painting of beach scene with haiku

“water and stone” is 11×14, painted with sumi ink, Japanese watercolors and crayon on paper. © 2015 Annette Makino



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

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