Illustrator Justyna Green has created a portrait series celebrating the small pleasures that became a big deal during the pandemic
From the loved ones who have helped us through and soul-soothing time in nature, to the rituals that have grounded us on dark days, there has been much to be grateful for amid the pandemic’s disorientating haze.
Illustrator Justyna Green has captured some of these in her 100 Days of Gratitude series, which featured in the recent London Design Festival (see gallery below for highlights).
“I wanted this project to put a smile on people’s faces, to ease their sorrows and create moments of grateful refection,” says Green.
She received ideas from people working in creative industries around the world – from London to LA and from Antwerp to Mumbai – and drew a portrait a day between 12 June and 21 September, which was World Gratitude Day.
People have offered thanks for everything from espresso pots and pets, to new hobbies, old and new family members and the great outdoors.
“Having awareness of, and celebrating, the things in our daily lives that we are grateful for serves as a welcome antidote to the negative bias offered by the mainstream news,” says Green. “Even in the toughest situations, there’s something to be grateful for.”
Illustrations by Justyna Green, available to buy here.