I've been working on some pillow designs, incorporating vintage jewelry and handpainted images, I'm still playing around with the concept but I like the few I've created already.
This pillow I had at our last art show where my daughter Sophie was also selling her designs and several people asked if this was a portrait of Sophie. I sometimes sketch out what I want to do and other times I just pick up paintbrush and see what happens. In this image I didn't work off a sketch and I was not intentionally thinking about Sophie as the inspiration, then over the holidays we were looking at photos of my girls when they were little and sure enough there were several photos of Sophie at about age 2 or 3 dressed in ballerina tutus and ski hats! It's funny how things you see and experience can influence you and your artwork sometimes without you even realizing it.
This image is similar to a mermaid I saw on a vintage advertisement for, I believe, bath salts.