Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

So we all made it through another year. It was a good one for me, with lots of changes. I opened the door on a whole new life of possibilities. One where I own who I am and what I do, even if the path is unclear. I made new friends and mentors through retreats and workshops. I started this little blog of mine, that has opened my own doors wider. I am able to share my work, my life , and who I am with people close to me but far away, a well as build new relationships. Suddenly this space doesn't seem so little anymore. Next year hopes to bring more learning and working and travelling and loving life. A body of work to share with you all on Etsy, more photos and fun. Thank you all for the support and encouragement that has been given in large and small ways. I leave you with a few more recent Diana pics that I love and enjoyed taking. Take a look at my Flickr site for lots more. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Here is a little something I made for the Holidays, and it makes me happy just looking at it. The trout image is a Christmas gift for someone, shhh, don't tell! Oddly I like the pairing of santa and trout, they seem happy together. Some of these images have made their way into my journal on a holiday page spread, which I will share that as it evolves. I hope you
all have a wonderful holiday and are able to spend it with family and friends. See you in the new year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Goals & Gratitude

These are journal pages that I did in Traci Bunker's workshop, Love and Fear, at Journalfest. I started these pages there, and worked on them more later on. They are completed for now, but I wouldn't be surprised if I work back into them some more. We had to make a list of goals and resolutions, then use our biggest one to make a journal page triptych as though this dream is real. As though I am living it right now. My pages are about a dream I have had my whole life, but which has becoming closer into focus as of late. I have always been an artist, so to speak, but it's only recently that I am making it my priority. Figuring out what I do, how I do it, and what that means to me. So the pages are full of words and images to support this dream of mine, down to the turn of the century building in a quaint, funky old town that I hope to live and work in one day.

The green page is a gratitude list made in class that folds over the artist spread. By this time, the work was flowing, and this page was made in a whirlwind. I love what it means to me and how it turned out. Even more surprising is how happy it is next to the other pages. They are different, but connected somehow.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

365 Days of Diana

So, I have embarked on a new journey. I have challenged myself to take one photo a day for a year. Sounds simple enough, right? My camera of choice is my Diana+ or Diana mini, which means using real film. Remember real film? Do kids even know what it is, or how to load a camera anymore? Doubtful. So that means between the two cameras, lots of options. Color, B&W, 35 mm, 120 film, lenses, double exposures, single exposures, square format, half frames, etc. Which is exactly why I am on this mission. To see my life in film, learn what can be done with these toy cameras of mine, and to get back to tactility. Tangibility. Pictures to touch, not files to manage. So far it's been a good time. Two months in, only ten to go. Wish me luck and enjoy the ride.

I will be posing my favorite images here from time to time, but check out my Flickr page for the whole enchilada.