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100 Days of Pillows (42-48)

After the Thanksgiving break I started up again with Christmas designs. It’s funny, working with holiday motifs isn’t something I can force myself to do (I’ve tried). But when the mood hits, it stays awhile. Whimsical reindeer silhouettes using the same pink in the poinsettia pattern from Day 40. The tiny houses from Day 31, […]

100 Days of Pillows (27-31)

Well, there was no planned theme this week as I thought I might have. Coming up with a theme I’m willing to commit to for a week is challenging! In many ways I like being able to draw whatever subject I feel like drawing for the day. On the flip side that leaves too many […]

100 Days of Pillows (22-26)

Since last week I unintentionally designed mostly geometric patterns, I decided at the beginning of this week to intentionally set a theme. I chose a floral one, thinking it would be a good exercise to determine if I really enjoy making floral prints. The conclusion? I enjoy it. I wouldn’t want to make only floral […]

100 Days of Pillows (17-21)

This week I leaned toward modern prints. It wasn’t something I set out to do beforehand, but a session in my sketchbook last weekend resulted in a lot of the geometric and modern motifs you see in these patterns. The fun part is always arranging, coloring (and re-coloring) and seeing how the final design differs […]

100 Days of Pillows (12-16)

This week of the 100 Days of Pillows project felt a little more challenging than the last, but I finished with 3 more designs I’m happy with and 2 that I absolutely love. Lesson learned: I favor patterns that have breathing space. But if they are fairly busy, including neutrals is required to give the […]

100 Days of Pillows (7-11)

11% complete with the 100 Days of Pillows project! It’s fun to see how, in most cases, one design naturally leads to the next. Colors used one day get repeated the next, or a floral print results in another floral print, or dots on one design lead to dots on the next. The concept for […]

100 Days of Pillows (2-6)

The first full week of pillow designs is complete! I confess that on some days I had no idea what I was going to make. But I only had to remember that simply sitting down and putting pencil to paper stirs creative ideas until eventually something comes out. I’m quite happy with the progress made […]

100 Days of Pillows

Recently I’ve had a shift in the way I approach my artwork, that began when I started envisioning my artwork on home decor. The question that now frequently comes to mind is: “Would I put this design in my own home?”. It’s surprising how much the answer to that question can change the outcome of […]