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.

Judging – a privilege to be asked

This afternoon I took part in what turned out to be a small exercise, the joint judging entries for the Purbeck Art Weeks 2019 sketching competition. There were entries from both adults and children.

A remit had been to represent the PAW event. One adult design took in a number of activities within the event including the refreshments served in several venues as well as the arts and music. Another adult travelled to many of the venues where he sat and sketched quick pieces, before moving on to the next. I am aware of this as he visited my studio amongst others.

Corfe Castle was a firm favourite among several of the children’s entries.

My fellow judge was Fran Quinlan and we were assisted by Ali Burnett who is the administrator for PAW. The range of prizes from Daler were very encouraging and I hope that the prize winners enjoy using their new art materials. Also all 200 sketchbooks with instrument set sold out during PAW as well.

In the title I refer to this as a privilege as I see myself as being in my third year as an artist, therefor being asked on the basis of my own drawing was an honour. Thanks PAW.

Enjoying other people’s art

Since I started the idea of selling my art at the end of January 2017 I have been exposed to more examples of art as I meet many other artists in Purbeck and across Dorset, plus other artists using Instagram and Facebook globally. I enjoy this. There will be pieces I admire but not have space for or the finances to buy.

I have been lucky to buy pieces over a number of years, now I increasingly buy work from local artists whose work I admire and who often have become friends too.

The last two larger piece that I have bought are sculptural rather than paintings.

At Christmas while I took part in Artisans on the Beach 2018 my hut was next to Alan’s and this splendid piece showing a range of his glass fish was exhibited daily outside his hut. As the event was successful for me I was able to buy it and I look at it everyday as it catches the light in so many ways and expresses movement.

During Purbeck Art Weeks 2019 I left my studio for two visits after normal opening hours. At Moira Purver’s we bought a small deer piece for my mother in law. At Angelika Seik’s my heart fell in love with a piece that expressed how Anne and I often relax with a book and a mug of tea. This is my largest purchase to date and I was able to sell some of my art too as a part exchange towards the price of the piece.

What do you enjoy art wise readers?

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

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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

PAW 2019 Day Fourteen

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Yes a mixed day today with heavy rain to start the day – I used this time in the studio to start work on a commission piece. Later the rain eased and the first of today’s visitors came. Several local friends visited today and all 11 came from Purbeck. The best aspect of the day was the chance to chat quite extensively with people that we know and for some who know me from my boat job, seeing my art work for the first time.

We also saw 4 dogs who all enjoyed a treat. The weather brightened army in the afternoon so I was able to act as dog entertainer for a bit. Later the rain returned. Not a big day for sales but as I said yesterday I have surpassed all previous records and visitor numbers and sales are both up by almost 50% on last year.

As PAW draws to an end of 2019 I start looking forwards to what aspects of my work or subjects / topics to work on next. Ideas include more yacht racing pieces; start “Santa Over Dorset” series; complete commissions I have; make arrangements to do a wider variety of “Art for fun” activities; complete the care aspect of my original drawn on clothing so I can look at possible pieces that I might produce for sale… one fellow artist the other day said that the difficulty as deciding what to do next – as you can see, I have the what aspect, it is more the when or in what order to organise.

PAW 2019 Day thirteen

A bright and breezy day today. I sat outside for most of it except for guiding visitors around the gallery and studio. Drawing for me today was adding two sleeve designs on opposite sides of one sleeve of the Art for a fun overall. I was pleased with the effect.

My next clothing task is adding drawings of tools and possibly quotes from a local crafter who works with wood. She dropped her apron off today for me to start work on it.

The client who reserved the rowing picture, shared yesterday, came today and we arranged for me to frame it and I dropped it off to them locally after the studio closed.

Twenty one visitors today bought more cards and I have now sold over 230 this year in the thirteen days so far. Tomorrow a new batch of two designs are due to arrive just before my stock runs out.

My commission client dropped their deposit by today and tomorrow I shall be based in the studio getting on with their piece over the next few days.

PAW19 has been a record breaking event for me where I have exceeded visitor numbers and sales from my last two PAWs. I may actually have set a new sales record for any event I have taken part in.

So let us see what the next three days bring.

PAW 2019 day twelve

A mixed day with warm sun at points and others very cool and breezy. A busier day with visitors both in the morning, afternoon and some friends after hours. A chance to chat in several cases over a nice mug of tea or coffee. Sales were lower today.

So, what have I completed and / or been selling these last 12 days?

I have sold 210 cards in 12 days which is over 100 more than last year. The good thing is that I have sold copies of all my cards on offer, some cards have sold more obviously including the new Santa Over Purbeck cards for 2019 which I have never shared images of:

Santa over Studland

and

Santa over Kimmeridge

As the set of seasonal cards extends to 6 now they fit my deal of a set for £10.

I have also had to contact my printer as two very popular cards during PAW this year have almost run out of stock and new copies are due on Friday for:

PAW studio in the snow

and Looking up at a wintery sky

Yesterday I also completed my piece showing one of the ladies crews from Swanage Sea Rowing Club out training below Durlston Castle.

So, again more constructive time. I am about to start a commission that I received after a visit to the studio in the first week of PAW. I am also planning which order to do some other new pieces, what to draw is not an issue, which order to do them in is more of a challenge.

I look forward to welcoming more visitors over the next four days and to see how the event finishes in terms of visitor numbers, work sold and art cards drawn.

Thanks for reading

Andy

PAW 2019 day eleven

A day of mixed weather. A busy morning with several friends – Artisans from the beach, PAW artists and crafters, and friends and local villagers. I continued to sell a range of cards and this evening have needed to put in an order for new cards in two of my winter series.

The weather turned at 1pm and only one visitor this afternoon, but Gunner the puppy set my new canine visitor record at 40 visitors.

After hours we visited Moira Purver’s studio and saw her work plus Sinead’s art, Roger’s art and Marita’s jewellery.

I completed my rowing piece that I have been working on too, that has been pre- sold.

So not a lot of news today. Hoping to be creative again tomorrow and already have some visitors I am expecting.