How long have you ….?

AndyKnillArt, as regular readers will know started as a going concern in late January 2017. Before then I had drawn pieces but never actually tried to sell any of my art. When my Open Studio is available to the public in Purbeck Art Weeks for 16 days visitors can see the snow range of my portfolio. Often the comment is made that I have been prolific in the work produced.

One of the items friends said I should consider from the start of seeking sales was to produce greeting cards. I chose early on to go with a product that was professional quality and in appearance and selected to use he services of Art2Card in Upwey, Dorset who were recommended by several other PAW artists.

As I reduce original prices of art I ask myself if the piece might have a wider appeal than a one off piece for sale. If I think this is the case I will consider whether to have giclée prints made (again a long term quality product) and cards printed. The minimum order I can have is 36 cards and when I started this was often the size of orders or updates. Now in my third year I find myself ordering stock in 50s, 100 or even 200 of particular designs that sell well. This identifying of patterns does take time to establish especially if like me you only sell your cards personally and maybe one outlet likeI do how with thePurbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham.

The list below is the range of cards I have now developed – most remain on sale and some have been very successful very quickly.

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

Next steps post PAW

A week where energy was in short supply on Monday. Thursday I was on duty at Purbeck Artisan Yard and had a few friends who dropped in to have a go with the pens.

The main art event of the week has been completing the commission I received in PAW. The image has been approved and it should be collected tomorrow all framed and ready to go with d-rings and non stretch cord ready to hang.

I have also been working on that old favourite stocktaking and moving stock from one place to another. The artisan yard bay now has the card carousel as I do not need it for an event until December. So updating of my stock records, identifying which card stock need replacing. Also it got me to update my financial records. 2018/19 was clearly an improvement on 2017/18.

I have several ideas bubbling for new pictures to work on inc. a new card series to start, some more yacht racing inspired pieces based on the feedback to “Racing” in the studio during PAW. Also further care investigations on original art clothing as work on my first clothing commission.

Just to show artists also look at other people’s work too, we bought an original moo selfie reserved with Lucy Tidbury before PAW, our favourite, a highland moo and Corfe Castle. Also after visiting Angelika Seik’s studio I am buying a statue (there’s a first) of “Reading and Drinking Tea” as it speaks volumes to Anne and I.

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.

PAW 2019 day Ten

Yes, I now realise that yesterday I posted it as day eight for the second day running. So a dry forecast and high UV, prepared with sun cream and sat in the shade, unfortunately the breeze meant I got a bit cold.

A new sign to go outside to give more information, maybe a paragraph style wasn’t the best way to write it.

A steadier flow today with 16 visitors, all who came specifically to see studio 22. 3 dogs means it am only 2 away from equalling my 2017 total of 39 canine visitors. All were happy to accept treats today.

Card sales today but also a discussion of the RedBubble Printing on Demand items which caught a few people’s eye. PAW visitors included Sue MacLean and Charlotte Heath.

After hours visited Angelika Seik’s garden to see her sculptures and Roy’s planting. It was great to visit again and we were taken by several pieces.

No art cards to share today and I admit I framed a piece and mounted the PAW studio new piece but wasn’t in the mindset to draw more today, maybe tomorrow.

PAW 2019 day eight

A misty start and a forecast for rain possibly later. I only had one visitor before midday – Pamela from Swanage, we had a good chat and hot drink and she also walked out to the of the Tout and back and was able to report back about limited views.

Numbers seemed to be settling at about 12 with an afternoon lull and I even went indoors to collect a blanket, neck warmer, hat and quilted jacket. As I came out a new stream of visitors arrived and I had company to just before 4.30.

In my quiet time today I did further work on my Rowing below Durlston piece that is progressing well. At lunchtime as the rain started I moved the art activity into the “Garage Gallery”.

Afternoon visitors included Tony Kerins and family, Jacob my ProMarker acolyte and his parents and several other local artisans that I know from the Boilerhouse Gallery in Corfe and from Artisans on the Beach. The coloured overalls were popular as was the art card activity. There were also a number of dogs who enjoyed their treats and most tried to assure me they should be allowed seconds although their owners asserted otherwise.

So more card sales and a framed Hungry Hare Print today. A total of 32 visitors taking Open Studio 22 up to 322 in 9 days.

Here are today’s art cards / drawing done.

This is the latest on the rowing piece mentioned (this piece has already been reserved, so is no longer available).

Thanks for reading.

Andy