April 2014 Update

As I reported last month, I’ve taken part in Saffron Walden Open Studios this month which gave visitors an opportunity to hear about the project. New artist, Sue Bradley sent a lovely collection of paintings which will be featured in the next email newsletter.

There are now over 200 paintings available to buy on the website. Here are the current stats for the project:

RWB Stats
Apr-14 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 90.00 2383.75
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 60.00 1505.00
Gift Aid 22.50 788.75
Paintings completed 21 360
Paintings sold 6 156
Artists 27
FB Followers 313

I’m now actively looking for ways to spread the word about the project and find events where I can display all the available works. Clearly this has to be something that has no cost attached which limits our options.

To this end, if you’re signed up to our monthly newsletter you stand a chance to win a Running With Brushes painting of your choice in each of the next two months. The draw paintings have been sponsored so Care for Casualties will still benefit.

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Thanks to everyone who supported us this month.

March 2014 Update

I’m afraid I missed doing an update in February because I was away on a long business trip and life got a bit too hectic. But I’m back now and things are beginning to pick up.

However, we’ve had 8 new paintings in and now have 194 paintings available to buy on the website.

RWB Stats
Mar-14 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 112.50 2293.75
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 60.00 1505.00
Gift Aid 22.50 788.75
Paintings completed 8 339
Paintings sold 5 150
Donation 30 30
Artists 26
Website page visits 4100
FB Followers 308

We had a fantastic article in the Cambridge News in February: A lovely article online and a double page spread in the paper.

In April, I will be holding open studios on the last weekend and will display my RWB paintings to raise awareness of the project.

Thanks to everyone who supported us this month.

January Update

The post Christmas lull has taken it’s toll on our sales this month and we sold only 3 paintings.

However, we’ve had 19 new paintings in and now have 187 paintings available to buy on the website.

RWB Stats
Jan-14 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 45.00 2181.25
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 36.00 1505.00
Gift Aid 9.00 676.25
Paintings completed 19 331
Paintings sold 3 145
Artists 26
Website page visits 3547
FB Followers 283

Last week I was interviewed by the Cambridge News and I believe there will be a feature on us in the coming week.

December Update

We broke through the £2000 mark in December much to our delight. New paintings came in from current artists and we received a batch of paintings from our 26th artist.

RWB Stats
Dec-13 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 240.00 2136.25
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 192.00 1505.00
Gift Aid 48.00 631.25
Paintings completed 40 312
Paintings sold 17 142

December in Numbers:

There are currently 170 paintings to choose from on the site.

And:
3179 visitors to the website (November: 2570)
272 Facebook fans (November: 251)
26 artists from 7 countries

In our first 6 months we have achieved an amazing result, thanks to the support of all our artists and supporters. We’re looking forward to doing even more in the coming year.

Happy New Year from Running With Brushes,

November Update

November was slow to start but we’ve ended on a high with great support at our Mulled Wine and Mice Pies evening and the first day of the Christmas Fair. (We have high hopes for a good start to December tomorrow.

We sold 33 paintings in November which brings us really close to breaking the £2000 mark – only 7 more paintings to reach that goal.

Nov-13 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 573.75 1896.25
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 396.00 1505.00
Gift Aid 99.00 391.25
Paintings completed 37 272
Paintings sold 33 125

November in Numbers:

There are currently 147 paintings to choose from on the site.

And:
2570 visitors to the website (October: 1954)
251 Facebook fans (October: 159)
23 artists from 7 countries

Thanks to all for your support. In the run up to Christmas we’ll be blogging about one of our artists on each day of Advent. Hope you enjoy meeting them all.

October Update

A very quick update for October because work deadlines are chasing me:

Once again, we’ve had a month of growth. We sold 38 paintings in October: a fantastic number.

We had a Saturday in the restaurant at Beales to allow people to see the paintings, and I took part in a chat show on Radio Cambridgeshire.

Oct-13 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 573.75 1401.25
Made up as follows:
Sales proceeds 459.00 1109.00
Gift Aid 114.75 292.25
Paintings completed 57 235
Paintings sold 38 92

October in Numbers:

There are currently 143 paintings to choose from on the site.

And:
1954 visitors to the website (August: 507)
159 Facebook fans (August: 78)
22 artists from 7 countries

We’ll be holding a Mulled Wine and Mince Pies evening in November and taking part in a Christmas fair on the last weekend of the month. It would be absolutely amazing if we could reach the £2000 mark by the end of the year.

And just because we’re all about pictures, here’s one that recently sold:

Watercolour Painting. Poppy (IOA016). Artist Ingrid Ormestad
Poppy (IOA016). Artist Ingrid Ormestad

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September Update

Another amazing Running With Brushes month. Our sales were even better than the previous two months, and our artist community grew in leaps and bounds. If you are an artist who has sent us paintings, please bear with us if there’s a delay in getting them on the website. There have been times this month when I’ve been a tiny bit overrun by work. I’ve got a wonderful collection waiting to be posted up as I type. They will be on the website by the end of this week.

Jul-13 Aug-13 Sep-13 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 140.00 297.50 390.00 827.50
Paintings completed 26 45 107 178
Paintings sold 9 19 26 54

September in Numbers:

There are currently 124 paintings to choose from on the site. My how we’ve grown. That number was 44 when I posted at the end of August.  They can be viewed by artist, by subject and even by colour (using the tags on the right hand side).

And:
1290 visitors to the website (August: 507)
125 Facebook fans (August: 78)
20 artists from 7 countries
countries where paintings have been sent. (This one hasn’t changed – come on rest of the world! 🙂 )
Featured in six blogs

I had a wonderful meeting with the inspiring Care for Casualties co-ordinator Becca Maciejewska this month. It was really good to hear first hand about the work being done. We were really excited to have a couple of paintings going to RHQ this month too.

There have been some great stories about RWB paintings which I’ll blog during the coming weeks and we’ve got some ideas we’ll share as well.

Thank you for following and supporting Running With Brushes. It’s been a wonderful 3 months and I’m really looking forward to October’s paintings.

Hayley's painting all framed up.
Hayley’s painting all framed up

Hayley sent in this fabulous photo of her Running With Brushes all framed and ready to go on the wall in her dressing room. We think it looks amazing. If you’ve got an RWB original, and you’d like to share a photo, we’d love to put it on the blog.

August was a bumper month

For a second month out, August was amazing, awesome and utterly fantastic.

I have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the artists who have contacted me and sent paintings for the project. We’ve now had paintings contributed by 8 other artists with more in the pipeline. This project seemed like an enormously high mountain to climb when I started.  We’re fast approaching the foothills:

Jul-13 Aug-13 Total
Received by Care for Casualties 140.00 297.50 437.50
Paintings completed 26 45 71
Paintings sold 9 18 27

August in Numbers:

There are currently 44 paintings to choose from on the site with more being posted up daily. They can be viewed by artist, by subject and even by colour (using the tags on the right hand side).  We’re painting like crazy for Christmas – but if you want to grab one early, there’s plenty of choice.

And:
507 visitors to the website
78 Facebook fans 
5 nationalities of artists
4 countries where paintings have been sent.
3  features in three blogs

If you’re a blogger and you post something about Running With Brushes, please drop me a note with the link so I can share it on our website and FB page.

Watercolour painting. Fresh Flowers 2 (OQA2)
Fresh Flowers 2 (OQA2)

We’ve had a wonderful weekend with artist friend Olivia Quintin visiting from Vannes in France who painted up a storm for RWB while she was here. This bouquet of fresh flowers is one of her beauties. It will be going on sale in the next 24 hours.