The forecast was sunshine all day so careful sitting in the shade would be needed to avoid getting too much sun. I started the studio day drawing the view from our drive towards the field that lies in front of us, this will hopefully develop into an A3 pen and ink piece. I drew for an hour, heard walkers passing but stayed on task and no one came in to visit.
I then made a drink and sat in the shade and read. There were some a.m. walker visitors including a request to put the framed print of “Year 3 trip, Swanage Primary” aside, it was collected later in the day. One of my drystone wall originals sold. My landlord dropped by on a very nice motorbike, he bought some cards and reserved a piece I am working on. He saw the progress in my work from PAW17 when he had previously visited.
Around lunchtime, well when I finally tried to have some lunch we had quite a rush after which there was a lull. By the end of the afternoon a number of people had drawn art cards and bought lots of cards.
Maisie, a local friend brought her daughter up who is also interested in the use of art for mindfulness, we chatted about my work and ethos and how people could be encouraged to use art as a distraction.
By the end of the afternoon there had been 43 visitors giving me a total for the first half of PAW of 288 visitors which breaks the record of 276 visitors last year and still with eight days to go.
The aspect that was clearly key to me from today is that I love to welcome visitors and explain the background story to how my art began and is developing. I like it when they take the time to stop and draw a while and as two young gentlemen showed this afternoon, become completely absorbed while drawing.
If people like my art and want to buy some it is an honour for me. I am not going to chase sales, produce items because people want them, my art is for fun and as a therapy for me. I like to share that approach with others and have had some very positive feedback in this regard this first half of PAW.
In the second half of PAW, there is no visitor target, sales target… just to enjoy the company of my visitors and friends who come up and to keep creating new art.
If this matches your philosophy please drop by.