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Newest Painting: “The Surfboard Fence”

Seems I never find the time to add things to the blog. So…finally – I’ll add this – I finished this painting about 2 months ago, and finally have found the time to highlight it here.

"The Surfboard Fence" | 12" x 36", Oil | Copyright 2011 by The Design Foundry

New Photography from The Design Foundry

Enjoy the following images from this past August from Maui. Exploring Lahaina, sunsets, hiking Haleakala, spending time with friends. Photos taken between August 6-20, 2010.

Photos © 2010 by The Design Foundry – All Rights Reserved

The Design Foundry’s Photography – Image chosen as a Picasa Featured Image

Picasa has recently chosen one of the images uploaded by The Design Foundry as a “Featured Image” – featured images are those that appear on Picasa’s home page that have been uploaded by their subscribers.

I had just uploaded my batch of images from my last Maui trip only a few days before – and I’m still amazed that out of the millions of images that people uploaded, somehow the following image was not only noticed, but chosen. I’m deeply honored by this selection!

 
From Maui 2009

New images from Maui 2009

Images from Maui 2009 vacation – enjoy!

New Painting – “Upcountry Sunset”

I just finished my newest painting, “Upcountry Sunset” – 12″ x 36″, Oil.

This is the view at sunset overlooking Upcountry Maui, while driving down from Haleakala Crater – enjoy!

© 2009 Dave Fish | The Design Foundry
All Rights Reserved

Starting a new painting – “Last Light”

Now that I’ve finished my previous painting, “Wahikuli Sunrise” – time to start a new one! The next one (that hopefully won’t take too long for me to finish up) – tenatively to be called “Last Light” – is from a collection of images I shot after spending one day this past summer doing a 20 mile hike within Haleakala Crater on Maui. The damn hike kicked my ass, and I made it back to my car at the head of Halemau’u Trail right before sunset.

While driving down the mountaina – I ended up having to pull over and shoot the incredible sunset across the hills above Kula. From these shots, comes the subject for this next painting. Finished size will be 12″ x 30″ – Oil.

So, after one night of painting, I have the basic colors down on the canvas. This is just the beginning – it has a long way to go – but I’m already getting a good feeling on how it’s going to turn out!

New Painting – “Wahikuli Sunrise”

I finally got around to finishing my newest painting – “Wahikuli Sunrise”!

Oil – 2008 | 18″ x 24″

View from Wahikuli Beach Park, looking across toward the island of Lana’i.

I’ve done a number of sunset paintings over the years – and thought, it might be interesting to do something a little different. Wahikuli Beach Park is located on Maui, between Lahaina and Ka’anapali. This past August, the last day I was on Maui, I went down to the beach for sunrise with friends – and the calm, quiet morning kind of stuck with me once I left – this is the result. 🙂

Adobe Lightroom – what a great tool for photography!

I recently got a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – have to say that this program ROCKS! I’ve just finished up optimizing a group of photos I shot this past August while on Maui. In the past, I’d have to spend quite a bit of time in Photoshop to clean things up (things like cropping crap out that is distracting, or straighting the image against the horizon). Then, I’d upload the images into something like Flickr or Picasa – then, go through each of them to add descriptions and search keywords. One by one. For each photo site. Which sucked.

With Lightroom, not only is cleaning things up quite easy (kind of like using iPhoto, but more powerful), but I could add descriptions & keywords within the program – that allows uploads to things like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or Photobucket – without having to retype manually all the descriptions & photo info.

So – the most recent batch of Maui photos are up – and they’d be up sooner if I’d not had a hard drive die on my two weeks ago. Enjoy!

The Design Foundry – Maui 2007 Photos

Willie K and Hui o Wa’a Kaulua raise awareness of Maui’s canoe the Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani

Just got back from my regular pilgrimage back to Maui, and watched Willie K perform this past Monday night at the Lahaina Cannery Shopping Center. As always, Uncle Willie was incredible – and his free concert was in support of raising awareness & donations for Hui o Wa’a Kaulua. Great group – they’re building a 60ft, double hulled sailing canoe.

“The Next Painting” – Progress so far

So, I’ve been working on my next painting…unlike past one’s, I’ve actually been making progress on this one. I’m working off of a photo I shot while about to leave to do my first open water scuba dives, sitting on a dive boat in Lahaina harbor on Maui.

I’ve still got a way to go, but here’s the progress so far:

At this point, the sky, background island & water, and the the boats are almost done. I’ve got a few background boats to add, the rigging on the foreground boats, a little bit of work on the last three boats on the right, and the foreground water (which right now is what will take the majority of time to finish)

Hopefully, in the next few weeks it’ll be done!

Painting Name: TBD
Painting size: 24″ x 36″, Oil
Media: Oil on canvas

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