A productive drawing day

Monday July 8th found me at the Purbeck Artisan yard as duty artisan for the day. As usual I took the ProMarkers with me and my current pieces in progress. I have a list of ideas to work on.

1) New Santa Over Dorset series start for Christmas cards 2019. The first two cards will be “Santa through Durdle Door” and “Santa over West Bay”.

(Images are from Instagram)

Now these are completed I can move on with some other water based pieces. I am very pleased with how both have come out.

2) Lifeboat piece for a friend

Suzie that I work with at the boats is engaged to Mike who works for the RNLI. Last year I did a piece of Suzie sailing around The Needles as part of the Round the Island Race. Mike had asked if I could do a piece based on him out testing a lifeboat. I have drawn lifeboats previously but this is now my best example of that class of boats.

3) commission idea spot is reserved

4) sailing and / or boat pieces

I looked through recent photos that I have been collating and decided that a piece based on the False Creek Ferry company whose boats Anne and I enjoyed during our April visit to Vancouver. This piece also includes a number of high rise residential blocks and I added some orcas based on recent reports from Vancouver of sightings. Again a piece I am pleased with too.

In addition to the pics drawn I also sold art and craft pieces for a number of our collective and chatted with many visitors.

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

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 8, half way and June 1st

The forecast was sunshine all day so careful sitting in the shade would be needed to avoid getting too much sun. I started the studio day drawing the view from our drive towards the field that lies in front of us, this will hopefully develop into an A3 pen and ink piece. I drew for an hour, heard walkers passing but stayed on task and no one came in to visit.

I then made a drink and sat in the shade and read. There were some a.m. walker visitors including a request to put the framed print of “Year 3 trip, Swanage Primary” aside, it was collected later in the day. One of my drystone wall originals sold. My landlord dropped by on a very nice motorbike, he bought some cards and reserved a piece I am working on. He saw the progress in my work from PAW17 when he had previously visited.

Around lunchtime, well when I finally tried to have some lunch we had quite a rush after which there was a lull. By the end of the afternoon a number of people had drawn art cards and bought lots of cards.

Maisie, a local friend brought her daughter up who is also interested in the use of art for mindfulness, we chatted about my work and ethos and how people could be encouraged to use art as a distraction.

By the end of the afternoon there had been 43 visitors giving me a total for the first half of PAW of 288 visitors which breaks the record of 276 visitors last year and still with eight days to go.

The aspect that was clearly key to me from today is that I love to welcome visitors and explain the background story to how my art began and is developing. I like it when they take the time to stop and draw a while and as two young gentlemen showed this afternoon, become completely absorbed while drawing.

If people like my art and want to buy some it is an honour for me. I am not going to chase sales, produce items because people want them, my art is for fun and as a therapy for me. I like to share that approach with others and have had some very positive feedback in this regard this first half of PAW.

In the second half of PAW, there is no visitor target, sales target… just to enjoy the company of my visitors and friends who come up and to keep creating new art.

If this matches your philosophy please drop by.

Andy

PAW 2019 day seven, 31st May, end of week one …

Better weather today but so much quieter and hardly any walkers passing for most of the day. The sun came out consistently from 3 onwards. In the morning a family friend Suzanne dropped by and then two walkers, one from Australia and the other a DAW (Dorset Art Weeks) artist popped in. The day was looking to be very quiet. In the afternoon I even got the guitar out to play a bit and also completed the “PAW studio in PAW 2019” piece too.

The main reason visitors came today was that they were passing and found me by accident – it is very touching that under these circumstances that people take a break in their walks. Also in the afternoon I cycled up to the car park,

where visitors are asked to park, to find very few cars there.

So visitor numbers in total today eventually grew to 17 giving a week one figure of 245 visitors and 19 dogs. Sales are ticking along consistently with card sales.

Art cards for today:

I completed the original art piece “PAW studio in PAW 2019” as it was warm enough to draw.

I also wore the new art clothing as it is so far, a great topic for conversation today from several visitors.

By the end of the afternoon the sun and shade made the studio look different and a photo from friend and visitor Simon of the foxglove growing outside the studio.

I was asked by a fellow PAW artist what was my target for this year? My answer really is just see who comes, what they buy and to enjoy making art and have others try too.

This is clearly different from some PAW artists whose art is the main source of their earnings, but as long as I enjoy my art making, others care to visit and maybe buy some I am happy. So thanks to all my visitors this week and I look forward to seeing all this when come over the next nine days.

PAW 2019 day six

A drier forecast but the steady breeze meant it never fully cleared up here. Some sun, but sea mist kept intervening. 26 visitors today so up to 228 total. A mix of walking family groups, friends and locals. Today saw some more activity at the art table and I decided it was too windy for PAW studio picture so I started a new art overall instead.

But first, Simon’s wooden shaker boxes – Simon is the Head Gardener at Encombe and also turns his hand to crafts, in the past he has framed pictures. The shaker boxes he as making last year and we sold some through my studio in PAW. This year he has expanded the range of models. These can be bought for by cash or card via Andy (me).

Three children drew cards today:

The last done by Joe while sat next to me, his Mum and sister watching us. Anne took a picture from behind of the two artists at work.

This is what Art is about – fun and sharing whatever age.

I was wearing my Artisans on the Beach 2018 overalls for those who have not seen them before. Here are the stages of the development of my new #ArtForFun overalls.

So another good day of chat with visitors and 6 days in I am finding every day tiring but very rewarding.

“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?

Pen and ink work

Recently I have produced more pen and ink pieces. This also linked to some of my sketches while on holiday in Canada. Indeed on Easter Monday I sat outside the artisan yard in Wareham, Sue Maclean was working on a pointillist piece of Wareham and I started an A3 version of my sketch from the Zephyr cafe in Squamish which I have just completed this week.

In the case of this and another sketch I have been adding detail to the dominant feature are the coniferous trees on the lower slopes. I have not counted the “trees” I have drawn but definitely mindful practice.

A geographer friend commented on how Langdale in the Lake District would look in this style, my only worry would be that the area was so well drawn for previous walking guides (name slips memory – aha Wainwright). An idea to add to possible future projects.