Category: Watercolor

4 Tips for Finding and Bringing Inspiration

It happens frequently; a blank stare, the wandering brush, a few extra dips in the water and a heavy sigh. The question is palpable. “What am I going to paint?” An artist doodles hopefully on scrap paper, she explores wet on wet techniques and brush strokes, the little experiments that emerge from free exploration bloom in beauty and richness. Then, as soon as her brush is placed on her “real” painting the fluidity and untethered joy disappear and everything tightens then muddies on the paper. Frustration ensues.

Frustration is part of the artistic process. Not just the artistic process, it is part of learning. It is an indication you are on the journey from here to the there you want to be. We should celebrate healthy frustration, it signals the verge of some new finding and an indication that we are engaged in deliberate practice. Each step we take to explore our frustration, we will learn. It is a beautiful thing.

While some freeze with frustration, others bloom. In workshops, the goal is to create just one pendant in three hours. I’ve had a couple people make as many as five that they love. Yes, one was a part-time artist and the other was an engineer with no painting experience. How do you make sense of that?

How do I? Mindset is 90% of everything. That’s how I make sense of it.

But mindset is a tricky beast. I can’t tell you to fix your mindset and you simply change on the spot. There is a lot of internal dialogue to struggle with and sometimes it’s downright stubborn and insidious. That damn voice wont stop telling me that I’m never going to paint another painting as good as…..fill in the blank. I know it isn’t helpful, and the voice should go away and I tell it to go away but the stupid voice is still there. Ugh.

And there is this:  sometimes there is no voice. Just an indistinct discomfort in the pit of the stomach. That is a sneaky beast and potentially paralyzingly to creativity and inspiration.

Certain people are more comfortable handling discomfort and sneaky negativity. They come armed with coping mechanisms and inspiration to deal with it.

Here are a few to keep in mind at the next workshop or creative endeavor.

Ask Questions – Lots of Questions 

The engineer that happily made five necklaces asked a ton of questions. She had no experience but she had endless curiosity. From asking about the nature of pigments to advice about composition she made use of my experience and got as much as should could out of it.

Simply asking “How did you do that?” can speed up inspiration when the answer starts to unfold. Or “I want it to look like this. How do I do that?” Can save you miles of doodling aimlessly. Ask the questions, even if they seem stupid. The next question will be even better.

Remember, from my perspective as a teacher, it is an honor to be asked. I love questions.

The Golden Light 2 (c) Marika Reinke 2017
The Golden Light 2 (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Bring Color Inspiration 

Color triggers emotion. Consciously or unconsciously, we have strong opinions about color. You love them, you hate them, you want a room full of them or a room subtracted from them. A strong opinion creates fantastic art. Own your opinions with a full and fearless heart and embrace color.

Joy (c) Marika Reinke
Joy (c) Marika Reinke

Do you have a favorite color combination? Or hue? What about your favorite swimsuit, t-shirt or outfit? Match the colors of your favorite jewelry. Bring the colors your love, they will incite and inspire your creative process.

The colors we use in my workshop are the best, professional quality and I only use best paper for a reason. These color explode with intensity and vibrancy. This is no average color experience, take advantage of it.

Look Around & Bring Your Favorite Images 

The natural world is the most amazing artist. Sunsets, ocean water, landscapes and other abstract work are all awesome sources of inspiration. Abstract work is naturally inspired by both the environment and emotion which are perfect fuel for inspiration. A flower, a tree, a stone and a texture that you find inherently beautiful can motivate your brush and vision. Bring them and study them. Surf the internet or take some photos on your phone.

Or use what you see at workshop, I have my own jewelry and paintings available to view. You can also check out some of the writing and paintings in my little free book, The Art Ritual.

Inner Fire 2 (c) Marika Reinke 2017
Inner Fire 2 (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Once you have a small collection of what you like, notice what you like and don’t like. Start answering the question, why do I like this photo, image or piece of art?

And remember…

It’s okay if a painting starts to look like something you have seen. Really, it is fine. This is part of exploring and finding your voice. It means you are defining what you like, developing taste and starting to form your artistic vision. Embrace this as part of your artistic awakening.

Invite Surprises 

Keep the tension between what you think you will create and stay open to the surprise of what you will actually create. Dissonance between the two is natural and part of learning and creating. It is easy to cling to a vision and stubbornly insist the art in front of you doesn’t measure up. That mindset is easy to maintain. But often, it gets in the way of actually seeing the value and beauty of what you have created.

The truth is our imaginations are often much better than our skill set.  Our imagination is what drives us to be better but also what drives us to be overly critical. Follow the process through and let the painting teach you something. Invite the surprises in your learning process. You may not measure up to your initial vision but what emerges may offer you more when it represents a small step or leap in the direction of your creative life.

A sense of possibility will unwrap a multitude of possibility.

Inner Fire (c) Marika Reinke 2017
Inner Fire (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Ready to Dive In? 

Are you ready to test the theory and put this inspiration to the test? My next workshop is coming up soon.

Watercolor Necklace Workshop (Mimosas and Brunch) $39
Sunday, December 3rd from 9:30 am to 12:30
More information here. 




In Need of a Guide (c) Marika Reinke 2017

In Need of a Guide

In Need of a Guide (c) Marika Reinke 2017
In Need of a Guide (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Early one morning, I walked up an urban Queen Anne hill about 50 feet behind a blind man with a walking stick.  I have seen this man many times.  I remember his independence and courage.  He regularly walks up this busy hill to his work, home, or office.  This was the first day I ever walked behind him.

There was construction ahead and he walked under the scaffolding that ran the length of an apartment building.  He kept walking but about 8 feet from the end of it, his cane hit the scaffolding.  Then it hit the other side. He stopped, looking confused.  His shoulders began to sag and he reached out to grab the scaffolding. He had no idea what it was.

There was another man walking between me and the blind man. So he did what any shy, busy, inconvenienced young man would do, he detoured into the street to get around the slow and distressed blind man.  I was disappointed by his shyness.

As I approached, the blind man was starting to look panicked and turned around in a circle.

“It’s scaffolding.” I said.

He turned to me, his eyes opaque and sightless, listening intently to the sound of my voice.

I kept talking.

“You are under some scaffolding.  There is construction here, but if you keep walking three more steps uphill you’ll be out from under it and on your way.”

“Oh my god, thank you!” He continued, “I thought maybe I was in the street.”

Could you imagine his panic and disorientation?

“No, not at all.  You are still on the sidewalk and well on your way.”

“Thank you, again.” He said.

“No problem. Have a nice day.”  I walked on. He seemed to think I had done enough, but I wondered if I had.

Everyone needs a guide.

It is impossible to see or know it all. It pains me to accept this. There are moments when it can feel like my deepest and darkest fears are manifesting, I am a failure.  But maybe instead, I’m a few seconds from impossible-to-see lightness.

Only time and maybe-if-I’m-lucky guide will help.

Why Do Flowers Bother? (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Why Do Flowers Bother?

Watercolor Necklaces are Poems You Take With You

Personal and Meaningful

These necklaces are crafted with the intention to create a personal and meaningful connection for you and to ground you in that intention.

I’ve just posted  whole new bunch of necklaces with their stories.  The stories and poems are thought-juice and reflection.  If you like the idea of wearing an idea, take a look at this video where I’ve highlighted some of the new poems… I mean paintings.


Need Color?

These necklaces are perfect pop of color and sparkle that grab attention.

A Great Value

All necklaces are just $45. They come with the story, a cord or chain and certificate of authenticity and are packaged to perfection.   

You can take a peak here and browse My Online Store: 

New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces
New Watercolor Necklaces

One of a Kind Gifts

I spent time considering the packaging for the necklaces and decided the necklace cards were best.  You can slip them into a card and envelope easily and they easily showcase the poems and stories written for each one.  These stories are often the reason people gift them to their loved ones.

Corazon Watercolor Necklace Pendant
Corazon Watercolor Necklace

You Look Good – As Usual

What it really comes down to is how they look on you.  And that, my friend, is the best part.

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Just $45 each.  


Watercolor Necklaces: Top 3 Reasons to Try It, Some Common Problems and Solutions


After five workshops mentoring 43 mostly-beginner watercolorists create stunning pendants, I’ve learned some things about people and watercolor and I’m excited to share this with you. First, this workshop did not turn out the way I expected which is a good thing because unpredictability is the nature of adventure. And I love a little adventure.

Just like people watercolors are:

  • Temperamental
  • Require patience
  • Distinctly individual
  • Absolutely stunning, surprising potential just waiting to break through with the help of a soft touch and guidance.

My initial reaction to being asked to teach this project was “Oh my god No! It’s too hard, watercolor is too hard and I don’t know anything.  It’s too much pressure. People won’t succeed. I’m not the right mentor or teacher for this job.”

What a bunch of fear-based self-deprecating BS designed to keep me from moving forward.  Not one word of this is true.  BUT here are some real truths about this workshop:

Truth #1: Watercolor Necklaces are an Excellent Beginner Project.

Why? This project is a low risk, high success and reward activity. Artists can work on larger sized paper and make and experiment with many different colors and techniques. Not every composition needs to be perfect because out of a 8″ x 10″ sheet only one 1/2″ x 1 1/2 pendant necklace will be made. This gives everyone a lot of room to play, learn and even get a little frustrated.  Through this process participants develop a vision as they work, they don’t need to know everything beforehand.

Take a look at my example below.  The first picture is of the paintings I did for possible pendants, there are 7 original paintings.  Notice that they are all larger than the final pendants and overall not very attracitve.  I didn’t like one of them so I up with 6.

small paintings framed in pendants.
small paintings framed in pendants.

Here you can see the final pendants that came from some relatively messy watercolor doodles.  At just a slice of the original, they are the most successful compositions and no one has to know where they came from.

Final pendants
Final pendants

With so many chances to create something you like, you will create something you like.  It’s inevitable.

Truth #2: Participants Learn Fundamental Art Concepts of Color and Composition in a Hands-on Safe and Experimental Environment.

After a couple hours of play and experiment, artists work on re-composing mini-paintings into jewelry.  Participants quickly learn success lies in composition. Composition is the organization of elements in an artwork and is the difference between love and repulsion. Many of us understand it instinctively.  Unlike working with canvas, this project allows you to play and then perfect the composition at the end.  There is no need to know exactly what you are doing when you start.  With the use of viewfinders artists can frame just the right one and hide any mistakes by not including them. Success lays in finding the right color combination for you and framing the composition the way that you like it.

Various compositions can be made from one small painting.
Various compositions can be made from one small painting.

Truth #3. Participants Learn to Let Go of Negativity and Flow.

Low risk and high success creates an environment rich for play.  The Pendants are a mini-exercise in learning to let go and to follow or partner with watercolor.

This is a balance between not just letting go but also learning to think with both an analytical and playful mind. When we analyze we learn, assess, adjust and think.  When we play; we paint, let go, feel gratitude, smile, laugh and have fun.  The place between these two is balance and a state of flow, time stands still and we enjoy ourselves, learn and problems solve, and act.  Flow feels good and it is good for you.

learn, paint, assess, play, adjust, explorelearn, paint, assess, play, adjust, explore
learn, paint, assess, play, adjust, explore


Common Problems with Watercolor

Like anything, common beginner problems have emerged across the workshops too.  After some experimenting, I have some advice for artists struggling with them too.

Problem #1: Too Much Paint

To Much Paint (Hooker's Green)
To Much Paint (Hooker’s Green)

This looks like super saturated color, very vivid as it goes down but completely unworkable, dark and inky afterwards.  You can’t paint over it, the color is too thick no matter how hard you try. Why? Because watercolor is translucent, and any color you lay over too much paint will only turn out like mud or be slightly less than invisible. That thick color is there to stay and heavy with its presence.

Fear not! There is one fix. It is imperfect, but you can lift paint from the paper.

Here is How.

  1. Take a clear wet brush and saturate the color with water
  2. Lift the paint gently with paper towel, Q-tip or clean dry brush
Fixing too much paint!
Fixing too much paint!

Kind of like magic.

After I lifted the paint, I used more hooker green with a smaller brush, some gold and white gauche to highlight.

other solutions

There will always be a little ghost of color with the above solution.  This might be ok. Of course the best way to fix something is to make sure it doesn’t happen at all.

Here are some tips to stop the problem before it starts.

  • Know Before you Paint. Test the brush and use the test paper before painting.
  • Balance your Value. You don’t want too much paint or water on your brush and you don’t want too little. Too much paint and the color is too dark. Too little and you will barely see it.  To begin, go for a 40-60% value or saturation which is right in the middle of the lightest value and the darkest. With practice, you will get good at filling your brush with just the right amount of paint, but you have to practice.
Values in blue
Values in blue
  • Start with Less. Work from light to dark. Choose lighter colors first and lighter values and build layers of colors up to the value you want.
  • Big to Small. Work from big brush to smaller brush. Bigger brushes cover more ground but as you get closer to your goal, select different and smaller brushes to get to what you want.
  • Slow down and use your Imagination. Painting is as much about looking and thinking as it is about painting. Slow down, take  a break, step back and look at what you are doing.  Try to imagine what it will look like if you add more color and if you will like it.
  • Dab and push don’t stroke. Don’t use a brush stroke.  Use a smaller brush and dab along the edges of the painting.  This is particularly useful when the paper is a little damp and the watercolor can blend into the paper.

Problem #2: Too Little Paint

Not Enough Paint
Not Enough Paint

This is sometimes a harder problem to define. The painting looks nice enough but isn’t quite right. Fear is taking over though and the artist is afraid they will mess it up. So she/he stops. But something isn’t quite right.


  • Self-Check. Slow down and think about how you are feeling. Match that with how you want to feel. Often times, fear keeps the painter from painting. Are you scared you are going to mess it up? Does it look just good enough? Check in and find your courage to explore. Often times, you can take good to awesome by working through this fear.  Just swallow, assess and use your imagination!  What do you think you could do to improve it?
  • Check the Value Contrast. Contrast is key to creating dramatic art and often times what looks kind of nice can be transformed by checking your variation in value.  What is value?  Value is best described by understanding color in shades, like gray scale, color can flow from a low percentage to saturated.  The more variation you have in value, the more interesting the art, especially abstract art.
Value scale from white to black
Value scale from white to black

Often times, people have a hard time seeing values in color.  To get around this, try this simple trick.  Take a photo of your work with your cell phone then change it to black and white.  Immediately, you will see the variation in value regardless of hue.

In this example there is only value contrast in the dark yellow, the rest of the colors blend into each other with little variation.  It looks like two yellow eyes in grey clouds.

Not enough paint in values
Not enough paint in values


  • Go Small. This is a great way to add variation in value.  Use a smaller brush and create more value contrast and details, follow the paint and look for how to enhance the drama.
  • Dab and push don’t stroke. Don’t use a brush stroke.  Use a smaller brush and dab along the edges where colors transition or in areas you want to enhance.  This is particularly useful when the paper is a little damp and the watercolor can blend into the paper.

Here is the finished painting from the original.  I used the original swatch as a the background  and played up the yellow but added a lot more contrast and depth in the high and low values.  Can you see the difference in the variation of value from above?

Enough Paint
Enough Paint
Enough Paint in Grayscale
Enough Paint in Grayscale


Problem #3: Creating Mud


I see problems 1 & 2 the most, but the top question people ask me is how do I work with the paint and not create mud.  In this case, the paint seems to have a mind of its own and turns into a great swath of muddy gross non-descriptive color.

A little patience and knowledge of the color wheel helps do wonders for this problem.

The color wheel
The color wheel

The fundamental problem is that any two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel mixed together directly will produce a grey or brown of some kind. Honestly, if you like grey and brown sometimes the result is pure awesomeness. But often times it is inadvertent and frustrating.

According to the color wheel and put simply:

  • purple + yellow = mud
  • blue + orange = mud
  • red + green = mud

However, painting the colors next to each other are complementary and do look lovely together too. It is a dilemma.

My Jungle by Marika Reinke


Here are some solutions.


  • Slow down! Wait for them to dry before painting the another color next to or on top of them. A hairdryer comes in handy if you are in a hurry.  You can also move onto your next painting while you wait for this one to dry.  I did not paint red or orange into the painting above until I had laid most of my greens and yellows and they were dry.
  • Keep them separated. Paint the colors on opposite sides of the compositions and work towards each other until they are dry. In fact, some of my first paintings I didn’t let colors touch at all!
  • Develop good habits. All the solutions for problem number 1 apply here as well, practice those good painting habits and you will have some great results.

That my friends is my list of the top 3 reasons why, problems and solutions for you to try out this fun project.  You can check out my workshop page for workshop dates and details or my resources page and try it out yourself.

Love to you.

Fertility by Marika Reinke 2005 (c)

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 is a place of gratitude and unpeeling place of wonder.

You devotedly received her everything; visceral love, familial strength, earthly creation and boundless, mysterious motherhood. They seed securely in your cosmos; timeless and ancestral.

This place has done her selfless duty and given until she needed to no longer.

This is a place of love and a place of beauty. A place for pocket-shrines and vistas in her name.

13” x 10” Watercolor

Fertility by Marika Reinke 2017
Fertility by Marika Reinke 2017
Fertility by Marika Reinke 2005 (c)
Fertility by Marika Reinke 2005 (c)Fertility by Marika Reinke 2005 (c)

Midnight Speaking Watercolor by Marika Reinke 2017 12' x 16"

Midnight Speaking

Midnight Speaking Watercolor by Marika Reinke 2017 12' x 16"
Midnight Speaking Watercolor by Marika Reinke 2017 12′ x 16″

Do you believe in midnight voices?

Lost in the dark; an echoing ritual call

A speaking vision commands



It is easier in the midnight light,

The hazy fuzz of sleep still clinging to dreams

With sideways thoughts

Doubt dissolves

So we can dance and paint.


Original is Available $149

Limited Edition Prints are Available $49

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A Life of Little Gifts

Life is a lot different than 3 months ago. I wear puffy jackets (even inside now), drink a lot more cappuccinos and enjoy the view of a cityscape and snow capped mountains. No more tank tops, jungles, beaches, howling monkeys and sunsets of rural Costa Rican life.

Playa Potrero, Costa Rica and Seattle Cityscape and Sunrise
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica and Seattle Cityscape and Sunrise

More change is happening on my inside too. We went to Costa Rica to take a break, have a long vacation, let the kids have a cultural experience and a reset our family and social life. It was a cleanse. It was a challenge of personal learning.

We are glad to be home. Seattle is a homecoming and a re-envisioning. But we aren’t settled. We are living at my mothers – its a long story. I’m homeschooling my dyslexic son and my daughter is working through fifth grade online. My kids are always around. I don’t have a studio. I’m painting in my mom’s living room. There is a lot of ambiguity to deal with; schools, houses, friends, careers. I’m not complaining, am I?

It isn’t very inspiring.

I love the curvy highs of newness and surprises which include all the wonderful surprises of being home. Thankfully, after the high, I haven’t crashed into brooding regret or remorse or shock, but I have slowly slipped back into a quiet yet unproductive routine. Fundamental questions need answering; a job for my husband, schools for kids, places to live, my place in the Seattle art scene.

I like to think we are incubating. In other words, tending to transitions, cultivating newness and preparing for the future. Incubating at 40-something with kids in tow is tricky. It is a stale in-between, motionless and grey. I am holding my breath and when I exhale a barrage of restless questions are released.

Aren’t I too old for this? When can I paint? Or work on my vision? What did that time in Costa Rica mean? What do I really want? How can I be productive? How can I find space for me? How can I really lean into my art career and vision in Seattle? Why do I feel so restless?

Questions are so exhausting.

The answers take time and research and reality checks. There isn’t much room for newness, creativity or adventure…

But wait! I protest! There is always room, but how?

This is a delicate art, this living in between. Seriously. The repercussions suck. Unhappy me is a pain in the *ss to live with.  My temperament is demanding. I’m greedy for novelty and clarity.  Tending to this greed takes vigilance and persistence. I’m on the hunt to pinning down clarity. I’ve become a stalker of it.

The good news is that I might finally be on to a secret recipe.

Start with the Body: Stay Healthy and Active.

I go to the gym five days a week. Yes, even when I’m sick and injured. Maybe I’m crazy or maybe I’m a warrior. I lift weights. I love kettle bells, deadlifts and muscles. I run, row and bike. I learn my limits, push them and come back a little stronger. Progress inspires me. I started this habit five years ago and my day doesn’t start without it. It is general body maintenance. Strength is fundamental.

My husband and I at Vertical World. Our date nights often start at the climbing gym and end at some excellent Seattle restaraunt
Me and my husband  at Vertical World. Our date nights often start at the climbing gym and end at an excellent Seattle restaurant. Bliss.

It’s a start to the day but fitness doesn’t end in the gym and to truly appreciate my strength I need to apply it. Seattle has excellent rock climbing and a fun community. I prescribe myself at least two days a week. I love it. There is a zen calm, peace and merging of movement and mind in climbing. I can’t explain it. It’s akin to yoga but on a wall. Plus the exhilaration of achieving a tough technical climb is leaning into the edge of fear and accomplishment and harvesting real (for me) joy.

Clarity begins with the body and physical motion. My brain just doesn’t kick in without it. But it certainly doesn’t stop there. I can still look back on a day and think that a little body maintenance is the only thing I accomplished that day.  Really, that doesn’t cut it.

When I realize this, I want to kick a wall, hard.

A Clarity of Mind: Cultivate Gratitude

I’m a lucky girl. But I’m also a restless girl. I’m happy but I want more, always. I accept this wanting because I really can’t control it. There is a lot of work to be done to match my ambition. So I strive for balance between constant desire and authentic gratitude.

Me Meditating
Me Meditating

I hate and resent it, but I meditate about 5 or 6 days a week. Before you get too excited, let me clarify that usually this is only for 4-9 minutes a day. Baby steps. And I’m horrible at it. My brain is a constant source of thoughts and ciriticism. I try to recognize it and not associate with it. I think it is working, the balance commitment, but I can’t be sure.

The Artists Way - Julia Cameron
The Artists Way – Julia Cameron

More productively, I journal every morning. I joined a twelve week class on Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. This book inspired me to paint almost 18 years ago, and Morning Pages are critical to its success. The Morning Pages are 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing done every morning. Sometimes I hate it but most of the time it clears the weight of my thoughts that I wake with and keeps me focused on positivity.

The combination of journaling and meditating is a sweet spot for me. Like good gardening practices, my mind and priorities reveal themself under these conditions. Sweet clarity is within reach.

Clearing Time: Where does it Go?

Without time, I can’t accomplish anything.  This is a frustrating truth.

In January, the only thing I was able to squeeze into a day was gym time, schooling the kids and obsessing about politics. But how could I have no time? The hours barely added up to 5 and yet I was sure that I had no time.

So, I paid really close attention to my time. Where was it going and what was I allowing to happen? What was I doing when I got home from the gym? What did I do after the schooling the kids? The answer, I’m ashamed, to admit, was some form of tired, distracted or frustrated. I read random articles from Facebook. I skimmed my phone and researched apps. I messaged a few people. I researched random questions about whatever floated into my mind. I watched the kids, played games with them and mediated their fights. In short, I was doing a whole lot of nothing but making excuses and wasting time.

Renewal – Work in Progress (c) Marika Reinke 2017

Then, I got real and took control of my time. I signed the kids up for a science Winter Break camp. They were gone from 8:30 – 4pm Monday through Friday. I dared myself to paint all day without excuses. I did paint. It was bliss. I made serious headway on “Renewal” a large scale painting (see picture). By the end of the week I was asking myself how I could keep this blissful painting habit going. I didn’t want my kids back.

The answer was ridiculously simple. I told the kids I had to paint and I reserved studio time from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. During that time I’m unreachable, even if I am in the living room. It is magic. They work on self-directed activities and we all get a chance to be productive on our own terms. In hindsight, I was using my kids as excuses to keep me from being productive.

I banned Social Media for a week as prescribed by Julia Cameron. It was blissful quiet time. My thoughts were completely my thoughts. I didn’t realize how toxic and infecting it was until I left. And guess what? It is possible to be politically engaged without always being enraged and shocked. When it comes to politics, Social Media is all emotion and no motion. Absent that mind-crowding, my day and mood got a lot lighter.

Most importantly, with a little give in my day, I assessed all my projects and picked my top three. I have large scale, medium and small project, goldilocks style. Done. I’m not hanging onto anything else and I’m just focusing on these guys. When there is a window of time, I have three things to choose from and I do it.

The result? The day is lifted of gunkiness, the creepy stickiness that can slow me down and the mindlessness that makes days just slip by.

A Life of Little Gifts

Then, magically, “Yes” happened.

“Yes”, I said this to myself. Yes, I can accomplish these three things. Yes, I can take a mosaic class. I can take a painting class. I can be alone and take time away from the kids. I can limit planning to one plan a day. I can put myself first, and everyone will actually take care of themselves. Yes, I did this and yes, everyone is just fine. Not only fine, but awesome. Because of this, I want to give more yes-es more freely to everyone.  Yes makes everyone happy.

With the time, heart and mind open to give YES, lots of YES-es, each day is a journey of little gifts both given and received. I love these little gifts. Gifts are magic.



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Flowers and Water

Flowers and Water (c) Marika Reinke 2016

A portrait of the rain

Cannot escape a flower.

Acrylic  16” x 12”



Currently installed at Sage Brush Art Studio, Brasilito Costa Rica


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