So the final day prompt is risk. I drew pictures of three activities I do which have an element of risk in them:
– Lino cutting, with the risk to cutting fingers
– sailing and the swinging boom which I have shown conclusively in my first two years seems very attracted to my head – hence use of a sailing helmet this year which has meant less bruising to my pride
– sea kayaking and the issue of which conditions I go out in or don’t. Also having had training to allow self rescue and if in a group being able to help others if they capsize
So, Inktober 2021 is complete. I drew every day of the month, I used 29/31 of the official prompts – see days 12 and 13 for my alternatives. I discussed the idea of Inktober with different visitors to the shop, some of whom took it up for the first time.
As we go into November tomorrow the shop front window has lost the Trick or Treat sign and the Inktober list, a replacement will be about Art for Fun and continue the noticeboard on the tree trunk design. I will also be removing the two pumpkins from the autumn theme and probably add some additional leaves. Malcolm’s bird will stay on the branch. When we go into December the display will become a winter / C…….s scene but not until we pass Anne’s birthday on St Andrew’s day.
Well, ‘AndyKnillArt Studio’ is two months old. It has been even more successful making the transition of moving locations than I could have hoped for. Occasionally the comment is made about me moving, but people are definitely finding me easily enough. I am much more relaxed about the shop, with my own set up that changes depend on if the art for fun is based inside or out.
The ‘Art for fun’ numbers are simply mind blowing at 172 people in 40 days of the shop being open, clearly even more impressive with the 97 participants in the 7 days of half term. Yesterday while handing out 200 art cards (that total is also mind blowing) I kept telling parents and older trick or treaters about what art for fun is and when it is offered. Today I attended the Purbeck Art Weeks 2021 wash up meeting and as part of a follow up to see if I can support less experienced event artists this has also been mentioned to fellow local artists.
Going into November I will just roll with how things go. Sales are up, new pieces are almost ready to go to the printer and Christmas cards are already selling well. On an annual basis the business has increased takings every year since I started and I am already ahead of the sales figures for 2020/21 up to February with 5 months to still go so another record year is on.
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