Category Archives: Ideas

Note taking from paper to Apple’s Notes

The Importance of Note Taking –

“Note taking is one of my favourite pastimes. I can’t tell you where I’d be if I hadn’t had a pen on hand to write down my ideas (or more importantly, other people’s) as soon as they came to me. Some of Virgin’s most successful companies have been born from random moments – if we hadn’t opened our notebooks, they would never have happened.”  – Richard Branson

To read Richard’s entire blog post –

From paper to Apple’s Notes.

Isn’t it fun when you learn that you and someone like Richard Branson have something in common?  From what I know about Mr. Branson, there is a lot to admire.  I appreciate his energy and how he has put ideas to use.  Most of all he seems to know how to have fun!

As an artist, paper and pencil have been part of my life from my earliest memory.  Drawing and feeling the textures of different papers from having crayons to #2 pencils in hand.  Spontaneously you are drawing concentric curvy lines or bringing to life something that just popped into your mind.  You are not limited by batteries or software.  You are not limited.

Piano lessons and playing were an important because it included use of hands and mind in my growth.  I started at 1 year of age.  The touch of fingers on the keys was the element of sound and expression unique to me.  Reminds me of the touch of putting words and pictures down on paper.

Journaling and note taking are an essential part of a successful business and creative life.  As an example, I can reconnect with Roger Ebert’s thoughts on film noir, or Werner Herzog’s thoughts on walking or Martin Venezky’s approach to talking about art, just by reading my own notes.  As Richard says, “No matter how big, small, simple or complex an idea is, get it in writing. But don’t just take notes for the sake of taking notes, go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals. If you don’t write your ideas down, they could leave your head before you even leave the room.”

Do you have a collection of pocket-sized pens and notebooks?  Moleskins?  Absolutely!  When you are limited to only a smartphone or an Apple device with Notes, there is no limit to your ideas once again.  While the note taking experience is not as tactile, it’s infinitely valuable.  And, you have the ability to search within your thoughts that are already in digital form.  Select them and turn them into actionable and measurable goals.

In the Spirit of Ideas.

Steel, Spire, Art, Dublin

The Spire of Dublin ©DianeHuntress 2013



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Art in Paris, France

Photographing art and being involved with public art add to my professional and personal life.  Challenging too.

Two big exhibitions in Paris spoke to us this month.  I made a connection between two pieces in which the artist created something new inspired by the architecture of the location.

First – “Dynamo” at the Grand Palais lead the viewer through graphic works of light and illusion in a dizzying collection.  In a quiet exterior colonnade is this – “Twenty-three discs than twelve hollowed halves and four quarters” by artist, Felice Varini.  It’s not a

‘photoshoped’ graphic, but an image of the architecture to which he has added orange acrylic paint on aluminum foil adhesive.  If you stand where I stood, you see this perspective.  To learn more about his work –

perspective, art, photography, Paris

Art installation by Felice Varini at Grand Palais, Paris.

Henrique Oliveira, who lives and works in Sao Paulo, created “Baitogogo” within the structure of Palais de Tokyo in Paris.  Another work that affects the viewers’ perception of space.  He utilizes materials such as tapumes, wood taken from fences surrounding construction sites.   His website –


Henrique Oliveira, art, installation

Baitogogo photo by Diane Huntress

This show, “Nouvelles Vagues” recently opened and will continue to September.  It is described as a large-scale event organized by 21 international young curators.

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Gesture Photography

Gesture + Color =  expression

Late afternoon sun creates shadow at Museum of Contemporary Art

Gesture in shadow ©Diane Huntress 2011

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Lights camera action!


Amy in action.

Always looking for an approach to show off my subjects and clients in the best light.  Amy was great to work with.

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