Who knew that a tiny painting could have such a magical effect on a child? The key to 'Turn Tears Into Smiles' was due to 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 this 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 the tears were salty, which is something that I do not usually work with. But just as the paper changes or the paintbrush changes, you adapt your technique, and make it work for you.
Creativty can really help you deal with pain. Of course it was a distraction for the children, but there’s also something about focusing on beautiful art. 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 and how to get a conversation started when they are feeling sad. I’ve learnt how to connect to them, and that is really important to me.