Ode to Pears!

Here they are – the completed pairs. 7 x 5″ on fabriano heavy watercolor paper, using my Uniball rollerball pen and Cotman watercolors. We have a large tree in our backyard that was very productive this year and we have many pairs around the kitchen so I decided to use that as my muse..

Ode to Pairs


How to Make Magic: A 6 Step Primer (Part 2 of 3)

More gold!

Marika Reinke

This post is a continuation from Part 1 posted last week.  In order to be successful with Part 2, Part 1 is required reading.  You can’t make magic by skipping steps.  Come on, you know that.  😉

Step 3: Plan

Yes, I know, planning isn’t really the way it works in the movies or in fairytales. Unfortunately or fortunately, real magic does not require a magic wand, staff or mirror. And magic isn’t going to happen if you just wish for it or say some magic words. Sorry. Life would be easier wouldn’t it? But then, it wouldn’t be such an adventure either.

Like any good potion though, it does require ingredients, and planning is one of them. So we must add a Plan to our potion.

Idea. Believe. Plan (c) Marika Reinke 2015 Idea. Believe. Plan (c) Marika Reinke 2015

Remember, you are an apprentice. Like any good apprentice, you will have to work hard…

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Some new creations

It’s been a little while since my last post.. so I thought I’d share this graphite surrealistic drawing I just completed in my sketchbook/journal…

How to draw fur

And this one is a work in progress that I am going to color with watercolors in experimentation of the style I used in the previous female portrait.. something small and simple..

3 Pairs

I’m hoping to complete this over the next day – I’ll look forward to sharing the result! 🙂

A new painting! Perhaps for International Women’s Day

Well, this piece started out with the intention of being entirely abstract/surreal… and what I’ve ended up with is something completely different! a representational, almost cubist random female portrait..  she just appeared out of the inked lines! – then I applied the watercolor – I had a hard time considering what to do with the color.. it’s the first time I’ve come back to proper watercolors in some time.. .

Miss Purple Collar

How to Make Magic: A 6 Step Primer (Part 1 of 3)

What a fantastic post!!! so very well put! I can’t wait for part 2!

Marika Reinke

Step 1.  Believe

If you want to make magic, you have to believe in magic. If you don’t believe in magic, you should stop reading.

Go for a walk. Go meditate. Do some yoga.  Spend some time alone.  Reflect.  Think.  Journal.  Stand on a mountain top and notice.  Notice your breath.  Notice the air.  Notice the feel of your skin.  Notice your body and heartbeat.  Notice how it feels to be alive.  Notice that everything “living” and “not-living” around you is alive.

If you are not noticing, this will not work.

Notice, until you understand.  Once you understand, notice until you believe. Always notice.

Magic is real.  Magic is in every moment.  

When you believe this, then you believe in magic.

This part is very important step and you can not skip it.  If you don’t believe in magic, magic will never find you.  You must believe.  

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