Arty changes

In September I posted “Arty things in the pipeline” . Everything has come to pass. I am now booked to deliver four sessions for Art Workshop in January 2020.

The biggest change is that on Saturday November 2nd I got the keys to Unit 7, Tilly Mead, 1-5 Commercial Road, Swanage BH19 1DF. This address used to house “Lucy’s Farm” the hq for Lucy Tidbury who I got to know through Purbeck Artisan Yard. When she announced that she was moving two units to a new shop myself and Jo Porter a fellow artisan yard member put together a plan to open a shared art studio / shop. We have done this all in the last three weeks.

Our studio/ shop is called “The Courtyard Studio: Art in the Heart of Swanage”. In the last 4 days we have started to move our work into the shop and to create our new identity. The scaffolding board wall and counter that Lucy left are linking to a theme that we are continuing.

Already we have our own Facebook page

@ArtintheHeartofSwanage

An Instagram account

@thecourtyardstudioswanage

So the new adventure develops.

This year will be my last Artisans on the Beach as I was already heavily involved in organising the event so pulling out was not an option. In 2020 the focus will be on he shop.

Our “USP” is the “Art for Fun” table / area at the back of the shop where I will continue the activity I have offered during PAW at my open studio; during events at Purbeck Artisan Yard; with Swanage Library and also links to my work with Swanage Primary school. The idea is to encourage others to draw whatever age they are for fun, if they want to share their work with others they can, if not there is no need to. I hope that this might develop into future workshops or art sessions with individuals.

Some early pictures in our first four days.

Back on track….my first solo exhibition

Purbeck Art Weeks run an opportunity to exhibit art in the cafe at RSPB Arne. I booked a spot 18 months ago and of course then just got on with everything else. This morning a week on from the intended start date (subject to illness) Jenny Hawkes took her exhibition down and I put mine up. Some new skills including how to use a hanging system (not my budget version used for Artisans on the Beach and my PAW Open Studio).

So a sunny start and I came out to great scenes from home.

Then it was off to Arne across Middlebere and HartsMoor. I stopped to watch the ponies on route.

Once Jenny’s pictures were taken down it was my turn. 11 pieces including a range of original pieces and giclée prints ranging from £35 to £250. If you visit and would like to buy a piece the RSPB will accept cash payments. To pay by card – contact me on andy@andyknillart.com.

Here is the view then zooming in from the counter in the cafe towards my pieces.

How many pens still work?

Any excuse for some colouring in saw me last night doing my second full promarker collection audit linked to my annual order window. Keeping in mind the demands of a coloured set of overalls to advertise the Santa Over… series and some examples of the new colours launched at the start of September.

The next challenge which will need even more than the A2 pad used here will eventually be the colour layer chart to show what colour combinations can be made using the 160+ colours available to me.

So tomorrow offers the chance (subject to delivery) for a test of the new colours and an updated colour chart that I can take to the school on Monday (see previous post).