If you need to know what size something scales up or down to, you now have a convenient method of calculating right here on the Colorwave Imaging website.

Artists and photographers can now easily calculate size variations that keep the same aspect ratio as the original. It's the simplest to use calculator of it's type that I know, and instructions are right there on the same page.

Give it a try, and please feel free to bookmark this page and use again. Although it's on the Upload page, the calculator works as a standalone.

Give it a try Colorwave Imaging File Upload/Calculator



Gallery Wrap

Canvas giclee prints are more popular than ever. Walk into a fine art gallery or Costco and you will see many examples, and a significant number of them are frameless contemporary style stretched canvases known as gallery wraps. Gallery wraps offer a clean, (hopefully) non-distracting way of presenting art that puts the art front and center, with the added advantage of being a cheaper way to create wall ready art than traditional framing methods.

Just as not all canvas prints are created equal, the same applies to the way in which gallery wraps are created from original art or photographs. The vast majority of gallery wraps that you see are created digitally by mirroring the edge of the frame to duplicate the content from the face for the sides. It is a push-button operation these days, and mirroring is by far the easiest way to extend a canvas.

Unfortunately, though, it often produces distracting artifacts unless the subject is ideally suited for the process. Flying V palm trees that appear to float above the ground, extra eyeballs and conjoined body parts are just a few of the unwanted results that detract from the art, but are easy to crank out. It's one thing to expect that Costco or discount photo labs would consider this acceptable, but I often see glaring distractions from mirrored edges in high-end galleries that are selling much more expensive work.

I believe in taking advantage of the new digital tools available to seamlessly extend the image around the sides of the canvas with Photoshop's content aware tools and a host of other tricks, to create artwork like an artist would paint it, not a machine. It's occasionally time consuming to do right with challenging subjects, and it is far from a push button process, but I think the results justify the means.

It is something that only needs to be done once, and then the results can be reaped for an entire edition of prints. Best of all, for the artist/photographer, is the fact that I don't charge for the process of creating a seamless extension of the original. That's just another advantage of using a small scale fine art printer that sweats the details, and thinks like an artist.



-- Darrell Hill --

September 23, 1941 - February 2, 2013

We lost one of Hawaii and the art world's living treasures recently with the passing of Darrell Hill. Darrell's art enriched countless lives, and his warm and engaging personality made him even more special. His unique style left a distinctive mark in the Hawaii art community, and influenced a generation of Hawaiian artists and pleinair painters worldwide.

Darrell's style was characterized as bold impressionism, and is instantly recognizable for its intense use of color and loose gestural brushstrokes. Like the 20th century fauve painters, Darrell used color in a very non-literal way, often departing from nature's own specific palette in wildly interpretive new directions. Unlike the fauvists, though, his work was never garish or brash, but bold and sophisticated. Although vivid colors were laid next to one another in a style often characterized as "alla prima", they always harmonized to create a complex palette of emotionally charged, dynamic colors with tension, but not conflict. His brushwork was flowing and an extension of his arm and body. Some people paint with their wrist. Darrell painted with his whole body.

Rather than paint in a premeditative or deliberate style, I always felt that he worked his craft to the point that it was second nature, and that he painted much the way that Yo-Yo Ma plays the cello: never thinking about components like notes, meter or timbre, only the music itself.

I had the privilege of knowing Darrell and working with him on a number of occasions, and feel blessed to have crossed paths with him in life. A great many people are saddened to have lost him, but he leaves behind a legacy of art . . . a thousand little pieces of himself that will live forever.



I'm going to start a new feature on this blog, highlighting individual artists and photographers from time to time. The first person I'd like to start with is a new client, the brilliant portrait artist Rose Adare.

Rose's expressive portraits are painted in oil on linen, and are done in a fluid style that is loose and painterly, but without sacrificing detail or nuance. She's classically trained, but the art is anything but old fashioned. All of them are strong on mood and emotion, and the subjects truly seem to be made of flesh and blood, on both figurative and literal levels. Rose doesn't paint generic people, and in fact seeks out larger than life characters that often live outside the mainstream. They are new bohemians and counter culture heroes, captured in a classical style by gifted artist and a keen observer.

Rose's current body of work is titled "Restraint and Revolution", and her work will be featured in several upcoming shows in Hawaii and beyond. Don't miss seeing her work, if you have the opportunity.

For more information, visit The Art of Rose Adare.



I just added a new Content Management System (CMS) called Armadillo to the blog for this site, which allows for updating the blog from any web browser. It's really easy to edit and update, and I will be using this same system for clients blogs to keep everything all in one place, with no need for using an outside provider like Blogger or Disqus. It is an improvement in both usability and SEO (Search Engine Optimization), so what's not to like?

Armadillo offers much more than just a blogging option, as it will provide a means for clients to change elements that they want elsewhere, if built into the design.




Here you will find recent news about Colorwave Imaging and our clients, as well as subjects related to fine art / giclee printing, photography, graphic design, web design, photo retouching and photo restoration.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  

~Twyla Tharp