Thursday, May 5, 2011

Now What??

I am thrilled to have the studio move behind me and hand colored a couple of prints in my new space yesterday. It felt great!

In my old studio I had this amazing light, but could not see anything out the windows except sky and the roof of the foundry. What a delight it was to gaze out the front window while working yesterday and see people going about their day. I can see the post office, a bank and if I stretch a little I can see a bar and the barbershop across the street. The view is abundant with life and daily activity.



We also have a back screen door that opens up to a shady grassy patch with a few overgrown rose bushes. This is a common area shared with everyone, including the young people that live in the apartments upstairs.

  

In all, it's a very different experience and may take a little time to get use to, but I am feeling more confident everyday that I made the right move.



But enough about the new studio. I am ready to get some momentum back and want to share some different kind of news.

Last year I wrote often about photographing flowers and my intention to self publish a book of floral images (something I have been thinking about for 8 years!). I thought by saying that out loud it would finally happen, but here we are in 2011 and still no book. Some of you may have noticed that I became a little quiet and have not mentioned it lately.

Instead of beating myself up, I enlisted my friend Kamala Murphey, to help me focus and stay on track. I am beginning to believe that it may really happen this time.

Throughout this move, she gently prodded me to create weekly goals toward this project. She then joined me in celebrating small victories as each task was marked off the list. After reporting my success the other day, I mentioned that if I had not been working with her, I know for sure I would have completely put the whole endeavor on hold until I was "settled in". Instead, I have images processed, printed and in some cases finished, and am inching closer and closer to making this dream a reality.

©2011 Dianne Poinski 
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you now, and will keep you posted on my progress. Feel free to "gently nudge" me along. Seriously......it's going to happen this time!

9 comments:

  1. Dear Dianne,

    I love the fact that you have a little place behind the shop to have lunch and that it is a shared area.

    I am very proud of you and the decision you made, which I believe will prove itself right by the end of the year.

    As for the book, it is good that you have a couch to help keep you on track but remember there is a balance between letting it evolve on its own and staying on some schedule.

    I wish you can see how excited I am for you.

    Warmest regards,
    Egmont

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  2. PS: I forgot to mention that I love the picture of the flower. -e

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  3. Thank you Egmont! I really appreciate your comments. I understand what you are saying about the balance and letting things evolve a bit. I was a little worried about that, but feel that the structure I have right now is exactly what I need.

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  4. The new studio looks great! Can't wait for your book.

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  5. Oh my goodness Dianne, this looks like a lovely space to dream in--and work in as well as sell in:) Not to mention that back patio to which you can retreat when you need a break.

    And the book--it sounds as if you are on your way and the gorgeous photograph of the trillium seems suggestive of the book to come.

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  6. Thank you Cindi and Hannah! I am loving the new space more and more every day! I have working there the last couple of days and seem to have gotten more done in 2 days than I have the last 2 months! Probably not......but it feels like it!

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  7. Love the flower image! I hope you do keep going with the book - I'm looking forward to having one of your books on my bookshelf! I'll buy one for sure!

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  8. Diane and I went by the gallery today and peeked in and loved what we saw. You'll be fine and do great! Beautiful little place.

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  9. Thanks Rachel!
    Bob - Tell Diane I said Happy Mother's Day! Let me know the next time you are going to be in the neighborhood!

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