Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another Update...........

©2012 Dianne Poinski


I am back to work on the book..........with a few changes, which I will explain. (For those of you new to my blog, I have been talking about doing a book of floral images for a long time and may be finished just "talking" about it soon.)

Taking a step back was the best thing I could have done. Ideas, revelations and inspiration surrounding this project came to me several times during the little break I took last month. One light bulb moment occurred when I realized that I could add 20+ pages to the current configuration I was putting together through Blurb, and the price would stay the same!

What happened next was the equivalent of an entire chandelier lighting up. The former layout of the book consisted of two parts. The first part featured older film images, printed in the darkroom and hand colored with Marshall's photo oil paints. The second part included recent digital images, hand colored with PanPastels.

After realizing I could add a third part, memories of the time spent last summer hand coloring many many prints and being frustrated at times, came flooding in. One aspect of hand coloring that I don't talk about very often is that not all images lend themselves easily to hand coloring. Actually what I could say, is not all images should be hand colored. There were many prints last summer that were abandoned when it became clear that hand coloring would not express my vision for that image and in many cases, would do more harm than good.

I attempted to hand color all three of the images in this post (as well as many more...) and experienced what I described above. In some cases there were multiple attempts, each time trying something different and getting the same result. My studio mate JJ, would be happy to describe my mood swings last summer to anyone that will listen. Trust me, you will feel sorry for her..........


©2012 Dianne Poinski

All of this information helped me come to the conclusion that the third part of the book would be of toned black and white images! This decision has filled me with renewed passion and excitement for the project.

The next week or two will be spent processing more black and white images.  Then I will upload these to Blurb, along with the new and improved versions of the hand colored images. The next step will be to order another copy and wait patiently (or not) for UPS to deliver it.


©2012 Dianne Poinski

Thank you to all of you that have shared this journey with me. The end may be in sight.................




10 comments:

  1. the black and white images are stunning, i love them...

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  2. Dianne, my goodness. Words escape me. Your images are beyond stunning. And I love reading your blog. There are so many talented photographers in these lovely little groups, I have to say I am having such a wonderful time running into them, seeing their work, reading their blogs, and you're one of them! Lovely photographs. :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Angie :)

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  3. p.s.

    I love that you are writing a Blurb book. I have been toying with the idea myself - a friend of mine has told me I should do this. I may do it when time permits. Right now I feel a little too all over the place with things. One thing at a time. But I can't wait to see your once its finished. :)

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  4. Thank you Marie and Angie! I too am excited and very inspired by the talented photographers I have met online these last couple of week! Hope you both have a great weekend!

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  5. Awesome black and white images! Your book will be a visual delight!

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  6. These are gorgeous color pictures and I believe they will look beautiful after hand coloring. Wonderful idea for the book.

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  7. Does PanPastels work with glossy photographic paper!?! It is so slippery that will the color stay in it!
    I would love to try this.

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  8. Thank you so much! Henrietta, to answer your question - no it won't work on glossy paper. For more information about that you can go to my post on papers: http://www.diannepoinskiblog.com/2010/07/papers-printing-for-hand-coloring.html Thanks again!

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  9. Dianne, you are such a talent. Love the flower images,the book will be very lovely. I have thought about doing a book now you have inspired me to try. The old photos are a treasure. Most of my mom's are on slides and in surprisingly great shape but really should be transferred to disc. Another project!! I am loving Beyond Layers, Kim is such a force. I too have met and been inspired by all the women I have met thru her classes and challenges.

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  10. Thank you Pat! It's so good to meet you! Please let me know if you decide to do a book. I am sure it will be beautiful!

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