20% off all wall art!   Today only!   Offer ends tonight at midnight EST.

Darice Machel McGuire - Artist

Darice Machel McGuire Blogs

Read blog posts created by Darice Machel McGuire.

Darice Machel McGuire lives on the beautiful Island of Maui.   Her Hawaii and California landscape oil and acrylic paintings are gracing the homes and offices of collectors nationally and internationally.   McGuire's choice of subject matter comes from her love of nature and all that surrounds her on a daily basis.   She paints in large and small formats.   Her works are represented by Village Galleries in Lahaina, Karen Lei's Gallery in Kahakuloa, Karen Lei's Gallery in Ka'anapali, Kaukini Gallery in Kahakuloa, and Kingwell Island Art in Lahaina.   All these...more
Post on Facebook
Post on Twitter
Post on Google+
Post on StumbleUpon
Post on Pinterest

Joined

2009

Followers

801

Visitors

1,113,781

 

Title

Excerpt

Book Awards

May 14th, 2019

I'm over joyed by these three awards given to the book I co-wrote, "The Art Of Painting In Acrylic"! What a great honor to be part of this talented hard working group of artists. Book Descriptions: The Art of Painting in Acrylic: Master techniqu... 

Southwest Art Magazine

April 25th, 2019

Have you see this month's (April 2018) issue of Southwest Art Magazine? I'm on page 85 and I'm super excited! The image featured in the magazine you can find here on my website. Just click the link.  

New Interview

May 14th, 2018

This Mother's Day was pretty special for me. It was the day my new interview with ourartsmagazine.com came out. Click the link to read it.  

Lazy Sunday

January 7th, 2018

The last couple of months have been very busy. Packed full of creating new art and teaching lots of classes, and a ten day trip to California for Christmas. So when we have an opportunity to have a lazy day we take advantage of it. That is after all ... 

I Won 5th Place

July 31st, 2017

And the “ALL Animals” Competition Winners Are! “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France For the 2017 ALL Animals art competition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online received entries for: p... 

From photo to painting

May 30th, 2017

My newest "Honu" painting is done but not yet uploaded to my website. This 10x10 acrylic painting will have prints available soon. I wrote a blog about how I came up with this design. You may find it interesting to read. Just click on the link I'... 

Suspended In Time

May 23rd, 2017

Imagine surfing a wave on Maui and riding through the curl. This is what you would see. The sky and Moloka'i off in the distance, clouds dotting the sky. "Suspended In Time" captures a moment just before the wave crashes. Water droplets are beginning... 

Mothers Day

May 8th, 2017

Since mother's Day is coming up I decided to feature 15 of my floral paintings. Each one of these paintings would make a lovely Mother's day gift. I have prints available in many sixes and various products that are sure to please any mom.  

Pioneer Inn Lahaina

April 27th, 2017

Lahaina Maui is full of old historic buildings. The Pioneer Inn was built in 1901by an Englishman named George Freeland. He came to Hawaii as a Royal Canadian Mountie with instructions to "get his man". The venture failed and in order to avoid em... 

Lahaina Harbor

April 3rd, 2017

"Lahaina Harbor" is the "Lahaina Arts Society Award" winner for the 25th Annual Lahaina Poster Contest. This is a 16x20 oil painting and is the first painting in my Harbor series. The Lahaina Harbor is a beautiful subject to paint. There are so m... 

Reef Dancer

March 27th, 2017

Lahaina Harbor is located in downtown Lahaina off of Front Street behind the banyan and in front of the Pioneer Inn. This is my favorite harbor on Maui. I love spending time there photographing the boats and watching people. There are lots of o... 

Diamond Head

March 20th, 2017

Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world. It's located on the South-east Coast of O'ahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant "brow of the tuna... 

Sand Crabs

March 13th, 2017

"Sand Crabs" is an 11x14 acrylic painting on canvas board. It has couple of my favorite painting techniques in it. They are spattering to create sand, and building layers to create the ocean and sea foam. Since moving to Maui, I have painted a lot... 

Yin and Yang

March 6th, 2017

Yin and Yang is a 16 x 20 acrylic painting on canvas. There are two hidden images under these koi fish. This painting started out as an abstract of a couple tango dancing. Then it became a bright red dress, flowing across the canvas. When I covered t... 

Interview

March 3rd, 2017

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by NY Clady for her "Be in the NYC Know" blog. She made the process easy and had great questions for me. Please take a moment to read the interview and leave a comment. Both NY and I would really appreciate you... 

Maui Pineapple and Twin Falls

February 20th, 2017

In honor of President's Day I'm featuring these two miniature paintings and offering 10% off when you buy both plus free shipping. This offer is good until Friday, Feb 24th. Maui Pineapple ( on the left) is 3x4 inches big, $70. Twin Falls is 3x5 ... 

Creating 3D Painting

January 26th, 2017

I just wrote a blog on my Art E Studio website on how to create a 3D painting using sand and gesso. check it out by clicking on the "Click Here For More Information" button. 

Year Of The Rooster

January 23rd, 2017

Weekly Featured Painting - Year Of The Rooster In honor of Chinese New Year, I'll be featuring one of my rooster paintings each week, starting with "Year Of The Rooster". The original painting has sold, however, I have lots of prints available.... 

Copper Bowl

January 9th, 2017

For the second week of 2017, I'm featuring "Copper Bowl". This is a 9x12 mixed media painting on canvas board. The colors are rich and the subject is simple. Giving this painting a feng shui feel. The little bonsai tree is perfectly balanced giving t... 

Red Hibiscus

January 2nd, 2017

Red hibiscus flowers are a common sight here in Maui. In fact, there are a lot of hibiscus bushes right out side my front door. The painting you see here is an oil on canvas. I painted it on a deep gallery wrap canvas and painted the sides as well. ... 

Morning Dew

December 26th, 2016

Magnolias are beautiful large and fragrant flowers and are thought to be the first flowing plant that evolved on Earth. Fossils of magnolias have been found dating back 20 million years. Now that is a very old flower. Some experts think magnolias wil... 

Madonna and child

November 28th, 2016

"Madonna and Child" is a different style painting then I normally do. The style is based off of Southwest artist Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982), who is known for his paintings of children, horses, round-eyed angels and the desert Indian. When his works ga... 

Water Protector

November 27th, 2016

I stand with Standing Rock. Their fight is all of our fight. Water is life! I never thought of myself as an "activist" before until now. If I had the means I would join the Sioux nation and stand up against the pipeline. What does all this mean? I... 

Santa is ready for a little rest on a nice tropical beach. He is all set with his beach umbrella and cooler full of coconut water. I think Santa can use a bit of a break after his busy yearly schedule of making toys and his fast past night of deliver... 

Santa Is Checking His List

November 7th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting From now until Christmas my weekly featured painting gallery will have all my Christmas paintings in it. These paintings I designed and created for Christmas cards. Each year I add one or two new ones. This year'... 

Father Christmas

November 1st, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Father Christmas From now until Christmas my weekly featured painting gallery will have all my Christmas paintings in it. These paintings I designed and created for Christmas cards. Each year I add one or two new o... 

Saint Nicholas

October 17th, 2016

From now until Christmas my weekly featured painting gallery will have all my Christmas paintings in it. These paintings I designed and created for Christmas cards. Each year I add one or two new ones. This year's Santa painting is "Surfing Santa... 

Special Offer

October 8th, 2016

Now through October 31st 2016, I'm offering free shipping when you order a signed copy of my book "The Art of Painting in Acrylic' published by Walter Foster, authored by six talented acrylic artists; Alicia Vannoy Call, Michael Hallinan, Varvara Har... 

Colors Of Autumn

October 3rd, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Oct 3, 2016 Fall is here and so is this week's featured painting. The colors of Autumn are warm, rich and beautiful. I don't often paint abstracts but when I do I really enjoy them. The inspiration for this one came ... 

View Of Lake Tahoe

September 26th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - September 26, 2016 This week's featured painting is a blast from the past from my life in Tahoe. This setting is a very cozy scene from a rustic Tahoe cabin, with a view in the summer time. The clear blue skies and ... 

Fall Still Life

September 12th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - September 12, 2016 Fall, what a great time of year. When I was living on the mainland in California, it was my favorite season because of all the warm rich colors and cooler temperature. September is my birth month, ... 

Kokopelli

September 6th, 2016

I don't know if you've been following the news about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies for standing up to protect our Earth for future generations. It's been breaking my heart reading and watching what is goi... 

Honorable Mention

August 25th, 2016

I just found out I was one of 10 Honorable mentions in the Turner 2016 Spring Painting contest hosted by Jerry's Artarama. I pretty excited and the prize comes with a $50 gift card. I'll be buying more art supplies soon! Click on the link. My pa... 

Makila Beach

August 22nd, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Makila Beach This week's featured painting is currently on display and for sale at the Old Jail House gallery in Lahaina. It was my second entry to the Lahaina Poster Contest. The painting is an oil on a 24x18 can... 

Lahaina Harbor Sunset

August 15th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Lahaina Harbor Sunset This week's featured painting is an exciting one. Not that all the others aren't exciting, It's because it just won two awards in the 2017 Lahaina Poster Contest. There are a total of five a... 

Surfing Santa

August 8th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - August 8,2016 "Surfing Santa" is this weeks featured painting. "Why in the world would she be featuring a Christmas painting in August?" you may ask......well the thing is I usually paint my Santa paintings in the summ... 

Touch of Elegance

August 1st, 2016

"Touch of Elegance" is this weeks featured painting and is part of my still life series. One of the things I love about the "Old Masters" is their color palette. The rich warm colors add a touch of romance to their paintings. I created Touch of E... 

Floor Dancer Series

July 11th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Art Here is a series I did in 2009 and the story behind it. One morning I was allowing myself to wake up slowly, sitting on the couch and staring at the floor. I started to see images in the pattern of the linol... 

The last few weeks kept me pretty busy working on an interview with Creativinn.com. Creativinn is an online art magazine that features artists from around the world. I'm so excited to be one of their featured artists. The interview with Oliver was gr... 

New Interview

June 17th, 2016

Mandy at "With Five Questions" blog was fun to work with. Take a moment to read the interview she did with me. Just copy and paste this link withfivequestions.blogspot.com/2016/06/meet-darice-machel-mcguire-artist.html 

On The Vine

May 30th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Art May is just about over and summer is about to begin. This is a good time to start summer gardens. This week I wanted to feature an older painting of mine that represents the bounty of laboring to bring food to t... 

Sandy Beach

May 23rd, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting - Art The last four weeks I've been featuring the paintings I did for Walter Foster Publishing for the book "The Art Of Painting in Acrylic". This is a step-by-step, learn how to paint book. The Editor of Walter Foster p... 

Olowalu Valley

May 9th, 2016

"Olowalu Valley" is one of my four paintings featured in the book "The Art Of Painting in Acrylic" published by Walter Foster Publishing. This is a step-by-step, learn how to paint book. The Editor of Walter Foster publishing emailed me and asked if ... 

Twin Falls

May 2nd, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting "Twin Falls" is one of four of my paintings featured in the book "The Art Of Painting in Acrylic" published by Walter Foster Publishing. This is a step-by-step, learn how to paint book. The Editor of Walter Foster publis... 

Petaluma Art Center

April 29th, 2016

Recently I had the pleasure of judging an art show for Petaluma Art Center from the comfort of my studio here in Maui. The process was done through Smarter Entry, a website that manages the jurying process. Artist submitted their work to the Petaluma... 

Waves On Maui

April 25th, 2016

Weekly Featured Painting I love the drama of the ocean. Waves crashing on the beaches or rocks is so mesmerizing to me. Capturing the ebb and flow of the water on canvas is a fun challenge for me. Sometimes I can get lost in watching the ocean wav... 

Rainbow Koi

April 18th, 2016

"Rainbow Koi" is a fun, playful and colorful painting and it's my featured painting of the week. These two koi have a Yin and Yang feel to them as they playfully swim around each other. The bright colors will add happiness to any room of your house. ... 

Happy Birthday Dad

April 11th, 2016

For this week's featured painting I decided to post "Southern Pacific Daylight" because this week, tomorrow April 12th, is my dad's birthday. He worked for the Southern Pacific Rail Road many years ago. Read the story below about the creation of this... 

Guitar Hawaiian Style

April 4th, 2016

This weeks featured painting is "Guitar Hawaiian Style". I did this painting in honor of my partner in life, Charlie. Who often plays his guitar at night as a way to relax. I enjoy listening to him as I unwind from the day. This painting with acrylic... 

The Crazy Mind intereview

March 21st, 2016

I'm so excited to have been interviewed by Zsolt on The Crazy Mind blog. Please take a moment to click on the link button.  

Spring In Kings beach

March 18th, 2016

"Spring in Kings Beach" is this weeks featured painting. Since March 20th is the first day of Spring, I thought this painting was the perfect choice. As many of you know, I grew up in Kings Beach. I spent every summer at this beach, it was just two b... 

Kingwell Island Art Gallery

March 14th, 2016

A good friend of mine, Jim Kingwell, owns a gallery in Lahaina. Last week He asked me to bring in some of my miniatures to showcase in his beautiful display case. Now how could I not say "no"? I gathered 8 miniature paintings and headed down to his g... 

Who Me?

March 4th, 2016

This weeks featured painting is "Who Me?". This is a sweet Hawaiian honu, sea turtle, wanting to share his world with you. Here in Maui Hawaii there are lots of beaches where these gentle creatures come to rest. On land they may be slow but in the oc... 

Year Of The Monkey

February 1st, 2016

It's the Year of the Monkey and I happen to have a great painting to honor all the fun loving monkeys out there. So this week I'm featuring "Year Of The Monkey". This is a 10x10 inch textured painting I did with tissue paper and acrylic. You can see ... 

Sunset Sail

January 25th, 2016

"Sunset Sail" is an acrylic palette knife painting on Masonite board. There is a lot of texture in this one. The bright yellow sun is the main focus. The complimentary orange clouds add drama to the blue sky and water. Taking a sunset cruise is such ... 

Tag Your It

January 19th, 2016

"Tag Your It" is an acrylic painting on canvas board. I'm a big fan of dolphins and have been most my life. Here are some fun facts about them. Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-belie... 

Maui Pineapple

January 14th, 2016

Living on the tropical island of Maui has many advantages, one of them being able to eat Maui Gold pineapples all year long. This sweet, juicy tropical fruit has been a favorite of mine since I was a small child and Maui grows the best. The pineapple... 

Happy New Year 2016

January 5th, 2016

It seems 2015 flew by in a hurry! I was so busy all year the days and weeks started to blur together. I'm so looking forward to 2016, the year of magic! Well, that's what I'm calling any way. In fact I'm putting it on my calendar as a header to remin... 

Mele Kalikimaka

December 21st, 2015

Song lyrics by Bing Crosby "Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day That's the island greeting that we send to you From the land where palm trees sway Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright The s... 

Christmas Wish

December 5th, 2015

Christmas Wish has found it's forever home in the Sierra Mountains of California. The family of four kids will enjoy seeing this Santa painting during the Holiday season for many years to come.  

New Christmas Paintings

November 30th, 2015

This year I created 5 new Christmas paintings that aren't Santa's. Three new snowmen and two Mele Kalikimaka ( Hawaiian for Merry Christmas ). My Seasonal Gallery is getting fuller, take a look. Just click on the "For More Information" button and it ... 

Nov 9, Featured painting

November 9th, 2015

Look it's Santa! He is on the island of Maui, painting a local scene plein air style. The scene is Kahakuloa Head with Kaukini Gallery on the cliff over looking Kahakuloa Valley. Santa looks pretty cool in his Aloha shirt, red shorts and hat, waring ... 

Nov 5, Featured painting

November 5th, 2015

November is here! Wow, that happened fast. I was just getting use to it being October. So what I'm I doing for the first featured painting of November? "Sunset Santa" of course. I'll be featureing one of my Santa paintings for the next 7 weeks. It's ... 

A Very Special Birthday Gift

October 30th, 2015

September is the month of my birth and this year I was given a very special gift as you can see from the photo. What is special about a set of oil paints? it's the story behind them that makes them special. You see my mom bought this set for herself ... 

"Swaying Palm" is this week's featured painting. It's also my favorite out of my series "image within an image" paintings. The original sold through Lakeside Gallery in Lake Tahoe quite a few years back. One of the things I like best about this paint... 

With Christmas only 11 weeks away, I'm continuing to feature my Christmas paintings. This week's feature is "Father Christmas". He is part of my Santa series. But this Santa has an old fashion look. Gone with the red velvet Santa suit and hat. In wit... 

Is it to early to start thinking about Christmas cards? I don't think so. I may not like seeing Christmas decorations in stores until after Thanksgiving. Nor do I like listening to Christmas music until about two weeks before Christmas. But I am a bi... 

I consider Lake Tahoe my home town, more specifically, Kings Beach. I spent part of my teen years and most of my adult years living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Three of my four children were born in Truckee. As mentioned in my BIO, my parents o... 

Challenges and Perks

July 6th, 2015

As President of Lahaina Arts Association there are challenges and perks I'm faced with now and again. Some of the challenges include squashing roomers by people who choose to not get factual information, which is a fun challenge for me. Another chall... 

Fourth Annual Maui Masters Show - June 1st through July 5th, 2015. At the Old Courthouse Gallery in Lahaina Maui. An artist reception will be held June 6th from 6pm to 8pm. The Maui Masters art show features 22 well known Maui artist. The artist in t... 

My Other Website

May 15th, 2015

Have you seen my other website lately http://www.art-e-studio.net ? Did you even know I had another one? Art E Studio is my art school business name. I've been building that website for about 7 years. As you go through each page you will discover a l... 

When I started out painting miniatures some 25-30 years ago, I did so as a way to fill in the drying time between my large oil paintings. My miniatures became popular almost right away. Living in Lake Tahoe at the time and working at my family owned ... 

When looking through my "Sold" art work inventory I noticed I have sold a lot of pineapple paintings and prints. It seems the "Symbol of Hospitality" is quite popular. What is it about this sweet, succulent fruit that attracts people? Is it the s... 

Here is a mock set up of my display for the opening reception of Maui Open Studios. The reception is tomorrow at the Maui Tropical Plantation from 5pm to 8pm. I will be tweeting it a bit at the venue. There will be 60 out of the 90 artists participat... 

2015 Maui Open Studios

January 8th, 2015

The 2015 Maui Open Studio guide books just arrived! This year I'm in a very good position in the book, I'm number two! How cool is that! I also have an ad that my wonderful boy friend and partner created for me. This event is fast approaching. Just 4... 

Yesterday was the first day of 2015 and what an adventurist day it was. My significant other and I decided to go to the top of Haleakala. I packed a pic-nick lunch and we loaded the car with lots of coats, most of them for me. We started out early, l... 

Surprise

December 21st, 2014

Friday night we went to Village Gallery in Lahaina. Charlie surprised me when he unrolled the banner for the "Small Works Show". My painting of "Sunset Santa" was the featured image on the banner along with my hibiscus flowers I painted. The image wa... 

Village Gallery Holiday Show

December 13th, 2014

Village Galleries Holiday Show featuring small works by gallery artists Rich Kenny, Virginia Pearce, Shauna Morrison and Darice Machel McGuire, opens with a festive reception on Friday December 12th at 120 Dickesnon Street in Lahaina! The show runs t... 

Beach Clean Up

November 30th, 2014

On November 23rd 2014, Maui Unighted Way, Target and the Surfrider Foundation sponsored a beach clean up. As Board President of Lahiana Arts Asscoiation (a grant recipient of Maui United Way) I and my partner, Charlie Osborn, volunteered to help out... 

Maui Open Studio 2015

November 20th, 2014

One might think living on a tropical island is all about lazy days, beach life and easy living. But not for this island girl. I'm gearing up for Maui Open Studios 2015. This is my second year participating in this event. I've been working on new pain... 

It's never to early for Christmas shopping. I often start buying Christmas presents in the summer because I find lots of great deals then. How about you? Are you gearing up for the coming Holiday season? Do you need some ideas? My new book "The A... 

Interview with Genie Canvas

October 26th, 2014

Today I'm excited to announce my interview with Genie Canvas is now up on their website. Go check it out and tell me what you think. If you have any questions regarding the canvas, just ask.  

Christmas Is Coming

October 23rd, 2014

Christmas is coming and I want to help you get ready. So starting today through Nov 23rd I created a special discount code for you to use on any of my prints. Just use this code DEMSAJ at checkout and save. Shopping on line has become super easy... 

A Couple of Minis

October 11th, 2014

These two miniature paintings are now featured at Village Gallery in Lahaina. The tall one is 3x6 inches and is a scene from Kapalua Bay, looking out at Molokai. The other is a 3x5 painting. The scene is from Napili Bay and again you see Molokai in t... 

Genie Canvas

October 6th, 2014

I just finished this big 24 x 48 painting of Sand Harbor. It's a commission piece that is being sent to Florida. Since moving to Maui over two years ago, I discovered how beyond expensive it is to ship things to or from Hawaii. A large painting like ... 

My Prints Are Going Global

August 28th, 2014

Fineartamerica has made an announcement this past week about their new print fulfillment center in the UK. Fineartamerica is the parent website for my www.daricemachel.com website. "We are very pleased to announce that we've begun producing an... 

Heading To Chico CA

August 17th, 2014

Tomorrow morning we will be leaving for our trip to Chico California. My partner, Charlie Osborn's grandson is getting married on Saturday the 23rd and I'm doing my first book signing on Wen the 20 at Avenue 9 Gallery. I also get to meet my newest gr... 

My Book Has Arrived

August 7th, 2014

I am so excited to be able to hold this book in my hands. Look, see that image I'm pointing to? That is my painting. I'm on the cover! The long journey that started back in November 25th 2013 has come to a rest for the moment. Seeing, touching and sm... 

Today I'm happy to announce the winner of my first Facebook contest. I had my friend, Pam Web pull out the name.......drum roll please.............. Bonnie Markley is the winner......Wooooohoooooo!!!!  

The Palette Pages

July 29th, 2014

As a full time working artist, i'm always on the look out to find online art directories to add my website to. Last week I came across "The Palette Pages". Here is what they have on there About Us page; "The Palette Pages is a website promoting a... 

Fun with kids

July 17th, 2014

Having the opportunity to teach at Central Boys and Girls Club in Kahului Maui this past month gave me a boost in creative energy. 16 kids, ages 8 and up, all excited to create something new, reminded me how important it is to let out the inner child... 

My Book Will Soon Be Out

July 14th, 2014

In just a few short weeks my book "Art of Painting in Acrylic"; Master techniques for painting stunning works of art in acrylic-step by step, will be on book shelves all across the US. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! Working on this project has... 

Win an 8 x 10 print

July 5th, 2014

I'll be giving away an 8 x 10 canvas print of "Lahaina Harbor" to one lucky winner this month. All you have to do to win is go to my facebook page (see link below), like my page and post a comment telling me why you want to win this print. I'll be cl... 

Blast from the past

June 13th, 2014

This image is a photo of my mom, Lola Owen and I at Lakeside Gallery, my parents gallery on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. It was taken in the late 80s or early 90s. Don't you just love those big glasses and cute hat of mine! I miss that hat, I wonde... 

I've been working on this acrylic painting since Friday, May 30th. I'm very close to being done. I need to study it a few days before I declare it finished.  

"The Art of Painting in Acrylic" Master techniques for painting stunning works of art in acrylic - step by step. Collector's Series by Walter Foster Publishing. "Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop or polish their ... 

Special Promotion

June 3rd, 2014

In just two short days my studio will be open to the public for "Maui Open Studios" tour. The studio is clean, I have a "work in progress" on my easel and I will be unveiling the four paintings I did for the new acrylic book by Walter Foster Publishi... 

Walter Foster Publishing has been so easy to work with, making every step of the way to publishing painless and easy to follow. I just received the file on my section of "The Art of Painting in Acrylic" to proof read and edit if need be. I'm so happy... 

LAA T Shirt Design

March 21st, 2014

So, what in the world is LAA? LAA stands for Lahaina Arts Association, it's a non profit organization that focuses on free art education for the children of Maui County. I've been working with LAA as a board member for the past 18 months. A few month... 

The last two blog posts were about the Clearprint "Cross-Country" project I participated in. I received an email today saying my art work is now on their website along with the other 9 books. The books are not quite half full yet. They are heading ou... 

Yesterday I finished this painting for "Cross Country Clearprint". I chose this tropical scene to represent my island Maui. The Island in the background is Molokai. The little beach is a few blocks from where I live.  

I recently signed up for Clearprint Cross-Country Project. Yesterday I received the Clearprint Vellum book. Here is how it works; *Participating artists will receive two - 6x8 Clearprint Vellum Books when it is their turn to join. One book will... 

Two more weeks to get ready

February 10th, 2014

Charlie and I have been working hard to get our studios ready for Maui open Studio Tour. He has a lot of new photographs that will sure to please our visitors and he installed new lights to light up a dark corner this past weekend. I've painted a bun... 

Some Very Exciting News

February 6th, 2014

On November 25 2013, I received the most amazing email, one I had to read at least ten times. The email was sent by the Senior Editor / Project Manager of Walter Foster Publishing. Here is what she wrote, "I'm the senior editor at Walter Foster ... 

My shipment has arived

February 4th, 2014

I just picked up my shipment of miniature stretcher frames and easels. My back stock drawer is full again and just in time. I need to get to work on stocking up for Maui Open Studios. My dad is my manufacture and supplier. He makes all my miniature s... 

Opening Reception

February 3rd, 2014

Saturday night was the opening reception for Maui Open Studios. What a fantastic night it was. Over 700 people showed up to view the 57 participating artists at the event. Each artist had a small 5x5 space to set up a display of their work. Charlie a... 

Maui Open Studio Tour

January 27th, 2014

Gearing up for this year's Maui Open Studio Tour. This past weekend I re-hung all the art in my studio and my side of the stair well leading up to it. Charlie, my life partner and studio partner has been working on his side. I'm looking forward to th... 

11 New Miniatures

January 23rd, 2014

This week I'm concentrating on painting miniatures. The image here shows 11 new ones I've done so far. Six of them I did today. I hope to double the amount by Saturday.  

2013 Ended With A Bang

January 14th, 2014

2013 was an amazing year. I had set high goals and achieved most of them. Including getting my work in three galleries here on Maui. Other highlights of the year were * flying to Florida for my number 2 child's wedding in May * flying to Tahoe for my... 

Mele Kalikimaka

December 24th, 2013

Here is a fun Hawaiian style Christmas poem for you to enjoy. Was da night bafo' Christmas, and all ova' da place Not even da geckos was showin' their face. Da stockings was hangin' on top da TV? ('Cause no mo' fireplace in Hawai'i) Da kid... 

A Year On Maui

August 13th, 2013

On July 6th we celebrated our one year anniversary on Maui. It's hard to believe it's been a year already.....and they said it wouldn't last, LOL. Many people asked me how I was going to deal with Island fever. I said, Island fever, what's that? It s... 

Florida Here I come

May 3rd, 2013

I'll be making my first trip to Florida in just a few days. My daughter Michel lives there and is getting married on May 11th. I get to travel with my youngest daughter Monique and her family. We leave Reno on Monday for an 11 1/2 hour flight. I'm ex... 

The 21st Annual Celebration of the Arts March 29 - 30, 2013 I'm very excited to be a part of this annual event. I'll be demonstrating miniature painting on Friday and Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30. Celebration of the Arts has gained recognitio... 

Decision Made

March 16th, 2013

I made up my mind and decided to create a gallery on my website for my miniature paintings. I just uploaded about 30 images to start with. I'll be uploading more soon. The paintings in the gallery are not for sale because most of them have sold alrea... 

Ive been debating

March 12th, 2013

I have been painting miniatures for close to 20 years now. They are fun to do and sale really fast. I post them on facebook and have sold a few on there. Today I was asked if I have them on my website. I've been debating about putting them on here fo... 

The 2013 "Gianna Mitchell 4 The Luv Of Arts" is an annual fund raising event. All the proceeds from this event goes to two Maui non-profit organizations, Lahaina Arts Association www.lahaina-arts.org and Ebb And Flow Arts www.EbbAndFlowArts.org. This... 

Miniature paintings

February 18th, 2013

Since arriving here on my new island home of Maui, I have painted and sold a lot of my miniature paintings. The fun thing about these little gems is I paint my daily life here. Everyone I've done has been painted from a photo I've taken on my iPhone.... 

Stretching my canvas

February 15th, 2013

All my miniature paintings are painted on canvases I stretch. I find I can control the quality and use different types of canvas, rough or smooth, raw or primed. When we moved to Maui I discovered shipping costs from my art supply sources more then d... 

Letter from a young student

February 14th, 2013

This letter from Elizabeth, a young student of mine, pulled on my heart strings. It felt good to hear from her and learn about her life since I moved. The spelling of my name was a joke she made to get my attention in class. Seeing it written in the ... 

Lahina Harbor

February 8th, 2013

My Lahaina Harbor Painting is finished. I made a few adjustments from my original drawing and I'm pleased with the results. To view the whole process go to my "Work In Progress" gallery here on my website.  

Work in progress

January 27th, 2013

I've been working on this 16x20 oil panting for over a week. My time on it has been interrupted and I'm itching to get back to it. As you can see from the photo I posted I put a cad red light underpainting on the canvas. I choose this rich warm color... 

Happy New Year 2013

January 7th, 2013

Hello 2013! What a welcome surprise you are considering the World was suppose to end on 12/21/12. But I for one, am happy it didn't. I have way to much living to do before I journey on to the next phase of existence ( what ever that might be). 201... 

A year in review

January 1st, 2010

2009 started and ended well. I began the year with very strong goals to work towards. One of them was to find an art web site to show and sell my work. My research lead me to Fine Art America ( FAA ). After reviewing all it had to offer I signed up. ... 

Painting in a new style

September 11th, 2009

This summer has been a busy one for me. I've been painting a lot of miniature paintings to get ready for the Holiday season. Added six new students to my class schedule. I created an art blog, check out this link http://1stangel.co.uk/aaw/daricemache... 

Yep, thats right. I'm a professional framer as well as an artist. I learned this fine trade from my father over 15 years ago. It started out as just a part time job to help balance my income while raising my four children. I took to framing like a du... 

The Elements of Mixing Color

August 23rd, 2009

The Elements of mixing color When deciding to write this article, I thought it would be simple. At my age I should have known better. I've been mixing color for painting since I was 16. In my research I've discovered most articles, boo... 

As an art teacher I'm always looking for new techniques to teach my students. I enjoy learning as much as I love teaching. At least once a month I go to the local book store to check out the art books. I have a large collection in which I use as refe... 

Painting With Acrylic

August 14th, 2009

I have been using acrylic paints for years as an underpainting for my oil paintings. I'd prep a blank canvas with thin layers of acrylic, in either a cool or warm color depending on my subject. I was hesitant to use acrylic as a primary medium due to... 

Glimpse Into My World

June 4th, 2009

For me art is a way of life. It's not only what I paint or how I paint that makes me an artist. Everyday, seven days a week, I'm working on some creative process to balance my time. I spend a few hours each morning on the inter net researching inform... 

Art Walk First Saturday

April 25th, 2009

Art Walk First Saturday I'm very proud to announce the featured artists for Art Walk First Saturday on May 2 at Art Etc, will be five of my oil painting students. These young ladies have worked hard this year learning, growing and developing their t... 

Teaching VIA email

April 7th, 2009

I was contacted through my web site a year ago regarding my "image with in an image" paintings, by a woman in South Africa. She was very interested in learning how to paint this style. She asked me if I knew anyone in South Africa who taught this sty... 

My Art Studio

April 1st, 2009

My art studio is located in Downtown Chico in a back room of Art Etc. This is where I teach and create art. The image I posted here is my logo for the studio. It was created for me by one of our artists here on FAA. His name is Charlie Osborn, go che... 

Party with a 5 year old

March 21st, 2009

Hi everyone, I'm heading up to the mountains to celebrate my grandson's 5th birthday. We are going to PARTY! The picture I posted is the only one I have of all four of my grandchildren together. It was taken this past Christmas. This was my two gr... 

AHHHH Spring

March 8th, 2009

Spring, the trees are in bloom. The bees are busy flying from blossom to blossom and we get an extra hour to enjoy it. Today I went for an eight mile bike ride through Bidwell Park with my favorite person by my side. It feels so good to get out a... 

Donating Blood

February 26th, 2009

Hi everyone....I'm feeling a bit light headed this afternoon. I donated blood for the first time EVER today and nearly passed out twice before leaving the site. I had to call for a ride home. I felt like such a wimp! The nurses were very attentive an... 

First blog

January 25th, 2009

I'm sitting here in front of my computer, trying to come up with my first blog on FAA. Being new to blogging, I'm not quite sure how to go about it. And having so much on my mind, I'm overwhelmed with ideas. I could just talk about myself.....hum...