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.

Day 16 – Thursday 20th December

A dry day forecast and apart from one afternoon heavy shower that was the case. There were reports of lots of visitors in Swanage for the Santa Specials on the Swanage Railway. Numbers at the beach huts varied.

My focus today was to add to the art on my new boiler suit / art suit. I had stopped yesterday because of a lack of ideas.

So today, I started with the chest pocket and drew some of my drawing tools with their lids on. Under the pocket flap the nibs of the pens were revealed and the lines that their marks make.

Then I added decorated christmas trees either side of the back design to indicate that it is a christmas event.

(no picture currently)

I then decided that a landscape would look good on the front and drew the view of Old Harry rocks and the southern side of Studland Bay. I added additional detail by extending the view to take in the WW2 fort on the rocks in Middle Beach.

I then decided to work on one sleeve. I have completed one side with the view of Peveril Point from Durlston Bay. The opposite side of the sleeve will be the view of Peveril Point and the pier from Swanage Bay. As the light went it was not clear enough to draw the pier which I will continue working on during Friday opening. I will wear the suit in whatever state of progress it has made on Saturday 22nd when we have local shanty men Kelp performing and the announcement of Artisan of the Year 2018 at 12 pm by the beach huts.

Days 12 and 13 – Sunday 16th and Monday 17th

Sunday had a dry morning but a wet afternoon. Monday was gloriously sunny and calm in the morning and cloudier in the afternoon.

So the weather has not been particularly helpful at weekends so far. It has two chances to redeem itself.

I used Sunday to sit outside in the mild morning air without lots of layers and got some air to my arms. I worked on a small pirate chest which wasn’t even completed before it sold, the customer wants to collect it next week so said if someone else wanted it in the meanwhile and I could do another for them …yes it sold and today Monday I made its replacement which has some individual customisations relevant to its intended recipient.

I also did a chest with local activities in the bay that we have seen while at the huts, again this was finished today. I also sold a number of cards too on Sunday. Today was more about sitting in the sunshine, I sold one card but saw some friends and chatted with a few visitors too.

Tuesday’s forecast is awful but I shall be there inside the hut working on pictures / new boilersuit so if passing please free to drop in. Hot drinks available for free. Only able to accomodate 4 drinks at a time.

Day Ten – Friday 14th December

So a forecast of less wind from se and temperature of 4 to 5C. In actual fact the wind dropped during the day, we were treated to several glimpses of blue sky and I was able to draw outside so better than expected and more afternoon customers as well with a number of card sales. Last Saturday I wore my “paper” hand drawn suit which has been hanging in the hut as an example of my art since. On Tuesday I had visited a workwear store called Acutts in Weymouth where I bought a white poly cotton boiler suit. Today I would start to draw on it if conditions allowed.

First the design elements of the trial suit. Each leg ended with a beach scene, one was a night scene with Santa over the beach, the second a day scene showing Swanage pier.

Each scene was hand drawn using fineliner pen initially then coloured using Promarkers. To avoid overloading the fabric or transfer to the other side of the leg watercolour paper or Bristol board sheet was laid under the surface being worked on.

The front of the chest became my classic beach hut scene and the name of Andy Knill Art.

While at the beach I added the Facebook and Instagram emblems on each sleeve with my relevant address. Then I decided I needed an element of the Purbeck coastline. Again drawn first in fineliner then coloured in stages using the Promarkers. This was drawn from memory and my brain without reference pictures, the outcome far exceeded my expectations or hopes.

The panel runs from the right hand side of the body and goes around the body.

Finally the upper back shows the logo designed for Artisans on the Beach last year and the dates I have been involved.

So today I started the work on the more substantial suit, would the pen take, how much would it bleed in the material? I started with he back panel with the same idea. Colours were bolder. Then with the dates I have recorded my outcome / role and then added some holly. It all worked well and I used a plastic covered canvas as my drawing surface. As in 2017 when I drew outside this led to conversations with visitors and sharing the work on the temporary suit on show in the hut.

I will post developments as the boiler suit has more added and will also wear it on future days too.

Day Eight – Wednesday 12th December

A south easterly wind meant one clear difference to last week, a temperature drop and noticeable wind without shelter from the huts. This is similar to the temperatures experienced a lot last year and I suspect will come as a shock to many of our Artisans who are new in 2018 who have only had mild conditions so far.

So, cool weather means layers of clothing, not sitting in the wind and drink hot drinks frequently. Not surprisingly many passers by did just that without stopping today, later in the day, some stopped, chatted and even visited the hut. In the afternoon interest was shown in one of the prints – “Windy Sunday” drawn during the event last year and the original was sold during Purbeck Art Weeks to a local couple. Later interest was shown in the original piece of a Swanage lifeboat, not the latest one. More card sales so some income for a day by the sea.

Inspite of the conditions I took some phone camera pics of the conditions and managed a couple of sketches of waves in front of me and on the beach to the north of the banjo pier / clock tower pier. Trying to capture the energy in pen and ink and using some scribble technique.

The tide has been higher in the mornings so there was a lot of spray over the end of this pier.

Apologies, look to your right – capturing the waves as they approach, hit and then move past the sides.

Two geography Groups today, this was a day trip from Oxford doing GCSE I would guess and for whom I answered the same questionnaire with 5 groups. The other group were with Geography man Ben from Leeson House and were I assume an A level group.

These sketches combined two views and the differing wave forms.

So a cold day, a test of stamina in staying open which did pay off. Also a day to see nature being more impressive. Tomorrow the forecast is colder, so more layers, a onesie as part of it so an Antarctic penguin in Hut 54 and some more drawing for me.

December 10th and 11th – away from the beach.

Monday – duty day at the yard and far busier than I had expected. I spent the morning resolving an accounting issue from Saturday’s busy duty. Jobs for myself included updating my card stock listing and framing three new print copies – two for the yard and one for the beach. I also added d-rings and hanging cord to another framed print. Some pen tray resorting and that was about all I found time for.

Tuesday – collected new stock items of Santa over Wareham Quay cards. We then travelled into Weymouth and visited Acutts a workwear specialists where I bought a white boiler-suit for my next art on clothing challenge.

Conversations while travelling include ideas on extending the “Santa over …” range in 2019. Also I am going to get organised with Etsy and online sales for 2019 and see how this goes after several requests lately to look at my online catalogue of my work for potential customers.

Sorting my garage out as it is being used for a filming project on Friday and last chance really for me to prepare it, I will miss this as I will be at the hut.

So from Wednesday 12th I will be at hut 54 from 10 to 4 pm each day and until 7 pm on Saturdays subject to customers. This is the longest stint for 2018. I also get a chance to do more drawing and work creation and enjoy watching the sea.

Day Seven, Sunday December 9th…

Yes, okay posted the next day, weary last night. Away from my artiness I used to be a teacher as I have shared with many of you when talking about my work. I left after a breakdown and still get the occasional nightmare where I am having a breakdown in a school – this was my start to Sunday morning. Slightly discombobulated I had a lie in and didn’t arrive until 9.15 – shock horror, still an early bird.

My focus was, despite the Penguin onesie and Christmas bells jumper, to have a calmer day where as the forecast was dry I could draw. My main focus was the new larger #pirate box that I had started the art line work for on Saturday evening. This kept me busy for three hours, meanwhile selling some cards. I added additional artwork and greatly enjoyed the task which also led to additional chat with passers by seeing me drawing / colouring and the extensive pen collection beside me. Later two youngsters had a go while Mum and Dad shopped and even kept their parents waiting for their lunch too.

So said box for sale for £25…( balancing budget against 5 original artwork sections)…

Starts with a cover treasure map using my geographer knowledge. I commented to some of my neighbouring artisans about the fact I was drawing and colouring the underlayer to look like wooden planks on a wooden box.

Each of the four box sides supports its own design. the bottom of the box remains blank if the buyer / recipient wishes to add some drawings of their own.

To be honest drawing these is fun and feeds off my long held interest in large wooden sailing ships.

Two of my fellow Artisans Kate and Sam of “Flying Duckies” felt pieces take part in Viking re-enactments so I made them a simple longship box design. Again an interest based on a holiday in Denmark and the link between Denmark and Broadstairs, Kent where I grew up, Viking Bay and a replica ship that stands at Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate as a link to the invaders Hengist and Horsa.

The afternoon also included starting a piece looking along the seafront towards the town, a piece I shall continue in coming days.

A recovery from a poor start and two days away from the hut now for Purbeck Artisan Yard duty on Monday and a day off well more prep tbh on Tuesday.

Day six, Saturday December 8th..

Today was the Rotary Christmas event in the centre of Swanage. You had to feel sorry for them based in the wind tunnel of Station Road while we were sheltered from the wind. We had a busy day at the huts and I shared my hand drawn suit. This was an idea I had last year but only recently found a suitable test suit – a decorating overall from a major diy company for £2. I have been adding to this gradually and it has ended the day as an exhibition bit in my hut.

Issues with said costume – limited movement so from 08:30 to 18:30 I was unable to sit down without a possible tear. This would have been easier had I not been out dancing last night. The colour work has weakened some of the surface so some internal parcel tape repairing. I have strong shoulders from rowing, getting the suit on and off proved difficult and needed assistance.

Best of all it was fun,I got noticed, I advertised my artwork and now. Want a more practical and longer lasting solutions l

Some pics