Watch the slideshow to see how far I've gotten so far.
I'm excited to announce I started a new oil painting of Lahaina Harbor. It's been awhile since I broke out my oil paints and I must say I'm greatly enjoying them.
Watch the slideshow to see how far I've gotten so far.
Last year I submitted a painting into the "Acrylicworks 5, Bold Values" competition from North Light Books and was chosen as one of the winners. There were a little over 100 artists chosen to be published in this book.
Today my copies of the book arrived and I'm blown away by the level of art represented in this book. Page after page is one outstanding painting after another. I'm truly honored and thrilled to be featured alongside such talent.
You can order a copy of this book on Amazon. Here is the link
The following photo explains what the completion was all about.
My Painting "Honu At Rest" is on page 116. The original painting sold to a lovely couple from Oahu. You can buy prints from my website. Click on this image and it will take you directly to it.
On Mother's Day an interview I did with Ourartsmagazine.com came out. I'm super happy with how good it looks. Go to this link to read it. Let me know how you like it in the comments either on the interview or here in this blog.
This morning when I woke up and was enjoying my first cup of coffee, I saw a post on facebook from Abbie Shores, the lady who did the interview. She mentioned the interview was featured on Fine Art America's facebook page. What a wonderful surprise to wake up to! Fine Art America is the website that hosts my artist website, daricemachel.com. I've been with them since 2009. There is over 100,000 artists on FAA. Getting featured is no easy task! I couldn't be more thrilled!
Running an art business is not easy. There is lots of promoting and marketing I have to do to get both my art and my art classes seen on the internet. I have a high ranking on google and Trip Adviser which helps greatly. I post pretty much everyday on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. All this takes time. So having a special feature on FAA's facebook page is a huge deal to me. Being interviewed by the Editor of an arts magazine in the UK is super huge!!!!
You know the old sayings "April showers brings May flowers" and "When it rains it pours"? Well this year April has been showering me with lots of love. In my last post I mentioned I was published in Southwest Art Magazine. Click on the blue words, when the website comes up you can click on the button that says "Download This Section Now". Or just go buy yourself an issue. It's full os great art!
Today I received another magazine all the way from New Zealand called TUI MOTU InterIsland magazine. They featured my painting "On The Vine" on page 22. It goes along with an article called "Abiding In The Vine" by Kathleen Rushton.
I'm Blooming with excitement from all these showers!
I'm so excited to tell you some great news! I've been published in the April 2018 issue of the Southwest Art Magazine, on page 85. The image featured in the magazine can be found on my website. Here is a direct link to daricemachel.com
I'm so excited I'm bursting!!!!!
Art E Studio Earns 2017 Constant Contact Solution Provider All Star Award
Recognized for achievements using online marketing tools to drive success
Lahaina, Maui, HI — 3-15-2018 – Darice Machel McGuire’s Art E Studio, has been named a 2017 Solution Provider All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing solutions. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer and Solution Provider base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.
“I am very happy to be recognized by Constant Contact for achieving strong marketing results and engaging with my customers. Constant Contact’s tools have helped me stay connected to and share with my customers and students” says Darice Machel McGuire, owner of Art E Studio.
Constant Contact Solution Providers are businesses that provide services tailored to the needs of small businesses or nonprofits—everything from web developers, to online marketing consultants, to advertising agencies and more. They use Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to generate more business for both themselves and their clients. Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following during 2017:
“Email marketing continues to deliver the highest returns of any marketing channel. Our Solution Providers are a core extension of our business, helping those small businesses and nonprofits that need guidance and assistance with their marketing,” said Jamie Waldinger, Vice President of Marketing, Constant Contact. “We’re thrilled to recognize Art E Studio for their achievements in helping their small business customers become better marketers.”
About Art E Studio
Art E Studio is a dedicated art school focusing on teaching children and adults the fine art of oil and acrylic painting. The instructor, Darice Machel McGuire, has over 30 years experience in fine arts. She leads her students through the basic process of creating a painting, helping each student achieve their goals and encouraging them to expand their skills by trying new techniques.
About Constant Contact
Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing since 1995, provides hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world with the online marketing tools, resources, and personalized coaching they need to grow their business.
About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (em)Powers millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to vitalize their online web presence, email marketing, mobile business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, Domain.com, BigRock, SiteBuilder and SinglePlatform, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,600 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.
I just realized it's been quite awhile since my last blog post, 1/25/2018. The last few months have been a bit more busy then usual. I've been booking and teaching a lot of classes the past three months. My art sells have been way up too, which means keeping up on painting new paintings to replace the ones that sold. In other words, life is good on Maui.
If you are on my Newsletter list then you know the exciting news I shared. If not I'm happy to repeat it here. Next month, April, I have a half page feature in the Southwest Art Magazine. I'm super excited about it! You can get a copy at your favorite book store or through their website. And coming out in May one of my Honu paintings is featured in a book called "AcrylicWorks 5". You can pre-order a copy here. I'll talk more about this book and how I got in it in my next post.
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Thanks for staying up on my news and reading my blog. Have a super Day!
Aloha nui loa
Imagine sitting at your kitchen table on a Saturday morning enjoying a cup of coffee and reading your emails when an emergency alert flashes on your phone that says;
BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL!"
What would you do?
When I saw this message come across my phone I was startled at fist. But as in all emergency situations, my calm reasoning took over. I got up went in to see if Charlie was awake (he was) and asked if he saw the alert message, he did. I asked "What do we do?". He got up, we went to the living room, turned on the T.V. and saw the emergency alert flashing across the screen. This one telling people to get out of their cars and seek shelter. NOT GOOD.
We both stood in front of the screen and waited for the emergency broadcast station to take over the programming to give us more information and we braced ourselves for the sirens to go off. A few seconds went by nothing happened. The cartoon that was playing on the T.V. continued to entertain us. Humm that was strange. I went to my phone and checked Facebook thinking there might be news there, nothing. One of my friends here on Maui posted asking if anyone else got the alert. I said yes. Then I checked with one of the Maui groups I follow. Everyone there was chiming in, asking questions, no one had answers. Charlie kept looking through the news outlets on his phone for information. Eight minutes goes by then finally Tulsi Gabbard, our senator posted the following statement on Twitter.
Yep, it took eight minutes to let people know this was a false alarm. It took 38 minutes for the State of Hawaii to issue the false alarm message on our phones and T.V.
After Tulsi Gabbard posted on Twitter I became very upset. Anger and relief swept over me and I did a fair share of swearing. The handling of this false alarm was not acceptable!
I'm very grateful this was indeed a false alarm. Life has pretty much gone back to normal here on Maui. Charlie is back to being super busy with all the demands of Island Printing & Imaging ( his business ) and I'm busy in my studio painting, teaching and helping a young intern learn about the business of being an artist. I'll write more about that in another blog. For now I just want to say how much I appreciate you for your continued support and love.
The past few months I've been working on a new painting technique called Acrylic Pouring. The paintings below are some of the results of my efforts. I have become hooked on this new technique and find myself dreaming about it.
I posted a couple of videos on my Art E Studio Instagram page as an example of how this technique works. The sound is turned off in the video because of background noise I have no control of.
I'm offering classes on how to do this in the near future. The classes will be on Friday afternoons only and will be limited to two students at a time.
Note; The top four paintings are done on round canvases. The black or white backgrounds were added for printing. Clicking on each image will take you to my art website.
This past weekend Charlie printed my Christmas cards for this year. We chose eleven out of the 25 Christmas paintings I've done so far.
The photos below show part of the production of making Christmas cards. The top two photos show me scoring and folding the cards after Charlie printed and cut them. The next two photos are piles waiting to be folded. The last photos show all eleven cards folded, waiting for envelopes and clear sleeves. Click on each image to get the full view.
Go to my website to see all 25 Christmas paintings I've done and order your favorites soon. Christmas is fast approaching. Here is a direct link to my Christmas Collection
Art E Studio is located in Lahaina, Maui. Please watch for updates through this blog.