Running With Brushes is a challenge started in 2015 to paint and sell 1000 small watercolour images to raise funds for Care for Casualties – the appeal set up to provide support for members of the rifles regiments and their families, who have been found to be in need as a result of the regiment’s prolonged involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
61 artists chose to get involved with this initiative and together we have painted and donated over 1000 paintings to the project. I am enormously grateful to every one of them for their contribution and enthusiasm. Now we need to sell them all and you can help.
Care for Casualties
The Care for Casualties Appeal is ring-fenced within The Rifles Regimental Trust specifically to care for those regimental families affected by the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. This includes direct and indirect support and grants to help individuals, on recuperation breaks, funeral support and casualty packs. Read the Rifles Regiment website to find out more about the charity, the families it supports and the work it does.
What goes to Care for Casualties?
Care for Casualties will receive £15 for every painting sold (including Gift Aid). The balance of the total paid goes to cover the costs of mounting, packaging, postage and Paypal fees and taxes. The proceeds for each month’s sales on the website are transferred to the charity via JustGiving.
Vandy Massey is the instigator: the artist who is running with brushes
Marc Massey is the person who does all the mounting and packaging of paintings.
Lori Bentley is our marketing boffin and general supporter (as well as being a contributing artist)
And then there are all our wonderful Contributing artists
How You can Help
This is an ‘every little bit helps’ project. It’s a mountain being climbed one small step (painting) at a time, so no matter how small, every person supporting it makes a difference.
If you’d like to help you could consider:
– Buying a painting.
View available paintings by artist or by tag using the links in the right hand navigation bar. Every one is an original so when it’s gone, it’s gone.
We will mail paintings anywhere in the world, but please be aware that we use standard mail when sending paintings outside of the UK. If you are outside the UK and want a painting sent tracked or insured, please let me know as there may be an additional charge.
– Spread the word to help us sell work. 1000 is a big number so we need many clicks to be able to reach our goal for the charity. Please pass on our web address, Like our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram (Shares and Likes gratefully accepted as often as possible)
– Feedback. Comments and feedback are not only welcome, they are actively encouraged! I suspect I’ll need encouragement and motivation from time to time during this journey.
We’re half way there. The paintings are done. Now all we have to do is sell them all. You can help.