tracks through grass with tree shadows, plus haiku

“scent of wood smoke” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolor on paper. © Annette Makino 2017


With a Zen sense of lightness and humor, Annette Makino combines Japanese-inspired paintings with haiku and other words to capture fleeting moments and make connections. Using bamboo brushes, she paints with sumi ink that is ground in an ink stone, then adds color with Japanese watercolors.

As is traditional in Asian art, she stamps each painting in red with one of her personal seals. Much of Makino’s work is inspired by the Japanese tradition of haiga, artwork combined with haiku so the image and words deepen each other.

She offers her authentic and joyful paintings, prints, cards, and calendars online and at selected retailers through Makino Studios.

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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    For better or for worse: In her latest blog post, Annette Makino shares how she met the man who makes her life poetry.

    Holiday card sets and 2018 calendar: Annette now offers five kinds of boxed notecards: two holiday designs, a thank you card, a landscape series and a floral series. She has also produced a 2018 calendar of art and haiku. View them in the Makino Studios Etsy shop.