Emma Howell

It’ll Be Alright: Original Drawings For Hope and Wellbeing

Emma Howell
17 May, 2020


47 Days into UK Coronavirus Lockdown

It’ll Be Alright is an ongoing collection of pastel drawings that first took shape in response to COVID lockdown. One seemingly tedious (but sunny) afternoon, I planted myself in the garden with a stack of freshly torn paper and a gigantic box of soft pastels. Little did I know, an extensive collection of bright pastel works would unfold within a few hours.

Spontaneous, enthusiastic and assertive marks in varying bright hues evolved into confident mental landscapes. As I stared at the first 8 works basking in the sun on the patio, my previously numb mental status evolved into some sort of state of nostalgia, calmness and wellbeing. These pieces felt comforting and hopeful.

This Collection Has Two Creators

During this lockdown, our house has seemingly turned upside down and inside out. Mountains of paper cover the table surfaces, invoices for pending orders envelop a wall in the dining room, pastel and paint have stained the patio and kitchen floor, cardboard boxes have somehow reproduced..

And for a long time I’d moan at Jon for having too many tools, bicycles and man toys in the house. The hypocrisy is now worryingly evident.

He’s had to put up wth a lot of mess, mood, anxiety and imposter syndrome from me over the last few weeks of lockdown, so I wanted to involve him in this collection. He has been given the role of naming each of the artworks.

Despite the collection’s romantic and joyful ideology and aesthetic, it certainly comes with a challenge for me. Having Jon name the pieces is forcing me to let go of some control and take a step back from the obsessive and meticulous process I usually have with my work.

Quickest Selling Collection Yet

Thank you to all of you who have collected pieces, so far. Since the release date on 08/05/20, 22 pieces have sold – and I can’t wait to see where the others will end up.

I hope that each piece will bring you hope, evoke feelings of calmness and motivate you to keep your chin up under these current circumstances. It’ll be alright.

Oh, and the collection will continue. Stay tuned.

Blueish Bracken Tide Emma Howell
Blueish Bracken Tide, 2020
Soft pastel on paper (framed), £380.
Pseudo-Gully Emma Howell
Pseudo-Gully, 2020
Soft pastel on paper (framed), £380.
Sunny Day Wiseman Emma Howell drawing
Sunny Day Wiseman, 2020
Soft pastel on paper (framed), £380.
Blossom Party Under The Alpine Emma Howell Drawing
Blossom Party Under The Alpine, 2020
Soft pastel on paper (framed), £380.
OS---Sprites-Of-Marsh-(Dice-On-A-Pig)
Sprites Of Marsh (Dice On A Pig), 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
emma howell pastel artwork
Dawn Of Effort, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
Sushi Shoreline
Sushi Shoreline, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
Bangles And Heatwaves
Bangles And Heatwaves, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
Rosé Bloom
Rosé Bloom, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Topographical-Tangerine
Topographical Tangerine, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Smiling-Through-Trees
🔴Smiling Through Trees, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Cotton-cano
Cotton-cano, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Bourbon-Bonfire
Bourbon Bonfire, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Built-By-Calm-Hands
🔴Built By Calm Hands, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Eye-Of-Sauron
Eye Of Sauron, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Botanical-Masterclass
🔴Botanical Masterclass, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Hella-Fusion
🔴Hella Fusion, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Parrot-Cake-World
🔴Parrot Cake World, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---The-Thought-
The Thought, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Juicy-Juice-Gump
Juicy Juice Gump, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Molten-Fire
Molten Fire, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Fluff
🔴Fluff, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Flava-Fire
🔴Flava Fire, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---The-Butterflies-Are-Abseiling
🔴The Butterflies Are Abseiling, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Stegosaurus-Nights
🔴Stegosaurus Nights, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Pasteline-Porcupine
🔴Pasteline Porcupine, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Overflow
Overflow, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Night-Crawler
Night Crawler, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Mango-Loco
🔴Mango Loco, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Hurry-Down
🔴Hurry Down, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Chancey
🔴Chancey, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Undulate
🔴Undulate, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Sublime-Breeze
🔴Sublime Breeze, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Pantheon
🔴Pantheon, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Frame-The-Rain
🔴Frame The Rain, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---For-The-Shire
🔴For The Shire, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Ever-Climb
🔴Ever Climb, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Chaoss
Chaoss, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
OS---Burning
🔴Burning, 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
Pressure emma howell artwork
🔴Pressure , 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.
emma howell pastel art
🔴Where Are The Paragliders? , 2020
Soft pastel on paper, £47.

You can read more about the collection and collect pieces here.