I’m finally back to SILK PAINTING! I haven’t painted a scarf in MONTHS! Dave and I have been married a little over a month and spent a huge bulk of our time looking for a place to move in Nashville. We finally found a fab house in East Nashville that we’ll be moving to September 14th! BUT I have Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago the weekend before we move! AH!!! I’ve been scrambling to get my inventory back up and make new work. AND I’ve had a lot of freelance work coming in that I just didn’t want to turn down. I’ve packed three boxes to move. Makes sense that I’m still worn out.
I switched to professional dyes when I bought my silk steamer. I was using silk paints that mimicked dyes. I thought the dyes would be the same as the paints, but they are VERY different. It is a completely new medium that I’ve been having to learn. It takes a lot of control and lot of thought. I’m not sure if I can make the same sort of designs that I was doing before, because it’s so different. It is like from painting with acrylics then switching to watercolor. I have only shown Dave the scarves I’ve done over the past few weeks, because I frankly have not liked them. I have been SO discouraged. Not good, y’all. Just not good.
Today I had a breakthrough that I wanted to show you. I realize this might not be the best scarf you’ve ever seen. BUT it’s a new exploration. It’s a new start. It’s a new direction. And it’s WAY better than the previous ones I’ve painted with the dyes. I am encouraged for the first time since I started painting with the French dyes.
Would LOVE to know your thoughts!