Into week two…..

of Artisans on the Beach at Swanage. Like Purbeck Arts Weeks earlier this year I have had a chance to talk to people about my art, how I got started, where the commercial side began and how I am developing. I get the privilege of people spending their money on my work. I also have lots of time to be creative and I have produced a number of pieces in a variety of styles to add to my portfolio.

I have gone from wearing shorts and sandals with bare feet, to warmer feet in socks and trainers to multiple layers and a onesie in order to stay warm. Best of all is the great camaraderie, support and sharing amongst the artisan community. Whether it be watching each others’ pitches to allow for comfort breaks or helping to put up decorations as I have a height advantage or sharing the making of hot drinks and sharing food treats. And… the sense of humour – an essential on breezy days when the thaw sets in.

So here are some of the activities from the last 9 days (7 Open and two “rest”!?! days.

Arise #superpenguin, also known as hyper Andy. As you can see fun while dressed warmly and filling in gaps where there are no customers. Creating Swanage’s Shore Road Penguin crossing; “falling with style” training poses, general mayhem but warm, crucially warm even when the sun disappears behind and to the west of the Beach Huts between 1.30 and 2 p.m. when the temperature plummets.

#artcardbombing… not incendiary, but a chance to sketch a quick drawing and leave it in a property for someone else to have, a free original art piece. So far – Coffee One, Poole; L’Artishe Gallery, Swanage; Java Independent Coffee House, Swanage; Lucy’s Farm, Swanage. Watch out in the days, weeks, … to come this is a pattern I wish to take further afield.

Art Workshop, Swanage – Wednesday group.This Autumn term we have developed our use of printing techniques with mono printing, relief printing using drawing inks. The last two sessions have been based on linocutting. I was fortunate to receive a larger piece of Lino and I created the above plate based on Corfe Castle. I have tried different ways of inking the plate and have been interested in the prints produced. Some may be appearing in mounts in week two / three.

As items of stock sell so the display in #hut54 varies. I have coloured additional hand coloured cards which have proved popular especially the Landrover at Studland Beach. Drawn original pieces on both paper and canvas. I try to do a lot of this creative work out sat in one of the hut’s green deckchairs so passersby can see the creative process. This leads to many chats about technique, subject matter and media.

Here are a selection of some original pieces created and showing the Santa theme popular in my new Christmas cards. The sunset was the one I saw as I drove home on Friday December 1st. Clearly Swanage seafront provides lots of material and a range of conditions to draw from.

This canvas set shows the progressive steps as a canvas “View from my hut” evolved over three days and is now complete and awaits a buyer.

An 80 by 30 cm canvas provides a clear talking point. I have just started a second based on the Global fat bike day group who gathered on Saturday 2nd December. It is a challenge I set myself and I look forward to. Sharing it with the participants, by far the largest group of people I have ever attempted to draw.

Finally examples of pieces that have been purchased so far:

AndyKnillArt News from PAW 2017 Day 14

Friday 9th June

Nicer weather, still a bit blustery. Today I would like to thank my visitor from Poole and I wish you well with your craft plans and yes that’s it, one visitor. I drew some new original cards and did further work on editing and identifying possible pictures for clients looking for a photo canvas image. This afternoon I also got to visit the Burngate centre briefly and win a small soup pot in their tombola. I then went on to Angelika Seik who calmly says about 30 years work which just confirms that I am at the very start of my journey. I also sign up for another Saturday June event with the Summer Festival on June 24th at The Swanage School.

I also did a sketch outside and this evening cut the main lawn area where I am now watching two hares, one at each end nibble on the remaining longer stalks of grass.

I also received feedback that original cards sent to a customer’s friends jphad been well received. I also received an Artist sample pack of merchandising, I have asked followers on Facebook to feedback and will be ordering a test set of merchandise to have at summer events to gauge their success.

Two days to go, I would like lots of visitors but I am conscious how many events are on locally this weekend as well.

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.