Paola Pillows Over Time

I got married the first time, way too young. Which caused me to settle early in a very narrow geography. As a consequence although I’ve lived all my life on the east coast, I still find myself drawn to varied and far away places.

late fall

                                 A late fall day in the life of a morning glory

My advice if you haven’t fully landed; keep on moving, until you find what you love, or who you love. And then… be open to options that emerge. You might move a few times. Have fun and structure your life so you get where you’re meant to be rather then somewhere by default.

In the meantime. Consider developing a core collection of things you can take with you that you love. Make them your home. When you settle,  organize those things around you and the new space will feel like home. Paola Pillows can help you create that home.

Today, I worked again on my Etsy application for our new online store.

I always manage to feather in some new artwork. In the case of the sunflower, I wanted to demonstrate our process, from photo to final pillow without a lot of writing. When I designed this pillow, late fallI spent hours drawing in the seeds and defining the petals and lighting. Not every pillow gets so much time spent on it. Perhaps I wanted a different picture then the one I shot. I’m not a terribly critical shooter because I take tend to discover where I’m going as I shoot. I take many photos and work into them from there. Always have. Post production brings clarity -as in a painting.

Counting down from the top- this photo began with a high contrast sunflower. Gradually, I drew in the seeds. For me, each pillow has also to create interest in how it meets itself at the seams -the image wraps itself around the pillow. It’s a throw pillow, silly! Drawing one in from every side.

Queen & David Bowie. A  counter cultural icon, Freddie Mercury, performs “Under Pressure.” A golden oldie circa 1999.

 

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