Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that 2014 is a few hours away from being over!

Before it ends, I want to thank all of you and wish you an amazing New Year!

I have created a printable, 8.5" x 11" 2015 calendar that I would like to share with you.

Click here to download it: 2015 Calendar

There were many highlights during 2014, but one of them was certainly the chance I got to photograph this rose garden in the fog.

I will probably have a few more reflections on the past year and some thoughts about the new one to share soon, but for now, I send warm wishes for peace and health in 2015!

Thank you!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Wishes

With sweet anticipation, I await the arrival of my children this weekend and have decided to slow down my pace and take the rest of the year off from the blog.

I would like to take this time to send wishes for a holiday filled with hope, wonder, and joy, and I look forward to celebrating the new year with all of you!

With gratitude,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


On Saturday December 6th, the global event Help-Portrait, was held, and ARTHOUSE was proud to be one of the locations.

This is a description of the event as found on their website: "Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need".

Talented photographers donated their time to photograph families, couples, single people and even pets. After that, prints were made, framed and given away completely free to folks that in most cases would not have the resources to afford a professional portrait. 

I was in charge of the printing. I had two small Epson XP610 printers, tons of donated ink and glossy photo paper in my studio.  The photographers would come in with their subjects, and after selecting their favorite image, would hand me the memory card, which I inserted into the printer. After checking the crop, I would hit "print" and wait for the photograph to appear. These are slow printers, but I was amazed at the quality. Something that struck me was these photographers are so good that the images came directly out of their cameras with no post processing at all and looked fantastic! (A lesson to be learned here I am sure!)

I arrived at my studio at 8:30 Saturday morning and didn't leave until 7:30 that evening. I was exhausted but so happy to have been part of this event and the community that was created around it.

One of the photographers in action...

My studio....

I wish I had more photos to share, but that shows you how busy I was.

You can see more here on our Facebook page: Help-Portrait at ARTHOUSE on R  Click on each image to get to the next one.

I am already planning to help out next year.......

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! I know I did!

While driving to Southern California last week, I stopped quite a few times to photograph (surprise!) and began posting to Instagram with the hashtag "roadtrip". I had fun documenting and sharing my little adventure. What follows are a few of the iPhone shots from the trip. I also used my "big girl camera", but haven't had time to look through those images yet. 

I also have a special announcement at the end of this post, so be sure to keep reading!

I decided to break up the drive going down there by stopping for the night at Avila Beach. It was 72 degrees when I arrived. The beach, as I have shared before, is one of my "happy places"... which you can sort of tell by this rare (for me) "selfie" I took.

The sun began to set shortly after I arrived.

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I woke up early and ventured out before coffee(!) to capture the magic light of the morning.

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On my way down Highway 101 later that day, I took a few detours in the Los Olivos wine country, near Santa Barbara.

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I arrived at my brother's house Wednesday evening, where the preparations for the Thanksgiving meal were well underway.

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One of my favorite places to photograph whenever I visit my brother is Descanso Gardens.

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Eager to get home on Saturday, I took the faster, but less interesting, Highway 99 north. This was taken at a rest stop in Turlock.

©2014 Dianne Poinski

It was really nice to get away, but I was also happy to come home. 

Spending hours behind the wheel gives you plenty of time to think, which can be good or bad, depending on the day. Thoughts about my work and the direction I am heading, filled up a lot of that time...which brings me to the "special announcement" I promised.

As most of you know, I am not hand coloring my prints all that much these days. The work I am doing in encaustics is more than satisfying that need to create original art from my photographs. So much so that I am feeling the urge to make room (physically and mentally) in order to fully pursue my latest obsession.

To help do that, I have decided to offer some very deep discounts on the few remaining original hand colored photographs I have on my website. This includes a couple of original silver gelatin prints hand colored with Marshall oils, along with more recent pigment prints that I hand colored with pastels. 

My email list will not find out about this offer for a few more days, so if you are interested, you should check out my website and see what is still available. Unless I am commissioned to do so, these images will probably never be available as an original hand colored piece again. I am also pretty sure my darkroom days are over, so the silver gelatin prints will not be replaced at all.

Click here to see what is available: Hand Colored Originals

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

Think of this as my version of "Cyber Monday"..............