Thursday, October 13, 2011

simple grace

I have a title......simple grace.  The book I have been talking about forever has a title!

I asked for some help with this and Sara Minor (who does amazing work by the way), mentioned the word "grace". I liked it, but the word "simple" kept popping up in my mind. Both words represent qualities I am drawn to in my work, and the simple beauty and grace, that most flowers possess, are reasons why they have long been a favorite subject to photograph (and paint). 

"Simple" also fits because it evokes in me feelings of peace and calm. It's how I want to live my life.

So I put the two words together and I am feeling pretty good about it. 


Deciding on a title was one of the last major hurdles I had to deal with. I have been collecting images for months (years?), and 
writing text the last couple of weeks, and then on Monday, I decided it was time to finish this project......and I will.

There are quite a few images in my computer and in my head, that I would have liked to have finished for the book, but I think I was also using that as an excuse. I could have kept saying "I need more images" forever. It was time to say "enough"!

The first version will be ordered by Sunday night. It is looking pretty good on my computer screen, but I am sure there will be a few "tweaks" to make after I have the finished product in my hands.

I am excited, but also a little sad. I have been living with this idea for so long it feels like a comfortable companion. I am not afraid of running out of projects, but this one has always held a special place in my heart and it will feel strange to have it behind me.

But it's not finished yet...........................and I am not finished talking about it.


  1. What a beautiful title and so reflective of your work. It's perfect!

  2. The cover looks amazing and the title is simply perfect. I can't wait to see the finished product!! Congratulations on following your dream and making your vision become a reality.

  3. Thank you! More I sit with that title, the more I like it.

  4. Greetings dear Dianne,

    It is a beautiful title and the best thing about it is that it was a collaboration and in the end described your personal philosophy.

    A book project should never be hurried but then there comes a time when one must say, it is finished. Just know there will be more to come in the future.

    I look forward to learning also a bit about the technical issues and other hurdles you faced in regards to the project.

    As for my project, I have been working on the text for four months and the biggest hurdle I think will be weaving all the entrees into a smooth story.

    Thank you for sharing and enjoy the weekend,

  5. Your title seems like the epitomy of "simple grace"--and I love the "grace"ful way in which it was conceived!

    The time that has passed since the book's conception and its completion has only made you a stronger photographer and editor of your photographs--all of which will be present in the finished book. Keep us posted-literally!

  6. I struggle enough as it is over titles for my paintings; I can't imagine the struggle to come up with a title for a book! Congratulations on finding a great one. I think it fits perfectly.

  7. Thank you everyone! I really appreciate all the comments!