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

PAW19 or Purbeck Art Weeks approaches

I was just looking back to my 2018 posts and see that I started blogging about the run up to PAW18 eleven days prior.

This year is my third as an Open Studio and I am number 22 as I was in 2017. I am very relaxed going into the fortnight although self doubt etc has struck a few times as the time approaches. I still find it hard to believe that in less than 2.5 years I have become comfortable with the label “artist” and that I have sold a wide range of work to customers both locally in Purbeck and internationally too.

So why an Open Studio?

I enjoy meeting people who look at my work and discussing it and my technique and inspirations with them. Standing by a display of work is no replacement for being able to continue working and developing new pieces as I have visitors coming in. It also allows me to focus solely on art for 16 consecutive days, to sit inside or out dependent on the weather and study my surroundings at my own pace.

What will be different in 2019?

In 2017 I had about 8 or 9 pieces of art and some large photo canvases based on my own photographs. In 2018 I created my own hanging system to show the multitude of pieces I had produced, the studio felt a little cluttered. So this year I will have work on show in two parts of the outbuilding I use.

The addition of electric lighting and sockets have helped the accessibility. The open ended garage will be used to hang some original pieces that are on a larger scale than most pieces. Some are Not for Sale and represent pieces that I have chosen to keep back for myself. Others are available to interested buyers.

The studio will have less pictures on the walls but will show the variety of topics and ways I have depicted the areas I have drawn. I have done several pieces based on local drystone wall styles around Purbeck. Also recently I have drawn a few new A3 pen and ink pieces including my first piece based on my April holiday to British Columbia, Canada. My decorated wooden boxes will be available alongside the growing range of blank greeting cards. Following the “Flight of Fancy” theme I will have the whole “Santa over Purbeck” Christmas card set that will include the 2019 designs for Studland and Kimmeridge. I have these as last PAW I was not prepared with the new designs that sold very well last year of Corfe Castle and Wareham Quay. Since Artisans on the Beach 2018 in December I will also be wearing and / or exhibiting my hand drawn outfits which have received great feedback.

Visiting and fancy having a go – like my recent “Art for Fun” session for Swanage Library and events / duties at Purbeck Artisan Yard I will have the full colour range in the Winsor and Newton ProMarker pens available to try (please note I am NOT selling these – they are my work-tools). All ages are welcome to do a drawing to take away. Alternatively use one of the PAW sketchbooks available from Rollington Barn.

Refreshments will be available as last year for a donation to nominated charities. We will have water bowls and dog snacks too and dogs are welcome in both the garage and studio as the flagstone floor is not going to be damaged by them.

I look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible. I am open from 10 am to 5pm everyday of the Arts event (May 25 to June 9).

If you or someone with you has a difficulty with mobility please ring me on 01929 481539 about driving up to the house. We encourage you otherwise to park in the Houns Tout walkers car park and walk up the track through the woods keeping an eye out for our local wildlife including hares, roe and sika deer. Also listening for our varied local bird life.

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.

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.

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

A Flight of Fancy…PAW19

A change of plan re sharing my main piece I have been working on this week. So each year Purbeck Art Weeks has a competition at the start of the year linked to the chosen theme for that year. Art 2D or 3D can be submitted that fulfils the theme brief and may be selected to be used for publicity for the programme that shares details of Open Studios, the brochure that describes the music and dance events, the poster used to promote the Art Weeks.

Within my current portfolio I have a range of pieces, including two drawn in 2018 that are relevant to a “Flight of Fancy” in my “Santa Over Purbeck” series of Christmas cards, although of course they are not relevant for an event spanning the end of May and start of June. Although, this year during my Open Studio I shall have copies of the series of four cards already available and the new 2019 designs which I have yet to draw, but have planned. It surprised me when people wanted to buy the new designs so early in the year and in fact my first Christmas card order was made on June 1st.

So another idea was needed if I was to submit a piece of work. During “Artisans on the Beach 2018” event I designed and drew on two boiler suits. On the practice one (a paper diy version) I drew a panorama that circled the body of the Purbeck Coast from Sandbanks as far as the north of Swanage bay. It was drawn from the view a bird might get or an “oblique aerial” view as I would have described it previously when teaching Geography. Much to the surprise of visitors who asked I drew said view from my head with no reference materials to hand. This was based on my knowledge of the coastline as; a geographer, rowing to Old Harry Rocks with Swanage Sea Rowing Club, reading Ordnance Survey maps, seeing drone based photography posted on Instagram and Facebook by photographers in or visiting Dorset.

I was very pleased with the execution of this piece and it linked to a previous idea I had been considering for the PAW19 theme.

So I was thinking of how a sketching artist could gain the same view as drones and based on seeing a number of paragliders above Ballard Down on the north side of Swanage Bay. So my idea would be to:

1) Use a tandem paraglider where the pilot flies the wing while the passenger is able to sketch.

2) The “wing” enables inclusion of the PAW logo and also reference to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci.

Originally I thought that I would choose a coastal view, but then decided to show the view onto Rollington Barn where the main PAW exhibition is based. It also allowed inclusion of the Purbeck chalk ridge and the village of Corfe Castle. Unlike the work for the boiler suit I had to refer to some aerial photography so used “Google Earth” as a source. There is distortion of scale and perspective as my artistic interpretation is applied. I don’t know that a paraglider without a motor would actually be able to “fly” over this section of Purbeck.

Having a fixed deadline motivated me to develop the piece over a number of days and I even went on a cycle ride on Thursday to take additional photos from East Hill above Corfe village to gain additional detail to what I could see on “Google Earth”. The final piece is very pleasing and has now been submitted. This has been one of my most challenging art pieces to date and will be available as an original and possibly as a print during my Open Studio. Feedback is welcomed.

Now I can return to my other piece based on drystone walls on the boundary of our home, this has also attracted some interest already too.

Daily art again

Carrying on from my last post I am currently working on two main pieces. In addition I am sketching when out in my sketchbook and / or on napkins as last week showed. The two main pieces are:

Panoramic drystone wall piece which also features a large expanse of stone chippings in the foreground. The last few days have focused on gradually infilling the chippings area, working upto an hour at a time before a break is needed to rest my eyes. Once this area is complete I need to develop the vegetation above the wall. That will work include trees and shrubs immediately behind the wall and then plants beyond them. I am still considering whether to keep the piece as a pure pen and ink piece or to use colour for the grass and vegetation areas.

The second piece is on the theme of “Flight of fancy” linked to Purbeck Art Weeks 2019. I had an idea that I developed and started to plan while based at the beach huts in December. The work has been added to over the last 3 days. I am very pleased with the progress. The idea is complex and is coming off well so far. I have shared online the initial subject of a paraglider and dual passengers. The rest I will keep a record of but not share publicly until the decision is made about which images PAW19 will use. I aspire to having my piece chosen but I doubt it.

So more information and images next time of pieces progress.