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View Of Lake Tahoe

September 26th, 2016

View Of Lake Tahoe


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 crisp cold water is glorious to look at any time of day. Painting this scene came with a few challenges, such as coming up with ideas for what I was going to put on the table and adding the blanket on the chair to help give the scene a more cozy feel. The color palette I chose gives the scene a feminine feel. I like to imagine myself sitting at that table with a cup of tea while staring at the lake. I can't think of a better way to pass the time, can you?

The original 24x30 oil painting is in a private collection in Northern California. However, you can buy this as a beautiful canvas print or as a matted and framed print ready to hang on your wall.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Fall Still Life

September 12th, 2016

Fall Still Life

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, October has one of my favorite Holidays, Halloween, and November is when we can get this crazy election done and over with. So what's not to like about the Fall? This still life study has a lot of great elements, showing the things I love.

This painting is a still life study I put together for one of my weekly art classes. The group of students in this class had just entered the 7th grade. Each student had a different view point which made this study fun and challenging. The painting is a 16x20 oil on canvas.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Kokopelli

September 6th, 2016

Kokopelli

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 going on. I wish I could be there standing next to these wonderful defenders of our Earth and I feel sad that I can't. But I can donate to their cause by giving them my profits from sale of any prints or products of my painting Kokopelli.

So this week when you buy a print or throw pillow or tote bag of Kokopelli I will donate 100% of my profits to help them. If you want to know more about what is going on here is their FB page https://www.facebook.com/CampOfTheSacredStone/

Kokopelli is known as a fertility god,prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. He embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.

The technique I used in creating this painting was done by layering tissue paper onto the canvas with a base color of red acrylic acting as my glue. This creates a wonderful texture. After this layer dries I start to build colors on top of the base using green-gold, unbleached titanium white, yellow ocher, burnt Sienna and metallic gold and copper. Then I painted the subject on top of this abstract background. By keeping the subject simple and using the same colors as the background the paintings take on a spiritual effect. The original painting has sold. I have many print sizes available and this image comes on various products such as tote bags, throw pillows and shower curtains.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Honorable Mention

August 25th, 2016

Honorable Mention

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 paintings thumbnail is in the lower right corner.

Makila Beach

August 22nd, 2016

Makila Beach


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 canvas.

Makila Beach, also known as Breakwall, 505, or Shark Pit, this is the most happening stretch of sand in Lahaina. Most visitors access the beach from Kamehameha Iki Park. This is the area where most of the surf schools set out from. There is also a beach volleyball court which can get busy during the afternoons. This is where you can see Polynesian voyaging canoes on display as part of the Hui O Waa Kaulua Canoe Club. The area was once the playground of Hawaiian royalty. You can hear the drums of the Feast of Lele luau while watching the sunset from here the north end of the beach, which can be busy. Wandering down to the south end of the beach where palm trees hang out over a secluded cove is a great treat. Locals call this area Shark Pit, referencing the harmless reef sharks which hang around the offshore ledge. The swimming here is poor due to the offshore reef, although it provides calm water for wading with small children. There is one shower but no restroom at this beach.This beach is within walking distance from lodgings such as Pioneer Inn, Outrigger Ainu Nalu, and the 505 shopping center. It's right off of Front Street in Lahaina and is a convenient park to take a quick dip. It's picturesque and near the harbor. 

My oil painting is the second I've done of this beach and it won't be the last. 



Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Lahaina Harbor Sunset

August 15th, 2016

Lahaina Harbor Sunset


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 awards presented in this contest. The grand prize is $2,500 and having your art made into 1000 posters that are distributed throughout retailers in Lahaina. The other four awards are the "Lahaina Arts Society" award, "Honorable Mention", "Most Promising" and the "People's Choice". My painting won the "Lahaina Arts Society" and "Honorable Mention" awards and I couldn't be more thrilled!

I started this painting with a red under-painting to help keep the color temperature balanced throughout the painting. You will notice how the red is carried all the way through starting with the sky. My favorite time of day is just before sunset. The light is warm and soft and everything seems to glow. "Lahaina Harbor Sunset" has that warm glow. Sometimes I wish the light of day could be this warm all day long. My painting shows the resting fishing boats tied up for the night. The little blue fishing huts are all cleaned up and all the hard working seaman have gone home for the night.

Lahaina Harbor Sunset is a 16x20 oil painting. I have prints available on paper, canvas and metal. You can also purchase this image on a tote bag, beach towel ( including the round ones ), phone cases, throw pillows and much more.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Surfing Santa

August 8th, 2016

Surfing Santa


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 summer so that I have plenty of time to promote them before Christmas. I've used these paintings as my Christmas cards each year for the past 12 years. 5 years ago I started creating a tropical Santa series for the pour joy of it and they have become pretty popular. It's fun to break from tradition once in awhile. Surfing Santa is an acrylic on a 11x14 canvas board. Prints are available in a variety of sizes on a variety of surfaces such as canvas, paper, metal and acrylic. It's also available on throw pillows, tote bags, shower curtains and of course greeting cards. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Touch of Elegance

August 1st, 2016

Touch of Elegance

"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 Elegance with that in mind. I wanted both the warmth and romance to reflect in this piece. I started this painting with a red underpainting then layered on a mixture of yellow ocher and bunt umber for the back ground. The deep blue vase is thalo blue. The entire painting I did with a palette knife, giving it a lot of wonderful texture.

This week's featured painting is an oil on 18 x 24 canvas. The original painting is in a private collection in San Francisco, but I have plenty of prints available in many sizes.

Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Floor Dancer Series

July 11th, 2016

Floor Dancer Series


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 linoleum tiles. I laughed and grabbed a piece of paper and pencil to sketch what I saw. I then created paintings (in a new style for me) from those sketches. I'd had so much fun and laughed at each completed piece. I lived in that house for three years and had never paid much attention to the floor other then to sweep and wash it. But from then on, every time I look at it I saw images!

This week's featured paintings are acrylic on 9 x 12 canvas. The original paintings are available for purchase and I have plenty of prints available in many sizes. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

New Interview on Creativinn

July 5th, 2016

New Interview on Creativinn

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 great. He asked great questions and did an amazing job with the video he created.

Copy and paste this link https://creativinn.com/interview-hawaiian-painter-darice-machel-mcguire/

 

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