I love flowers; I have painted flowers since I was a teenager. I continue to paint and draw flowers. So, I went back to photographs that I had taken last spring and pulled one out that would work with the warp that I have on my Macomber. I took the photograph, worked with it a bit in Photoshop, and here it is:
For whatever reason, I don't like weaving from a photograph. I prefer to redraw the piece and color it myself. I want it to have a more impressionistic look rather than a more photorealistic look. The piece shown below is an 8x8" drawing that I drew and colored with these fabulous Japanese art markers. I then uploaded it into the computer.
Next, using a program called tiler recommended to me by another weaver, I printed out the piece on 6 sheets of paper from my computer. I taped them together, and now I have a full-size cartoon of my hand drawn and colored piece.
I have started to gather my yarns and make my butterflies, but will need more time to get all of them together. I look forward to starting this piece, which should be approximately 20x20" when complete.