Wading through the mountains of paper on my desk the other day, I noticed that many of them were covered with doodles all along the margins. I just can't talk on the phone without defacing the nearest piece of paper. My scribbles all had one thing in common - the shapes were always swirls and scrolls, starting with a small one and growing branches like the weeds in my garden. Looking at my absent-minded designs, I thought some of them were quite beautiful and would make great scarf designs.
Many times, I find that my best work results from when I think the least. Being a trained scientist and a naturally analytical person, I tend to over-think everything and the old overworked brain gets in the way, holding me back.
Now, my silk scarf stretched and my brushes loaded with dye, I tried to shut my brain off and imagine I was just doodling on a piece of paper, not thinking too much about the outcome. I just used two colors - black and red, and got some nice dark reds and light greys where colors mixed or I added water. I'm quite pleased with the result... I may do some more of these. This one reminds me of swirling and swooshing breezes, hence it's title.
That Warm Wind is painted on silk satin, which is one the most wonderful surfaces to paint on. It really sucks the dyes up and makes them look very rich, and all is enhanced by the shine of the satin. It's available in my Artfire store.
What about you - do you find that sometimes you are more creative when you're not really thinking about it?