Sunday, May 3, 2009

Slow Art

This time last year I was preparing for the first of three weekends in a row where I would be showing at an art festival. Leading up to the first show, I tried to anticipate what I would need for the following shows since I knew I would not have much time to recover and create more inventory. So I spent an incredible amount of time and money making prints, packaging them, framing originals and the list goes on. Looking back, that behavior seems a little insane but it’s what I have done for the last 10 years.

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

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


  1. How lovely to have found you from Art Biz blog and finding out who had taken the beautiful photo 'reaching' which Alyson had posted with her article on grief - your work is inspiring and i shall enjoy visiting again

  2. Your work is lovely. I like the dream quality and softness of the color. I am a fellow traveler in the blogtriage class. So nice to find your blog and be connected by Alyson & Cynthia

  3. I want to thank both of you for your generous comments. This is a great way to connect with other artists!