Developing a picture from a friend’s photo (with consent)

One of my favourite subjects to draw because of the detail involved in the construction are Cornish Pilot rowing gigs. Each year in May the World championships are held in the Isles of Scilly. My club Swanage Sea Rowing Club takes several team combinations each year. As other commitments have kept me away from rowing recently I have less pictures to work from. A friend posted a photo which I asked consent to draw from. Once I had consent I started to plan how I might draw it.

My first attempt meant that my lines were not smooth enough, starting with the gigs. My second start was while I was working at Purbeck Artisan Yard on duty. My choice A4 Bristol board to use a smooth surface.

I built the picture up in fineliner pigment pen from the top of the image downwards. Artistic interpretation included some changing of details shown.

Then colour would come using my range of Windsor and Newton Promarkers and Brushmarkers. I am very pleased with the overall piece and have asked if anyone at the rowing club is interested in a print. If not, I will just put up for sale as the original during Purbeck Art Weeks starting on May 26th in two weeks.

What do you think? Feedback welcomed.

Bay H, Purbeck Artisan Yard, Month 1, Part 4

Finally in our fourth post we reach the framed pictures on the bottom ledge. The first three prints are from the Swanage Collection described in part 2i (i was a typo!). Framed prints in 16″ x 12″ size are £35. The fourth print is Hungry Hare described in part 3, also £35 for a framed print.

The next three pieces are all originals and one-offs not available in print form.

Firstly, Corfe Castle linocut print.

This is the first linocut that I have made. At my art group (Art Workshop, Swanage) we were doing a unit on printing. In our first session on linocut Jude our tutor had a sheet of Lino 5at she could not use. Instead of starting with a small square of softcut I opted for the A4 sheet – I like a challenge! I hand drew the scene based on recent pieces I had been planning of Corfe Castle. I then hand cut the Lino. This represents the 7th print as roller prints did not pick up all the detail. This was hand painted by brush and then rollers onto pre-soaked printing paper. This is the only print that is being sold as a record of this printmaking. It is framed and on sale for £100.

The second original piece was drawn on location (“en plein air” outside). The work is in fineliner pen and ink and includes a small use of colour pencil. It is A3 in size framed in a 20″ x 16″. It depicts a drystone wall on the Houns Tout Ridge on the edge of Kingston, Dorset.

The reason this wall stood out is that it is internally collapsing and is a “Wall in decline”. The obelisk in the background stands on the edge of the Encombe estate in the “Golden bowl”. The piece is for sale for £200. This reflects on the time, detail and size of this piece.

The third and final piece is a record of the extension of the drystone wall along the upper section of West Street, Kingston in the woods. It shows the boundary between the old wall to the right and newer wall to the left. This wall now encloses the walkers car park for the Houns Tout path. After almost a year the two sections of wall are almost indistinguishable. One print was taken from this for Lawrence the Waller who gave me an introduction to the techniques of drystone walling one morning as he worked, the first time he had been given a record of his work. It is for sale for £75.

Well, that is the back wall explained. Tomorrow I will explain what you will find on a visit on the table and easel at the end of bay H.

Overdue post and 3… 2… 1…

Three days left of the six weeks of Artisans on the beach. I have really enjoyed this event for many reasons. I have been successful in selling my art; I have met and chatted to many others about the style and content of my work; I have encouraged young people to enjoy their art for themselves; I have met a wider range of Artisans and made new friends; I have been able to be extrovert in my fancy dress as Superpenguin and Mr Blue sky thinking; I have created many new pieces of work that have varied in size, detail and challenge in terms of content.

So the last three days, there is no urgency just a desire to be at my hut for as much time each day as I can. If I sell more, that would be lovely. The key thing is to have more chances to talk to new people and share what I do. I am going to miss the fresh air nature of the job and this will motivate me to get out for more walks and sketch trips until my boat job resumes.

So here are some images of my 2017/18 Artisans on the beach

Pre event preparation of my gift bags that customers took away purchases of cards or miniature /mini canvases in.

Adding to my black and white printed cards by hand colouring in a range of different colour ways. these have proved popular and especially the LandRover in the Studland Beach Design.

Santa over Swanage and Santa over Chapman’s Pool accounted for half of my card sales throughout the event so local Christmas card scenes proved extremely popular and I have already decided on some extra designs to add for Christmas 2018.

Playing to the extrovert side of my nature and three outfits or combinations that meant the Artisans were noticed:

– on cold days the penguin onesie soon to be named #Superpenguin when not being compared to a nappy.

– paddling in the sea and warmer days – blue sky thinking suit, also seen out on New Years Eve in Swanage and previously seen by members of The Swanage School in Autumn 2016.

– the ringing bells on my best Christmas sweater. Worn so I jingled as I moved or carried as a handbell for my artisan crier role in attracting the attention of pedestrians on the other side of Shore Road

Hut 54 – my artisan Home and although not a display winner, a veritable gallery of the work produced in my first 11 months as an artist.

All pieces produced during the artisan event. These ranged from pieces taking less than an hour to the fat-bike picture that was completed over two weeks. I have been very productive and sat outside the hut on many occasions drawing and working on pieces so that the public could see how my art is created. This led to many conversations both in terms of topic,artistic license and how to select what to include and what to leave out, my choice of media, topic and so on. Many pieces will be seen again in my open studio during Purbeck Art Weeks 2018 (PAW2018) in May/June.

Finally some moments- often with a sense of fun and the pigeons who came for crumbs every time we ate our lunches or other snacks. Two personal events cut across my time as an artisan but in each case I was able to return and fully integrate myself back into the event. The second was to be with my dad as he passed away on Christmas Day. He painted watercolours, produced immaculate copperplate hand scripted signs and made creative fancy dress costumes for myself and my siblings and was clearly part of my artistic inspiration.

I will remember this event for many things and I will be back for Artisans on the beach 2018/19. I hope to see you there.

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:

3 …..

days to the opening of Artisans on theBeach, Swanage. Today it is Thursday and stock, tools, tables, tinsel sorting for set up on Friday / Saturday.

We will all open at 12 p.m. onSaturday with a grand opening with the Town Crier so bells and pizzazz. Apparently Santa is on his way to.

So, Hut 54 andAndyKnillArt, what do I have to offer?

My product range starts with:


Printed £2 each (3 for £5)

A variety of designs including black and white pen and ink work and colour pieces of Swanage developed alongside the Tourist Information Centre. Photographs of Hungry Hare (Morris outside eating our lavender) and Flying Gull skimming the surface of Swanage Bay.

All cards are blank for your own greetings. Flying Gull is 8″ x 4″, all other cards are 7″ x 5″. Each card comes in a cellophane wrapper with envelope.

**NEW Christmas designs**

Santa over Swanage and Santa over Chapman’s Pool. These are the first of a new seasonal series of works for Christmas in Purbeck.

Hand coloured cards

£3 each (2 for £5)

Some have expressed to see some of my black and white printed cards in a coloured version. I am not averse to adding to cards I buy and the black and white pen and ink cards could be used to colour in your own way – these are ones that I have done additional work on. Each is an individual colour scheme so no two are identical.

Original hand drawn art cards

£4 each (3 for £10)

These cards are individually drawn and coloured. I keep a record of all work produced so that each card is original and a design is not duplicated. Essentially these are 7″ by 5″ original pieces of art which can be sent as a card or framed to display.

Tomorrow on 2 ….. my canvases – miniature and small – again all are original pieces of art.

On 1 …… my original and fine art quality prints at A4, A3 and panoramas. Plus prints of Flying Gull and Hungry Hare.

I will be developing new Art every day when at hut 54, feel free to drop by, see what I am doing, chat, draw together – that’s how I got started (6th December 2016 I drew my first commercial piece Swanage Beach Huts).

AndyKnillArt News Update July 28th

Hi, I have gone quiet in the last three weeks due to work on some commissions which ultimately did not work out, a period of introspection and a gap in events to sell at. I will be quietly developing work in the background. I am next displaying work and offering work for sale at the Craft fair, St Edwards RC church hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage on Saturday August 12th from 10 onwards.

I am framing some of my fine art print pieces, developing some new original pieces and looking at my card range. The aim is to offer a range of pieces from £2 for my Art2Card printed card stock, through hand coloured versions of some of my pen and ink mono cards to the hand drawn original cards – these are each unique and will not be reproduced as a print set in this form.

Prints will include my current fine art giclee prints at £25 to framed examples at £35. 

Original pieces of art will range from the cards, miniature canvases with their own wooden easels, A4 pieces on watercolour paper to my larger pieces – canvas and framed. I hope by then to also have some panoramic pieces developed from recent sketches I have been doing. Prices range up to £150 presently.

Alongside these I am working on allowing online shopping directly through this blog and my page. This is in a state of development and links to my Square card reader which I have at all events enabling me to take contactless or card payments for works.

I also now have my banner for the table front, business cards and clothing that I will wear, that show how to contact me. Marketing myself is still a fresh concept for which I am doing research in the background. Feedback that is constructive is welcomed especially where it links at good examples to study. I rushed into going public with my art this year so that I could enter Purbeck Art Weeks – that paid off and so I am now developing  ideas a bit slower and working towards Purbeck Art Weeks 2018 and my developed open studio.

I mentioned commissions above – recent experience has shown me how fragile at times my mental health still is ( see personal blog about this if interested at Therefore I am goi g to focus on producing my own work, if people like and buy this that is good. Commissions are a step of uncertainty too far at this time,  although I thank K & M and C & P for their trust shown in me.

In conclusion this month I celebrate my sixth month since AndyKnillArt emerged and I am very pleased with my development as an artist, my improved techniques and acumen re. developing a new business and career, while also still enjoying my arts recuperative effects.

An early morning walk this week on Swyre Head led to posts on Facebook and Twitter which says it all as mentioned in the last paragraph above.

Andy Knill Art News Update 4th May

A new month and one with so much art potential ahead. In 23 days I shall be an Open Studio within the Purbeck Art Weeks programme. Number 22, sat in and around our home drawing, painting, taking photographs and hopefully greeting visitors and maybe selling some of my work too.

I am not ready yet but I feel really calm as well. I have plenty of cards to sell. I have my fine art and photography prints ready. I have bought some blank canvases to work on and before the start I will buy some spare frames, and probably more canvases.

My Purbeck wall/ New wall old wall original is still in Artcubed, L’Artishe gallery, High Street, Swanage until PAW commences. It was away for a while for reframing and its price has been adjusted by the Gallery to adjust for the framing cost. It is still available for £125. This is my first ever exhibition piece.

I have collected my piece for Etches Museum PAW exhibition that runs from 20th May to June 11th in Kimmeridge. A larger original at A3 size, it is pen and ink with coloured pencils and will cost £150. There is a viewing evening on Saturday 20th May, if interested please contact me at for further details.

I will be collecting  my Verges piece for RSPB Arne / PAW exhibition soon. This is another mixed media piece at A3 size and will be for sale for £150. It depicts wild flower Verges against a Dorset drystone wall and rolling agricultural rural landscape. Further details of the exhibition dates in next week’s news update.

At Art Workshop, Commercial Road, Swanage I have been developing pieces in acrylics. One – Stormy Buoy will be available. Price tbc. It is painted directly onto cardboard and so will be a much cheaper original than my framed works. I have two coastal scenes – Stormy Ballard Down and Storm Cloud over Swanage Pier which are on canvases and which I will sell from my Open Studio. Prices tbc.

In the Open Studio I will be exhibiting some of my older mobile phone photographic photo canvases which will retail at £100 each. I will have my collection of fine art prints, photographic prints and new canvas originals including my work from Art Workshop Wednesday group.

Yesterday my new magical piece of hardware arrived, a “Square” card reader which will now enable me to take card payments for purchases in addition to cash payments. Lucy Tidbury uses one in her “Lucy’s Farm” shop in Swanage off Commercial Road, opposite my new regular haunt “Java Coffee House”. 

So five exhibitions in four months as an artist, I am very proud of my achievements so far. I will also be at the Craft Fair at St Edwards RC hall this Saturday 6th May in Rempstone Road, Swanage. I will be selling prints and cards and can also be approached about commissions. I am told that the “Swanage Collection” of four cards are selling in the TiC (Tourist Information Centre) on Shore Road, Swanage which has now entered its summer season pedestrian status. The centre are also now stocking cards by Gina Marshall too.

So, a News Update with lots of information. Apologies to regular readers as there is a lot of repetition as projects develop. Feedback is always very welcome about what I am doing, how I go about it as well as my art and photography itself.

Remember this started as a wellbeing process for my mental health issues and I am always willing to talk to others about this aspect of my art too.
Thanks for reading