Andy Knill Art News Update 7th July

This week has been the week for deliveries and new plans regarding publicity. Based on the business cards last week (see 1st July Update post) I now have a tshirt design to wear for events / around town to promote discussion, business possibly. I have some prototype business posters to develop further as an idea. For events where I use a table to sell from I now have a banner to fix to the front of the table making it very clear who I am and how to contact me. I will leave images until I am using these at an event itself so should have some photos for the next weekly update. 

My new canvases order has arrived so I can start my commission work  and producing more panoramic landscapes.  I have a meeting today and some clients from PAW have come back to me for a photographic piece too so there is more work in the offing. I am back to sketching most days and have also started a new “Skies” sketchbook to keep an ongoing record of local skies. This will help me develop skills with different media as skies have been a weaker area to date. Yesterday I practised water textures between customers at my river job.

Saturday 8th sees me spending the afternoon at The Arty Bazaar at the Boilerhouse galleries site in Corfe Castle behind the Swanage Rail station. It is a new event for me and hopefully one that may become a regular event.

In the next week then I need to arrange more meetings with clients, work on commissions, sketch and just enjoy my lovely surroundings.

If you see any examples of work that you like either here or on the Facebook page please email me on andy.knill@gmail.com or ring on 01929 481539. Sales can be direct, mailed… the key idea is that I want to expand my customer base. 

AndyKnillArt News 1st July 2017

Well PAW number one has passed, by the end of it I was elated but also weary after 16 consecutive days. I produced a range of art pieces including cards and original canvases. Sales and visitor numbers were far in excess of anything I would have hoped for prior to the Open Studio.

I took some time off initially but in the last week have started sketching again more frequently. I attended The Swanage School Summer Festival on the 24th June. The weather was not helpful but I got to speak about my art but sales were very disappointing. Today I was at the Rempstone Road Craft Fair I have done previously. This was a make a decision day – was it worth an £8 table fee and 6 hours of my time? In the end yes. I sold cards including some new original ones. 

Then a couple expressed interest in the original of the Shore Road beach Huts, a price was agreed. On seeing a sketch I had done of the south side of the bay they also commissioned a canvas 30×80 cm which I will start on as soon as my new canvas order arrives. I hastily rearranged my bookings for the next four craft fairs as this proved you just need one person to walk through the door…


I have also now received my new business cards which replace my previous slips of paper with contact details on. I started to use these today and will endeavour to carry them at all times. I have also ordered some clothing with AndyKnillArt on so that I can self publicise wherever I go and back it up with the business cards.


During PAW I ran a competition to win a free art print, few entries were received and the winner was chosen as M. Summerfield aged 9 whose design will grace my PAW 2018 silk flag design. I await a response on their choice of print.

AndyKnillArt News Update 23 March

So, all cards printed and stock held by me and Swanage Tourist Office. I have also been asked to sketch the Art Workshop in Swanage for some charity flyers. Today I submitted and had a new piece accepted for the PAW exhibition that will run at The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge from 20 May to 11 June. Next piece to work on will be a piece for Verges exhibition also linked to PAW.

I attended a sketchbook workshop on Sunday 19 March which generated a number of ideas to investigate further. Stormy skies seen at Burton Bradstock on Tuesday afternoon has inspired the start of an acrylic piece – my first complete painting at the Art workshop Wednesday group I am currently doing. A second piece has started which will link to photos taken at home with various hares.

I am also working on a logo design. The week has seen orders placed for new art supplies and a wire carousel to display my cards in at events. My creativity is being tested as I come up with other ideas which I can pitch to local people, clubs and businesses for cards and / or prints.

A busy week with several successful outcomes. There are photos of all pieces on he Facebook page, they are blue tinted as the pictures were taken through the cellophane wrappers. A new page is to be created on this site asap with images of all collections , pricing and how to order.

I am hoping that March going into April can see a “spring” in sales.
All feedback gratefully received.

Andy

The development steps working up the page of my first acrylic piece, using sand as mixed media texture enhancer.

AndyKnillArt news update 09 March

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