Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blossoms, Petals & Color...........

©2010 Dianne Poinski

I mentioned in one of my posts at the beginning of the year that I wanted to work on more “projects” as opposed to random shooting.

Well, I think I have been doing that with my flowers. I have an idea that I will share more about later, but for the last few weeks I have spent a small fortune on flowers and have enjoyed many hours of uninterrupted bliss - cutting, arranging and photographing a whole array of blossoms, petals and color.

The problem is, now that I am in this flow - I don’t want to do anything else. It’s one of the reasons why lately, I have been only posting to this blog once a week. The problem is, I have a lot to do and after I come out my “flower coma”, I fall deep into overwhelm and start stressing out. I guess it’s all about balance and maybe someday I will discover what that feels like.

Another observation I have made is, I find myself wondering if this is the right thing to be concentrating on right now. The committee in my head starts working overtime and throwing out questions like “what if people don’t want flowers – they want landscapes……….should I be outside photographing those amazing clouds…………….and haven’t tulips already been photographed that way?

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Trying to guess what photographs people will want is a waste of time and money. What difference should it make anyway? It reminds of when I was doing a lot of art festivals and I would do a show where it seemed like everyone wanted floral images. After that show, I would go back into my studio and make sure I had plenty of “flower” inventory for the next show. You can guess what happened – I would get to the next art festival and no one wanted flowers, they wanted European images! Next time it was oak trees or river images. This is a sure way to go crazy!

In addition to the fun I have been experiencing, the other advantage to sticking to one thing out of love and passion is that I am learning and (I hope) improving my technique and the way I am “seeing”. There seems to be a warm up period during each session and most of the time, it’s the final images of the day that I like the best.

I will have more than flowers to share soon - I am taking a day trip with my cousin next week to Napa and if the weather cooperates, you can be sure that I will be out there with my camera!

As this project unfolds, I will share more about it here, but probably wait to post finished images. In the meantime I will share some of the photographs in their original state or as work-in-progress. I am also seriously considering planting a cutting garden this spring......................


  1. I know exactly how you feel regarding the art shows. One show is flowers and one show is abstracts. And even when you repeat the show year after year it is never the same. The advantage to this is it allows you to photograph whatever you want. Including your passion maybe in a different perspective. I really like your lilies, very beatiful. I am a big flower person too.

  2. Dianne, Dianne, Dianne...you're over thinking things again. When you have a passion for something, go for it. It may not last forever, but the memories of it will. If flowers are the thing right now, do it. When your feelings are high, your art/passion/photography is at its best. I go through the flower thing this time of the year every year. I love it! And...look forward to it. I saw one at the zoo this past weekend and couldn't get over all the things I might do with it. Stay tune. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks Cindi! It is crazy to try and second guess the market, so yes - I will photograph whatever I want, whenever I want!

    Bob - yes - I confess - over thinking.........thanks for calling me on that! I can't wait to see what your new images are like.

  4. Greetings Dianne,

    Considering the weather has been exceptional in the Bay Area today and yesterday, I hope that the impending forecast of rain does not keep you from capturing what inspires your heart.

    Wishing you all the very best,

  5. Thank you Egmont! The forecast is for a little rain, but I love clouds and I know it will be a great day no matter what!

  6. It is useful to try everything in practise anyway and I like that here it's always possible to find something new. :)