Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Project 52..............

I was reminded once more how lucky I am to live less than ten minutes away from the river. This urban bit of nature replenishes me every time I visit. 

I made a few trips this past week, including one in the late afternoon. Love that light!

Project 52 - Week 47

©2013 Dianne Poinski

I am taking a few days off to spend time with friends and family to celebrate with joy and gratitude, all the amazing goodness in my life!

Thank you everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013


Back in March I wrote a post about one of my images being licensed to appear on a greeting card that would be sold in a fairly well known store. I have since had more images licensed for cards for them and others. If you want to read that post, click here: March 28th.

My first licensing contract was signed in 1999 and it was a great opportunity.......... that in many ways I let slip away from me. I shared a little about that in another post last year: Roses and Birthday Cakes  Even back then, I was fearing I would make the same mistake, and it almost happened!

The licensing business is tricky in many ways. For one thing the work is very speculative and it may take months and even years to see results materialize from time spent on a project. (A large percentage of the time, nothing will happen.............)

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During my first round of licensing opportunities, I was firmly committed to working the art festival circuit. It's hard not to be attracted to the possibility of coming home with some cash in your pocket. Instant gratification........... 

I am no longer on the circuit, but as many of you know, I recently made the decision to take a year off of doing workshops. I have also decided to limit the time I spend on other parts of my business in order to free up time to work on images for my agent. (I am lucky she didn't drop me after a few months of practically no new work from me!)

©2013 Dianne Poinski

I think you have to have a lot of faith to work this way, but I am going to give it a shot. The main thing I want to share however, is that I am having quite a bit of fun right now!

My agent  challenged me to have 100 greeting card designs for her to show in the next couple of months. These are not just images, but the entire card, complete with words! I am about the third of the way there............. (I have inside designs and words as well, but decided to sprinkle just the front images of some of what I have been working on  throughout this post.)

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Like most people, I do better when I am not scattered. When I have a deadline and a project to work on, I am extremely productive. Take that away, and I flounder like a fish out of water.

So with this new level of commitment to licensing, I am feeling energized and focused and I love waking up knowing what is going to get my attention that dayAnd like I said earlier, I am having fun with this..................

In honor of my favorite holiday, I would like give you all a little "Thanksgiving" gift. If you are on my email list, you already received this, but if not, click here to download a printable pdf greeting card of this image: Gratitude

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Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shadows and Acceptance.............

If you are "friends" with me on Facebook or a follower on Instagram, you may have already seen my "pic of the week". I decided to share it here as well because I learned a valuable lesson while making this image.

Project 52 - Week 46

©2013 Dianne Poinski

I was taking a late afternoon walk through the park the other day when I noticed the wonderful light hitting this tree and illuminating the root system. The quality of light in the fall, is in my mind, the best of all the seasons.........

Anyway, as I approached the tree I was a little bit irritated to see my shadow. I kept moving....... trying to get the shot without me in it. Eventually I realized that I not only had to accept what was, but also embrace it. So I made it my new Facebook profile picture...........

Notes - all iPhone. Used Snapseed to vignette and darken the distracting background.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Week 45...............

I have a dear friend that I try to meet and have dinner with at least once a month. It doesn't always work out that way, but there is something about having the intention that keeps us connected. We usually meet at a nearby restaurant, but last week her husband and son were out of town so she invited me to her house where she made an amazing meal, complete with dessert!

The intimacy of being in her home and not a loud restaurant led to some deep, honest and authentic conversation, much of it which helped me gain the clarity I needed to make some important decisions.

Like I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am not going forward with my plans to launch an iPhone photography e-course.  If you are on my email list,  you also now know that I made the decision to take an entire year off of teaching live workshops as well. This is scary and exciting at the same time. My "having faith" muscle is working overtime right now. Workshops represent a good percentage of my income, but I need to open up space for other things and this seems like the best place to begin.

Given that the evening was so special to me, it was easy to pick this week's image.

While my friend was lovingly preparing our dinner, my eye caught this bench against the backdrop of fall color. With the light quickly fading, I grabbed my phone and went out to her backyard, only feeling a tiny amount of guilt for not helping in the kitchen.

Project 52 - Week 45

©2013 Dianne Poinski
As I have mentioned many times, I extremely grateful for all the connections I have made over the years through my work. While the online encounters are wonderful, I also love sharing my work and talking with people in my studio (and in my previous life....at art festivals).

A recent visitor to my studio was kind enough to write a little something about me in a blog post this week.

Tracey is a published and gifted writer and I am currently reading her book "Duck Pond Epiphany". Thank you Tracey!! #grateful

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Inspiration and Information.........

When I say I am going to do something, I usually do it.......... especially when I say it publicly. But as many of you know, I sometimes change my mind and today's post is about that. (My Project 52 post will come later in the week.........)

Since launching my online "Hand Coloring Photos" e-course I have been saying I was going to create something similar, only with iPhone photography. I even went as far as to record a few videos and organize the information I wanted to share.* Every week, "work on tutorials" made it's way on to my "to-do" list, and most of the time, nothing was done.

*Recent changes and updates to the iPhone's operating system rendered most of what I did useless information............oh well.

So last week, I made the decision to abandon the idea. There are a few reasons for this. The main reason is I have decided to commit fully to another project, which I will share more about in another post. Another reason is there is so much information already available.....and much of it is free. I would rather continue to share here and other places than set something up and charge for it. 

Beginning with this post..............

In addition to talking about the steps I took to create this image, I am also going to list some of the places I go for inspiration and information as well as a summary list of my favorite apps.

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This image was made on one of my walks. (Favorite hashtag #lookingup) I first did some cropping and made other adjustments in Snapseed before moving on to the next step...........

I recently discovered ScratchCam and downloaded it mainly for the "folded paper" effect:

After applying that, I played around with the color a bit in this app and then made a few more adjustments in Snapseed . (Starting with Snapseed and ending with it, is a normal part of my iPhone workflow.......)

Here is a list and links to many of the sites I have used to learn about different apps and techniques. I have shared about most of these in earlier posts, but I thought it would be helpful to have a summary list.

  1. iPhoneart.com - on this and other sites like it, many of the artists share what apps they used to create their images. I have learned a ton by looking at this! It's a great place to go for inspiration too...........
  2. Tutorials on The App Whisperer site. I love the interviews too! An excellent, all around resource.........
  3. The iPhoneArts.com - Egmont is one of the hardest working iPhone artists out there and he freely shares his knowledge..... much of it coming after hours of experimentation. 
  4. Instagram - A sharing/social media site (You can also use the camera function in it as well...) Pay attention to the hashtags that people post. Many times these reveal the apps they used to create their images. (I am on there as dpoinskiphoto)
  5. Photojojo.com -  great site for accessories for the iPhone, but inspiration and information can be found there as well. 
  6. Skipology.com - Paul (known as Skip to friends), is a prize winning iPhoneographer from Lincoln, England and a very generous resource for technique and inspiration. 

My favorite apps:
  1. Snapseed -  this is usually the first place I go with an image. Many times this is the only app I use..............
  2. PureShot Camera  -  This is my default camera app. Love it!
  3. Hipstamatic -  my second favorite camera app
  4. Distressed FX -  be sure to try the "birds" filter..........
  5. PhotoFX - I use a lot of the soft filters that come with this.....
  6. ScratchCam - mentioned this one above
  7. Vintage Scene
  8. Image Blender and Tiny Planet  - I posted a tutorial with a video on my "Photo Artistry Workshop" site where I used both of these apps together. Click here: iPhone Fun

Like I said, I will continue to share what I learn about iPhoneography as I go along. I will post here on my blog and also share information as part of the "Free Tutorials" section of PhotoArtistryWorkshop.com

Please share your favorite sites and/or apps in the comments section below and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Side note...........while the decision to not go forward with my original plan was a difficult one, the relief and freedom I felt after making it has opened up space and possibilities and a deep feeling in my gut that it was the right decision.  #yay

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

At the River...............

I took a quick drive down to Clarksburg last week, hoping to catch the vineyards in fall color, but I was a little disappointed. Instead I stopped to photograph these back lit leaves against the water of the Sacramento River.

I applied a little texture and added the Japanese characters that spell out "Gratitude", which is what I am feeling these days................... 

Project 52 - Week 44
Nikon D300 & Photoshop

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another Experiment...........

Back in June, in my post "Handcrafted Photography", I wrote about my desire to do more "hands on" work with my images.  I adore digital photography but I also love the challenge of creating "one of a kind" pieces.

That post was all about image transfers. I included directions and samples of some of the pieces I had worked on up to that point.

Something else I have playing with is hand coloring on "Moenkopi Washi Unryu" paper. This is a very thin rice paper type of inkjet paper. I loved the look of the texture but wasn't exactly sure how I was going to work with it.

Since I am always on the lookout for a way to minimize or eliminate mats and frames entirely, I decided to try gluing the paper onto board then hand coloring it. Here are a few photos:

This is the black and white print before I did anything (the paper has a warm tone which doesn't come across too well in some of these shots)........

I used "Liquitex Pouring Medium" to glue the print onto a Ampersand Claybord panel........


I folded the paper over the edges to give the piece a more finished look......

Then using PanPastel Colors, I hand colored the print........


After spraying it with Lascaux Fixative, it's ready to hang.

If you visited my studio in the last couple of months, you may have seen me working on this piece or a couple of other ones I did. These will all be offered as part of the "Archive Sale" some of us are having next week. In addition to older images and a few "slightly damaged" pieces, my main contribution to this event will be my "experiments".

 If you are local, click here for more information about this private reception: Studio Visits (A few things will also be available on my website for those of you not able to attend......stay tuned.)