Day 26 – Monday 31st December

Well there were certainly lots of people about in Swanage today and quite a few came and investigated what we had to offer at the artisan huts. For me more card sales and an original that has sat in Java – a Swanage Institution for a while has been sold to my best customer.

December has been my best month as an artist in the 23 months since I started with 50% more sales. This links to being in a large event but is very pleasing and a sign that things are moving forward.

2019 starts with two more days at the huts with some possible interest in at least one more print perhaps going. Either way I am going to enjoy my two last days for this episode at the seafront.

Many thanks to all my customers and supporters this year, you are all appreciated.

Andy

Day 25 – Sunday 30th December

Slow to start and then more people about but very little spending generally. Comments on art suit, liking pieces but not purchases. sold some cards, read my book and helped hutters finishing to have correct number of items in their huts.

One positive from the day was achieving highest monthly income as an artist to date as earnings topped £1000. A new record by almost £300 and very encouraging going forwards.

Days 23 and 24 – Friday 28th and Saturday 29th December

Fresh air doseage is now causing tiredness of this artisan. I am struggling to arise and down to Huts by 10 a.m. which has caused some consternation in my fellow hutters as I have been so reliable. I have continued to sell mainly cards but sales have been lower these last few days.

On Friday I added the remainder of the artisan huts to my suit and then wore it today (Saturday). As other hutters finish there seem to be a range of suggestions / wants for next year which at this moment I really can not compute. I just need to pace myself through my remaining four days and make the most of the dry conditions.

Pacing – now starting to run on empty a bit, but so be it.

Day 22 – 27th December

Well rested, a slower start and arrives at the hut to find concern that I wasn’t there.

First a paraglider pic as I left yesterday.

A dry, sunny but chilly day as the huts moved further into the afternoon shadow. Again posting on Artisans on…facebook page has become a simple statement about who is open and explaining to people how emphasis is Fri to Sun and we are the extra keenies.

Wore the updated boiler suit and added some hedges, winter trees etc around Sandpit field while wearing the suit.

Sales amongst the hutters varied. My new Square reader arrived but didnt need use ;0(

The sun setting led to a number of good shots of the skies colours. Again I also took pictures with the camera.

Noisiest part of the day – a TVR run with several phases in front of us.

Tomorrow beckons a onesie day and more boiler suit art additions.

Day 21 – Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day)

Undisrupted sleep evaded me last night so I got up at 6 and was sat outside my hut by 7 a.m. I watched a magnificent sunrise, I can not post pics currently as they are on my camera. I watched the town’s unofficial swim from a distance but heard the collective gasp as they entered the water.

A quiet day trading with a few cards for me. Others fared better. 7 huts opened.

We have been entertained by water activity including a Zapcat, SUPs, kayaks, sailing dinghies, a passing yacht and a waterbike.

Other activity has included upto 8 paragliders at a time airborne over Ballard Down. Also lots of pedestrians with families out for walks, scooting, dog exercising.

A beautiful day to be on the seafront even if the temperature drops significantly once the sun moves behind the beach huts.

My main activity has been watching the world go by, taking photographs and adding more detail to my art boilersuit.

Day 20 – Monday 24th December / Christmas Eve

Well a dry day forecast but light easterly wind. We had 11 hutters opened up during the day. People left at different times for their Christmas / family time.

My day – I sold and put a Yr 3 Swanage Primary print in a frame with the addition of a St Andrews flag as part of a special request. Then card sales today. However my main focus was my #artsuit.

Last night I had used one of my photos to sketch out the view from the Banjo / Clock Tower Pier in the centre of the bay towards said clock tower, Victoria Avenue and the beach huts that our event is based in.

Now I had worn shorts under the boilersuit so that I could remove it to colour in the work from last night, however the easterly though a light wind as cool so I colour d in the suit upside down while wearing it. This did lead to some very odd angles according to some passers by and other Artisans. I made good progress during the day and will continue working on the suit and adding the remainder of the scene on the back of the trousers by the end of the event.

This was taken by Gail in Hut 52 at just 0.15 – yes check the clock behind. By the end of my day at 4 pm this represents the progress made. Some visitors revisited to check on progress or in response to the Facebook post above.

I have taken additional photos of the beach to either side to add detail including the recent increase in stones on the beach to the left in the image.

So, now for 42 hours away from my hut. I brought my pens home in case I feel the drawing or colouring urge on Christmas Day.

If you are visiting I will be back at the huts from Wednesday 26th (Boxing Day) by 10 a.m. and possibly earlier and trading until Wednesday January 2nd. I have many more prints and original pieces available plus wooden boxes, and my extensive greeting card selection.

If the idea of a hand drawn one off art suit appeals to you contact me to discuss the idea, it is something I want to repeat and will indeed be drawing myself some additional suit examples too.

Andy

Day 19 Sunday 23rd December

Sunday, due to be light rain, but then apart from a drizzly phase a cloudy and mainly dry day. A mixed day. Away from my art focus I had my day affected by a conversation with my eldest son – he has figured in posts on my personal blog previously. Today I have to pass on my thanks to my fellow artisans for their support and for Anne for coming down to be with me.

Later I was making the most of the penguin outfit to be – #penguinonthewall, #friendlypenguin, #penguinthatdraws.

Sales today included “Looking at wintery sky” which I framed while the customer was dog walking with their family – the second framed print of this to go in two days, in fact down to one copy at the artisan yard of current print run.

I also had a commission for some pictures of geckos from Ibiza collected.

Then there were 10 cards sales boosting Christmas card sales now to 385 across the four designs in just under 13 months – a series to continue with next year’s cards already planned ready for drafting and drawing in January.

So a day of up and down moods, silliness as a penguin, cake provided for the artisans, a chips treat, meeting return customers and people that lived in area we are previously. This December is proving to be my most successful month since AndyKnillArt started on Jan. 31 2017.

Also some ideas about possibly going into developing a rental unit as a follow up to Artisans on the Beach, this may well not work but a good positive focus this morning at least.

Oh and I bought myself a rather nice fishy piece from my neighbouring artisan.

Day 18 – Saturday 22nd December

Yes, the sun shone, we had lots of visitors. Kelp the shantymen sang and Judith Opsblum was crowned Artisan of the Year 2018. Oh yes and I wore my art suit.

So here are photos of the art pieces on my #handdrawnsuit.

Starting with the back and the event itself and my timeline and roles so far. This will be returning in future years.

The front chest pocket “contains” my drawing tools of course.

Their pen strokes are.

The chest picture is the first hand drawn landscape. As with my paper based art, the drawing is first done with fineliner pen, a 0.8 in this case. Colour is then added with the Winsor and Newton Promarkers.

Studland Bay with Old Harry Rocks

Each sleeve features the same landscape but from different sides.

In the case of Peveril Point on the southern side of Swanage Bay the two views are from Durlston Bay to the south and Swanage Bay to the north.

In the case of Durdle Door the views are from the sea (viewed from the south) and from the coast (viewed from the north).

The landscapes gave me a chance to use my training as a geography and geology teacher and my knowledge of the local coast with artistic license applied too. They are great examples of how art can be used to then explain geographical or geological ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Day 17 – Friday 21st December – Winter Solstice

The shortest day it may be, but it was also the best day in December for us so far, dry all day! The highlight of the day was the visit of Biker Santa who entertained us all.

As AndyKnillArt I continued with my overall / boiler suit art pieces and added three extra original art landscape pieces on the sleeves. The first full wearing will be tomorrow Saturday December 22nd also forecast as dry and the last shopping Saturday in the lead upto Christmas.

Tomorrow we have a performance from Kelp, local shanty men’s group from 12 to 1 and also at 12 the announcement of the Artisan of the Year 2018 by the team from Swanage Information Centre also Karen and Andy from the working party.

No pictures today but I will blog pictures tomorrow of the events and today’s plus the sharing of my original art suit.