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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

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. 🙂

Painting Status – “Wahikuli Sunrise”

Hopefully, I’ll get this next one done in the coming week or so. Of course, I’ve been saying that for the last…week or so. I did make quite a bit of progress this past weekend – I think all I have left is to finish up the palm trees & kiawe at the extreme right, the surf around the rocks, and the sand at the very bottom right (which I’ll do last – since I have an unfortunate habit of dragging my hand through stuff I’ve just painted!) The photo of the painting so far…ok, not the best photo, but it’s just a quick shot with my iPhone of my work-in-progress.

Anyway, the view is from Wahikuli Beach Park on Maui, from a photo I took at sunrise the morning I left the island this past August. I already think I know what I want to do for my next painting, but it’s a little more extensive than this one – so this painting now is one that I figured I could knock out fairly quickly. Enjoy! 🙂

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

“Harbor Morning” is finished!

After a number of months working on “Harbor Morning” – it’s finally finished!

Oil – 2008 | 24″ x 36″

View from Lahaina Harbor, looking across the boats toward the island of Lana’i.

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“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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