AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 Day 16

Sunday 11th June

So a final day – drier, slightly less breezy and some sunshine. I opened up and almost immediately found myself redirecting people to the Coffee concert at Encombe House – my studio signs obviously work.

Friends from rowing visited included the buyer for my Swanage Regatta Fleet original – prints / cards will be available if there is the demand. My first larger original sale. A number of walkers came in and other artists including Chris Davenport and Carlotta Barrow. I sited. Chris’ husband was able to choose a free original card as visitor 250.

I then had a commission request for three Father’s Day cards from another PAW artist – no sharing until delivered. Subjects were a Heath beetle, a series one Land Rover and Concorde – so not without their own challenges.

The day finished with sunshine and then I went into the village to remove my yellow signs until next year and have since rehung the photo canvases around he house in their usual places.

This week I will do a tidy up conclusion piece – PAW has been a learning curve, a great chance to discuss my art, create many more new pieces and enjoy the feedback on the pieces that I have done and my style.

So in summary:

– new working studio

– 252 visitors

– 37 canine visitors

– over £400 taken in sales
Many thanks.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 Day 13

Thursday 8th June

Well a dry but breezy start so more grass cutting before opening up. Today I had 13 visitors, many walkers caught out by the conditions on the way out to the Tout. Wet and breezy. The weather did dry up for a period. The studio was so cool I even went back into the house to change, shorts and sandals were exchanged for warm trousers, welly socks, Wellington boots and another sweatshirt. It was a delight to talk with visitors again and emphasised the thing that has made PAW so special discussing my art, photography, reason for leaving my first career, mental health and art, and my medium of choice – Promarkers, there was definitely some pen envy today.

I spent time today on updating my accounts, editing and deleting photos as required. I also produced three new original cards and sold the one of St James’ church in Kingston village. I also welcomed Sue McLean and we both worked and chatted.

This evening the family went into the village to vote. Only three days of PAW to go and then collecting works from Etches and Rollington. My studio, well the photo canvases will return indoors, and I will discuss ideas on how to improve the studio so it is comfortable to work in. The door will not remain open everyday and this will help.

If you are able to and haven’t visited so far I will welcome you for a visit on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Been before? Revisits welcomed.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW day 10/11

Monday 5th June / Tuesday 6th June

Monday had a few visitors and some card and a framed photo purchase. The main output was the start of a new rowing piece using a range of photos posted online about Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s Regatta on Saturday June 3rd. I am going to post the stages I did the picture in and comment as needed.

I have read about dividing source and canvas into a grid, but still did my usual visual estimating. This first step was to get all boats and the ground at the top if the picture on.

For the wet sand I decided a base layer of light grey would dull the colour. At this point I could draw the remainder of the boats but instead I invested time in some additional details.

Now I needed to extend the Gigs (rowing boats) themselves.

Then I tested pens to decide the palette for each club’s boat (s).

The final stages were completed on the morning of day eleven. The posting of stages on Monday evening had led to an offer to buy the original piece as well.

Finally, fine pen and ink details of the inside of each boat then colouring the timber interiors.

A very satisfying final composition and a sale too.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW Day Eight

Saturday June 3rd

A day with many sections. The morning began waking before 6am. Some guests were doing a charity walk starting from Swanage so we were in town before 7 a.m. to drop them off. So a walk and a chance to take photographs in the bay with Pilot Gigs arriving for the Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s rowing regatta. As a club member a little disappointing as I would miss the racing, volunteering but I felt a part as I chatted to fellow rowers on duty. Some of the photographs would hopefully be suitable as drawing material.

So home for studio opening. Another day when lots of walkers came across the studio as they went out towards Houns Tout headland. 32 visitors in total, so my best day so far. I enjoy the chance to talk to people about my art and photography and share my beautiful studio location.

In between visits I also started a new canvas – Before SSRC Regatta 2017. It is based on one of my photos and showcases two of the Swanage wooden Cornish Pilot gigs and also a Stand Up paddleboarder passing. I started with a fineline pen and ink drawing. I used a laptop to zoom into my photo and was able to see how the vegetation for example on Ballard Down has changed. I posted an image of the piece and received favourable feedback from friends on social media. To be completed on Sunday 4th, if I can get the sea area right, quite daunting but this piece shows the progress my work is making.

After the studio closed we went back into Swanage, watched the end of the last gig race and took more photos possibly to use for future pieces.

At the end of today I had been visited by 170 visitors and now taken £200 in sales.

AndyKnillArt News From PAW 2017 Day Seven

Friday 2nd June

A day with fewer visitors but a selection of other artists from Purbeck. The original cards proved popular and I created three more including the use of yesterday’s drawing and a former drawing of daffodils.

The opportunity to chat and share creative ideas was great. Later I worked on the pheasant picture I had started the day before. I was pleased with the final outcome. Using my photographs and testing my palette of Promarkers to see how I might best represent colours – no colour changing for me.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 – Day One

Saturday 27th May.

I had attended the Private View at Rollington on Friday evening and did my two hours stewarding stint as Soft Drinks barman. I then got to have a look around most of the exhibition and bought Anne a print that she liked by Linda Wallis. A very sunny evening.

So, Saturday morning dawned, I looked out – Mist or low cloud? Here on the edge of Kingston and Houns Tout we often find ourselves in low cloud while Swanage below is clear. I messaged friends to find out if their conditions were better – clear but cloudy was the reply.  Well day one, how would my PAW experience start?

It was misty and wet but during the day as the sky cleared I had 17 visitors, I was pleased with this considering our location and several came across us purely by accident as they set out for walks. I sold 8 cards which doesn’t sound much but beat my previous experiences at craft events. So a good start. I have also added that dogs are welcome to bring in more of the regular dog walkers using the footpath. Some people arrived by car which was not the intention but I will need to monitor this on a daily basis.

In gaps between visitors I produced three new pieces of work:

This solitary Foxglove has grown in the garden. I worked from the photo as it was too cold and damp to draw outside.

I experimented with some new ways to show leaves where there is a tangle of wild plants. I am pleased with the result.

A view towards Houns Tout on its western side as it leads down to Chapmans Pool. I still need to develop strategies for colour where there are a variety of tree species – the joy of ongoing learning.

A view from a photo taken by my brother-in-law during a visit this winter. It shows the towers at Reculver that used to defend the Wantsum Channel mouth that separated the Isle of Thanet from the rest of East Kent in Roman times. So I have now lost bed in two Isles – Thanet and Purbeck.

Many good discussions with visitors today about my studio which of course is so new to me and my ultimate gain from PAW. Also the very short timeline between declaring myself an artist on January 31, entering PAW February 1 and PAW May 27th and the amount of work I have already produced in that time.

Andy Knill Art News Update 18th May

Well it’s the penultimate week before Purbeck Art Weeks. Suddenly there are things you realise you need and a seven page document of instructions as an Open Studio artist to go through again. Exhibition pieces to be handed in only at set times and forms and waivers to fill in. 

Yes, I am a beginner, it’s my first time and I am definitely learning new aspects of what being an artist involves labelling, artist biography, wrapping work… my self confidence has wavered and I find myself thinking back to my initial gusto in February and how I have stepped back somewhat to be realistic ad know this year is a learning process. If people like some of my work they may buy it. They may just visit and chat. I may have lots of quiet times – it is all about taking it a day at a time.

So where will I be and where can my work be seen over  the next month.

On Monday May 22 from11 – 3 pm I am stewarding at the Etches Collection Sketches exhibition. I have a piece on. Display from May 20th to June 11th.

 I will be taking some of my older work along including the urbansketches pieces that inspired me to draw the building rather than individual fossils.

Depending on the needs of visitors I will be working on pieces studying the features and situation of the museum.

On Friday May 26th for those attending the Private exhibition view at Rollington Barn for PAW I shall be on bar duty and looking to chat with a range of people.

From Saturday May 27th to Sunday June 11th I will be at my. Open Studio 22 between 10am and 4pm each day. Work on display will include photographic pieces., fine art prints, framed originals and canvases that I hope to add to during PAW festival. There will be an art competition for £1 entry to win one of my fine art prints. Your task will be to produce your own version of my silk flag design, which will be on show each day. I will. Have a range of work to show how my art has developed and will be happy to talk about that and / or my studio building.

Other work of mine will be on display at:

RSPB Arne Shop / Visitor Centre – Verges exhibition

Rollington  Barn – main PAW exhibition space. 

My recent Corfe Castle canvas, each of my four Swanage Collection fine prints and a range of card designs including pen and ink, art marker and photography cards.

Recent acrylic pieces – some will be in my studio and some at  Art Workshop, Swanage, Commercial Road.

My Swanage series of cards continue to be available for sale in Swanage Tourist Information Centre on Shore Road (Swanage Sea front).

My work was featured in the PAW Facebook posts. The images used were those I supplied initially and it makes me realise how much I have produced this year.

I will continue to post on the blog here, the Facebook page AndyKnillArt and now Twitter @AndyKnillArt as well. 

Andy Knill Art News 11th May or thereabouts. . .

Hi to regular readers and anyone new.

16 days in the countdown to Purbeck Art Weeks 2017 and Open Studio 22 opens its doors for people to visit, see my art, chat about it, maybe purchase something maybe not. Suddenly the reality seems much closer as forms are filled in and dispatched for different exhibiting venues. All framed work has been collected and last touches are being made.

I have bought new canvases to work on during PAW in the studio at home.

Pieces to see in exhibitions linked to PAW 2017 May 27 – June 11

Rollington – this will be a canvas piece of Corfe Castle, either a completion of piece I started last week or a new one with a change in focus.

Etches – this exhibition starts on Saturday 20th May to June 11th. My piece links back to my interest in architecture of buildings from my urban sketching in London and Cambridge.

Verges – this runs at RSPB Arne. The focus of wildflower Verges. My landscape is a generic Dorset one with the rolling hills, agricultural use, a drystone wall and the wildflower verges.

Art workshop, Swanage – I will have some acrylic pieces on show that I have been working on this term as I have discovered painting. The pictures are sea based. There will be some examples of art workshop pieces in the Open Studio too.

Open Studio 22 – I will be producing new work throughout PAW17. Work on display will include my sketchbooks to date, work from urbansketchwalks, and other pieces kept to show my work progression, photo canvases, cards collection, fine art prints, canvas works …


The last piece of the jigsaw will be changes / development of my studio itself – please note it is a rustic building without electricity or heating but a charm of its own.

I look forward to welcoming visitors and talking about my surroundings and my art.


Andy Knill Art News Update 4th May

A new month and one with so much art potential ahead. In 23 days I shall be an Open Studio within the Purbeck Art Weeks programme. Number 22, sat in and around our home drawing, painting, taking photographs and hopefully greeting visitors and maybe selling some of my work too.

I am not ready yet but I feel really calm as well. I have plenty of cards to sell. I have my fine art and photography prints ready. I have bought some blank canvases to work on and before the start I will buy some spare frames, and probably more canvases.

My Purbeck wall/ New wall old wall original is still in Artcubed, L’Artishe gallery, High Street, Swanage until PAW commences. It was away for a while for reframing and its price has been adjusted by the Gallery to adjust for the framing cost. It is still available for £125. This is my first ever exhibition piece.

I have collected my piece for Etches Museum PAW exhibition that runs from 20th May to June 11th in Kimmeridge. A larger original at A3 size, it is pen and ink with coloured pencils and will cost £150. There is a viewing evening on Saturday 20th May, if interested please contact me at for further details.

I will be collecting  my Verges piece for RSPB Arne / PAW exhibition soon. This is another mixed media piece at A3 size and will be for sale for £150. It depicts wild flower Verges against a Dorset drystone wall and rolling agricultural rural landscape. Further details of the exhibition dates in next week’s news update.

At Art Workshop, Commercial Road, Swanage I have been developing pieces in acrylics. One – Stormy Buoy will be available. Price tbc. It is painted directly onto cardboard and so will be a much cheaper original than my framed works. I have two coastal scenes – Stormy Ballard Down and Storm Cloud over Swanage Pier which are on canvases and which I will sell from my Open Studio. Prices tbc.

In the Open Studio I will be exhibiting some of my older mobile phone photographic photo canvases which will retail at £100 each. I will have my collection of fine art prints, photographic prints and new canvas originals including my work from Art Workshop Wednesday group.

Yesterday my new magical piece of hardware arrived, a “Square” card reader which will now enable me to take card payments for purchases in addition to cash payments. Lucy Tidbury uses one in her “Lucy’s Farm” shop in Swanage off Commercial Road, opposite my new regular haunt “Java Coffee House”. 

So five exhibitions in four months as an artist, I am very proud of my achievements so far. I will also be at the Craft Fair at St Edwards RC hall this Saturday 6th May in Rempstone Road, Swanage. I will be selling prints and cards and can also be approached about commissions. I am told that the “Swanage Collection” of four cards are selling in the TiC (Tourist Information Centre) on Shore Road, Swanage which has now entered its summer season pedestrian status. The centre are also now stocking cards by Gina Marshall too.

So, a News Update with lots of information. Apologies to regular readers as there is a lot of repetition as projects develop. Feedback is always very welcome about what I am doing, how I go about it as well as my art and photography itself.

Remember this started as a wellbeing process for my mental health issues and I am always willing to talk to others about this aspect of my art too.
Thanks for reading

Andy Knill Art News Update 27th April

Weekly update time. A busier week with two PAW linked events. 
On Sunday I took part in the a.m. Session working on our silk flags to display at studios for most but not all participants. I had been told a simple design would work better with a flag that flapped rather than wa start like a banner. My concept the view from my gateway to the studio – on the day it was very simple compared to other designs. I hope to use some old kite spars to batten the flag so more of the design is revealed.

The second event was on Tuesday – the first sketching event of the year’s programme after the sketchbook use session I attended previously. The instructions pointed out that parking was limited and as the location Brenscombe Woods was on the north side of the Purbeck Ridge I decided to cycle there. In the end only three of us attended and the weather was cooler despite bright sunshine at times. The woods we worked in are worked by Toby Hoad who uses working horses as part of his woodland management work. We were based around Toby’s site in the woods where canvas shelters and wooden structures for various tools are found. He worked with the horses bringing felled trees along the track while we sketched.

By lunchtime all of us had cold hands with / without gloves so we all left earlier than originally planned. The woods were alive with a carpet of bluebells interspersed with wild garlic. I drew my first sketch before the others arrived and then did three others around the site using fineline marker and colour pencils. We all took photos that we might work from later. I did one sketch of one of the horses. This time I will share as the horse anatomy was better than when I tried sketching New Forest ponies.

My first was from under the canvas shelters. I am captured drawing in one of the photos. I then moved to take in the view of the charcoal burners and a fellow artist.

I moved on to the wood framed area seen in Roger’s photo above. Here ropes were used to help operate wood based treadles for a variety of tool positions. I liked the interplay of the cut wood, use of man made fastenings and the rope.

As we were able to see Toby and the horses work together and then they stopped for lunch.

After leaving the site I walked / rode my bike up onto the Purbeck ridge for my first time. I consciously decided not to photograph the panorama as I could not to do it justice. It is an area I must return to draw from in the future.

On Wednesday I attended my art group at The Art Workshop in Swanage led by Suzanne Dominy. We continued developing our work in acrylics. Some personal news had left me in a glum mood this morning and the only piece I kept was a brooding storm around Ballard Down at the north end of Swanage Bay. I will add to this next week when I will share my work. I am enjoying the use of acrylics and need to practice this back in my studio. The use of canvasses appeals too.

I must do some more studio preparation this week. My piece at L’Artishe has arrived back from the framers and in the next week I hope to collect framed pieces for the Etches and Verges exhibitions linked to PAW. I was also reminded today that I need to submit my form for Rollington Barn by the 15th – PAW suddenly seems much closer but I hope to take it as it comes. I have no idea really what to expect from it.