Category: 2019

You are Invited to A Unique Studio Party and Benefit


It has been two years since my last Studio Party. Shortly after the 2017 party, I partnered with Airbnb and I’ve flourished as an art teacher since. I’ve led over a hundred watercolor and acrylic classes for vacationers, local creative explorers, birthday and anniversary parties, teambuilding sessions and on-site large corporate parties.  I’ve met so many wonderful people, crafters, art-lovers, curious enthusiasts and many self-proclaimed un-artistic yet creative people.  I’m blessed to host such diversity.  After a varied 20-year career, I have unexpectedly fallen back in love with teaching.

This has transformed me and my space.  The energy you brought has permeated my studio walls. It oozes your delightful energy and I’m the lucky kid that gets to play in all the good vibes.  My studio has become a space of curiosity, creativity and light. I’m excited to pick up a brush and dip my fingers into the paint and go. There isn’t enough gratitude in the world to share with you all for this wonderful gift.

My work has changed significantly too.  After a Flora Bowley Spring painting retreat in Portland, I came back to Seattle with new inspiration and new techniques. I’ve been immersed in acrylic fun. My style is looser, richer, more confident, deeper intuitively and varied. My inhibition has cracked and I approach painting with a new enjoyment and an addictive focused flow.  In a regular day, it is hard to accomplish more than painting, other efforts have been put aside to simply explore where painting leads.

This led to my first group show at the Narthex Gallery in Magnolia this summer.  It was a treat to be considered for this show and I loved seeing a couple of my paintings in a fresh new space. I’m honored to have been selected and grateful for the vision and mission of MAX, the organization that supported me in their efforts.

As the season turns and I reflect on all this change and growth, it’s clear to me it’s time to gather again.

To be honest, planning a studio party scares me to death. I’m not going to bore you my mental obstacles. I’ve broken through one with this post.  Next, I will hit publish. I’m planning baby steps and staying present with trust in this path.

I’m a solid introvert.  To gain energy, I paint. To feel connected, I have coffee with you one-on-one.  To relax, I cuddle in bed with a book or my kids.  As such, I’ve put extra thought into this party’s structure to cater to my wily temperament and hopefully make it more interesting and less exhausting for everyone.

This party is going to be different.

  • It’s going to be small and intimate.
  • It’s about exploring art and possibility.
  • It’s about storytelling.
  • It’s about connecting people.
  • It’s about making a difference.
  • You will have a chance to win a party

The details are below.

I hope you will come celebrate the last two years with me.  I’m looking forward to reconnecting and sharing them with you.

With Love,


Two Sunday Evenings: November 10th and 17th 2019

Two Unique Events

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Storytelling Studio Walk-through

Capacity: 10 people

  • Learn the thought-provoking and inspiring stories behind my painting as we tour my home and art studio. During this time, I’ll share my unconventional un-artist-like history, my path to becoming a self-taught artist, my creative process and what inspires me as well as answer any questions you may have about this artist’s way of life.
  • Light appetizers, wine & non-alcoholic beverages provided.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Intimate Party & Painting Demo

Capacity: 15 people
  • Relax and mingle with good company and other art lovers as you explore available paintings and jewelry for sale in my studio. During this time, I will demonstrate my personal techniques and strategies of my process as I work on a painting-in-progress.
  • A healthy array of appetizers, wine & non-alcoholic beverages provided.

Reserve your free tickets to attend 

[email protected] or reserve tickets at HERE.
You and your friends may attend both events but need to reserve tickets for each event separately.
Location details will be provided upon confirmation of your reservation.

Win a Private Party for Six People 

All attending guests will be entered into a drawing to win a Deluxe Make Jewelry from Watercolor Paintings Party for 6 that includes a full meal with wine and beverages. The date will be negotiated with the winner based on mutual availability and is good for the years 2019/20.  A $400 value.
Can’t attend? Make an online or in-studio purchase or donation at November 10th through the 17th 2019 to be entered in the drawing.

Committed to Making a Difference

CEPIA Women's Reproductive Rights Program
CEPIA Women’s Reproductive Rights Program

25% of proceeds will be donated to the women’s empowerment and contraceptive efforts of CEPIA, a non-profit organization located in my temporary hometown of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  This organization strives to serve the basic and educational needs of the most disenfranchised and impoverished people of the area.  I know the leadership personally, their passion and commitment to their community inspire all.

Specifically I’m supporting their current efforts for planned parenthood and access to IUDs for the women in the community. Women should not be made impoverished by their reproductive capacity. IUDs and safe contraception place the power to plan their future directly in a woman’s hands.

This is a FREE benefit event.  I suggest a direct donation to CEPIA, Costa Rica of $10 +  OR purchase gifts, art, and jewelry for a good cause. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

CEPIA stands for Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents and is a Costa Rican nationally accredited non-profit organization that seeks to promote culture, health, sports and education for children and teenagers and their families from poor backgrounds in the communities of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We’ve been active since 2005.


Poverty, violence, school drop outs, health problems, unemployment… all of these are an every day reality for thousands of children and families in Guanacaste. CEPIA supports 800 children and teenagers, and 600 adults from poor backgrounds yearly, through after-school programs, psychological help for victims, legal counseling, educational projects for high-risk youth, professional trainings, medical care, food banks, free computer access and a library. CEPIA received the French-German Prize of Human Rights 2012 in Costa Rica. Our founder and vice president Laetitia Deweer is selected as a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a branch of the Aspen Institute. In August 2014, CEPIA built the Integrated Community Center, a model for community development, and human capital development.



Proyecto Vida Mujer Testimonio Zeneyda: 

Listen to the testimony of women who have benefited from the copper IUD to prevent unwanted pregnancy’s. 

Hi I want to motivate you to take advantage of this campaign that CEPIA is having in relation to the copper IUD. I want to tell you that I received one from the  first campaign and it’s amazing. Take advantage of this opportunity to take control of your body and the kids you want to have. Forget about being worried about hormones and all of those things. 

Proyecto Vida Mujer Roxana: 

Listen to the testimony of women who have benefited from the copper IUD to prevent unwanted pregnancy’s. 

I want to share with all of you that using the copper IUD and have sexual relations is completely normal. My husband and I thought that having sexual relations meant you would feel the copper IUD. But it wasn’t like that. It is completely normal having sexual relations with the copper IUD. I feel really happy about that and I invite you to come to CEPIA and to not miss out on this opportunity to use the copper IUD. 

Reserve your free tickets to attend 

[email protected] or reserve tickets at HERE.
You and your friends may attend both events but need to reserve tickets for each event separately.
Location details will be provided upon confirmation of your reservation.
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Thank You!


Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019 30" x 60"

You are invited to my first gallery show in Seattle!

I’m  honored to be a selected artist of the Narthex Gallery’s A Community Inspired Group Show  from August 12 – Sept 26th. 

I will have two acrylic paintings exhibited at this non-profit gallery in Magnolia!

Please come!  

SAT, AUG 24 / OPENING AND ARTIST RECEPTION 6-8pm – wine and snacks will be served.

Sadly, I will be out of town during the reception, but  please stop by and support community artists at this fun and inspirational exhibit of fabulous artists.  I love how MAX and this gallery is committed to growing an supporting the a arts and artists community.

The gallery is open Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-3:30pm.

I would love to meet you there!   I will be there next Monday, August  12th for opening day and Thursday, September 14th.  Send me a message and we can meet up!

More about the gallery: 
NARTHEX GALLERY – 3555 W McGraw, Seattle  in  Magnolia.

A Non–Profit Art Gallery  – Magnolia Art Experience (MAX) is dedicated to engaging and building local communities through arts access.

MAX supports and sponsors events, exhibitions and educational experiences in the literary, visual and expressive arts. MAX fosters partnerships to provide meaningful art encounters.

The Narthex Art Gallery is a non-profit gallery for artists and art lovers.
Located on the main street just west of Magnolia Village in the entry hall and parlor of Magnolia United Church of Christ, the Narthex Gallery located in the foyer and parlor, hosts the work of local artists. The church is a community hub for many groups and the gallery receives a diverse audience.

The Many Faces of Inspiration in Cambodia and Vietnam

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Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from?

Personally, I’ve long carried a bias that inspiration comes from the means of expression; a painter’s inspiration must be visual, like pretty things and landscapes. A writer’s must be words and phrases, poetry and beautifully constructed sentences singing like music. A performer must be inspired by the audience.

But not really.

Inspirational is the only way I can describe my recent three-week family vacation to Cambodia and Vietnam. Yes, it was pretty, sometimes even ugly, at times musical and mostly captioned in a foreign language I don’t understand. Yet, I returned home not just inspired to paint and create but ultimately to live.

So if it wasn’t just the visual feast of Southeast Asia – what worked to inspire me? For me, inspiration always comes from family and the times we explore living together.  I love this time more than any in my life. When we travel together we become a closer family, and the more deeply seated in and in touch with life I become.But there is so much more to the roots of inspiration.It also comes from seeing other families living and loving from cultures that feel so foreign yet familiar. The babies swaddled and cuddled on motor scooters.  The families rushing to catch a bus.  The kids splashing in the pool yelping and screaming.

It comes from the many ways of life.  The shrines and monks who clutter the streets and temples of the Buddhas.  The land mine survivors who serenade the holy places.  Women swatting at their baskets of blacked tarantulas for sale in the humidity and heat.

It comes from beauty and its many forms.  The artful movement of Apsara dancers. The ancient architecture of Hindu buildings and Chinese inspired pagodas. The sunrise caressing the Angkor towers.

It comes from exploring and being in nature. The majestic and unique islands of Halong Bay. The views from Ba Na’s Golden Bridge. The fields of lotus flowers.  Getting to know the rescued animals of the Cambodia.

It comes from surprises. The unexpected smiles and sounds like the early morning Latin dancing on the streets of Hanoi.  The hike away from crowded Monkey beach up lava peaks to the most amazing views.

It comes from the senses.  From the taste of the most exquisite curry ever. The rich riot of seeds in dragon fruit soaked in an amazing sangria. The lemongrass scents of incense smoked rooms. The feel of raw silk. An ultra-rich and thick Vietnamese coffee sweetened with condensed milk.

It comes from new faces.  The ones that joyfully greet or stare unabashedly. The old ones streaked with lines and crevices like elephant skin. The young ones  wiped golden with newness.

It comes from language. Learning to say new foreign words comically, bravely, poorly. Watching people interact with deference and loud kindness.

It comes from history.  The commitment of the Khmer dynasty to produce the most amazing city of temples. The young population of terror-streaked and war-torn countries rebuilding their identity and cities.

It comes from the thrill of adventure.  Climbing Butterfly Valley of Cat Ba island and deep water soloing for the first time ever. Kayaking islands and caves, swimming in water warmer than the air and exploring hills and fields of foreign lives.

It comes from experience and the thrill of finally doing something you always wanted to do. The temples of Angkor Wat, exploring Halong Bay, deep water soloing, walking with elephants, being blessed by monk, visiting Vietnam and Cambodia.

Artful living inspires art making and for me, a fantastic vacation is a precious piece of art.  I’m so excited to discover how this experience reveal themselves in my painting and my life.

And I hope it inspires you too.

My Instagram feed and Facebook page has more and  in real time!

Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019

An Ultimate Goal

At the end of March, I FINALLY attended Flora Bowley’s Bloom True long weekend painting workshop. I’ve been wanting to attend this workshop for a few years.  The workshops often fill the day the email announcement comes which is hard to plan around family demands.  This year, I resolved myself to go NO MATTER WHAT.

I’ve had this secret wishing about this workshop, an intuition that I needed to be there though I wasn’t quite sure why.  Now I know why.

The workshop was beyond expectations.  From a fabulous eco-friendly backyard studio, luscious and healthy catering, live music, excellent instruction and not to mention people, there isn’t an easy thing to critique.  Flora is an excellent teacher who shares her process for tapping your intuition and creative knowledge freely. The work and projects were designed to open us up. We painted with our eyes closed, we traded canvas, we painted around the room, we experimented with mark making, we danced, we learned a little about color, luminosity, mixing colors and some simple techniques for managing acrylic paints. We watched Flora transform a canvas through her process.  We let go and trust ourselves. We worked with what’s working.  We learned gratitude when nothing was because that is an opportunity to play more.  It was potent magic.

The workshop gave me brand new clarity.

Mystery Embraced (c) Marika Reinke 2019
Mystery Embraced (c) Marika Reinke 2019 36′ x 36″ painted at the retreat.
Who We Are (c) Marika Reinke 2019
Who We Are (c) Marika Reinke 2019 36″ x36″ painted at the retreat

Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019
Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019 – painted when I returned home.
Marika with Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019
Marika with Three Birds (c) Marika Reinke 2019

The reason I paint is because I want to feel a specific way. That feeling permeates the outcome and ripples of a painting.  I hesitate to name this feeling. Words are limiting. It’s like falling in love, it’s often called bliss or flow. It’s ease, timelessness and focus.  Some say I’m passionate about it.  When I paint, I am completely present. It is a moving meditation practice. When I’m not painting, I’m thinking about it like an excited kid waiting for Christmas. It’s the only thing I want to do.

Ultimately, the most important lesson I learned was the importance of pursuing the feeling. Outcomes, measures of success and will-you-like-it-worries aside, they really don’t matter.  That feeling is a compelling goal no matter what you do. It can lift anyone because it gives back meaning, energy, love and focus. I suspect if we were all focused on that feeling as the goal, it would change the world.

What gives you that feeling?

Falling into Grace work in progress (c) Marika Reinke 2019 36" x 36"
Falling into Grace work in progress (c) Marika Reinke 2019 36″ x 36″
Relationships are Fluid Work in Progress (c) Marika REinke 2019
Relationships are Fluid Work in Progress (c) Marika REinke 2019 24″ x 48″

C) Marika Reinke – Adventures in Art with Heart, Humor and Spirit.

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Finding Ease

Ease is radical counter-culture that requires personal trickery and magic because our popular culture pushes us towards the opposite; dis-ease and not good enough.  With the popular mindset we cover up our true natures with workaholism, entertainment, politics, crisis and constant striving for more and more and more.  But wait, just breath a moment, because right now is fantastically perfect. All those worries just don’t exist except in your mind. We are on an incredible journey through space and time and with each clock-hand shift unfolds another incredible new mystery with beautiful worry-less ease.  The universe aids us, yet we resist.

In the keynote address Elizabeth Gilbert shared at Wanderlust Oahu, she talked about this conundrum from a woman’s vantage point. A “Relaxed Woman” is a cultural oddity. She wondered what it takes for a woman to relax and find ease and shared her noodling about what she reckoned was required for a woman to simply let go, relax and accept the universe’s wisdom.  There were three ingredients to her magic potion that I love so much.

  • Priorities. Know what you value and what is important to you.  Keep your focus there.
  • Boundaries. Know what is sacred in your life and relationships, draw a circle around these sacred principles and stand firm. Spend time understanding your needs.  Spend time gently standing firm and comfortable in your sacred.  People won’t always respect your boundaries, but ease isn’t found with people who trample on boundaries either.  Find people in your life that respect and love you for your boundaries.
  • The Divine. Develop an intentional relationship with Divinity or Mysticism. There is more than the physical on this planet and you don’t need religion to explore it. Convene with your soul, celebrate your spirit and hunt out connections in nature and the universe. Meditate. Reflect. Get curious about the unknown.

Real wisdom and food for the soul, so simple and yet always a practice.

C) Marika Reinke – Adventures in Art with Heart, Humor and Spirit.

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Thinking work in progress watercolor on hot press #140

Freedom in Art Day

February in Seattle has been unseasonably cold, snowy and icy.  A blessing because life slows down; I didn’t have to chauffeur anyone anywhere and the kids loved playing in the un-Seattle-like deep snow.

Before the snow, I was getting restless and frustrated with painting. Creativity is always a dance between process and product, the act of loving process and being in the moment creates the best art.  Pressure shifts the focus away from the beautiful moment to a future possibility which the moment never lives up to, it’s a perfect formula for frustration. I needed to free myself from the pressure.

I skimmed through Dean Nimmer’s Art from Intuition, reflected on my intuitive painting class with Flora Bowley last fall and I pieced together an experimental antidote that I’ll call a Freedom in Art Day.  Here is what I did.

  1. I sketched a few nothing special  sketches. The goal was to sketch an idea, not perfect it.  I sketched 7-8 ideas in about 10 minutes.  I took this idea from Dean Skinners 30 sketches in 30 minutes exercise.
  2. I laid out three new paintings and their materials. This is idea is borrowed from Flora Bowley who recommends painting on 3 canvases at a time.  I alternated materials and substrates so each painting had its own medium and substrate. In short, I had a mix of paintings on watercolor paper or linen, with acrylics or watercolor with some new Open and Fluid acrylic paints to play with.
  3. I added 3 paintings I was struggling with to my original three which means I was set up to work on 6 paintings.
  4. Before I began, I committed to process and less to outcome, insisting on experimenting and not getting caught in the “Everything must be beautiful” dilemma.
  5. I rotated through the six paintings until I got tired of one and then moved to the next one as the current one felt stale.

I didn’t know what I was going to paint when I started.  The images I sketched out began to emerge in my painting; women, brain, birds and more.

Four birds work in progress acrylics on linen
Four birds *work in progress* acrylics on linen
Ladies work in progress acrylic on watercolor paper
Ladies *work in progress * acrylic on watercolor paper
Thinking work in progress watercolor on hot press #140
Thinking *work in progress * watercolor on hot press #140











magic work in progress watercolor on cold press 140#
magic *work in progress* watercolor on cold press 140#
forest fairies work in progress watercolor on 140# cold press
forest fairies *work in progress* watercolor on 140# cold press
ancestors work in progress acrylic on packing crate
ancestors *work in progress* acrylic on packing crate

The snowy week was a marathon of painting that took me through the day and the next.  The structure released all tension from the creative process and helped me break into new ideas.  The new materials and substrates held my attention and encouraged me to explore.  I can’t say any of the paintings are genius, and not all of them will make it to my portfolio, but the ideas flowed. I felt fresh. I felt calm and in love with painting again, forget pressure.

The moment is the gift.

C) Marika Reinke – Adventures in Art with Heart, Humor and Spirit.

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