Happy heart today

I just read this great tweet: “So my 3 year old appears to have misheard the phrase ‘happy holiday’ this morning and has been going round wishing everybody ‘happy heart today’.” 

Isn’t that just perfect? Beyond the presents and parties, this kid has perfectly distilled the essence of the holiday spirit—to wish for everyone a happy heart. 

At the Arcata holiday fair recently, I got to connect with a number of my fans. It’s a lot of work, but I do these occasional in-person events in part because they provide a great opportunity for me to understand my customers and to market test designs. The gradual emptying of my shelves and the swelling of my money belt is the most elemental form of market research!

More importantly, by hearing stories from customers and getting feedback on what they love about my art, I find renewed inspiration for doing the work that I do. Since I am not in this business for the big bucks, the deeply felt compliments mean the world to me!

So this holiday season, I just want to say thank you to all my customers and friends near and far for your support of my art. You make my heart happy. In these turbulent times, I feel especially blessed to have meaningful work creating art that inspires, delights and connects. Here’s wishing you all happy holidays and a happy heart today.

may peace
in our hearts
spread peace
in the world

Artist Annette Makino in her Arcata studio.

Artist Annette Makino in her Arcata studio.

Makino Studios News

Raffle winner: Congratulations to Katie U., who won $40 in store credit at the Makino Studios raffle at the Holiday Craft Market in Arcata, CA.

Made in Humboldt event: You can find my calendars, prints and boxed notecards at the “Made in Humboldt” event at Pierson Garden Shop in Eureka, CA through Dec. 24.

2019 calendar: This 2019 mini-calendar of art and haiku makes a great holiday gift—and a thoughtful present for yourself! Contact me about discounts on two or more.

For Humboldters: You can find a wide selection of my prints at Blake’s Books in McKinleyville. You can also visit my studio between Arcata and Blue Lake by appointment.

On a wing and a prayer

“you give my heart wings” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on textured paper.

“you give my heart wings” is 5×7, painted with sumi ink and Japanese watercolors on textured paper.

Yokwe! I am writing from the Marshall Islands, a tiny atoll nation in Micronesia, roughly between Hawaii and the Philippines. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry: it’s the fifth least visited country in the world, barely ahead of Somalia. But you have to love a country where the main greeting, “yokwe,” means “hello,” “goodbye,” “love,” and “you are a rainbow.”

I’m here for a couple of weeks to help my sister Yuri adopt a baby boy. It’s an incredible, heart-expanding experience, and right now there is too much to process to be able to write about it. (Not to mention all those time-consuming bottle feedings and diaper changes.)

So for now, having just flown across most of the Pacific, I am sharing this haiku sequence about air travel, along with a couple of paintings about flying. Enjoy!

In Flight

luggage store
I pick up a little more

airport restroom
the toilet seat
still slightly warm

exit row
trying to remember
how planes stay up

30,000 feet
my thoughts more and more

flying United             feeling disjointed

crowded flight
on screen after screen

Modern Haiku 45:1 (Winter-Spring 2014)

warmly, Annette Makino

“body lands safely” is 9×12, painted with sumi ink and watercolors on rice paper. It was published in Contemporary Haibun 13 (April 2013).

“body lands safely” is 9×12, painted with sumi ink and watercolors on rice paper. It was published in Contemporary Haibun 13 (April 2013).

Makino Studios News

Hungry Ghosts: Thanks to everyone who came to the opening of this group show! What a fun (and crowded) evening! The exhibit, featuring artists with Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds, runs through April at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery, upstairs at 325 2nd Street in Eureka, California.

Open Studios: Join silk painter Tina Gleave and me for the first weekend of North Coast Open Studios, May 31 and June 1, at the Samoa Women’s Club in Samoa, California. Also, there is a group show of Open Studios artists with a reception at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery on Saturday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. during Arts Alive.

Portland and Mendocino Stores: Two discerning new businesses are now carrying my cards: Oblation Papers & Press in Portland, Oregon, and The Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California.

Traveling: As I am traveling for most of the rest of this month, my Makino Studios Etsy shop will be closed April 5-29. I’m sorry for any inconvenience.