2017 RAW Event

I took part in this year’s RAW art event in which creative individuals are given an opportunity to display and sell their work. At my stall I had all my prints, cards and a folder displaying commissioned work, sketches, research and other unsold pieces. The event took place in April of this year and was a vibrant taste of bigger events to come.

More photos of the event are up on my Facebook page @Facebook.com/Chloeduffinillustration

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Lovely Things

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Here’s something new! A new weekly blog post called Lovely Things sharing 4 inspirational images and accounts I find on instagram or pinterest or wherever else in the big wide world of the internet.

I will predominantly be sharing images around illustration and have a theme between all four images, but I will also do something different now and then, all of which though will be based around my interests. This could include mindfulness, nature, positivity, travel, yoga, etc.

First up I’ve chosen four images from four completely different illustrators who I find create some really amazing stuff. This first collection is called ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and were all sourced from instagram accounts. Go check them out!

1.     @bethanjanine

2.     @michelle_morin

3.     @littlesisterco

4.     @grace.owen.art

Such beautiful artworks…

Happy Friday!

Wellbeing and Mindfulness

Life gets difficult and life can sometimes be a struggle. In order to cope with daily living, life events or difficulties I found my own way of managing my emotions and accepting the things that happen to me. It's become a bit of a trend of late in society and the book publishing industry but mindfulness is one technique that I've found, even if not practiced regularly (though this is where the true benefits are revealed), can help you achieve some peace in your life. Art for me is also something I can do that brings me some peace and serenity and this is something mindfulness teachers encourage everyone to try due to its meditative methods.

Through my art I try to express my understanding of mindfulness and what it means to be at peace or at least have a little bit of it. I've created a few pieces that express this and I use illustrations of nature alongside positive words to help people to be mindful and appreciate the beauty of life. We all get busy and stressed but it's important to remember the need to slow down and to also know how to do it. I hope my illustrations help people remember to do just that.

Some fantastic books on this kind of thing are from well known author and Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. His Peace of Mind book is just beautiful.

Remember to be grateful of where you are in life and what you already have, be patient for what you want in your life and be present through it all, as there's not other moment in time but the now. These words have really helped me when dealing with difficult situations in life or disliking a circumstance I'm in. It helps to remember how lucky we are in the grand scheme of things.

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Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to my very first website and blog conjoined into one so that I can showcase my work and express my current interests and motivations in life. On here I will be posting sketchbook pages, work in progress shots, posts on general life as an illustrator, thoughts and inspirations. 

As I'm a part time teacher as well as a part time freelance illustrator, I've time over the summer holidays to reflect, relax, rejuvenate and feel refreshed. I've picked up some new skills through exploration with my art, I've started taking an online art course in the Foundations of Design, and I've had time to really get on top of putting together everything that forms an illustration business. I'm not quite there yet, but it's happening swiftly and efficiently. For now it's hard work and commitment and I'll get there before I know it!

Peace and Love