Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Someone asked me after last week's post if I was taking another break? I said "no"....... just feeling the need to tune into the rhythm of the season. 

At the same time, I was getting clearer about my "word" for the year, and what kept coming up was "courage". One day, this bracelet that my daughter's boss, Kelly Rae Roberts gave me, fell from the rack of bracelets in a way that felt like it was saying "pay attention"!

When I began this blog in February 2008, my intention was to use it as a place to share my processes, my views about life as an artist and anything else that came up. Back then, the "experts" were not out there saying you HAD to have a blog in order to succeed as an artist. There were not as many "experts" then as there are now and to be honest, I am tired of being told what to do.

So how does this all tie in?

I have decided to take some time off to regain clarity on my "why" for not only writing each week, but why I am doing anything. I have felt like this blog has become simply one more thing on my "to do" list each week and it doesn't feel good. Actually, that list contains far too many items that may need to go.

I feel like "rebooting" and that's where "courage" comes in. I am afraid to walk away from this and other aspects of my art career, but I have become confused as to what I really want to do as opposed to what I "should" be doing.

You know when you have a suspected allergy, and you have to eliminate foods and other things to discover the true cause of your suffering? Once you take away possible culprits, you then reintroduce them slowly to get a clearer picture of what is causing the problem.

I feel like that is what I want to do. Minimize, simplify and get back to the roots of why I even want to make and share my art, then possibly add back elements that feel authentic. 

It's noisy out there and I don't want to add to it.

So as of now, this is just a break. I may pop in sporadically, return to a routine or go away for a very long time. I don't know. I know this sort of thing is not recommended by the "experts", but I have to start listening to the "expert" that resides in my heart..... not the internet.

For the time being, I am not abandoning my Facebook page, but that may happen too. In some ways, my Facebook posts are like little blog posts, so if you want to keep up and stay in touch, you can find me here: Facebook Page. If you are already following me, don't be surprised to find a reduction in activity there as well.

This has been a long time coming. There were many times when I simply wanted to walk away. I longed for the days of postcards and maybe an email or two that announced what I was doing. Announced in a very quiet way........

So I am "feeling the fear and doing it anyway". I want to open up space in my head and my calendar to slow down. I want to cook more and garden. I have discussed these desires before, but I always find a way to convince myself that is not really what I want......but that is starting to take too much energy.

In the last few weeks, I have been making an effort to take the time to prepare meals. This one act forces me to be very intentional and deliberate about not only what is going in my body, but how I am scheduling my time. I bought seed packets the other day. I have been reading novels and not "self-help" or "art business" books. 

This all sounds good, but it's scary.  I will still be busy, but I want it to be on my terms. Busy doing what feels right to me. I believe this will take courage, but I am ready to try!

Sending peace and love to everyone out there who may be reading this. 

Thank you!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Welcome Winter...........

Welcome, Winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.  ~Terri Guillemets 

©2014 Dianne Poinski

In the time between Christmas and January 1st, I found myself in awe of the quiet that winter represents....especially after all the busyness of the holidays. I started thinking that maybe winter is my favorite season. (I know......I live in California). 

It feels like I spent a month saying "after the first of the year... fill in the blank.....". Now here it is, and all I want to do, is crawl back under the covers of winter. 

©2015 Dianne Poinski

I am not ready to start "getting things done" like I usually am at the beginning of a new year. This should be my "word of the year" post with reflections of the past year feeling deep and meaningful. But instead........I want to savor the simple beauty of bare branches, warm drinks and early dark nights. 

While I don't desire to sleep through the winter, a form of hibernation sounds very appealing. 

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Maybe next week I will be ready to "get going" or maybe not........

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that 2014 is a few hours away from being over!

Before it ends, I want to thank all of you and wish you an amazing New Year!

I have created a printable, 8.5" x 11" 2015 calendar that I would like to share with you.

Click here to download it: 2015 Calendar

There were many highlights during 2014, but one of them was certainly the chance I got to photograph this rose garden in the fog.

I will probably have a few more reflections on the past year and some thoughts about the new one to share soon, but for now, I send warm wishes for peace and health in 2015!

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Wishes

With sweet anticipation, I await the arrival of my children this weekend and have decided to slow down my pace and take the rest of the year off from the blog.

I would like to take this time to send wishes for a holiday filled with hope, wonder, and joy, and I look forward to celebrating the new year with all of you!

With gratitude,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


On Saturday December 6th, the global event Help-Portrait, was held, and ARTHOUSE was proud to be one of the locations.

This is a description of the event as found on their website: "Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need".

Talented photographers donated their time to photograph families, couples, single people and even pets. After that, prints were made, framed and given away completely free to folks that in most cases would not have the resources to afford a professional portrait. 

I was in charge of the printing. I had two small Epson XP610 printers, tons of donated ink and glossy photo paper in my studio.  The photographers would come in with their subjects, and after selecting their favorite image, would hand me the memory card, which I inserted into the printer. After checking the crop, I would hit "print" and wait for the photograph to appear. These are slow printers, but I was amazed at the quality. Something that struck me was these photographers are so good that the images came directly out of their cameras with no post processing at all and looked fantastic! (A lesson to be learned here I am sure!)

I arrived at my studio at 8:30 Saturday morning and didn't leave until 7:30 that evening. I was exhausted but so happy to have been part of this event and the community that was created around it.

One of the photographers in action...

My studio....

I wish I had more photos to share, but that shows you how busy I was.

You can see more here on our Facebook page: Help-Portrait at ARTHOUSE on R  Click on each image to get to the next one.

I am already planning to help out next year.......

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! I know I did!

While driving to Southern California last week, I stopped quite a few times to photograph (surprise!) and began posting to Instagram with the hashtag "roadtrip". I had fun documenting and sharing my little adventure. What follows are a few of the iPhone shots from the trip. I also used my "big girl camera", but haven't had time to look through those images yet. 

I also have a special announcement at the end of this post, so be sure to keep reading!

I decided to break up the drive going down there by stopping for the night at Avila Beach. It was 72 degrees when I arrived. The beach, as I have shared before, is one of my "happy places"... which you can sort of tell by this rare (for me) "selfie" I took.

The sun began to set shortly after I arrived.

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I woke up early and ventured out before coffee(!) to capture the magic light of the morning.

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On my way down Highway 101 later that day, I took a few detours in the Los Olivos wine country, near Santa Barbara.

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I arrived at my brother's house Wednesday evening, where the preparations for the Thanksgiving meal were well underway.

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One of my favorite places to photograph whenever I visit my brother is Descanso Gardens.

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Eager to get home on Saturday, I took the faster, but less interesting, Highway 99 north. This was taken at a rest stop in Turlock.

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It was really nice to get away, but I was also happy to come home. 

Spending hours behind the wheel gives you plenty of time to think, which can be good or bad, depending on the day. Thoughts about my work and the direction I am heading, filled up a lot of that time...which brings me to the "special announcement" I promised.

As most of you know, I am not hand coloring my prints all that much these days. The work I am doing in encaustics is more than satisfying that need to create original art from my photographs. So much so that I am feeling the urge to make room (physically and mentally) in order to fully pursue my latest obsession.

To help do that, I have decided to offer some very deep discounts on the few remaining original hand colored photographs I have on my website. This includes a couple of original silver gelatin prints hand colored with Marshall oils, along with more recent pigment prints that I hand colored with pastels. 

My email list will not find out about this offer for a few more days, so if you are interested, you should check out my website and see what is still available. Unless I am commissioned to do so, these images will probably never be available as an original hand colored piece again. I am also pretty sure my darkroom days are over, so the silver gelatin prints will not be replaced at all.

Click here to see what is available: Hand Colored Originals

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Think of this as my version of "Cyber Monday"..............

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fog and Fall..............

By the time you read this, I will be on my road trip, headed to Southern California for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Before I leave, however, I want to share with you a few images I  made in the last week featuring two of my favorite photographic subjects - fog and fall!

I also want to take this time to express how deeply grateful I am to all of you that not only read my blog, but continue to support and encourage me along the way. I feel very blessed to be able to do the work I do, but I couldn't do it alone, so....... THANK YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

With joy and gratitude,

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski