Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Painting of My Son Finished (for now)

Aloha and thank you for visiting my blog.

My portrait of my son Ryan is complete.  I need to step away from it for a week and I might tweak it a little (the flowers and background), but overall I am happy with the results and will call it a day.  I am not selling the original, but I am available for commission work.  If you have a family member you would like painted please contact me. 

For commission work the cost depends on the size of the canvas and how many people are in the portrait and the detail and background.  The portrait of my son measures 11"x14" and the cost today is $465.00 US dollars. 

An original oil painting makes a great one of a kind gift.


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Visit Maui - Condo Specials April through July 2011

Aloha everyone! 

I have some great deals on Maui condos!  We often times beat our competition in price.  Plus we offer great customer service and wonderful properties that are clean, comfortable and offer great ocean views. 

Vacation Rentals April through July 2011

MauiVision wants to share with our past guests special rates on select properties.  Our repeat customer base and referrals keep us alive.  Mahalo!
We have been in business since June 2002 and appreciate your continued support. 
Remember, MauiVision is here to help with your Maui accommodations and we often times send complimentary gift baskets to our guests depending on their length of stay and always to repeat customers.  We can arrange for a custom gift basket to be delivered to the condo per your request. 

Please feel free to pass this information along to your friends and family who might be interested in a Maui vacation.

I am the owner of this property so I can always offer the best discounts on Unit C618 at the Kihei Akahi Resort located in South Kihei, Maui.
The bedroom was recently remodeled and includes a new very comfortable King size bed.  Our home away from home is well maintained for your comfort.
Available check-in 06/18 to check-out 06/27
$105 per night for 7 to 9 night stay

Available check-in 07/23 to check-out 10/04
$110 per night for 7 to 14 night stay
$105 per night for 15 to 21 night stay
$99 per night for 22 to 28 night stay
$95 per night for 29 night stay or greater

RECENTLY remodeled kitchen and bathroom!  See the new photos and YouTube video.
This lovely property is located directly on the beach in Ka’anapali.  It is a 5 minute walk to Black Rock and a 15 minute drive to Lahaina town.  There is NO security deposit and NO cleaning fee. 
This property does require a 30 day advance notice before your check-in date to reserve.
The nightly rate for this unit is
DISCOUNTED TO $150 per night (7 plus nights)
DISCOUNTED TO $175 per night (6 nights)
DISCOUNTED TO $210 per night (5 nights)
DISCOUNTED TO $262 per night (4 nights) 

If you have additional questions regarding any of the units listed above or about the island of Maui, please feel free to write or telephone me at anytime and I will be happy to answer your inquiries.

All my best,
Kathy McCartney, Owner
MauiVision Rentals
McCartney Fine Art (Tropical Expressions of Hawaii and the South Pacific)
Questions or comments? E-mail us at MauiVision or call 925-876-4985

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Son's Portrait and The Grizzly Youth Academy

Aloha! Sorry for not posting on this painting weekly as I said I would. But after I started this portrait I took a road trip (over 3 hours long) to visit my son who I had not seen in 2 1/2 months! Then I had many art classes to teach. I know excuses, excuses. Plus I hit an awkward stage in my painting and did not want to post until I got beyond it. Since I last posted, I have worked on this painting approximately 4 hours in the past 2 weeks. The problem I had was getting his facial features correct. Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

This is where I left off.  Maybe next week I will be able to finish this painting and then next month start the Hawaii landscape.

I wanted to give a shout out to the Grizzly Youth Academy and the National Guards http://www.ngyf.org/ for educating my son along with many other young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19?). The kids live on campus for 5 1/2 months and complete a full school year in almost half the time. They will not take your teen if they do not want to be there. These kids have all volunteered to go and are interviewed before they are accepted. Once accepted, some do not last beyond the 2 week boot camp and some want out before the first month is even over. The first month was tough for my son and all the other cadets. They are homesick for their friends and family back home. They also go through TV, computer and technology withdrawals plus they do not get much privacy. They live in barracks together as a platoon (group). They must also be drug free.

The teens that get beyond the tough stage end up loving it! The kids want to be there to improve their discipline, focus, exercise, get fresh air, improve their grades, learn living skills, team building exercises, field trips, they do volunteer work and job shadowing. This is an engaging school for young people. Never a dull moment. The kids are kept very busy all day long. The teacher to student ratio is healthy. I will guess it is about 20 kids per teacher. The kids work together to improve as individuals and work together to have the highest scores (like GPA) in their platoon!  My son's goal is to attain a 4.0 GPA. I highly recommend it.

There are more young men who sign up then young ladies. I would say 1/4 females to 3/4 males. The females live in separate quarters. The teens mature, learn respect for themselves and others while in this program. They improve in confidence. They get to choose a mentor for the program. This is an important job to be a mentor. The mentor gets to visit the cadet more than family! Plus the mentor promises to stay with your teen for an additional year after graduation to make sure they are keeping their personal goals. Be sure to pick a mentor who is truly up to the task it is important. My son has a GREAT mentor! Thank you Kelley for being faithful and positive. Kelley loves this role. His son also completed this program the previous year. This is how my son learned about the program. My son had to sell me on the idea and I was a hard sale, but now I am a convert to the school.

My son is at the half way point and loves it now. It was so good to see him physically and in 2 1/2 months his GPA is 3.60. He has really matured and learned good social skills. My son has always been a pretty good kid. However, he was falling behind in school and was bored. When we visited him for 5 hours we took him around town and he would hold doors open for people, and when we were served in restaurants, he would say thank you and have a nice day. This school really emphasizes respect and good manners. This program is free to the parents and teen however, they do need donations to keep the school running. They ask the parents to participate in a fund raiser. I will be auctioning my Maui condo during their silent auction. I am happy to contribute to this great school and to these kids. The kids come from all walks of life mostly middle class and lower income. Here is how you can help this school and our youth and the future of America http://www.ngyf.org/help

I hope that they will expand and open more schools in every state! Not all cadets go on to join the military. They will not ask or force your child to go this route. But some of the students do choose to proudly join and serve our country.

Signing off with much Aloha!