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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/

New Interview

June 17th, 2016

New Interview

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

On The Vine


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 the table. "On The Vine" is rich in color and subject. It happens to be one of my top selling prints and most viewed. It's also my top infringed upon image. Meaning, it's the one bloggers steal most often.

"On The Vine" was a fun painting to do. I first textured the canvas with thick gesso, using a wide brush to get various levels of thickness. Then I used burnt sienna as an underpainting. Next came the stock and leaves, then the ground. Keeping the shadows dark in the upper portion of the painting helps to draw your eye back into the depth of the vine. Working from back to front, I started on the grapes. Keeping in mind the colors and composition. After the grapes were in I added more texture to the vine, giving it a more gnarly look. This week's featured oil painting,

"On The Vine" is available in prints in many sizes and a few products, such as tote bags, throw pillows and note cards. One of these will surely work well for your decorating needs. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Sandy Beach

May 23rd, 2016

Sandy Beach


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 publishing emailed me and asked if I was interested in co-authoring a book on how to paint in acrylics and was asked to submit photos of possible scenes. I gave her about 10 for her team to review for the book. "Sandy Beach" is the last one of the four to be featured. But for this week, I've also included the other three paintings.

Sandy Beach ( not the real name of this beach ) is a little beach just a few blocks from where we live. It's not a popular beach and it's really not much of a beach at all. It's located in Kapalua right off the lower road. The beach is sometimes referred to as "the beach at the S turns.There is only enough room for three cars to park on the side of the road. Luckily for us we can walk to it from our home. Creating this painting for the Walter Foster book was very exciting and challenging. The main focus of this lesson is creating sand and foam. For more on how I painted it you can buy the book.

"The Art of Painting in Acrylic" is Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop or polish their acrylic painting skills, The Art of Painting in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with this classic medium. This comprehensive guide offers a fresh, modern approach to painting in acrylic. Beginning with detailed information for using acrylic tools and materials, The Art of Painting in Acrylic introduces artists to the basics, including paints and brushes, supports, mediums, and other essential information for working with this fast-drying paint. In addition to learning about basic color theory, painting techniques, and how to work with acrylic paint and textures, aspiring artists will enjoy putting their painting skills to use by practicing the step-by-step demonstrations designed to instruct and entertain. Professional acrylic painters provide easy-to-follow, comprehensive instruction and inspiration, enabling readers to learn techniques for mastering this lightweight, versatile, and easy-to-use medium. In-depth lessons cover a variety of subject matter ranging from still life and portraits to landscapes and animals. Along the way, aspiring artists will discover helpful tips and tricks for rendering a variety of textures, setting up compelling compositions, achieving accurate proportions, and more. With its breadth of content and detail, The Art of Painting in Acrylic is a must-have resource for any artist's reference library. Includes: Color Theory, Basic Drawing, Painting Techniques, Still Life & Flowers, Landscapes, Seascapes, Portraits, and Animals/Pet Portraits." About this painting; This is an 11x14 acrylic painting on canvas. I go into great detail of the process of painting this scene. If you want to learn how to paint it or just want to see the process and learn some tips you can buy a signed copy through me or at many art supply stores or online at Walter Foster www.walterfoster.com Amazon - www.amazon.com Barnes and Noble - www.barnesandnoble.com IndieBound - www.indiebound.org Indigo - www.chapters.indigo.ca .

This week's featured 11x14 acrylic painting, "Sandy Beach" is available as well as prints in many sizes and a few products, such as tote bags, throw pillows and note cards. One of these will surely work well for your decorating needs.


Thank you for taking the time to view my work.

Hookipa

May 16th, 2016

Hookipa


Weekly Featured Painting - Art

"Ho'okipa" 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 I was interested in co-authoring a book on how to paint in acrylics and was asked to submit photos of possible scenes. I gave her about 10 for her team to review for the book.

Ho'okipa is Maui's popular surfing beach. Plenty of skilled suffers to watch and see some sea turtles resting on the beach. You might even get lucky to see an endangered monk seal taking a nap. We went there to photograph subject mater for paintings and was treated to a stunningly beautiful sunset. I was told later by locals that the colors were created by the vog. Vog is volcano pollution caused by the active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Most of the surfers had exited the water as the sun went down and the beach was pretty empty.

Creating this painting for the Walter Foster book was very exciting and challenging. I used a limited palette to help keep the color drama exciting.To create this painting I started with an underpainting of cad red light. For more on how I painted it you can buy the book.

"The Art of Painting in Acrylic" is "Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop or polish their acrylic painting skills, The Art of Painting in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with this classic medium. This comprehensive guide offers a fresh, modern approach to painting in acrylic. Beginning with detailed information for using acrylic tools and materials, The Art of Painting in Acrylic introduces artists to the basics, including paints and brushes, supports, mediums, and other essential information for working with this fast-drying paint. In addition to learning about basic color theory, painting techniques, and how to work with acrylic paint and textures, aspiring artists will enjoy putting their painting skills to use by practicing the step-by-step demonstrations designed to instruct and entertain. Professional acrylic painters provide easy-to-follow, comprehensive instruction and inspiration, enabling readers to learn techniques for mastering this lightweight, versatile, and easy-to-use medium. In-depth lessons cover a variety of subject matter ranging from still lifes and portraits to landscapes and animals. Along the way, aspiring artists will discover helpful tips and tricks for rendering a variety of textures, setting up compelling compositions, achieving accurate proportions, and more. With its breadth of content and detail, The Art of Painting in Acrylic is a must-have resource for any artist's reference library. Includes: Color Theory, Basic Drawing, Painting Techniques, Still Lifes & Flowers, Landscapes, Seascapes, Portraits, and Animals/Pet Portraits." About this painting; This is an 11x14 acrylic painting on canvas. I go into great detail of the process of painting this scene. If you want to learn how to paint it or just want to see the process and learn some tips you can buy a signed copy through me or at many art supply stores or online at the following websites,
Walter Foster www.walterfoster.com
Amazon - www.amazon.com
Barnes and Noble - www.barnesandnoble.com
IndieBound - www.indiebound.org
Indigo - www.chapters.indigo.ca

Olowalu Valley

May 9th, 2016

Olowalu Valley

"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 I was interested in co-authoring a book on how to paint in acrylics and was asked to submit photos of possible scenes. I gave her about 10 for her team to review for the book. Olowalu has become my favorite place to visit on Maui. There is a jetty that extends out quite far. From the end of the jetty you can see Moloka'i, Lana'i, Haleakala, Kahoolawe and of course Olowalu Valley. At sunset time there is so much drama happening it's hard to focus on just one spot. I shot so many reference photos that I ran my iPhone's battery completely down. The scene you see here is the reflected color from the sunset that was happening behind me. To creat this painting I started with an underpainting of cad red light. For more on how I painted it you can buy the book.

The Art of Painting in Acrylic is "Ideal for beginning and intermediate artists seeking to develop or polish their acrylic painting skills, The Art of Painting in Acrylic features a range of techniques and valuable instruction for working with this classic medium. This comprehensive guide offers a fresh, modern approach to painting in acrylic. Beginning with detailed information for using acrylic tools and materials, The Art of Painting in Acrylic introduces artists to the basics, including paints and brushes, supports, mediums, and other essential information for working with this fast-drying paint. In addition to learning about basic color theory, painting techniques, and how to work with acrylic paint and textures, aspiring artists will enjoy putting their painting skills to use by practicing the step-by-step demonstrations designed to instruct and entertain. Professional acrylic painters provide easy-to-follow, comprehensive instruction and inspiration, enabling readers to learn techniques for mastering this lightweight, versatile, and easy-to-use medium. In-depth lessons cover a variety of subject matter ranging from still lifes and portraits to landscapes and animals. Along the way, aspiring artists will discover helpful tips and tricks for rendering a variety of textures, setting up compelling compositions, achieving accurate proportions, and more. With its breadth of content and detail, The Art of Painting in Acrylic is a must-have resource for any artist's reference library. Includes: Color Theory, Basic Drawing, Painting Techniques, Still Lifes & Flowers, Landscapes, Seascapes, Portraits, and Animals/Pet Portraits."


About this painting; This is an 11x14 acrylic painting on canvas. I go into great detail of the process of painting this scene. If you want to learn how to paint it or just want to see the process and learn some tips you can buy a signed copy through me or at many art supply stores or online at Walter Foster www.walterfoster.com Amazon - www.amazon.com Barnes and Noble - www.barnesandnoble.com IndieBound - www.indiebound.org Indigo - www.chapters.indigo.ca .

 

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