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 Six

Thursday 1st June

This was a day to be found by lots of walkers who weren’t expecting to find a studio / gallery on their walk. Later in the afternoon a visit brought a sale of several original cards. Also earlier in the day a photographic follow up will need action next week. I have liked that my photography has made a good impression as well as my art.

A sketch done in the morning outside the studio in the seating area recovered and to be developed further.

Four sets of cards have seen new orders placed with replacements on Tuesday or before – this is definitely a feel good moment that I need to restock.

Phancy Pheasant piece starts, this will take care because of the detail and colour combinations. Watch out for a finished picture over the weekend I hope.

AndyKnillArt News From PAW 2017 Day Five

Wednesday 31st May

Today I celebrate four months since I declared myself as an artist. A day with more visitors and chats. Sales included my framed photo from Woodbridge, Suffolk that was where the gentleman used to sail on skiffs as a child. Just over 20 visits and some. Card sales, it was good to have a chance to chat to visitors. 

In the morning I sat outside and sketched one of the walls outside and the stone path to the studio.

In the afternoon I started a new series which will use photos taken of wildlife in our garden, number one is a Robin feeding.

In the evening I welcomed members of the Swanage Depression Support group that I belong to for a social evening. It meant that all 12 who attended could see how my drawing has developed from earlier pieces that they had seen.

A good day with a chance to meet a wide range of people and much better weather. I also made an additional sign to encourage passers by (walkers) to come and have a look. It certainly grabbed attention as many stopped to read it.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 Day Four

Tuesday 30th May

A brighter day, a slow start again but more walkers discovering us by accident. Being on the footpath attracts interest to my gate side notices and PAW brochure box but not always then coming up the drive, even when dogs welcome read. I have to stop myself from heckling and calling out to people.

So more hand drawn card creation and a decision to move some of my #pollock-like acrylic work and place the hand drawn card out on the display table so they can all be seen rather than having them at the bottom of the carousel.

New cards:

So a wider range available now. We were expecting a lunch visit from some old friends from Essex. Before they arrived the sun came out and we started to get more visitors, the day ends up totalling 21 visitors and 10 dogs so the welcome to our four legged friends is bringing more two legged visitors in. The stone floor of the studio is dog proof and only two photo canvases rest on the floor.

Our friends came but also Purbeck friends in Josh Hollingshead and Azita Heartly who both have work in Swanage at our favourite Java Coffee House in the burgeoning art centre of Commercial Street. Other PAW businesses include- Art workshop Swanage (run by Suzanne Dominy and an opportunity to try out different art techniques in groups where experimentation is the key aim,where I and Anne are learning Acrylics currently), Lucy’s Farm (new retail outlet for Lucy Tidbury and especially her Moo-selfie range), The Old Stables including Purbeck Footsteps with Julian Sawyer’s excellent local photography especially of wildlife. If I have missed anyone out please let me know.

We had a great lunch together and due to a lunchtime lack of visitors I ate indoors rather than the studio. In the afternoon more visitors came including an ex-colleague. Sales were lower but a good number of visitors. The lunch and afternoon with a number of friends was added to when my landlord arrived with some friends as well I hope that next time he can stay longer.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 Day Three

Monday 29th May

 It’s an English bank holiday and rather predictably, at least up in the Purbeck hills, it’s a wet one. Slightly drier at times. So wet weather to start meant that I knew that I would be able to get on with a lot more work. I only saw one walker pass in two hours in the morning.

So, clearer signage as my prices poster/notices did not seem to do their job clearly enough. Using some card stock I set about producing more individualised card price information. Also I reorganised the card rack so that handmade cards would sit at the bottom section with a clear break.

For example:

Also I had found that the QR codes on my compliments slip were adding confusion, so I cut them off and made a pouch to take details from and also a card that could be photo’ed showing my full online details and contact information. It may only be day three but marketing is a key aspect of the PAW open studio experience for me in my first year.

So I am now identifying my key information for a business card and that has to be the next step, allowing for being Studio-bound during most people’s business day.

There were 8 visitors including a family who run a luxury bed and breakfast in Wareham, they wondered if a second sign half way down the footpath would help flagging visitors to tell them how far to go. Caroline Snell, the mother, took a photo and said she would place a photo on her business Instagram account ( more on this in day four). A third hand drawn card was sold and I worked on expanding the range.


Created and awaiting customers

Generally I am going with local scenes as there is much to celebrate locally, but also conscious that if visitors can recognise the scene it may prove more popular.

So a busy day but fewer people, here’s hoping for a drier Tuesday. 

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AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 day two

Sunday 28th May

Mixed weather again but got brighter, even sunny in the afternoon. A good day where early on it was quiet and I got on with mounting two pictures – my drawing from my stewarding at the Etches Collection Sketches exhibition last week and my piece at home of the Foxglove. The Foxglove itself had been felled by the weather overnight and was no longer available to be admired.  Mounting was basic in a modelling knife, back of sketching board to cut on and the use of my grandfather’s old ruler and a metal spirit level as a cutting edge.

I also started a new line – hand drawn from my own photos – original one off cards. I produced two this afternoon and both sold immediately, this is an idea I shall continue with.

In total 30 visitors and four dogs visited. I sold my second print, also a semi international sale as the gentlemen is Belgian but lives part of the year in Dorset. He also bought three cards of the same print – Beach Huts. By the end of the day I had sold 31 cards and enjoyed talking to a range of people who had heard of me from mutual friends, seen my work in Swanage TIC, seen my posts on Facebook. There were also the walkers passing by and some family friends who came especially too. Around one o’clock we had rain preceded by a most unusual cloud formation spotted by visitors as they left, which led to cameras being grabbed to record the phenomena which was subsumed into the cloud soon after.

Online discussions with friends about the day included an enquiry from a friend in Ireland about the Reculver Towers pen and ink piece. My first print buyers in Qatar also showed an interest in my Corfe Castle canvas on display at Rollington Barn. If it is still available in September when they will have more disposable mo eye it may be on its way or an alternative.

It was a reassuring day that people really liked my work both art and photographic, especially the Pinnacles from Old Harry Rocks canvas. The new original card series will continue as it offers a chance to see how different local scenes are received.

After closing we got to spend some time at local hostelry The Scott Arms as part of their launch event for the Wilkswood Reggae Festival in Purbeck in July 2017. This was the second musical follow up as on Saturday night we had gone to a concert by The Foghorn String Band from Portland, Washington state / Quebec – a mix of American Roots and Cajun music which was great to experience.

My cash box also allowed me to pay off my storage piece of furniture the family account had bought from IKEA. I am enthused and know the weather factor is going to have to be taken into xo sideration as day three’s for sat is not good and there are two large village fetes on the bank holiday Monday as well.

I lhope be how the different PAW artists are encouraging each other online throughout the event too. I feel accepted within another group of Purbeck people.

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.

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017

No weekly update this week, a daily PAW diary instead from Saturday May 27 to Sunday June 11.

Friday June 10

A day of action and the conversion of an outbuilding with new painted walls and some shelves attached to display prints into a fully working studio. Some jobs went through stages of frustration before completion but by the end of Friday I had a fully working studio to use from now on.

The sunny weather helped too and showed how we could base a table outside when the weather allowed.

The buttercups have all started to come out for PAW so matching yellow flowers for the PAW logo.

My second table, this may be placed outside but also shows some of my recent starts with acrylics. 

The ligh fitting that caused frustration that now works and gives a good spread of light when the sun is not co-operating.

The far end of the studio on entry is where my originals are and my photo canvas of The Pinnacles taken from Old Harry rocks.

The only canvas not for sale.

Signs are now spread through Kingston to lead visitors up to the Houns Toutcar park. Please walk to the studio and not drive to the venue.

Andy Knill Art News Update 25th May

Well, the key fact is that on Saturday Purbeck Art Weeks start and I shall be in Open Studio 22 for the 16 days from 10am to 4 pm each day. I will try to take photos and post a record of my first experience of hosting an Open Studio, having an art studio, having a range of cards, fine art prints, photography prints, originals in mounts and on canvas all available for visitors to view as well as my previous work.

My other pieces of work are at:

Rollington Barn – Corfe Castle original, four Swanage Collection fine art prints and six card designs including the Swanage Collection, Parkers Piece and Hungry Hare

RSPB Arne – Dorset Verges original

Etches Collection, Kimmeridge – Etches Museum

Art Workshop, Swanage – some acrylic work

Swanage Tourist Information Centre – Four Swanage card designs

Maybe I will meet some readers of this blog apart from my family.

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.