Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Day Last Spring...........

©2011 Dianne Poinski "Wildflowers"

Last spring I wrote a post titled; "Doesn't Get Much Better Than This......" where I described a beautiful day photographing with my son. It has taken me this long, but I finally worked on a few of the images from that day.

Anyone serious about selling their work will know how important it is to have images that you can group together. This day presented me with many different variations on the same theme. The hills, the clouds, the trees, the flowers.......Whether you want to license your work or exhibit at art festivals or galleries, having two or more images that can be shown together will always prove beneficial.

I put together a video where I show the original color photograph, then after I have made some adjustments, including texture layers in Photoshop, I show the printed black and white image. Some of these were printed on Epson's new Cold Press paper, which added even more texture. I love this paper! I usually only use smoother papers, so this was an experiment. It's a different look and I am very happy with the way they turned out. After the black and white image, the final hand colored version will appear.

It was fun looking back on that fantastic day and it wasn't until I went to get the link to the original post, that I noticed the date - March 31, 2010; exactly a year ago. I tried to make something work with these images many times since then, but was never happy with the results. I think I was waiting for the right vision to pop into my head and then get the right materials to make that vision a reality. Love it when that happens!

Turn your speakers on and enjoy......
If you can't see the video, I also posted it on YouTube. Click here: A Day Last Spring


  1. Very inspirational Dianne! Thanks!

  2. Lovely, Dianne. I enjoyed seeing the transition from color to b&w and back again with your own hand coloring process the second time--the painterly quality of your additions stands out. I also like your noting the cyclical nature of work and how it took you a year to come back around to these...Isn't it funny how that happens?

  3. Thank you Hannah,

    Sometimes it just takes time to figure out what directon to take with an image. It was also fun to relive the outing a year later.