Bank holiday events

On Saturday 25 I spent the day at the Dorset Gallery Art and Craft Fair in Wareham Town Hall. Numbers of visitors varied through the day, in the afternoon I took to sketching outside and guide quite a number of people inside.

Thanks to those who commented on my art and those that bought cards too. An event I may do again in 2018 as double booked for December.

Sunday 26 I spent a wet morning on duty at Wareham Boat Hire. We had a booked group who went out despite the wet conditions. After we had packed up at the start of lunchtime I headed over to the Vintage event at Purbeck Artisan Yard. I enjoyed a cream tea with fellow artist Eddie Burrows.

I then based myself in bay H next to my work and drew two new small canvas pieces which are now for sale. I had an interesting chat about my sunset card from December 2017 showing Swyre Head and Houns Tout ridges in profile.

My next task needs to be an art storage area at home in the warmth and dry conditions of the house to store prints, originals and mount board sets, oh and of course card stock.

My next booked event is Meet the artist ie me at Purbeck Artisan Yard on September 15 on my next duty.

Meet the artist aka duty day at the yard

So, several times each month I do my duty days at the Purbeck Artisan Yard. A duty is where I stay in the building between 10 and 5 (summer hours) and represent all 22 Artisans as a member of our collective. I welcome visitors, try and establish if they are new or repeat visitors and how they found out about us. I keep records of sales made.

I realised however of course that while sat in the yard I am in a position that people interested in my art can come and meet me. They might be interested in the Promarker media that I use to produce my work. I am there and quite willing to share, discuss ideas, share information about possible suppliers. This was how others locally helped me to start selling my work and I want to do the same for others.

So on my Facebook page I am now posting dates of my duty days as events where I seek to share about my media and art. Last Saturday this included offering some visiting children the opportunity its to make their own artcards. A lady came in he afternoon with her daughter to have a go at the artcard activity I had posted online earlier in the day.

These are the cards produced. I was taught how to draw a flamingo using the numbers 2 and 4 which I found fascinating.

So coming up duty days / Meet the artist – AndyKnillArt

Thursday 23 August

Saturday 15 September

Saturday 22 September

Wednesday 26 September

Wednesday 3 October

Thursday 11 October

Thursday 18 October

Saturday 27 October

We open from 10am to 5pm at Church Street, Wareham – see image of my postcard on how our location links to St Mary’s Church, the Pink house and road leading past

the back of Sainsbury car park.

Changes afoot …

Well if I haven’t chased my readers away with infrequent posts recently. I decided enough of my excuses I needed to up my game with my online presence. So I am restructuring the web site – all constructive feedback welcomed.

What lies ahead?

– Meet the artist events – i.e. come into the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham when I am on duty. I am there to promote the work of all of our Artisans. However, if I can answer questions linked to techniques and the media that I use then I will. Please note my art materials are not for sale as one gentleman tried recently but I can recommend stockists that I use.

– Christmas, yes that season that I would never have considered this early before becoming an artist, lies ahead and my #SantaOverPurbeck range of 4 card designs are now available from Bay H at the yard. I can also take orders by using the contact form in the menu options in the site header or email me direct at andy@andyknillart.com. They retail at £2 each, or 3 for £5. Interests in commercial stocking or larger quantities (25 units plus will include price discounts).

-on Saturday August 25th I will have work for sale at a craft event in Wareham Town Hall. This will include my full card range of printed cards and a selection of original pieces and fine art prints of my work to date.

– In December I will be participating in Artisans on the Beach in the beach huts on Shore Road, Swanage as I did in 2017. I am on the committee to organise the event which will focus on being open from Friday to Sunday for the five weekends so that Artisans are all there. I will be open on additional weekdays, details to be given in November. If you would like to look at what is required and would consider putting an application in by the September 2nd deadline please see the Artisans on the Beach page on Facebook. We will have an event that develops from the previous events and yes “that” suit may make an appearance.

I will continue to develop new pieces. I have two events booked for Autumn 2019 but I will tell you about those in 12 months.

Still alive …

Well, hi any readers still left. I have had a mixture of moods recently. Some new work produced and a number of successful shifts at the Artisan Yard. Bay H is now being shared with Sophie of Made at Burngate Farm for the last couple of weeks.

I await my latest reorder of prints and cards to collect as I ran stocks down in PAW. I have entered my application for Artisans on the Beach 2018.

More sketching and some napkin art too.

Today (July 30) I sold the beach huts piece I developed while on duty at the yard back in April. The client who bought the first Shore Road huts print reserved this piece before it was even completed. I then waited until they returned to the UK at the end of their school year.

Accounts updating yet show how in 18 months I have sold £4K of art which is a very pleasing achievement and a total surprise from where I started.

What comes next? I have a few pieces in progress as the mood has varied recently. News as pieces appear.

A yard day ..

Awake early,a positive dream about teaching and letting go,what does today hold?

A yard day ..

In May 2016 I explored the back streets of Wareham to find the Purbeck Artisan Yard as I wanted to find some art by Lucy Tidbury before I drove back to Essex. Unfortunately for Lucy my purchasing power was only to buy some cards to take back to Essex with me.

Twenty five months on I have been a bay holder at the yard for 4 months. What does this all involve?

The yard

It lies in Church Street, Wareham, Dorset. It is not easy to find ( this is an ongoing area to make us more prominent) as most visitors see the Quay, and ‘High Street’ (a combination of shops in South Street, North Street and West Street. It used to be the town’s fire station and also a builder’s yard. Today it houses 12 bays of Art, Craft, Artisan goods. There are spaces for guest artists too.

Bay holders

We rent a section in the yard for a monthly rent and we then staff the yard as a representative of the collective on average once every 12 days. We can rent a whole bay or with other Artisans we can share a bay – many bays are shared amongst 3 different Artisans. This splits the cost up and also the duty responsibilities.

Staffing the yard

Today I will be at the yard as Bay H representative not purely as AndyKnillArt, in fact on previous duty days I have had successful sale days for the yard but not so for my own work as I have focused on the teamwork element. My role is to have the yard open to visitors from 10 am to 5 pm. Outside that time I have to collect and return the float and any sales monies. We take cash and card payments so I must keep the technology charged,clean up in the yard and keep our sales records for accounting purposes and also so every artisan can monitor their personal sales.

I enjoy the interaction with visitors just as I do when doing my other role at Wareham Boat Hire. It gives me great pleasure to wrap sold goods so they can be taken away to enjoy. Chatting with visitors, answering questions where possible, signposting people to someone or some people who might fit their needs.

Importantly,while I am on duty there are other roles;

Today I will be hosting a new artisan who will ‘shadow’ me to see how a duty day unfolds and what is involved ready for their first duty.

I have some clients who bought some work from my home Open Studio during PAW18, but let me keep it on display until the end of the event, who are coming to collect their piece of my art.

Friends including fellow Artisans who drop by to catch up.

Anne who will come for lunchtime and if my last Saturday duty is anything to go by will help me to package goods (gift shop experience).

Finally, I represent my bay and AndyKnillArt. I will do some art work during the day as time allows. I often take much of my Promarker pen collection so I can share the media with others. I have produced a number of pieces while on previous duties.

The most significant started as a drawing of the view from the front gate of the yard. It shows very clearly where we are located and is a great example of my pen work at its best. Unfortunately rain on the day meant that I completed the piece from photos at the work table inside. Often I will work from photos while on duty.

If you decide to visit the yard today say hello and let me know you have seen this post. How will you find us?

– you’ve been before and know where we are

– follow the arrow signs in town

– look for St Mary’s church from my picture -its wind vane is a golden fish on top of the tower. It lies at the south side of the town close to the Quay. Walk to the church and from the front door look for the pink cottage, walk along the side of the churchyard to it. Take the small street alongside the end of the house and find the wall with words painted on about work you may see inside-you have arrived. Walk through the yard, past the pig and enter our front door.

Hope to meet you soon. If reading this from a place far far away from Dorset please comment and give me some feedback.

Thanks for reading

Andy

AndyKnillArt

Happiness is …

On Tuesday after a trip away I got to drop off an original piece I had framed from Purbeck Art Weeks, its new owner was very pleased with it. Today I have had an email that another client who let me keep a framed print up until the end of PAW18 will be down in the area and will collect their work. Last week I sold my kite flier piece to the subject I drew. I have also been sketching for the sake of it and framing pieces for family members of artwork they have bought.

On Saturday 30th I will be on duty at the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street,, Wareham and will be continuing on some artwork I have started recently. Visitors are welcome and feedback on my bay is appreciated.

Yesterday I updated some of my accounts to find that in 17 months I have sold almost £4000 of art since I started which is a fabulous affirmation that my art is worth it. This continues to achieve my sales target (ongoing) of selling some work.

I think that I need to just keep on sketching and drawing and even do some pieces for myself as this is still a great therapy for me.

Developing my yard bay

In March I moved into bay H at the Purbeck Artisan Yard, I knew that the “dressing” of my bay needs to develop overtime. Post Purbeck Art Weeks gave an opportunity to do this.

On Monday I took a large portfolio of prints and a few originals to the yard ready to rearrange things. On route in Wareham South Street I spotted a wicker picnic basket for sale for £12 and decided it would make a great alternative browser for prints. So I now have a wicker picnic basket, a vintage suitcase, an old coffee table, a table and a small table made from pallet wood in the bay plus an easel. Each of these can be used to display items. I have the whole of the bay for my art so there is plenty of space to spread work out and leave plenty of viewing space.

Anne used to work in a gift shop and enjoyed developing displays and it is to my advantage because I am not so confident on the best way to display work. In my Open Studio I was very pleased with the hanging systems I had made but knew that the overall effect was too crowded on the walls – something to do consider carefully next year when I will have even more work output to select from.

We took quite a bit of time to rearrange the bay trying a number of placings of the furniture to display work to good advantage and allow access. Also the crucial matter of labelling work so that visitors know what the work is and in case they buy it so that the artisan on duty knows which bay it is from and how much it is for.

I removed a shelf from the end wall and used this for the picnic basket browser. It is a good size for showing 16″ by 12″ pieces and allows me to show 20″ by 16″ portrait style pieces too. I hope this will encourage more browsing and hopefully sales too.

Cards from my range are placed on ledges and the Swanage Collection of pieces are grouped together. The easel has been used to display my new Yachting “Racing” canvas.

I have made better use of the window wall to display photographic pieces. The suitcase shows a selection of my more recent cards.The small pallet table (made by Eddie Burrows bay A) displays some of my smaller framed pieces.

The side of the bay shows smaller canvas pieces, hand-coloured and original art cards and the coffee table includes some original pieces and postcards of my piece from the yard looking south towards St Mary’s Church.

It will be interesting to see if the new layout generates more footfall and feedback / sales as we move into the summer.

Only a week on from PAW18

Well last week seemed quite long as we kept busy. As the last post said I had gone out and bought frames for original pieces bought by clients who had asked for a specific frame design I have used previously.

Before our friends came to visit for the evening I had started framing the pieces. I invested before PAW in a bulk order of D- rings and screws to attach them to frames. I also bought a 200 metre reel of reduced stretch picture cord. When I buy frames they come with a variety of fitting to hang pictures by, I prefer to give a corded frame that can be hung straight away. So, as a new direction all framed pieces will come with d-rings and picture cord fitted.

Once our friends arrived we chatted a lot and sat outside to enjoy the dusk views of nature -J had never seen a hare before and was in for a treat as we saw 5 playing in the adjacent field. We used binoculars to watch them closely. They also saw a deer later in the wild grass area. It was great to show how my range of work had increased since we had huts near each other for Artisans on the Beach. I didn’t expect it but sold them a print of the popular Wintery Sky piece.

Later in the week before Fathers Day we had a visit to see if the framed picture of Hungry Hare was still available as it had been admired and talked about at home, I had a copy and that has now gone to its new home and a happy father.

While out in Swanage during the week a request was made for the small kite flier framed original that was displayed in the studio, so this week that will be on its way too. I have delivered one framed piece and have two to deliver or have collected when it suits the clients. I also have a Broadstairs beach huts piece that was bought based on a Facebook posting when drawing it awaiting its buyer to contact me to arrange delivery. I have enjoyed that work continues to sell.

I have also done some other drawing work but will share this in another post.

I completed a sailing commission piece of Father’s Day that has been received well and already enjoys pride of place. My confidence to complete commissions means I will advertise this service more going forward.

Thanks for reading

Andy

PAW18 – day sixteen and it’s all over

The weather was good and in fact got brighter as the day went on. A busy day for visitors and an original sold on the last day. I admit as I type this post that tiredness has kicked in.

I started the day by adjusting some of my signs so that I had signposted the concert held at Encombe House and distinguished it from my studio for Art. I don’t have to do this but after turning six cars back last year I thought it worthwhile.

Would the signing work?

Not entirely this year we redirected four cars, including the person transporting the soloist. The first visitors of the day were soon off to pack and off to Macchu Pichu – impressive. I targeted equalling last year’s total of 252 visitors. This was soon exceeded and a free greetings card went to visitor 252 and 253.

Canine visitor numbers have been lower this year with only 6 in the first week.We finished today on a total of 32, only 5 shy of last year.

So in total Open Studio 23 received 276 visitors in spite of our relatively remote location. I am pleased with this and obviously a great target for PAW 2019 – same place.

Last year my initial sales of £425 really encouraged me that my decision to try selling my art had promise. At Christmas over 6 Weeks of Artisans on the Beach I took £1000 and as PAW approached I just wanted to sell some art. It has been increasingly noticeable that art is not always selling as well as people spent their money more carefully. So would I be able to match last year. Well. I have taken somewhere in the region of £820, gobsmacked would be an appropriate term to be honest. Selling an original piece today was the icing on my cake. In 16 months I have now sold over £3000 of my artwork and am now confident to call myself #artist.

This afternoon we had a number of different friends over and it was great to share a sunny afternoon together.

In the coming weeks I look forward to posting about plans going forward. If you missed being able to visit and would like to see the studio contact me for a private visit.

Many thanks to all for your support, visits and purchases.

Andy

PAW18 – day fifteen, penultimate day

A day of warmth, then rain threatened, then warmth again. Over the day the studio had 22 visitors and now only needs 4 visitors on Sunday to equal the 252 from 2017. Dog (canine visitor) numbers have been lower this year but we still have plenty of treats to give out tomorrow.

Sales today included Flying Gull – a photographic card and a framed print of the studio in this year’s snow.

Old friends from Billericay, Essex where we lived before our move to Purbeck came today and it was great to catch up. I had a great day chatting with visitors about my work, colouring in and how lucky we are to live here (a common theme – but if you have visited you understand why, if not, well you know what to do).

So one day to go, a hugely successful PAW open studio experience for AndyKnillArt. A good number of visitors, possibly a new record tomorrow. Sales have far exceeded my wildest hopes and I will finish with over £700 in a fortnight. New ideas have come up for future work and possible avenues to explore. One thing is for certain I intend to be here in the same studio for PAW19 and hope to welcome you and many newcomers too. Not sure how I will exhibit all my art at the rate I have been producing it so far. Once we finish PAW I will blog a summative piece about highlights, work successes and possible future plans. Your views are welcomed especially if you have become a regular reader of my art posts. My work continues to be in the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham where I will need to be having a reorganisation of my bay. If you still wish to visit my home studio contact me for a private appointment.

Many thanks for reading and your support.

Andy