One venue delivered and sorted

…well from my point of view. So after work at the river today I delivered my original piece, five prints and twenty cards plus a laminated advert for my studio.

Next…I now have some more shelves available for me to use in the artisan yard, so when on duty tomorrow I am going to display a selection of my cards. Photos to follow tomorrow. I also intend to add some more details to my latest art outfit.

Thursday and Friday will see me based at home working on the home open studio venue, also putting signs up in the village to help people find me.

Framing and hanging

When you have an art event ahead then you need product to show your visitors. Today included preparation at home this morning and then hanging work and organisation of one of the three places my work will be during Purbeck Art Weeks.

Art work to item to buy:

I have my original art work scanned by my printer James at Art2Card, Upwey, Dorset. James prints giclée copies of my work as prints and also prints and packages my greetings cards. When I started I decided that I wanted to use a Dorset based company and Art2Card came highly recommended.

I have Giclée prints made which use lightfast inks on a quality art paper. These will last and not fade. I want my customers to receive a quality product. I now buy mount sets from Kadinsky Art in Pembrokeshire and hand sign and title my prints ready for sale.

I sell the majority of my art in three formats:

: blank greetings cards supplied with an envelope in a cellophane wrapper, I am researching more eco friendly wrappers for the future.

: gicleé Print in card mount and backing board in a cellophane envelope.

: framed giclée print, I mount the artwork and use a selection of frames from “The Range” – I add d-rings and non stretch picture card so it is ready to hang. I do not invest in more expensive frames as most of my work sells at a price point where the expense of a professional frame would significantly increase the price of the piece.

Adding art into frames should be easy as frames come in fairly standard sizes, I mainly use 16″ by 12″ for A4 artwork and 20″ by 16″ for A3 artwork. However not all frames of the same outer dimensions have the same size aperture inside the frame and this leads to much trimming of mounts with craft blades so that they fit properly.

Hanging or arranging your sales / exhibition space:

My work at Rollington Barn for Purbeck Art Weeks will be hung by the team of volunteers and I will only know where my work is when I go to the Private view on Friday May 24.

At the Purbeck ArtisanYard I share Bay H with “Made at Milldown”. I was conscious that my work was not displayed as well as it should be so today I rearranged my space and rehung all of the framed prints on my main display wall at the end of the first floor of the yard. This now presents my work more clearly with some additional labelling of when work was done or pieces that link together.

On Thursday and Friday I will go through the same process with my home studio space so that it is ready for Saturday’s opening.

You enter bay H past a display of some of my printed card range. These cards are £2 each or multiples of three for £5. All cards are blank inside for your own greetings. The pen and ink cards are suitable for colouring in. I will have examples of this in Open studio 22 at home.

On the side of the bay adjacent to Bay G the basket contains examples of my range of mounted giclée prints at £25 each. The wooden boxes on the partition wall are all original hand drawn pieces and their prices are on the pink star sign and inside each box. Currently there is a pirate box, fairy cottage and Top Secret chest. The standing easel displays a framed original artwork of the River Frome drawn from life and photos looking upstream from Wareham Boat Hire on Abbots Quay where I work part time fromMarch to September.

The main display wall has a stand for Made at Milldown at the left end. Except the Flying gull photo print which is priced individually, every framed giclee print on the wall is £35. The photo canvas showing a Houns Tout sunset is now reduced to £35. All framed pictures can be reached now to be taken to pay for downstairs. Where a print is available as a card I have put one next to the framed example.

The coffee table shares some original one off cards at £3.50 each or 3 for £10. The wooden shelves display some small original canvases and are individually priced. The picture of The Monarch paddlesteamer is now going to an event on May 25. The cards and leaflets are about PAW, my open studio card and business cards.

Thanks

Andy

PAW19 or Purbeck Art Weeks approaches

I was just looking back to my 2018 posts and see that I started blogging about the run up to PAW18 eleven days prior.

This year is my third as an Open Studio and I am number 22 as I was in 2017. I am very relaxed going into the fortnight although self doubt etc has struck a few times as the time approaches. I still find it hard to believe that in less than 2.5 years I have become comfortable with the label “artist” and that I have sold a wide range of work to customers both locally in Purbeck and internationally too.

So why an Open Studio?

I enjoy meeting people who look at my work and discussing it and my technique and inspirations with them. Standing by a display of work is no replacement for being able to continue working and developing new pieces as I have visitors coming in. It also allows me to focus solely on art for 16 consecutive days, to sit inside or out dependent on the weather and study my surroundings at my own pace.

What will be different in 2019?

In 2017 I had about 8 or 9 pieces of art and some large photo canvases based on my own photographs. In 2018 I created my own hanging system to show the multitude of pieces I had produced, the studio felt a little cluttered. So this year I will have work on show in two parts of the outbuilding I use.

The addition of electric lighting and sockets have helped the accessibility. The open ended garage will be used to hang some original pieces that are on a larger scale than most pieces. Some are Not for Sale and represent pieces that I have chosen to keep back for myself. Others are available to interested buyers.

The studio will have less pictures on the walls but will show the variety of topics and ways I have depicted the areas I have drawn. I have done several pieces based on local drystone wall styles around Purbeck. Also recently I have drawn a few new A3 pen and ink pieces including my first piece based on my April holiday to British Columbia, Canada. My decorated wooden boxes will be available alongside the growing range of blank greeting cards. Following the “Flight of Fancy” theme I will have the whole “Santa over Purbeck” Christmas card set that will include the 2019 designs for Studland and Kimmeridge. I have these as last PAW I was not prepared with the new designs that sold very well last year of Corfe Castle and Wareham Quay. Since Artisans on the Beach 2018 in December I will also be wearing and / or exhibiting my hand drawn outfits which have received great feedback.

Visiting and fancy having a go – like my recent “Art for Fun” session for Swanage Library and events / duties at Purbeck Artisan Yard I will have the full colour range in the Winsor and Newton ProMarker pens available to try (please note I am NOT selling these – they are my work-tools). All ages are welcome to do a drawing to take away. Alternatively use one of the PAW sketchbooks available from Rollington Barn.

Refreshments will be available as last year for a donation to nominated charities. We will have water bowls and dog snacks too and dogs are welcome in both the garage and studio as the flagstone floor is not going to be damaged by them.

I look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible. I am open from 10 am to 5pm everyday of the Arts event (May 25 to June 9).

If you or someone with you has a difficulty with mobility please ring me on 01929 481539 about driving up to the house. We encourage you otherwise to park in the Houns Tout walkers car park and walk up the track through the woods keeping an eye out for our local wildlife including hares, roe and sika deer. Also listening for our varied local bird life.

Thanks

Andy

“Art for fun” session

Today I was joined by 13 members of the public and two of the library team to take part in the above activity – how many of these sessions had I run before? None, this was the first one.

What did I provide?

The entire colour range of Winsor and Newton ProMarkers minus French Navy, assorted fineliner pens, colouring pencils and some sketching pencils. We looked at some of the surface I have drawn on from IKEA rolls of paper from the children’s department to my overalls coloured in this Christmas.

The library also provided some paper.

What to draw?

I provided some of samples of my greetings cards to provide some subjects, others chose images from books from the library stock.

Did we have fun?

Yes we did and I was even asked if such sessions would be repeated. It as a great and happy relaxed at to spend this Friday afternoon.

Thank you to all those who attended and took part.

Art supplies

If you produce art you obviously need some art supplies. One of the greatest costs in my first two years as an artist has been to build a stock of tools to produce my art and materials to draw onto.

Every so often I then need to check how my stock is. If I had a system where every pen was stacked/ stored individually then I could just count them, but I don’t. So in recent weeks I have been developing a colouring in chart to display the colours I have in the marker pen range that I use. My main colour source is Winsor and Newton ProMarkers. There are 148 colours in the range and thanks to a great offer by Cowling and Wilcox in 2017 I bought myself one pen in every colour. However as I do a lot of pictures with sea and countryside in I use some colours more than others.

Before I decided to try and sell my art I had built my collection through a number of sets sold by Winsor and Newton often heavily discounted by Cass Art whose shops I frequented in London. Now I have over 200 marker pens which when looked after last well – I have had some of my markers since 2016 and they still work as long as lids are replaced after use.

So today, prior to an art session I am leading at Swanage library tomorrow I finally completed my stock take.

So for the next 24 hours roughly they are organised, the moment I or anyone else uses them however that organisation will start to unravel. I keep an eye on my other main pen supply – pigment based fineliners. I have bought a range of makes since it started keeping sketchbooks in 2015. My main target with these is to keep a range of nib widths to allow me options when drawing and especially when working on my pen and ink pieces – see previous post.

I have tools, what to draw on…. well anything really. I use the following: photocopier paper, sketchbooks (my regular choice come from Tiger stores), graphic marker paper, watercolour paper, Bristol board paper, photographic paper, IKEA paper rolls from the children’s range, canvases from miniature ones at The Works to larger ones from art stores, wooden boxes (The Works), and more recently decorating overalls / bib and braces.

Variety is good and I will continue to experiment. A friend gave me a large canvas which at some point will lead me to use a different media as it is too large a surface to use with my marker pens.

What do you use?

Pen and ink work

Recently I have produced more pen and ink pieces. This also linked to some of my sketches while on holiday in Canada. Indeed on Easter Monday I sat outside the artisan yard in Wareham, Sue Maclean was working on a pointillist piece of Wareham and I started an A3 version of my sketch from the Zephyr cafe in Squamish which I have just completed this week.

In the case of this and another sketch I have been adding detail to the dominant feature are the coniferous trees on the lower slopes. I have not counted the “trees” I have drawn but definitely mindful practice.

A geographer friend commented on how Langdale in the Lake District would look in this style, my only worry would be that the area was so well drawn for previous walking guides (name slips memory – aha Wainwright). An idea to add to possible future projects.

Andy is appearing at:

Where I will be exhibiting and selling my art in May and June 2019

Friday May 10 from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. I am leading an adult – Art is Fun session at Swanage Library. A similar idea to the one I offer when on duty at theArtisan Yard. Places are limited, it is free, please book with Swanage library.

Saturday May 11,Thursday May 16 and Wednesday May 22 from 10 to 5, I am on duty at the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Wareham and will be working on pieces at the table downstairs. If you would like to try ProMarkers pens out come and visit.

Saturday May 25 to Sunday June 9 from 10 to 5 for 16 consecutive days my art studio will be open as Open Studio 22 in Purbeck Art Weeks 2019. If unable to find a PAW brochure contact me for directions on Houns Tout footpath from Kingston, Dorset.

Thursday June 13th and Monday 24th I am back on duty at the Purbeck Artisan Yard.

Reviewing sales record

It is April and for the second year I have placed my order for the run up to Purbeck Art Weeks on the 26th. I visited the Artisan Yard yesterday to update my stock records and look at what is selling and deciding on my order.

As part of the process of organising my order I decided to compile a top 10 sales list for both greetings cards and giclée prints to date. These are my findings;

Greeting cards top 10 sellers

1. Swanage Beach Huts* 184

2. Santa over Swanage 138

3. Santa over Corfe Castle 137

4. Looking East* 129

5. Santa over Wareham Quay 97

6. From Prince Albert Gardens,

North across Swanage Bay 57

7. Santa over Chapmans Pool 52

8. Prince Albert Gardens and Bay 48

8. Spa Beach Huts* 48

10. Corfe Castle from GPS surgery 39

Here we have the first card I drew and sold cards to Swanage TiC along with Looking East and Spa Beach Huts which were commissioned designs by them too. In joint 8th place is my original design for TiC which I then edited for their card version. These were amongst my first cards available to buy in 2017.

All four Christmas card designs feature. Swanage and Chapmans Pool were available for 2017 and 2018. Corfe Castle and Wareham Quay went on sale from June 2018. So the new 2019 additions Kimmeridge and Studland will be available from Purbeck Art Weeks 2019.

Giclée prints top 10 sellers

1. “Hungry Hare” photo 8 Original not applicable

2. Swanage Beach Huts 7 Original sold

3. Year 3 sketching trip 5 Original donated to Swanage Primary

4. PAW studio in the snow 4 Original sold

4. Looking up at wintery sky 4 Original sold

4. From Prince Albert Gardens

North across Swanage Bay 4

7. Looking East 2

8. Winter sunset 2 Original sold

8. Sailing from Chapmans Pool 2 Original sold

8. North from Purbeck Ridge 2 Original sold

The encouraging aspect here is that only two of the originals remain available from this list. My printer James thought that Year 3 sketching trip was possibly not the wisest name but I stuck with it and it tells a tale of its own.

It will be interesting with time to repeat this exercise annually to see which remain the favourite designs.

New posts coming soon …

So here are a short selection of images that will feature either on this blog or my personal blog mishmashlearning.wordpress.com over the coming weeks.

Testing Gellyroll white pens work, draw a piece and had it to artshop assistant for fun in downtown Vancouver.

Sketching my view while having lunch at “Edible Canada” on Granville Island, False Creek, Vancouver.

Public art around Coal Harbour (this half scale hut is cast in Aluminium) and Vancouver International Airport.

A variety of art seen in many forms. I will be blogging a lot about the variety of First Nation art seen in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.

So yes a strong canadian element after a fabulous two week break.

Where I shall be appearing in the run up to Purbeck Art Weeks 2019;

Good Friday and Easter Monday – Bay H on upper floor of Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham. We are hosting our Easter event. I shall be there with the full colour range of Windsor and Newton Promarkers to encourage people to have a go (I am not selling the pens, this is my artist toolset).

I am working on boat duties but willing to talk art in between bookings at WarehamBoat Hire,Abbott’s Quay,Wareham on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Friday May 10 from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. I am leading an adult – Art is Fun session at Swanage Library. A similar idea to the one I offer when on duty at theArtisan Yard. Places are limited, it is free, please book with Swanage library.

Saturday May 25 to Sunday June 9 from 10 to 5 for 16 consecutive days my art studio will be open as Open Studio 22 in Purbeck Art Weeks 2019. If unable to find a PAW brochurecontactmedordirctions on Houns Tout footpath from Kingston, Dorset.

Hand coloured cards and having fun

Yesterday while on duty at Purbeck Artisan Yard I took my materials to do some art. I was conscious that I had very little themed cards linked to seasonal events so I set about adding a; spring, Mother’s Day, Easter and flying Scotsman visit to Purbeck versions of my Studland bay land-rover defender card.

It will be interesting to see how many of these go by the end of April. This has been a great fun way to work on one picture and produce a series of one off pieces.

Spring

The idea of adding daffodils to the beach and a tree in blossom. It has been interesting how Instagram Defender groups have reacted to my frivolous designs.

Mother’s’ Day

Going with the flowers theme again and how lots of flowers are bought on the morning itself.

Easter

I admit the Easter bunny possibly looks more like a puppy. I loved the Defender design and an egg shaped sun.

Finally, the Flying Scotsman which is running steam trips on Swanage Heritage railway currently and bringing many visitors to Purbeck.

None of these ideas were planned before my deputy but they represent the chance to be creative and I love the idea of individual designs being out there and being enjoyed.

The final photo is of these cards, the original pen and ink card, still for sale too and a recent desert theme. I love the idea that people might buy my cards and add to them, I used to do this to others designs. Personalisation is great.

I was also happy and could be spotted doing a happy sales dance (the joy of the small business) when I also sold a framed copy of my giclee print of North across Swanage Bay that shows a range of boating types.

Feedback welcomed.

All of these are currently for sale in the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham – Open 7 days every week from 10 am to 5pm. The Spring, Easter and Mothers Fay cards are on the shelves inside the entrance at £3 each or £5 for 2 hand coloured cards. The Flying Scotsman, Desert and original card are in bay H with the remainder of my work. The original card sells for £2 or 3 for £5 with other printed cards.

I will be adding another print of the above picture when on duty on Tuesday 26th March.

Thanks

Andy