It rained this weekend. I loved it! In California most of our rain happens in the winter when it’s cold and dreary. A warm spring rain is a wonderful relief. It is also something I did not get to enjoy much because rain in May meant there was a good chance a show could get rained out. Almost every show that I have had rained out occurred in May. My memories of the past 10 springs include many hours of obsessively checking Weather.com.
So this is different, very different and in some ways a little uncomfortable. I had focus, I had drive, I had the potential to pad my checking account but you know what I have today? Art. I am calling it “Slow Art”. Instead of frantically creating inventory I gave myself a project. I am now going back to some of my favorite images and with the additional knowledge I have gained over the last year about Photoshop, try to create the best black and white print I can. Once I have completed the black and white version, I am taking my time hand-coloring the print with pastels. The finished original is then being professionally scanned (something I never did – ever hear of a flat bed scanner?) and from this file new reproductions will be made. My plan is to have this project completed before my trip to Paris in July. I am anticipating many new images to work on after that trip and revisiting older ones will not be on the schedule.
Here is the black and white version of my first “redo”. I dropped the finished original off to be scanned last week and should have it back Monday or Tuesday. I hope to post that here soon.
Oak Tree II - black and white pigment print 16 x 20"
2009 Dianne Poinski