I have been experimenting with different textures and natural patterns which can be used as backgrounds for my designs. This one was quite a surprise. The biggest problem I have in taking flower photographs is the wind, so I often grap the flower by the stem with one hand and take the photo with the other. When I work with the photos in Photoshop, I blow it up so that I can see the fine detail. I noticed that sometimes, the back of my hand made an iteresting pattern enhanced by my dry skin. So I took a 1" square from a picture of my hand and blew it up. I then duplicted and rotated until I got the pattern you see here.
I find that the artistic process is a series of surprises, but this tops them. To find such beauty embedded in the skin is amazing to me. When I saw this image, I just stared in reverence. It will inspire me to be even more observant of the beauty that surrounds us.