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.

Framing and hanging

When you have an art event ahead then you need product to show your visitors. Today included preparation at home this morning and then hanging work and organisation of one of the three places my work will be during Purbeck Art Weeks.

Art work to item to buy:

I have my original art work scanned by my printer James at Art2Card, Upwey, Dorset. James prints giclée copies of my work as prints and also prints and packages my greetings cards. When I started I decided that I wanted to use a Dorset based company and Art2Card came highly recommended.

I have Giclée prints made which use lightfast inks on a quality art paper. These will last and not fade. I want my customers to receive a quality product. I now buy mount sets from Kadinsky Art in Pembrokeshire and hand sign and title my prints ready for sale.

I sell the majority of my art in three formats:

: blank greetings cards supplied with an envelope in a cellophane wrapper, I am researching more eco friendly wrappers for the future.

: gicleé Print in card mount and backing board in a cellophane envelope.

: framed giclée print, I mount the artwork and use a selection of frames from “The Range” – I add d-rings and non stretch picture card so it is ready to hang. I do not invest in more expensive frames as most of my work sells at a price point where the expense of a professional frame would significantly increase the price of the piece.

Adding art into frames should be easy as frames come in fairly standard sizes, I mainly use 16″ by 12″ for A4 artwork and 20″ by 16″ for A3 artwork. However not all frames of the same outer dimensions have the same size aperture inside the frame and this leads to much trimming of mounts with craft blades so that they fit properly.

Hanging or arranging your sales / exhibition space:

My work at Rollington Barn for Purbeck Art Weeks will be hung by the team of volunteers and I will only know where my work is when I go to the Private view on Friday May 24.

At the Purbeck ArtisanYard I share Bay H with “Made at Milldown”. I was conscious that my work was not displayed as well as it should be so today I rearranged my space and rehung all of the framed prints on my main display wall at the end of the first floor of the yard. This now presents my work more clearly with some additional labelling of when work was done or pieces that link together.

On Thursday and Friday I will go through the same process with my home studio space so that it is ready for Saturday’s opening.

You enter bay H past a display of some of my printed card range. These cards are £2 each or multiples of three for £5. All cards are blank inside for your own greetings. The pen and ink cards are suitable for colouring in. I will have examples of this in Open studio 22 at home.

On the side of the bay adjacent to Bay G the basket contains examples of my range of mounted giclée prints at £25 each. The wooden boxes on the partition wall are all original hand drawn pieces and their prices are on the pink star sign and inside each box. Currently there is a pirate box, fairy cottage and Top Secret chest. The standing easel displays a framed original artwork of the River Frome drawn from life and photos looking upstream from Wareham Boat Hire on Abbots Quay where I work part time fromMarch to September.

The main display wall has a stand for Made at Milldown at the left end. Except the Flying gull photo print which is priced individually, every framed giclee print on the wall is £35. The photo canvas showing a Houns Tout sunset is now reduced to £35. All framed pictures can be reached now to be taken to pay for downstairs. Where a print is available as a card I have put one next to the framed example.

The coffee table shares some original one off cards at £3.50 each or 3 for £10. The wooden shelves display some small original canvases and are individually priced. The picture of The Monarch paddlesteamer is now going to an event on May 25. The cards and leaflets are about PAW, my open studio card and business cards.

Thanks

Andy

“Art for fun” session

Today I was joined by 13 members of the public and two of the library team to take part in the above activity – how many of these sessions had I run before? None, this was the first one.

What did I provide?

The entire colour range of Winsor and Newton ProMarkers minus French Navy, assorted fineliner pens, colouring pencils and some sketching pencils. We looked at some of the surface I have drawn on from IKEA rolls of paper from the children’s department to my overalls coloured in this Christmas.

The library also provided some paper.

What to draw?

I provided some of samples of my greetings cards to provide some subjects, others chose images from books from the library stock.

Did we have fun?

Yes we did and I was even asked if such sessions would be repeated. It as a great and happy relaxed at to spend this Friday afternoon.

Thank you to all those who attended and took part.

Art supplies

If you produce art you obviously need some art supplies. One of the greatest costs in my first two years as an artist has been to build a stock of tools to produce my art and materials to draw onto.

Every so often I then need to check how my stock is. If I had a system where every pen was stacked/ stored individually then I could just count them, but I don’t. So in recent weeks I have been developing a colouring in chart to display the colours I have in the marker pen range that I use. My main colour source is Winsor and Newton ProMarkers. There are 148 colours in the range and thanks to a great offer by Cowling and Wilcox in 2017 I bought myself one pen in every colour. However as I do a lot of pictures with sea and countryside in I use some colours more than others.

Before I decided to try and sell my art I had built my collection through a number of sets sold by Winsor and Newton often heavily discounted by Cass Art whose shops I frequented in London. Now I have over 200 marker pens which when looked after last well – I have had some of my markers since 2016 and they still work as long as lids are replaced after use.

So today, prior to an art session I am leading at Swanage library tomorrow I finally completed my stock take.

So for the next 24 hours roughly they are organised, the moment I or anyone else uses them however that organisation will start to unravel. I keep an eye on my other main pen supply – pigment based fineliners. I have bought a range of makes since it started keeping sketchbooks in 2015. My main target with these is to keep a range of nib widths to allow me options when drawing and especially when working on my pen and ink pieces – see previous post.

I have tools, what to draw on…. well anything really. I use the following: photocopier paper, sketchbooks (my regular choice come from Tiger stores), graphic marker paper, watercolour paper, Bristol board paper, photographic paper, IKEA paper rolls from the children’s range, canvases from miniature ones at The Works to larger ones from art stores, wooden boxes (The Works), and more recently decorating overalls / bib and braces.

Variety is good and I will continue to experiment. A friend gave me a large canvas which at some point will lead me to use a different media as it is too large a surface to use with my marker pens.

What do you use?

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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.

Reviewing sales record

It is April and for the second year I have placed my order for the run up to Purbeck Art Weeks on the 26th. I visited the Artisan Yard yesterday to update my stock records and look at what is selling and deciding on my order.

As part of the process of organising my order I decided to compile a top 10 sales list for both greetings cards and giclée prints to date. These are my findings;

Greeting cards top 10 sellers

1. Swanage Beach Huts* 184

2. Santa over Swanage 138

3. Santa over Corfe Castle 137

4. Looking East* 129

5. Santa over Wareham Quay 97

6. From Prince Albert Gardens,

North across Swanage Bay 57

7. Santa over Chapmans Pool 52

8. Prince Albert Gardens and Bay 48

8. Spa Beach Huts* 48

10. Corfe Castle from GPS surgery 39

Here we have the first card I drew and sold cards to Swanage TiC along with Looking East and Spa Beach Huts which were commissioned designs by them too. In joint 8th place is my original design for TiC which I then edited for their card version. These were amongst my first cards available to buy in 2017.

All four Christmas card designs feature. Swanage and Chapmans Pool were available for 2017 and 2018. Corfe Castle and Wareham Quay went on sale from June 2018. So the new 2019 additions Kimmeridge and Studland will be available from Purbeck Art Weeks 2019.

Giclée prints top 10 sellers

1. “Hungry Hare” photo 8 Original not applicable

2. Swanage Beach Huts 7 Original sold

3. Year 3 sketching trip 5 Original donated to Swanage Primary

4. PAW studio in the snow 4 Original sold

4. Looking up at wintery sky 4 Original sold

4. From Prince Albert Gardens

North across Swanage Bay 4

7. Looking East 2

8. Winter sunset 2 Original sold

8. Sailing from Chapmans Pool 2 Original sold

8. North from Purbeck Ridge 2 Original sold

The encouraging aspect here is that only two of the originals remain available from this list. My printer James thought that Year 3 sketching trip was possibly not the wisest name but I stuck with it and it tells a tale of its own.

It will be interesting with time to repeat this exercise annually to see which remain the favourite designs.

New posts coming soon …

So here are a short selection of images that will feature either on this blog or my personal blog mishmashlearning.wordpress.com over the coming weeks.

Testing Gellyroll white pens work, draw a piece and had it to artshop assistant for fun in downtown Vancouver.

Sketching my view while having lunch at “Edible Canada” on Granville Island, False Creek, Vancouver.

Public art around Coal Harbour (this half scale hut is cast in Aluminium) and Vancouver International Airport.

A variety of art seen in many forms. I will be blogging a lot about the variety of First Nation art seen in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler.

So yes a strong canadian element after a fabulous two week break.

Where I shall be appearing in the run up to Purbeck Art Weeks 2019;

Good Friday and Easter Monday – Bay H on upper floor of Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham. We are hosting our Easter event. I shall be there with the full colour range of Windsor and Newton Promarkers to encourage people to have a go (I am not selling the pens, this is my artist toolset).

I am working on boat duties but willing to talk art in between bookings at WarehamBoat Hire,Abbott’s Quay,Wareham on Tuesdays and Sundays.

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 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 brochurecontactmedordirctions on Houns Tout footpath from Kingston, Dorset.

Taking steps…

It’s March and the next event I shall spend a lot of time at will be the Easter Weekender – Meet the Artists at the Purbeck Artisan Yard.

I have posted events on the Facebook page for Good Friday, and Easter Monday ( post edited after shift change for boat job) when I will be based in bay H upstairs at the yard offering the usual chance to have a go with the Promarker range of 148 colours to produce an art card or greetings card. All for free. The activity will target all ages who would like to have a go.

I will be in the yard from 10 until 5 on Good Friday and Easter a Monday. On Easter Saturday AND Sunday I shall be at duty at Wareham Boat Hire and openly invite people to come and draw while boating, or draw others boating. I won’t be providing materials as I shall be wearing my boating “hat” / shorts – delete as applicable.

Between Easter and Purbeck Art Weeks 2019 when I am opening my studio as Studio 22 on the trail I hope to be doing an afternoon’s free art session in Swanage, details to be confirmed before I say anymore.

Then from May 25 to June 9 it will be my third Purbeck Art Weeks as an Open Studio based artist. As usual I shall be open for 16 / 16 days from 10 am to 5 pm. Today saw some preparation for PAW with the design of my new flier for this year’s event which is now off to the printers. I have also had electrical work done in the outbuilding, which now has working sockets and double the lighting of the last two years, so the art will be easier to see on any dimmer / wetter days.

Publicity is an ongoing skill that I hope I am pitching ok. It is great each time to have a range of newer images to include. This year there may be two spaces showing the art. Refreshments will be available again. Dogs as always are always welcome in my studio.

The new profile pic is one I tried for my first foray into using Procreate on my new iPad with an Apple Pencil – not an iPad Pro. New mentions this year also to some of my work being available on Etsy and Red Bubble under the name – AndyKnillArt.

Don’t forget feedback always welcomed.

Thanks

Andy

Merchandising and my art / photography

So far in the first two years I have sold original artwork in a number of formats from small easel style canvases, to pieces of work in a mount with backboard and cellophane wrapper to framed pieces. I have also sold wooden boxes had decorated in original art. Greetings cards and giclee prints printed for me by Art2card. Also original greetings cards and hand coloured versions of my pen and ink cards.

Apart from my first Purbeck Art Weeks in 2017 when I ordered a sample pack of merchandise and sold the fridge magnet, and key ring I have looked at but avoided introducing art based merchandise as the up-front costs present potentially a large financial outlay.

This week I have been reading about companies that “Print on Demand” from single items or more, I decided that as there is no upfront cost this would be a way to see if there is a market for AndyKnillArt merchandise. I have gone with “Red Bubble” and posted some artwork and photography, I will be adding more pieces to my portfolio. The system works by each product having a cost price, as the artist I then set the % markup for the public price and this is where I earn some income.

So I will be trying this method, plus Etsy and promoting sales in Facebook, Instagram and this blog /website too for 2019 at least and seeing what sales we can generate. Advice from others who have gone down this route before me your pointers would be gratefully received.

Weymouth – a non Purbeck subject

A friend posts pictures often of his travels. He recently visited Weymouth, a Dorset coastal resort we have visited several times and taken photos to use later. I decided to try one of his photos as it would give me a chance to practise my use of perspective, a skill that I am far better at now than I was previously. Like the wall styles post I now try to keep a set of progress picture to show how my work has evolved. Feedback is welcome.

So the original photo.

Some of the colours of buildings might change slightly and although the fishing boats are a common feature along the near bank here I decided to leave it out. I prefer pictures of boats to focus on the boat as the main subject.

My first task the fineliner pen and ink drawing. This is freehand and drawn straight into pen, this stage went well.

I started the colour layers on my first sitting while on duty at the Purbeck Artisan Yard, Church Street, Wareham, Dorset where I have a sample of my work in Bay H upstairs.

This was the end of my work on Wednesday’s duty. I was covering a duty for a fellow artisan who had covered for me at the last minute when ill post beach huts event. I hoped that I would get time to continue with the piece on Friday and maybe complete it.

Once adding colour to the vegetation I shared the piece thinking had finished. However I had left a tree in front of the top row of houses. I added this and improved (in my opinion) the main bank of shrubs. The second picture below is the completed piece which has had very positive response from friends. I was pleased with the additional work on shadows and lighting, something I need to use more now.