So, my art now has a space to be exhibited all the time. As I said in my previous post I moved items in on Monday March 5th. I bought a table, was given some chairs and added an easel of my own. Since then I have added my family coffee table from my parents’ house that has been part of my life for over 50 years. In helping clear items in the family home I also acquired a small suitcase from my maternal grandmother’s side of the family.
This post and subsequent ones will introduce you to the work in the bay. I will share the story behind pieces and prices. You can buy the items at the Purbeck Artisan Yard or email me and I can invoice you and post on items if interested. Obviously the longer term aim is to sell online through this site, my Etsy store and possibly my Facebook page too.
Month 1 – March 2018
The three photos show the initial layout of the bay from March 5th before the coffee table and suitcase were added.
Back wall – main exhibition wall
The back wall is what attracted me to the bay as it is lit from the window at the end of the bay and offers a ready hanging space with greater height than that available in other bays.
Top row (left to right)
1) Panorama Looking to the south of Swanage Bay
In 2017 I sold the original drawing for the Shore Road Beach Huts and based on a sketch in one of my sketchbooks was commissioned to produce a larger version as a commission. The land and buildings went well but the change in media – coloured pencils to Promarker did not work when it came to the water and the piece was unsold. I have kept the piece as a lesson to myself. Later when I had bought an A2 pad I redrew the scene and did the sea differently. The quantity of marker ink led to a wrinkling of the paper. I left the pad closed under a piece of furniture and forgot about it. In February I opened the pad to see the piece was now much flatter and mounted and framed it. It is not a direct replacement for the original commission but was a good exercise for me to redo.
This piece is available as a framed original only for £150. It is hand signed and no prints or cards are planned from it.
2) View from my beach hut
Drawn outside my beach hut during Artisans on the Beach 2017/18. This was drawn directly onto canvas and offered a chance to try a panoramic piece on location. It includes Ballard Down to the left of the picture and Swanage Pier with Peveril Point beyond to the right of the picture. I simplified elements of the picture which was drawn in Promarkers without the usual pen and ink scaffold I usually start with. I took this piece along with (3) to Swanage Primary School when looking at how an Artist’s interpretation and choices can vary the amount of detail in a piece. The children were very good at finding elements I had simplified or omitted.
This is a canvas original and is not framed. It is for sale for £150. No cards or prints are planned from this piece and it is hand signed.
3) World fatbike day 2017, Swanage
Again I was based in the beach hut and this piece was developed over two weeks whileI was at the beach. I5 was not drawn from life but the photographs taken by Charlie, local cycle shop owner of the event that he organised. I asked if he could send me the photo and I would try to do a piece based on it. Knowing that I usually avoided drawing people as my confidence is. Still limited this was a big challenge. I was sent the photograph as requested and saved it on my iPad to use as a reference picture. This piece took more planning and thought and a lot of pen and ink fineliner scaffolding. I worked on the piece outside the hut as much as possible and this drew a lot of interest from passers by and at one point by one of the cyclists who identified himself and whose wife pointed out I had made him slimmer.
Around the time this was going on I had reason to look to two charities linked to my family – Parkinsons UK and St Mungos and I decided that the sale of this piece would include a donation of 50% of the sale price split evenly between the two charities. However, my father passing away and the grief process and other factors meant that I lost the thread in trying to sell the piece and /or prints of it. I have not had prints made at this point but may still consider this. The original canvas is for sale for £200 with £50 going to each of the charities named.
4) Photocanvas of sunset through the trees looking south towards Houns Tout /Swyre Head, Kingston, Dorset. A photo set I took and used as a composite panorama for a photo canvas to use at home. This is a second copy of the canvas. This is the view from the home that I rent and shares how the silhouettes of the trees show the light changes as darkness falls in a place where there is no artificial light. This is for sale for £75.
In my next post I will explain the background to the mounted prints and original below the above pieces. Comments welcomed.