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The Uprootable Family

Three years ago on the beach in Honolulu, my husband and I promised each other that 2015 was our year to change our lives, a year to do something crazy, a year to invite adventure and play out a little dream just to see how it goes. We have been quietly setting up our lives to do it, saving money, making plans, discussing it and coming to an agreement.

It is 2015 and everything is moving in one direction. On August 21st, we are all hopping on a plane and moving to Costa Rica for a year or two or so. Just to see how it goes. Details have been firming up since our recognizance trip this April.

My life right now is balancing the commitments I have left here which include a couple of commissions and stocking inventory for a gift shop consignment deal, cleaning up, packing and purging the house, connecting at least one more time with special friends and neighbors and a lot of daydreaming about what life will be like in less than 6 weeks.

I have been painting but I have not been blogging about it. I'll get better, I promise. I will be painting in Costa Rica, no doubt about it.

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We are the Uprootable Family.

Much love and excitement to all of you.


Costa Rica Heat (c) Marika Reinke 2015

Costa Rica Heat

Costa Rica Heat (c) Marika Reinke 2015
Costa Rica Heat (c) Marika Reinke 2015


Closed eyes in the tropical heat see colors that transform.  Surrounded, you must wear them as they alter your perspective.

Watercolor 12″ x 9″

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This painting was featured by the Northwest Art Alliance in May 2015.

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If you were trapped in the jungle for 8 days… what would you take?

Tomorrow, the family is heading to Costa Rica for spring break. We expect lots of sun, beach, relaxation, pool time, monkeys, maybe a zip line or horse back ride and definitely a lot of exploring. We are going to Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste. It is hot, it is beachy and the jungle literally spills into the ocean. There is nothing like a change in scenery to shake off the winter grime.

So trapped here, voluntarily and blissfully. What will I take?

I took these to Mexico. The brushes hold water in the stem and I can paint on the plane pretty easily with them. From Seattle, this is going to be around 10 hours of travel time. Though I don’t love them, they are packable.

The pan watercolors are not my favorite. I have a lot more flexibility with tubes. But they are portable. Plus, I have this huge set of new ones, not even opened.

I used up my watercolor paper journal and the art store didn’t have any. So I grabbed some small Arches Watercolor blocks.

This time maybe I’m going to take some high chroma QoR tubes, my silver and gold watercolor, and nicer brushes and one palette so I can do some real painting. My husband is going to think I’m crazy. The last time we were in Costa Rica we were robbed – maybe not. But I can’t bare to part with them!

Oh yeah, and a sketch book and pencils with pencil sharpener.

Addiction? Maybe.

I really I can’t decide what to take.