Who knew that a tiny painting could have such a magical effect on a child? Central to ‘Turn tears into smiles’ was the beautiful art of a very special artist.
We were lucky enough to have hugely talented miniature painter Lorraine as our ‘artist in residence’ for the campaign. She took the stories of our four children and turned them into exquisite little pictures as the children watched…
One of the challenges was that tears are salty and water, which I usually work with, is not. But just as the paper changes or the paintbrush changes, you adapt your technique. To allow for that change, and make it work for you.
Creativity really can help you deal with pain. Of course it was a distraction for the children, but there’s also something about focusing on something beautiful. Watching something being created...it takes your mind away from thinking about yourself. It was the process itself that healed the children.
It has been such an incredible experience! I have learnt so much. About children. About how to get a conversation started when they’re feeling sad. I’ve learnt about how to connect to them, and that’s really important to me.