around. The question is not if it is a hoax or who caused it.  The real questions: What will humans Read More …

How to Make Magic: A Primer in 6 Steps (Part 3 of 3)

Don’t worry, I did not forget about Magic.  Never. I’ve said it before, magic takes time, patience, investment and belief.  I’ve been working on all these things myself. I hope you have to. If you did forget, here are posts 1 and 2.  They are critical prerequisites to reading Part 3. Part Read More …

A Beautiful Mind

I dislike the word “disabled” and the word “disorder” is just as bad.  These words focus on the many ways someone is not <some “normal” trait> which can be fairly translated as not mediocre. Words like “disabled” and “disorder” reveal weepingly dysfunctional thinking. Sadly, they are hurtful. Yet they are institutional terms we pretend are Read More …

Five Improvements that Made My Second Art Fair Easier

I did it again. Art in the Park!  The second time was nothing of the feat that I accomplished the first time.  It was soooo much easier my husband and I wondered what the big deal was the first time around. So what made it easier? 1. I improved my work flow.  Read More …

Beauty is…

Like any artist or lover, I love Beauty. But here’s a challenge: define Beauty.  And why does it matter? I intuit Beauty is important to the human experience. I’m sure some happiness researcher has done a study that shows Beauty is important to cultivating happiness.  And geesh, happiness is so important these days that Read More …

Draw a Blank

Truth: An artist comprehends no separation between art and life. But recently I learned that I subconsciously regard aspects of my art as separate. I have told myself this:  Writing is not painting.  But writing is most definitely art. In this way… When I decided to take the leap of faith and become a painter, I let Read More …