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Renewal by Marika Reinke 2017 Acrylic Painting 72" x 48"

Need a Reason or Two to Celebrate? Here are Even More for My Studio Party on November 12th

On SundayNovember 12th I’m hosting a series of workshops and studio party. Why? To celebrate community, art, friends, food and wine and to give back to those in most need to our former community in Costa Rica. I’d love for you to join us at my house and studio.

This communication is an attempt to tempt you to come celebrate and outline what you can expect when you do.

Here is a quick agenda:

10:30 – 1:30:  Watercolor Necklace Workshop  ($39)
2 – 4: New! The Art Ritual: Explore Intuitive Painting with Watercolor ($29)
4 pm – 9 pm:  Welcome Back Studio Party (FREE)  


About the Party

Let’s start with the party and work backwards.  Here is a list of the top reasons to come to the Studio Party

Reason 1: Inspiration

This party is an attempt to share a story that I hope inspires you to follow your passion and change a world or two while you do it.  As I prepare for the event, it is clear that above anything, the night will represent a celebration of color, light, whimsy, thought, intuition, transformation and a journey.  If you are inspired when you leave, I’ve done my job.  If you laugh, make a friend or two, have a good time and like one painting a little, I’m happy too.

I will have my paintings and jewelry on display in two rooms and my studio will host the open wine bar. The journey will include older watercolors and newer acrylic paintings, as well as my larger scale work like “Community” and “Renewal“. The point is to tell the story of an evolution of passions, ideas, technique and inspiration.  And talk about the future.

Reason 2: Good Food and Wine

We will have red and white wine available and a good spread of good food.  I love good food which will include both vegetarian, meaty and gluten free options. I also love chocolate, so expect some chocolate too. I’ll throw in another non-chocolate dessert for those that prefer it because everyone deserves dessert.

Reason 3: Meet and Hang Out with Great People 

Seriously, this is a great community.  I love the people in my life; smart, inspiring, insightful, loving and interesting. You only make my life better.  This party is dedicated to all of you, and thankfully there a lot of you that I’m proud to know and hope will be there. I can’t wait to see you there.

Reason 4: Everything is a Special Gift 

All paintings, jewelry, greeting cards, limited edition prints, books, stickers and mugs are for sale but absolutely no purchase is required. Whether you are thinking of something special for yourself or for your loved one, you just may find a wonderful meaningful gift at this unique event. Many people have told me how much receiving the gift of original art means to them. This is a chance to find a gift that will bring that joy to your friends and loved ones.

Reason 5: Your Purchases Will Help Those in Need in Costa Rica and Give Again

Hurricane Nate and heavier than usual rains have caused death and displaced many people in Costa Rica.  It has been a hard rainy season for those most in need in our former community.  For this reason, I’m dedicating a portion of the proceeds to CEPIA Costa Rica for those most affected by flood damage.  The details of these proceeds will be explicit at the party.

Convinced you are coming? RSVP Here: http://evite.me/ysPVYGRHx6

The Art Ritual: Explore Intuitive Painting with Watercolor

Inpiration's Night Play by Marika Reine 2017 12" x 16"
Inspiration’s Night Play by Marika Reinke 2017 12″ x 16″

This is a new workshop and the purpose is to introduce you to my process and approach to abstract paintings and drawings. Here are some reasons to sign up:

Reason 1: Tap into Your Intuition and Let Go 

We will begin with an intuitive focus; a meditation or a theme of some kind and let those thoughts guide the watercolor. Of course art principles are guides, but the tapping into creative wisdom we all have will lead our way. Our painting will begin with a centering exercise that includes shifting the mind frame from thinking to opening our physical, mental and spiritual channels to creating. This will be an active state and much less analytic (there is no analysis paralysis here). Instead, we will let intuition and an inner coach lead.

Reason 2: Learn Something About Yourself

For some, this is natural. For others, this will be an active mental exercise. For all, there will be struggle, the rich and instructive kind that reaps many benefits in painting and self-discovery.

Reason 3: Create a Painting about Self-Growth

The end result will be a painting, maybe beautiful, but much more likely deeply meaningful. A painting that has taught you something about yourself and maybe what you can take with you into other tasks in life.

Reason 4: Hang out with Great People

I know, I said that already.  But you are great even if you don’t believe it all the time.

Come join me. RSVP and more information here: https://marikareinke.com/product/new-art-ritual-explore-intuitive-painting-watercolor/

Watercolor Necklace Workshop 

I’m going to keep this list short. If you know me, I’ve been talking this workshop up quite a bit lately.  Here is a quick and dirty list of reasons to come and join me: 
  1. Connect you to your creative wisdom and intuition to create jewelry you love.
  2. Make a personalized gift for a loved one
  3. Discover something new about yourself in the process.
  4. Have fun
  5. Create some awesome memories with new and old friends.
  6. Mimosas
  7. Brunch – yes, brunch.

Reserve a spot here: https://marikareinke.com/product/watercolor-necklace-workshop-seattle-queen-anne/


Inside Green 2 copyright Marika Reinke

Goodbyes and Good News

At my studio party on Saturday, a few people asked me last night if it was hard to let my paintings go. And I answered no. As I’ve let them go one by one I have prepared myself for each sale and it has felt good. I love my new profession.

 That night was a good night. Beyond expectations.

Six of my originals sold and all ten original watercolor pendants as well as many prints and scarves and cards.  At one point there was a line for sales and our house was hard to move in.  My husband commandeered me; no more socializing, I had to help him take credit cards.

After everyone left, I finally had a glass of wine.  The next day I tried to let it sink in. There is a strange disconnection that occurs for me as I watch my goals unfold.  It takes me awhile to quit doing and just absorb the reality, the lovely reality. I’m flying.

My husband, family and I chatted about what went well and what could go better. I had a goal for 2015 to sell 10 original paintings, I’ve already exceeded this.  I need a new goal. My son says maybe I should set a goal to make ten million dollars.  🙂

He knows I like to say anything is possible.

After the Studio Party
After the Studio Party

As I looked at this bare wall I ached a little bit at this mass departing. In a good way, it is bittersweet and joyful, but there is a little ache. Painting is an act of love and I love each one like a child or piece of me. They are moving on to loving homes.

The sale of the originals are the hardest parting.  They carry the handprints of my thoughts, reflection, and the love and ache of painting.  And the people who bought them will forever be stamped with the memories and emotions embedded in them. We are merged in some way, some friends and some strangers. That is what makes the parting so sweet and satisfying.

In memory and appreciation the following originals have moved on or will be shortly moving on.

2014: Three Friendships Lost copyright Marika Reinke
2014: Three Friendships Lost copyright Marika Reinke
Seashell Collectionn (c) Marika Reinke 2015
Seashell Collectionn (c) Marika Reinke 2015
Inside Green 2 copyright Marika Reinke
Inside Green 2 copyright Marika Reinke
A Light Embrace (c) Marika Reinke 2015
A Light Embrace (c) Marika Reinke 2015
Casting Prayers in Puerto Vallarta (c) Marika Reinke
Casting Prayers in Puerto Vallarta (c) Marika Reinke
2011: Dragon in the Tree copyright Marika Reinke
2011: Dragon in the Tree copyright Marika Reinke

And the watercolor pendants which lived such a short life in my hands! They are all gone! I love them and like children, I’m excited for the next phase of their lives.

There is lots of good news but the best news is I’ve got some serious painting to do!

And I’m incredibly grateful for the support of the community.  What a wonderful lift off.  Thank you!


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getting setup for a party

Plans and Confessions

March 28th, I’m having my first Studio Party at my house.  And I’m just going to confess this: I’m excited but terrified.  If I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn’t do this. But, I know I have to. My husband insisted and he is even more of an introvert than I am.   I can’t say that I want to be an artist and not invite people to enjoy my work.  Well, duh.

In many ways, this will be a coming out.  This is the official event announcing my transformation from teaching faculty to professional artist. It really is something to celebrate!

But on my list of things I’m not so comfortable with: crowds and being the center of attention. Sigh.

I actually like a good party.  And I love to eat. And don’t get me started about wine. 🙂  And I love that art is about people and relationships.  I love the mutual gift that is art-making.

So head down, I persist.  We will have art, gift cards, scarves, some pendants, wine (for my nerves) and appetizers.

So far we expect maybe 40 people. I will see good friends, old colleagues and a good handful will be bringing friends and people I don’t know.

And another plus; I’m going to apply to some art fairs this year.  The jurors want a picture of an art booth.  So in the next few days, I’m transforming the dining room into an art booth for the Studio Party.  Why not?

My vision; navy walls, cream and/or gold tablecloths, classic wood furniture, accents of burgundy and fiery orange.  Flowers and chocolate.  Paintings dripping from the walls and furniture.  Classy, formal and someplace you want to stay and peek around for awhile.

I can hear my husband rolling his eyes.  Me and my visions mean a lot of work for him.

Wish me luck! I can’t wait to see some of you soon!