Developing an idea

So, mixed success with local craft fairs. What I need to do is to look ahead – September –  village. Fete so will need to do more drawings of the village. Christmas seasonal event demand – cards and wintry scenes possibly. A good range of reasons for more art productivity.

At present I have a watercolour gummed pad that I have started to use. Thicker, textured watercolour paper. It presents a good looking surface for Promarker pieces. The taking of local photos and doing a range of sketches now pay off as I have a range of source materials to work from. The main focus is local landscapes but including boats – sailing, diving, fishing, gig rowing – this can also link into PAW 2018 theme of “Movement”.

So I have produced eight pieces so far, I am sharing them through the Facebook and Twitter accounts specifically for AndyKnillArt and my personal Instagram account.

These are the current pieces:


Developed from my Pre SSRC Regatta gig pictures and local swimmers practising in the swimming area.


The view down to Corfe Castle and local walkers signs showing Poole Harbour.


A Purbeck winter sunset. The background was done first using background blender and then the trees were drawn as a second layer.


Pilot gigs are becoming a more frequent focus and boats generally involved in watersports locally are something I want to develop a wider portfolio of.


The Purbeck sections of the Jurassic coast and South West Coast Path provide a wide range of views to develop and different points to draw from as these two show. the first from Swyre Head, the second from below Houns Tout.



Gradually I need to travel further afield in Dorset and take in other scenes like this favourite looking back to Chesil Beach and Portland.


Swanage Bay and Ballard Down provide a great source of boating activity and many events to draw inspiration from and backdrops to a wide range of craft.

Any comments are welcome.