three chickens with haiku

“juicy bugs” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on paper. © 2014 Annette Makino


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

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

    North Coast Open Studios: Annette will share her art and demonstrate her tools along with silk painter Tina Gleave on June 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Ramone’s Café & Bakery in Old Town Eureka. There will be a reception that Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. during Arts Alive!, and the work will be on view through June.

    New Cards: 24 new and updated card designs have just been added to the Greeting Card section of the Gallery. These are also available online through the MakinoStudios shop on Etsy.