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Second Fund-Raising Print in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Second Fund-Raising Print in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Christmas Bells – view of Dornoch specifically painted by Paul Taggart for Macmillan Cancer Support

Although I had been unable to commit as much time to my easel as planned for 2008, this was one of the two paintings I was absolutely determined to complete - come what may. In 2007 I made a pledge to Barbara Morrison, Chairman of the Dornoch branch of Macmillan Cancer Support - to produce a companion to ‘Lone Piper’, for their continuous fund-raising efforts on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. However the subject matter needed careful consideration and, as in most cases these days, it came as a gift.

Christmas morning 2006; we had stayed with friends the night before and all four of us emerged from their front door to the view of Dornoch cloaked in a beautiful crisp shimmering frost. The sun-kissed cathedral glowing against the rainbow colours of the cloudless sky. We continued round to the dunes for a walk through a landscape that crackled underfoot and glistened as the sun’s rays glinted off the sugar-icing frosting that drenched absolutely everything in sight.

Which is how “Christmas Bells” came to be – a view from the doorstep of the Old Police Station in Dornoch looking up towards where the “Lone Piper” plays in the companion painting - two views from opposite directions.

Once again, the entire edition of 100 prints is dedicated to raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and £80 is passed over to the Dornoch branch from every print sold.

To date over £6,000 has been handed over from the sales of this print and its companion “Lone Piper”.

Each print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Paul Taggart.