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A Painted Journey Around the Coast of Britain

June 25, 2013

I follow artist Ian Rawnsley on Twitter and this is how I came across his idea to paint 100 paintings – The Wee Ones! – for one purpose – to raise £1500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The statistics is horrifying, as according to Macmillan Cancer Support “one in three of us will get cancer” and they are right in saying that “it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face”. I’ve seen families fighting this disease, I’ve seen families loosing this fight… It’s not easy, so there’s no doubt that “if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way” and Macmillan Cancer Support “provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care”.

Macmillan helps, but so can we – lets get back to Ian’s idea:

“The project is dedicated to the loss of a friend who fought cancer for many years.
The journey is as much a journey of the imagination and spirit, as one of geography.
The 100 pieces depict the coast of Britain in its many guises, wild and stormy, the
misty mornings, the still moonlit seas. I wanted to capture many of the hidden faces
of the coast rather than the picture postcard image of this diverse isle.”

You can still become a proud owner of a Wee One – please click here to buy them direct from the artist. Each work is available at the cost of £50 with a donation of £15 per piece going to Macmillan.

Here are some of the ones I liked – they are still available:

Jurassic Coast -Dorset, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 041 for sale)

Jurassic Coast -Dorset, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 041 for sale)

Druridge Bay - Northumbrian, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 082 for sale)

Druridge Bay – Northumbrian, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 082 for sale)

Aldeburgh-Suffolk, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 006 for sale)

Aldeburgh-Suffolk, Ian Rawnsley (Ref 006 for sale)

Each one is painted in oil on a small 6 x 6 inch canvas board. The wee one will be supplied unframed. Framing and delivery can be arranged if necessary at cost price.

Should you have any questions contact Ian: ranwsleyart@gmail.com

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2013 6:58 am

    Lovely work, so thanks for pointing Ian out. Will be following him and you on twitter now.

    • June 25, 2013 7:22 pm

      Hello, Sue. I do agree that Ian’s paintings are lovely – did you have a look at the whole lot? He’s painted 100 and all of them have their own, unique character. I hope he reaches his goal.

      P.S. I followed you back.

  2. August 6, 2013 11:34 pm

    thanks for the lovely artwork-I am from the south coast of England and it made me homesick

    • August 7, 2013 10:04 am

      Ian’s artwork is wonderful. He has painted 100 little paintings and none of them are the same. I love the fact that people can recognize familiar places/beaches, no wonder seeing South Coast made you homesick… K.

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