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.

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.

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

Next steps post PAW

A week where energy was in short supply on Monday. Thursday I was on duty at Purbeck Artisan Yard and had a few friends who dropped in to have a go with the pens.

The main art event of the week has been completing the commission I received in PAW. The image has been approved and it should be collected tomorrow all framed and ready to go with d-rings and non stretch cord ready to hang.

I have also been working on that old favourite stocktaking and moving stock from one place to another. The artisan yard bay now has the card carousel as I do not need it for an event until December. So updating of my stock records, identifying which card stock need replacing. Also it got me to update my financial records. 2018/19 was clearly an improvement on 2017/18.

I have several ideas bubbling for new pictures to work on inc. a new card series to start, some more yacht racing inspired pieces based on the feedback to “Racing” in the studio during PAW. Also further care investigations on original art clothing as work on my first clothing commission.

Just to show artists also look at other people’s work too, we bought an original moo selfie reserved with Lucy Tidbury before PAW, our favourite, a highland moo and Corfe Castle. Also after visiting Angelika Seik’s studio I am buying a statue (there’s a first) of “Reading and Drinking Tea” as it speaks volumes to Anne and I.

PAW 2019…and over

Yes, I missed day 16 as a blog post but to be honest by the end of the afternoon and collecting in my Street direction signs from Corfe Castle up to the village and track I was just exhausted.

So I thought this post could be about summarising what PAW 2019 has been for me;

a) I no longer have a problem admitting that I am now an artist. This seems an obvious thing to some but just 28 months ago this was a new direction for me totally.

b) I have greatly enjoyed the interaction / chat with visitors, although numbers have far surpassed anything I could have expected based on my 2017 and 2018 experiences.

c) The direction I have taken in being open about my own mental health and starting to keep sketchbooks have helped me to encourage others to engage in some “Art for Fun” and this is definitely a direction I want to continue with. I thank Simon Wells for his facebook posts and comments on this. I have had enquires about working with some adult groups and we will see what become of this.

d) Drawing on my clothes is fun and I aim to continue with this. The next step is to investigate the longer term care of said garments and see if there is a way to make this another item that I can offer to future customers.

e) I have taken on a commission doing something that I enjoy, we will see what the final feedback is, but maybe I am now in a better place to seek more of this type of work sometimes.

f) My art is fun for me and continues to be an important therapy. I must not let myself be distracted by creating a “career” as I do not need a direction that consumes time when I could be out and about, especially with Anne.

g) Living and working at Hillview gives me a great advantage as an Open studio as the walkers and curious take a chance to see part of the property they have walked past in some cases for many years. I just need to enjoy the experience of living here which in the evenings of PAW have involved watching the bird life and exploits of the local hares and roe deer.

h) Finally, that the local art community are a great one to be part of and an opportunity to learn and share with that I can enjoy for many years to come.

If you have read my daily posts, thank you.

Anything you would like more / less of – just use the Contact form to let me know.

Thanks

Andy

PAW 2019 day fifteen

2 ………

Well, penultimate day and the weather is sunny, just the 40+ mph winds put a slight dampener on the day. I got to sit outside most of the day except when showing visitors around. One dog today who was a return visitor – nervous but accepted their dog treat.

Sales wise a good day with one mounted and one framed print plus cards. A return contact re possible Art for a dementia home and two visitors today with interest about overalls and possibly using Art for fun in a mindfulness group setting. We will see where these leads may go to in the future.

Simon my Swanage pal came up briefly and drew another pic.

Also made some more progress with current commission piece too.

This evening I caught up with my stock records having done a check of home stocks of cards this morning. Over the 15 days so far, between Rollington Barn (13), Purbeck Artisan Yard (29) and the Open studio – I have sold 295 greetings cards in PAW 2019, this is almost treble what I sold last year. A stunning success.

My sales records are now the equivalent of 2017 and 2018 added together and 50% up on 2018. Visitor numbers are now at 416 after 250 in 2017 and 276 in 2018.

So, Sunday, the forecast is good for a warm, dry and less windy day and after that there will be some rest and trips out from the homestead this week as well as stock taking at the Artisan Yard.

Thanks for following my daily posts.

Andy