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“bright eyes, wagging tail” (c) 2015 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

    Small miracle: Annette describes how a series of choices has added up to a small miracle, as her adopted nephew celebrates his first birthday.

    Red Moon Anthology: Big Data: Red Moon Haiku Anthology 2014, is a collection of the best haiku of the year. It includes this piece by Annette:

    for better or for worse
    our lights and darks
    tumbling together