Japanese lanterns and blessing

“may blessings” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © 2014 Annette Makino


Annette Makino is an artist and writer who combines Japanese-inspired paintings with original words. Her pieces express quiet reflection and Zen humor. 

Drawing on Japanese artistic traditions, Makino paints with sumi ink that she grinds in an ink stone, adding color with Japanese watercolors. She applies the ink and paint onto paper with bamboo brushes. 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 and enrich each other. She also draws on the Japanese custom of etegami, painting and mailing postcard art with a few well-chosen words.

The online gallery showcases her art. Makino Studios offers paintings, prints, cards, and calendars.

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    artist Annette Makino at work

    Makino Studios News

    Hereby resolved: Annette’s trip to Mt. Shasta inspires a new year’s blog postand a single resolution.

    Best of 2014: One of Annette’s poems has been selected for the Red Moon Anthology of the best haiku of the year:

    for better or for worse
    our lights and darks
    tumbling together

    (originally published in The Heron’s Nest, March 2014, XVI:1)

    New DesignsSee Annette Makino’s latest card designs and prints in the MakinoStudios Etsy shop, where you can also find her art wall calendar for 2015.