Back on track….my first solo exhibition

Purbeck Art Weeks run an opportunity to exhibit art in the cafe at RSPB Arne. I booked a spot 18 months ago and of course then just got on with everything else. This morning a week on from the intended start date (subject to illness) Jenny Hawkes took her exhibition down and I put mine up. Some new skills including how to use a hanging system (not my budget version used for Artisans on the Beach and my PAW Open Studio).

So a sunny start and I came out to great scenes from home.

Then it was off to Arne across Middlebere and HartsMoor. I stopped to watch the ponies on route.

Once Jenny’s pictures were taken down it was my turn. 11 pieces including a range of original pieces and giclée prints ranging from £35 to £250. If you visit and would like to buy a piece the RSPB will accept cash payments. To pay by card – contact me on andy@andyknillart.com.

Here is the view then zooming in from the counter in the cafe towards my pieces.

Pause due to illness but also new works created

Well October is here. I should have hung my first solo exhibition on Sunday and spent the last two mornings at the primary school and out on the seafront sketching. I should have but a chest infection and my asthma have intervened. Nothing is cancelled and hopefully I can report on them very soon.

So recent developments:

– good card sales at my second venue – HappyHay Clothing at the Lytchett Minster Courtyard Craft Centre.

– another encouraging month including print sales at Purbeck Artisan Yard, Wareham.

– three new pieces available only as originals ready for the exhibition at RSPB Arne to start a new nature series.

– Inktober started today and first day completed successfully.

So the nature series will be based on en plein air pieces in warmer parts of the year and photographs I have taken in Purbeck, mainly at home or visiting sites inc. RSPB, Arne. To see the first three pieces visit my first solo exhibition as soon as I announce it is up subject to my asthma.

 

How many pens still work?

Any excuse for some colouring in saw me last night doing my second full promarker collection audit linked to my annual order window. Keeping in mind the demands of a coloured set of overalls to advertise the Santa Over… series and some examples of the new colours launched at the start of September.

The next challenge which will need even more than the A2 pad used here will eventually be the colour layer chart to show what colour combinations can be made using the 160+ colours available to me.

So tomorrow offers the chance (subject to delivery) for a test of the new colours and an updated colour chart that I can take to the school on Monday (see previous post).

Arty things in the pipeline

Last month I shared my new pieces which are available from the Purbeck Artisan Yard. September has become traditionally the end to my boat season duties by the river Frome in Wareham. Recently I have sold more prints – framed and mounted versions which has been very encouraging.

In the next fortnight I will return to work alongside year 3 and 4 pupils at Swanage Primary school on Landscape art and sketching down in Swanage. This is a development of the work I did with the school back in February 2017 and I am still receiving positive feedback from that, I hope the children won’t be disappointed that the cloud suit is no longer what I tend to wear for events. I will be able to take copies of the prints produced when I last worked there.

On Saturday October 5 I get to deliver a second Art for Fun session at Swanage library, this time aimed at children. A chance to reinforce my message that we do art for our enjoyment, not to please others.

In November / December I will be exhibiting some of my work at the café at RSPB Arne as part of the ongoing linked programme with Purbeck ArtWeeks. I booked my slot almost 18 months ago.

Saturday 30 November will see me return to a beach hut on Shore Road, Swanage as part of Artisans on the Beach 2019, my third year involved in this great local event. I anticipate more drawing on my clothes and offering Art for Fun activities from my AndyKnillArt hut no. 33. The event runs through until January 2, the main focus is on weekends but as previous visitors know I shall be there most days whatever the weather.

2020 May start with involvement in delivering some other art sessions t.b.c.

Throughout all this time my work continues to be available at the Purbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham. Cards, prints and originals I share can all be ordered direct from me and card payment or bacs are available. I am hoping to see more sales of the now extended ‘Santa over Purbeck’ series and the new ‘Santa over Dorset’ series that has started this year too.

I am open to commissions – if interested please contact me directly.

Thanks for reading

Andy

New work available – August 2019

A recent visit to the printers (Art2Card) means I have added new cards to my range available at Purbeck Artisan Yard this week. There will be giclée prints soon too once I have mounted / framed examples. I also have a card that I am selling to support fundraising by my cousin who is raising money for St. Mungos by walking 1500 miles in 2019 with her dog Fizz.

The original artwork is sold and shows Fizz actually stationary when we went for a walk along the South West Coast path from Kingston to Worth Matravers via Houns Tout, St Aldelms Head, Winspit and Dancing Ledge. Each card will sell for my usual £2, £1 for each card will then go to Fizz’s fundraising. There will be A4 and A3 giclée prints which will also sell to raise funds for the cause.

Three sunsets now feature in my range of works. “Sunset over Houns Tout and Swyre Head” (top card) is not new but is joined by the two new cards. The original sold during PAW 2018, giclée prints and cards are available. “Winter Sunset” (bottom right) is an image often referred to as the one that used to be in Java Independent Coffee House in Swanage. The original was exhibited there and sold at Artisans on the Beach 2018. Giclée prints are available and now you can also buy it as a greetings card. This was the first of my Purbeck sunset pieces. “Corfe Sunset” was based on the photos I posted about on my journey back from an evening’s kayaking on the river Frome recently. Cards are available now with giclée prints to follow, the original is still available at this time.

During PAW 2019 I released the final two cards in the “Santa Over Purbeck” series with cards of Kimmeridge and Studland Bay. The series now includes 6 designs so a complete set can be bought for £10.

I have wanted to widen the area for these seasonal cards and so I decided after PAW that I would start my second “Santa Over …” series – “Santa Over Dorset” The first two cards are now available and they are “Santa Through Durdle Door” and “Santa Over West Bay”.

During PAW 2019 several visitors asked where else my cards and pieces are available. Presently they can be ordered direct from me or bought at the Purbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham. Also I sell at my two events in the year – PAW Open Studios in May / June and Artisans on the Beach, Swanage in December. If any local shops are interested in stocking my work please contact me.

Water based activity art

During PAW 19 I received lots of praise about my work of boats and sailing from studio visitors. While I wait for the materials to start work on a new apron commission I decided to do some water linked pieces.

So far this has included the Shannon class lifeboat piece for a friend, my False Creek ferry piece based on memories from our trip to Vancouver and some new pieces:

Fishing hut (Chapmans Pool) mounted 20″ by 16″

This involved the complexity of the baskets and the wood of the shed.

Sailing – Competitive racing mounted 20″ by 16″

Based on some images from Around the Island race 2019.

Lifeboat on Trial Mounted 20″ by 16″

False Creek Ferry and Orcas mounted 16″ by 12″

Except for the lifeboat commission the other three will remain one off original pieces and are now for sale – if interested please contact me for details. The two 20″ by 16″ pieces are £250 and the 16″ by 12″ piece is £150.

Developing my sales opportunities

I now have work on display and for sale at HappyHay clothing in the Craft Courtyard Centre in Lytchett Minster. Hayley has become a friend after the last two seasons of Artisans on the Beach and this is her new business venture. I saw that another artisan friend was also setting up their own unit so knew Hayley might then have a space available and asked if that was the case.

Last Monday July 15 I took over some prints and cards speculatively to meet Hayley for a chat. We have agreed that I will rent some wall space and I will put my best selling prints, matching cards and the Santa Over… cards up for sale.

Indeed to develop some signage for the top of the display and also about pricing and a brief bio. Before Anne and I had got home that afternoon I had sold some cards and a print which was very encouraging.

I have also had contact for cards from a lady whose friend gifted a card to her – connections are so important when it comes to selling work.

Taking the time to take a detour

On Monday evening on the way home from my kayaking course in Wareham (see Post on Mishmashlearning blog) I spotted that fog was coming into the Purbeck valley from the west. I drove home across Middlebere from Arne to Norden as it allows a better vista. I stopped the car several times to take pictures as the sunset became more splendid and the fog hid the lower valley either side of the Purbeck chalk ridge.

Corfe Castle was starting to disappear. I stopped again in Corfe, at the start of Kingston by the Scott Arms to look back into the valley below and then drove out onto the Sheep Pen end of West Street to look towards Creech hill.

A spectacular sight that I was grateful to watch develop. As I went to work on Tuesday morning the fog was on the ridge and almost flowing down the sides.

A productive drawing day

Monday July 8th found me at the Purbeck Artisan yard as duty artisan for the day. As usual I took the ProMarkers with me and my current pieces in progress. I have a list of ideas to work on.

1) New Santa Over Dorset series start for Christmas cards 2019. The first two cards will be “Santa through Durdle Door” and “Santa over West Bay”.

(Images are from Instagram)

Now these are completed I can move on with some other water based pieces. I am very pleased with how both have come out.

2) Lifeboat piece for a friend

Suzie that I work with at the boats is engaged to Mike who works for the RNLI. Last year I did a piece of Suzie sailing around The Needles as part of the Round the Island Race. Mike had asked if I could do a piece based on him out testing a lifeboat. I have drawn lifeboats previously but this is now my best example of that class of boats.

3) commission idea spot is reserved

4) sailing and / or boat pieces

I looked through recent photos that I have been collating and decided that a piece based on the False Creek Ferry company whose boats Anne and I enjoyed during our April visit to Vancouver. This piece also includes a number of high rise residential blocks and I added some orcas based on recent reports from Vancouver of sightings. Again a piece I am pleased with too.

In addition to the pics drawn I also sold art and craft pieces for a number of our collective and chatted with many visitors.

Hand drawn aprons for crafters

Samantha Jolly is a local craftsperson who makes walking sticks, croziers etc through “Jolly Good Sticks“. Sam is also one of our regular Posties. We have talked about our shared love of craft / art often previously. She has seen on a number of occasions my growing range of hand drawn clothing items and during PAW we agreed that I would “decorate” her woodworking apron. She got me her new apron and provided photos of the tools she uses and two quotes that she favours too.

Yesterday, Sam came to see me at my boat shift and collected her apron. The project has already generated at least one more similar commission.

I drew and write quotes in pigment ink fineliner pens initially and then added colour using my Winsor and Newton ProMarkers. As with my own pieces I ironed the apron to help fix the colours on the reverse.

The pictures below show the entire apron design and close ups of some of the tools.

The overall project apron.

Two quotes that Sam had requested were incorporated into the design.

If this project / commission has sparked your imagination as a reader and you would like a custom commission please contact me for details / costs – your piece would be unique to you.