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.

Judging – a privilege to be asked

This afternoon I took part in what turned out to be a small exercise, the joint judging entries for the Purbeck Art Weeks 2019 sketching competition. There were entries from both adults and children.

A remit had been to represent the PAW event. One adult design took in a number of activities within the event including the refreshments served in several venues as well as the arts and music. Another adult travelled to many of the venues where he sat and sketched quick pieces, before moving on to the next. I am aware of this as he visited my studio amongst others.

Corfe Castle was a firm favourite among several of the children’s entries.

My fellow judge was Fran Quinlan and we were assisted by Ali Burnett who is the administrator for PAW. The range of prizes from Daler were very encouraging and I hope that the prize winners enjoy using their new art materials. Also all 200 sketchbooks with instrument set sold out during PAW as well.

In the title I refer to this as a privilege as I see myself as being in my third year as an artist, therefor being asked on the basis of my own drawing was an honour. Thanks PAW.

How long have you ….?

AndyKnillArt, as regular readers will know started as a going concern in late January 2017. Before then I had drawn pieces but never actually tried to sell any of my art. When my Open Studio is available to the public in Purbeck Art Weeks for 16 days visitors can see the snow range of my portfolio. Often the comment is made that I have been prolific in the work produced.

One of the items friends said I should consider from the start of seeking sales was to produce greeting cards. I chose early on to go with a product that was professional quality and in appearance and selected to use he services of Art2Card in Upwey, Dorset who were recommended by several other PAW artists.

As I reduce original prices of art I ask myself if the piece might have a wider appeal than a one off piece for sale. If I think this is the case I will consider whether to have giclée prints made (again a long term quality product) and cards printed. The minimum order I can have is 36 cards and when I started this was often the size of orders or updates. Now in my third year I find myself ordering stock in 50s, 100 or even 200 of particular designs that sell well. This identifying of patterns does take time to establish especially if like me you only sell your cards personally and maybe one outlet likeI do how with thePurbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham.

The list below is the range of cards I have now developed – most remain on sale and some have been very successful very quickly.

Commissions for houses

I have recently completed my first commission of a home for a client to gift for Father’s Day. It was well received. I have posted about this on Facebook and will share that here. I greatly enjoyed this piece of work and want to offer my services for anyone else who might be interested.

Use my contact form if you think this would be of interest to you.

Thanks

Andy

Enjoying other people’s art

Since I started the idea of selling my art at the end of January 2017 I have been exposed to more examples of art as I meet many other artists in Purbeck and across Dorset, plus other artists using Instagram and Facebook globally. I enjoy this. There will be pieces I admire but not have space for or the finances to buy.

I have been lucky to buy pieces over a number of years, now I increasingly buy work from local artists whose work I admire and who often have become friends too.

The last two larger piece that I have bought are sculptural rather than paintings.

At Christmas while I took part in Artisans on the Beach 2018 my hut was next to Alan’s and this splendid piece showing a range of his glass fish was exhibited daily outside his hut. As the event was successful for me I was able to buy it and I look at it everyday as it catches the light in so many ways and expresses movement.

During Purbeck Art Weeks 2019 I left my studio for two visits after normal opening hours. At Moira Purver’s we bought a small deer piece for my mother in law. At Angelika Seik’s my heart fell in love with a piece that expressed how Anne and I often relax with a book and a mug of tea. This is my largest purchase to date and I was able to sell some of my art too as a part exchange towards the price of the piece.

What do you enjoy art wise readers?