Emily Powell and Sarah Moore, sisters and the author team behind Start Painting Now, were invited to decorate the doors at Great Ormond Street Hospital, filling them with a riot of flowers, bees and Emily’s signature big cats.
Emily said: “Parents and children visiting the hospital can feel anxious about going through those doors and it is amazing if art can help make that experience easier. I painted a lot of flying animals (including tigers) with a colour selection that is calm but vibrant, as well as some affirming words.”
Copies of Start Painting Now were kindly donated by Bluebird publishing imprint and were given to the staff. Emily said: “We made sure to include the staff in our plans for this, as working there every day can also be stressful. Making work that hits for children, parents and staff was a challenge, but I’m confident that my design achieves this.”
Start Painting Now is published on Thursday 23rd June 2022, and you can pre-order a signed copy, including limited edition bookmark made from original artworks by Emily Powell, now.