Arty things in the pipeline

Last month I shared my new pieces which are available from the Purbeck Artisan Yard. September has become traditionally the end to my boat season duties by the river Frome in Wareham. Recently I have sold more prints – framed and mounted versions which has been very encouraging.

In the next fortnight I will return to work alongside year 3 and 4 pupils at Swanage Primary school on Landscape art and sketching down in Swanage. This is a development of the work I did with the school back in February 2017 and I am still receiving positive feedback from that, I hope the children won’t be disappointed that the cloud suit is no longer what I tend to wear for events. I will be able to take copies of the prints produced when I last worked there.

On Saturday October 5 I get to deliver a second Art for Fun session at Swanage library, this time aimed at children. A chance to reinforce my message that we do art for our enjoyment, not to please others.

In November / December I will be exhibiting some of my work at the café at RSPB Arne as part of the ongoing linked programme with Purbeck ArtWeeks. I booked my slot almost 18 months ago.

Saturday 30 November will see me return to a beach hut on Shore Road, Swanage as part of Artisans on the Beach 2019, my third year involved in this great local event. I anticipate more drawing on my clothes and offering Art for Fun activities from my AndyKnillArt hut no. 33. The event runs through until January 2, the main focus is on weekends but as previous visitors know I shall be there most days whatever the weather.

2020 May start with involvement in delivering some other art sessions t.b.c.

Throughout all this time my work continues to be available at the Purbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham. Cards, prints and originals I share can all be ordered direct from me and card payment or bacs are available. I am hoping to see more sales of the now extended ‘Santa over Purbeck’ series and the new ‘Santa over Dorset’ series that has started this year too.

I am open to commissions – if interested please contact me directly.

Thanks for reading

Andy

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.

Developing my sales opportunities

I now have work on display and for sale at HappyHay clothing in the Craft Courtyard Centre in Lytchett Minster. Hayley has become a friend after the last two seasons of Artisans on the Beach and this is her new business venture. I saw that another artisan friend was also setting up their own unit so knew Hayley might then have a space available and asked if that was the case.

Last Monday July 15 I took over some prints and cards speculatively to meet Hayley for a chat. We have agreed that I will rent some wall space and I will put my best selling prints, matching cards and the Santa Over… cards up for sale.

Indeed to develop some signage for the top of the display and also about pricing and a brief bio. Before Anne and I had got home that afternoon I had sold some cards and a print which was very encouraging.

I have also had contact for cards from a lady whose friend gifted a card to her – connections are so important when it comes to selling work.

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.