A new book about painting with acrylics is due out August 1,2014. The Title of the book is "Art of Painting in Acrylic" published by Walter Foster Publishing. This book is super exciting because it will be featuring four of my paintings. I've been working hard the last two months in both painting and writing the step by step instructions on how to paint my four paintings.

The photo here is the reference shot I used for the first painting. All four paintings will be unveiled on Feb 22-23 in my studio for Maui Open Studio Tour. After that I'll post images here and on my website, daricemachel.com

Anyone wanting to pre-order a book let me know. I'll add your name to the list.

I'm just now getting around to writing my "Year in Review" for 2013 and boy, what a great year it was. January started out great. Charlie and I went on our first whale watching boat saw lots of whales and got to hear them sing. We are both in love with whales now.  I met two T.V. stars from "Storage Wars". Darrel and Brandon, the father and son team. One of the great things about living in a popular resort/vacation destination place is you never know who you might run into. Maybe this year I'll meet Oprah, one can only hope :-).
Continuing on with my review, I started and finished the first of 28 paintings I did for the year ranging in sizes 11x14 and up. Twelve of those were oil paintings. Mid January I received a call from a book author wanting to use my "Diamond Head" painting for the cover of his book. He was in an arguement with his publishing agency over what should be on the cover, he wanted my painting, they wanted a photograph. The publisher won. Oh well, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

February, March and April I stayed pretty busy with board meetings, planning fund raiser events for Lahiana Arts Association (LAA) and helping with the annual high school art competition and scholarship program. March was also the month I tripped on a crack in the side walk, fell on my face and ended up with 4 stitches where my teeth went through my upper lip, two black eyes and a very soar wrist. I looked like I had been in a boxing match. I healed pretty quickly for the most part.

May was very exciting. I went to Florida for my second child, oldest daughter's wedding. My youngest daughter and her husband and their two boys went as well. We had a great family vacation. Did an air boat ride in the everglades, saw alligators and met another T.V. star, this one was from "Gator Boys", only she was a girl.

May, June and July brought more board meetings
, LAA teacher meetings fund raisers and art shows. Sold "Misty Hills" in June. Was excited to have my friend Tatum visit mid July and went to my third child's wedding in Truckee/Tahoe at the end of the month.

In August I managed to get my miniature paintings into Kaukini Gallery, making that the third gallery displaying and selling my work in Maui.
I also entered the Lahaina poster contest and won the "Lahaina Arts Societies" award for my "Lahaina Harbor" painting. I received a $200 cash prize. Not bad for my first competition on Maui.

By September I settled into a nice routine. Painting oil paintings or teaching on Mondays, painting miniatures on Tuesday and Thursday
s, work at Village Gallery gift shop on Wednesdays, teach on Fridays and play on the weekend. Boy life is good on Maui.

My newest grand daughter
was born on October 22. I can't wait to meet her.

November I was busy with planning and running the silent auction for LAA (Lahaina Arts Association). And I received an email from the senior editor of Walter Foster Publishing, asking me if I would be interested in doing 4 step by step (instruction) paintings for a new book they are working on. My response after reading the email 5 times, reading it to Charlie and  pinching myself a few times was, "yes, I'd love to".

In December I was voted in as President of LAA. Like I said at the beginning of this blog, "boy what a great year"!

My current miniatures on display at Village Gallery & Gifts.

Today I worked on three new ones for Kaukini Gallery.

These little guys are pretty popular here in Maui. Which makes me very happy.

Village Gallery in Lahaina put on "The Big Little Show" in December to end the year in a Big Little way. 25 Artists were asked to contribute small works no bigger the 8x10. Eight of my miniature paintings made it into the show. The opening reception was on December 13th. A large turn out of artists, clients, customers and visiting tourists came to enjoy the small works, wine, food and music.
Here is a fun Hawaiian style Christmas poem

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 kids stay all crashed, my old man too.
They leave all da work for you-know-who.

So me, I stay pickin' up alla their toys,
When - boom! - outside get only big noise!
I run to da window, I open 'em up,
I stick out my head and I yell, "Eh! Whassup?!"

And then, I no can ba-lieve what I seen!
Was so unreal, you know what I mean?
This fat haole guy get his reindeers in my yard!
And reindeers not housebroken, you know, as' why hard!

But nemmind, this Christmas, so I cut 'em some slack.
Plus, had uku pile presents pokin' outta his sack!
So I wait 'till he pau tie up his reindeer,
Then I yell out da window, "Huui! Brah, ova hea!"

An' I tell 'em first thing, when I open da door,
"Eh, Hemo your shoes! You going dirty my floor!"
He take off his boots, he tell, "You know who I am?"
I go, "Ho! From the smell, must be Mr. Toe Jam!"

He make mempachi eyes and he go, "Ho, ho, ho!"
By now, I stay thinking this guy kinda slow!
He look like my Tutu, but little less weight,
And his beard stay so white, mo' white than shark bait!

He stay all in red, specially his nose,
And get reindeer spit on top his nice clothes!
But him, he no care; he just smile at me,
And he start fo' put presents unda-neath da tree.

I tell 'em, "Eh, brah, no need make li'dat,
And watch where you step! You going ma-ke da cat!"
Then, out from his bag, he pull one brand new computah,
Choke video games, and one motorized scootah!

He try for fill up da Christmas socks too,
But had so much pukas, all da stuff went fall troo.
When he pau, I tell 'em, "Eh Santa, try wait!
I get plenty leftovahs, I go make you one plate!"

But he nevah like hang, he had so much fo' do;
Gotta make all them small kids' wishes come true.
So I wave 'em goodbye, and I flash 'em da shaka,
And I tell 'em, "Mele Kalikimaka!"

When he hear that, he stop and I telling you true,
He go, "Garans ball-barans! Merry Christmas to you!"

My grandsons Tristin (on the right) and Casey.

I'll be leaving our beautiful Island home for 10 days. It's my first trip off island since arriving here last July. I'm calling my trip a mini vacation. I'm sure I'll need another vacation once I get back. I'm packing a lot of "first"s in this 10 day trip. " First" stop Reno to visit with my oldest son, Joshua and his family. We are planning a day visit to my mom and dad's on Sunday. We'll check out mom's new art school, my "first" time seeing it, take lots of pictures and do a lot of catching up. Monday I'll be flying out of Reno with my youngest daughter Monique and her family, heading to Florida (my "first" time there) to my second oldest child's, Michel's wedding. I'll be meeting her soon to be husband and his two beautiful teenage daughters for the "first" time. Michel has scheduled a pedicure for me, another "first", a hair cut and who knows what else. It's going to be a packed week of getting ready for the wedding, taking pictures, shopping, playing at the beach, shopping, playing with my grandsons and more shopping. I might get in a little Gallery exploring while there too.

Aloha for now.

Letters like these make me homesick for my students. Each one holds a special place in my heart.
January 2013 has started out on a very positive foot. On New Years Day Charlie and I went to the Kula Botanical Gardens and spent the day photographing the amazing tropical flowers and trees. I now have a large library of images for future paintings for both my self and students.

Speaking of Students, Art E Studio in Lahaina had it's first students on the 14th. One student took a four hour class in the morning and two students in the afternoon.

On January 15th I was voted in as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Lahaina Arts Association. Here is a link for you to see what this non-profit organization is all about http://lahaina-arts.org/ I am thrilled to be a member of this fine organization and am looking forward to learning and helping as much as I can.

Then on the 16th I got a surprise phone call from a book author wanting to use one of my paintings for the cover of his book. After a few days of research and the help of a few artists on Fine Art America, Charlie and I came up with a proposal and I'm happy to say He excepted. I'll keep you up to date on when the book will be published.

Well that's it for now. I wish you all a pleasant Aloha Monday.

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).

2012 was a fantastic year. Starting with the birth of grand child number 6, born on January 3. Baby Clair weighed in at 5lbs 14oz. She turned a year old yesterday and I just mailed off her present this morning. Yep a little late, good thing she is a baby and wont mind......this year.

The first half of 2012 was very busy for Art E Studio with 12 classes and over 40 students a week. Needless to say my plate was defiantly full. Besides teaching I was also preparing to close Art E Studio in Chico for the move to Maui. The second half of the year was busy with the move and setting up the new studio/classroom here in Lahaina. I'm looking forward to all the unknowns headed my way in 2013 and I want wish all of you a very prosperous New Year.

How did Lahaina Maui become the third largest art market in the world? That is a question we have been asking gallery owners and artist since we moved here. The answer we get most often is "because the artists moved here". Well duh, now why didn't I think of that? For 28 years I had this dream, passion, drive and obsession to move to Hawaii. My goal was to open an art school where kids and adults could come and enjoy creating the beauty of these magical islands. The more I read about the art world here, the more driven I became.

Every week I have the opportunity to meet at least one of those "artists who moved here". Some are just staring out. Others have created a huge name for themselves and are quite sucsessful. All of them, so far, are not only talented but are happy enjoyable people to be around.

It's easy to see why this small island attracts so many creative people. The perfect weather, the beautiful ocean and amazing mountains are so inspiring. Not to mention the "Aloha" spirit that everyone seams to possess.

Front Street in Lahaina is home to some "world class" galleries, offering the works of some of the greatest artists in history. Such as Picasso, Chagall and Warhol, just to mention a few.There are some very famous actors who's artworks you may or may not know of, such as Anthony Quinn and Anthony Hopkins, as well. There is even a Gallery, Kingwell Island Art, who's owner Jim Kingwell and I have a passed connection. Jim once tried to get his work into my moms gallery in Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe and he joked that we might have dated, not. "Maui Hands Gallery" is home to over 300 local Maui artists. They have three location on Maui. "Lahaina Arts Society" makes their home in the Old Lahaina Courthouse, under the the historic banyan tree. And last, but not least, is Village Galleries, the longest running gallery in Maui, opened since 1970. Lynn Shue, the gallery's owner, has a warm sunny personality making everyone feel welcome as soon as they walk through her doors. Lyn has mentored many local artists through the years. Helping them to launch their careers. I feel very fortunate to be an artist in two of her Galleries.

Well that's it for today. It's time to paint. Thank you for reading my blog. And remember, you are more them welcome to comment. I'd love to hear from you.