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Paul Taggart paints Winning Views Around Dornoch

Paul Taggart paints Winning Views Around Dornoch
On Thursday July 23rd, Artist & Author Paul Taggart, will be out and about in Dornoch, Northern Highlands of Scotland, producing a winning watercolour painting, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Paul will be hard at work at his easel from 9 o’clock in the morning, until 4.30 in the afternoon, moving from place to place, as he captures at least five different views in one large montage.

The first image to be painted will be Dornoch Cathedral. After an hour Paul will pack up his paints, sling his easel on to his back and move on to the next view, the choice of which will be weather dependent. Details of where he is throughout the day will be posted on the notice-board in John Grant & Sons and in the bar of the Dornoch Castle Hotel, as Paul moves around.

“As you can imagine, I was delighted when Barbara Morrison, Chairman of the Dornoch branch of Macmillan Cancer Support and her fellow committee members added this event to their schedule of fund-raisers for 2009”, says Paul.

“Even more so when they wondered if my day’s painting could be rounded off with an Afternoon Tea at the Dornoch Castle Hotel, where my two fund-raising prints are on permanent display. So it was pleasing for all concerned that Colin and Ros Thompson readily agreed to join in with our fund-raising efforts on the day.”

Paul aims to end up in the gardens of the Dornoch Castle Hotel to start work on the final image at 3.30, where Afternoon Tea is available for anyone who would like to watch him as he paints, or for that matter, have a natter while he wields his brushes.

4.30 is the deadline for finishing the painting, popping it into a frame and taking it over to John Grant & Sons where the raffle draw is to take place at 5pm and the winner gets to take the painting home.

Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day wherever Paul has pitched his easel, accompanied by one of the Macmillan Cancer Support Dornoch branch committee members; as well as in John Grant & Sons and the Dornoch Castle Hotel.

“People are always fascinated by watching an artist at his easel and as always, it will give me the greatest pleasure to share my passion for painting and I will be delighted to answer occasional questions.

When completed, the painting will be mounted and framed and could be won by anyone wishing to purchase raffle tickets – the entire proceeds from which will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Barbara & Sandy Morrison have very kindly supported my two fund-raising prints of Dornoch, ‘Lone Piper’ and ‘Christmas Bells, which have already realised over £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Additionally, members of the Dornoch branch committee, chaired by Barbara Morrison, have always worked their socks off selling sackfuls of raffle tickets resulting in large amounts of monies raised.

Once again, everyone is very generously backing this event for a cause that is so well supported by the community at large.“

‘Lone Piper’ and ‘Christmas Bells’ have proved very popular as commemorative gifts, for special occasions such as significant birthdays and wedding anniversaries, with well over £6,000 raised so far through sales of the prints alone, in support of the Dornoch branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Although framed copies of each of the two prints will be available on the day, full details of the ‘Lone Piper’ and ‘Christmas Bells’ fund-raising prints can always be found at John Grant & Sons and the Dornoch Castle Hotel, where they are currently on display.

Limited to only one hundred copies, each print is numbered and signed by Paul Taggart and comes mounted and framed at a cost of £265, with £80 from each print sale going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Every print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and can be ordered through this website.

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Final preparations for Afternoon Tea at the Dornoch Castle Hotel on July 23rd with [from left] Ros Thompson (Dornoch Castle Hotel), Barbara Morrison (Chairman of Dornoch branch of Macmillan Cancer Support), Artist & Author Paul Taggart, Colin Thompson (Dornoch Castle Hotel) with Paul Taggart’s fund-raising limited edition print “Christmas Bells”.