Drystone Wall Styles

Contrasting styles

Having completed my drystone wall piece in pen and ink on kraft paper I decided  to produce a second canvas piece at 80 x 30 cm. This time my focus was the two walling  styles adjacent to the drive to The English Stamp Company from the Langton – Kingston top road between Swanage and Corfe Castle. Only recently a local waller has rebuilt the wall adjacent to the road in the diagonal style particular to Langton Matravers.

My work was based on photos taken and then zoomed into particular sections. The pictures were taken earlier this month when we had snow in Purbeck.

The work started as a pen and ink drawing and may have stayed that way, in this project however, I found my idea about presentation changing as I developed the work. Now that I am more patient in producing pieces, specially these larger ones there is more time to think.

The surface of the canvas is rougher than the kraft paper I used on the previous piece which didn’t suit the Sakura Pigma Micron fineliners as well. I found the Copic fineliners worked better on this surface.

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At first I was notable to focus on a small section, then came an evening where I was very motivated and completed the older wall section and drew the entire diagonally laid piece in one session. At this point I was very pleased with the pen and ink work but couldn’t see how pen and ink would work at this scale with the landscape features behind the wall.

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The lines needed to be thicker so I went over the work in a thicker nib next.

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At this point the details of the tree in the field were developed, the addition of the two bus stops, the telegraph pole and tree to the right of the picture. The grass was done in several layers allowing different colour grasses and the snow areas being left blank. Having being so bold with the stone borders I decided that this would need to include colour in both walls to make sense.

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These images show how I added colour which was then given a second and in some cases third layer of marker. The last picture showed my companion the ladybird who kept appearing as I worked.

I was pleased at this point but was unsure how to show the shrubby tree/ bushes behind. This section started as fineliners branches, then the addition of marker pen. Eventually I coloured over the branches for the sky then returned to redo the branch and twig patterns – I was uncertain by now if this was just going to end up as a learning exercise and found this difficult to deal with initially, but know it is a skill I will need to take on board.

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The piece has now been completed and the sky is not as smooth as I would like but I need to look at using other media possibly for skies behind strong marker pieces – admitting I need to do some art that is not just pen based, possibly.

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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.

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If you are a regular follower of the Facebook page – use link(s) above, then you will know of recent progress already. I hope that this blog and possibly an e-commerce website to follow (so many decisions) will keep everyone interested up to date.

Ok, on 31 January I said that any art selling would be a validation of the points friends had made about my art previously. This has clearly been the case already and very quickly too. Using some updating of previous sketches the card collection has been ordered, proof read and printed. I am now the proud owner of a box of 360 greetings cards. 


Cards retail at £2 each.

Before the cards had even been collected I had earnt my first client – Swanage Tourist Office. Their order helped surprise my printer James at Art2card when I ordered an additional set of 100 cards. The canvas print idea was researched thoroughly but based on a small commercial order the price point I could have A4 canvases supplied at would make them too expensive for the client, as I had suspected.

On collection of the cards and one mounted fine art print of the now popular beach huts scene (Shore Road beach huts on Swanage sea front) I now had stock. I posted the fine art print on Facebook that evening and within 15 seconds I had a buyer, they liked the idea of a reminder of the English seaside while they work in the Middle East. So I was now a commercial artist and an international one to boot.



I and the Tourist office have both sold further copies of the beach huts card. The print has been posted to the Middle East. I designed more designs of Swanage for the Tourist Office. This was a good learning meeting on my second visit as I delivered the cards. Some aspects of designs were liked but others were not. I have since amended the pieces and three new orders have been made for cards, so my collection will be in the White House office on the seafront from April. It will be great to go in and see my work up for sale too.

I am currently researching possibilities of an e-commerce website to allow direct sales from me and a mobile form of point of sale handset to allow card payments as well as cash when I am selling at events. My first public sales event will be a local Craft Fair in St Edwards church hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage on 1st April. 


This is the craft fair page on Facebook – I may be attending future fairs as well, booked one to start.

I am also working towards being able to make sales from my Open Studio during PAW (Purbeck Arts Week) from May 27 to June 11 (open everyday from 10-4). When the brochure comes out I will be Studio 22 on a beautiful path to the coast that will allow visitors to see the surroundings that are inspiring my art.

Recent photographs of local wildlife with my new camera are introducing a range of wildlife photo based cards (release date tbc) that show the animals I encounter most days around our home.

All card designs can be ordered as fine art prints in a mount and cellophane envelope. I will publish a table of costs for these in a range of sizes with posting & packaging quoted individually based on customer location. Currently sales are in cash or by BACS. I am investigating a range of canvas prints of some of my photographs in addition (release date tbc).

I have a pen and ink piece based on a local waller’s work on a new drystone wall as part of the Artcubed exhibition at L’Artishe gallery in High Street, Swanage. The original is up for sale at the exhibition.

For those blog visitors who are not on Facebook I will be setting up pages on this blog to show my art and photography work and prices. Feedback is gratefully received on here or to andy.knill@gmail.com (please use subject AndyKnillArt blog in subject).

Thanks for reading.
Andy