Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Home Stretch........

Just wanted  to report that I broke through my "block" last week and had a great time photographing, printing and hand coloring. My studio is once again a "happy place".

Some of the images I am working on.........................

While I am thrilled to be back in the "flow", I have decided to take a blog break and hunker down and get this work done so I am ready to hang this show at the end of August. (For information about my show with Don Satterlee at Viewpoint Gallery, click here: "Visions of Translucence" )

I will report back in a few weeks............................

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blocked

It's been an interesting summer so far. In addition to this book I plan to complete, I am having a gallery show with my floral images in September.

It's getting down to the wire. The frames have arrived and the mat board ordered. What's missing is the art. Even though I have completed many images for the book, I want to show as much new work as possible. For the last few weeks I have been shooting, processing and printing images to hand color. The problem is I have very little to show for all the time I have put in.

Nothing seems to be working. What I envisioned is not the reality. Elements like color, composition, technical details, and most important - emotion - are not coming together.

I am getting anxious and rushing to do the work and it shows........

In the past I have kept up this manic behavior until I either had a meltdown or got sick. I decided to take a little different course this week. The other day I knew I was trying too hard to make something work, so I quit and went to the movies instead. It helped.

I was also desperate for feedback. I needed help and I also had to make sure I wasn't just being too hard on myself. I wasn't. After showing a few images to a couple of people, they confirmed (gently) that something was lacking. They helped me see what wasn't working and had ideas and offered encouragement. I think it's all going to be ok...........



In other news. The "rough draft" of the book arrived.  I discovered that I need to rescan a few things and that I will choose a different paper next time. This is good information to have and will help me when I start putting together the "real" book.

I know I am not the only one out there that has experienced times of doubt and frustration. It's all part of the process I guess, but it feels good to share.................

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Meditation

After doing some research I have decided that I will probably self publish the "Flower Book" (still working on a good title) with Blurb. This online publisher has been around awhile and has a good reputation.

A couple of months ago I purchased a "Groupon" for $45 worth of Blurb publishing that expired on Wednesday. I decided to use this to create a rough draft of the book. It ships next week, so I will keep you posted...........

While working on one of the introductory pages, I was searching for words to explain what I experienced and loved about photographing flowers. A poem emerged. I am not sure where it came from because I don't think I have written one since high school, but here it is, in all it's "rough draft" glory:



©2011 Dianne Poinski

A Meditation

I lose myself in the beauty of flowers

The clock no longer matters

Light illuminates and enters my soul

The shutter clicks, satisfaction lingers

Joy and passion

I am happy