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.

 

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

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.

PAW 2019 day eight

A misty start and a forecast for rain possibly later. I only had one visitor before midday – Pamela from Swanage, we had a good chat and hot drink and she also walked out to the of the Tout and back and was able to report back about limited views.

Numbers seemed to be settling at about 12 with an afternoon lull and I even went indoors to collect a blanket, neck warmer, hat and quilted jacket. As I came out a new stream of visitors arrived and I had company to just before 4.30.

In my quiet time today I did further work on my Rowing below Durlston piece that is progressing well. At lunchtime as the rain started I moved the art activity into the “Garage Gallery”.

Afternoon visitors included Tony Kerins and family, Jacob my ProMarker acolyte and his parents and several other local artisans that I know from the Boilerhouse Gallery in Corfe and from Artisans on the Beach. The coloured overalls were popular as was the art card activity. There were also a number of dogs who enjoyed their treats and most tried to assure me they should be allowed seconds although their owners asserted otherwise.

So more card sales and a framed Hungry Hare Print today. A total of 32 visitors taking Open Studio 22 up to 322 in 9 days.

Here are today’s art cards / drawing done.

This is the latest on the rowing piece mentioned (this piece has already been reserved, so is no longer available).

Thanks for reading.

Andy

PAW 2019 Day Three

So, after I posted yesterday one of my friends who visited posted about his visit on Facebook and I have thanked him already but felt very humbled to be honest.

So a new day, the forecast overcast and maybe sunny spells but a stronger westerly breeze. The morning was very quiet until a family group visited taking my pre midday total to 7. I had finished off the colour I had started yesterday afternoon on my “A rooftop view…” piece. I mounted the picture and it is now in the studio on sale.

I have previously thought about doing some pieces based on my PAW studio to go alongside “PAW studio in the snow”. So I sat and drew the start of “PAW studio in PAW 2019”. I did the line work but have not worked on the undergrowth or leaves yet. I then sat at the art activity table and added colour. It now awaits a new day to work on the planting.

A late lunch saw afternoon numbers increase dramatically and some takers for the art table. Today also saw an increase in the number of dogs visiting, all but one accepted a treat.

Sales today were very limited, disappointing maybe but realistically many people were walkers and I just enjoyed talking about my story, the art, where we live …

By the end of the day that slow morning was eclipsed totally with a daily total of 46 visitors and 11 dogs. A recount of yesterday’s figures shown my total to date is 144 visitors and 15 dogs. This compares to 8 days plus of visitors last year.

The sales are now behind last year’s total for the bank holiday but this is because last year I sold two originals in the first weekend. It really doesn’t matter in comparison to the sheer numbers so far and the art table popularity, also the chance to chat about my art journey thus far.

I was going to mention more about the wooden boxes today but forgot so will take some pictures tomorrow to show you what I am talking about.

PAW 2019 Day one

Today the art weeks started for real. Lots of visitors, many going past for walks and not even aware of the art weeks so introduced the idea to them. More framing this morning and after a few visitors remembered labelling and prices on work so made labels for all pieces so far. Visitors came from Swanage to SAN Jose and Berkeley in California (not today). Two dog visitors today.

So in total today 50 visitors (plus 11 unofficial from last two days makes 61 so far). Today’s biggest sellers were Christmas cards! Corfe Castle sold the most, but Kimmeridge and Studland for 2019 cards sold as well.

First pic is one Charlotte Heath from PAW trustees took of me at the private view last night.

I made a real time video of walking up the drive and around the “Garage gallery” and around the “studio”.

It does go on a while and that’s without studying the pictures in detail, so remember to add in time for refreshments to regain energy afterwards.

Two preparation days remaining…

Today I was on duty at the Purbeck Artisan Yard. In my rough plans, I had finished with Rollington Barn my work is there ready for hanging, placing on racks etc.. The focus was to be a shelving unit I had been given in an artisan draw, help prep. building and add to my art bib and braces outfit, as well as welcome visitors and handle sales etc.

At breakfast I switched on Facebook to find an instruction that I was to paint the yard front door. This was met with dismay as I was already going in 90 minutes early to help with a task helping out signs around Wareham. Also I was dressed for a duty day in my original art overall.

I drove towards the yard slightly annoyed at this addition of extra tasks. On arrival this sign job was postponed as the other artisan had to be somewhere else volunteering earlier. Someone else meanwhile had offered to do the painting, I was very grateful.

I set up the shelving area using my top 10 card sellers (see older post) and then modified the design after some feedback. I now had two locations ready for PAW. We had a reasonable number of visitors and I spoke with all of them and dealt with sales as required.

The reference to the PAW theme allows inclusion of my #seasonal cards featuring a gentleman in a red suit with white trim. Also my two new designs for 2019.

The mental health aspect behind my art is very important to me and in fact has sparked a number of good discussions previously.

With numbers initially, then I reduced size of numbers, then I removed them altogether because they became the focus rather than the art. I will be interested to hear what feedback the display gets and if the cards sell.

I then decided to add more images of events I take part in on my newer art clothing. This went on to include PAW, Artisans on the Beach and the Purbeck Artisan Yard. At the time the PAW handprint looked in proportion, now looking at the image after a break from it I can see it is not and will require some additional work.

My wife brought lunch and company to chat, unfortunately she had to leave early as our son needs some support. I started a new piece based on a photo looking out of my son’s flat looking across some of the Swanage rooftops.

An afternoon phone call revealed the frame of my main piece at Rollington had fallen apart – a first for me, so tomorrow I will need to take a spare and reframe the picture at Rollington so it can be hung.

Then after my duty and before an evening meeting I was attending I put up a series of signs for PAW around Wareham leading to the yard.

A busy day as usual at the yard. Again, I now hope my yard work is PAW ready, I can at least revisit out of hours if required. Let’s see what tomorrow brings which will mainly focus on getting Open Studio 22 ready for 10 am Saturday May 25 and opening it up to the public.

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.

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.