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. 

Andy Knill Art News 11th May or thereabouts. . .

Hi to regular readers and anyone new.

16 days in the countdown to Purbeck Art Weeks 2017 and Open Studio 22 opens its doors for people to visit, see my art, chat about it, maybe purchase something maybe not. Suddenly the reality seems much closer as forms are filled in and dispatched for different exhibiting venues. All framed work has been collected and last touches are being made.

I have bought new canvases to work on during PAW in the studio at home.

Pieces to see in exhibitions linked to PAW 2017 May 27 – June 11

Rollington – this will be a canvas piece of Corfe Castle, either a completion of piece I started last week or a new one with a change in focus.


Etches – this exhibition starts on Saturday 20th May to June 11th. My piece links back to my interest in architecture of buildings from my urban sketching in London and Cambridge.


Verges – this runs at RSPB Arne. The focus of wildflower Verges. My landscape is a generic Dorset one with the rolling hills, agricultural use, a drystone wall and the wildflower verges.


Art workshop, Swanage – I will have some acrylic pieces on show that I have been working on this term as I have discovered painting. The pictures are sea based. There will be some examples of art workshop pieces in the Open Studio too.


Open Studio 22 – I will be producing new work throughout PAW17. Work on display will include my sketchbooks to date, work from urbansketchwalks, and other pieces kept to show my work progression, photo canvases, cards collection, fine art prints, canvas works …

Shadows


The last piece of the jigsaw will be changes / development of my studio itself – please note it is a rustic building without electricity or heating but a charm of its own.


I look forward to welcoming visitors and talking about my surroundings and my art.

Andy

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 andy.knill@gmail.com 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
Andy 

Andy Knill Art News Update 27th April

Weekly update time. A busier week with two PAW linked events. 
On Sunday I took part in the a.m. Session working on our silk flags to display at studios for most but not all participants. I had been told a simple design would work better with a flag that flapped rather than wa start like a banner. My concept the view from my gateway to the studio – on the day it was very simple compared to other designs. I hope to use some old kite spars to batten the flag so more of the design is revealed.


The second event was on Tuesday – the first sketching event of the year’s programme after the sketchbook use session I attended previously. The instructions pointed out that parking was limited and as the location Brenscombe Woods was on the north side of the Purbeck Ridge I decided to cycle there. In the end only three of us attended and the weather was cooler despite bright sunshine at times. The woods we worked in are worked by Toby Hoad who uses working horses as part of his woodland management work. We were based around Toby’s site in the woods where canvas shelters and wooden structures for various tools are found. He worked with the horses bringing felled trees along the track while we sketched.

By lunchtime all of us had cold hands with / without gloves so we all left earlier than originally planned. The woods were alive with a carpet of bluebells interspersed with wild garlic. I drew my first sketch before the others arrived and then did three others around the site using fineline marker and colour pencils. We all took photos that we might work from later. I did one sketch of one of the horses. This time I will share as the horse anatomy was better than when I tried sketching New Forest ponies.


My first was from under the canvas shelters. I am captured drawing in one of the photos. I then moved to take in the view of the charcoal burners and a fellow artist.


I moved on to the wood framed area seen in Roger’s photo above. Here ropes were used to help operate wood based treadles for a variety of tool positions. I liked the interplay of the cut wood, use of man made fastenings and the rope.


As we were able to see Toby and the horses work together and then they stopped for lunch.


After leaving the site I walked / rode my bike up onto the Purbeck ridge for my first time. I consciously decided not to photograph the panorama as I could not to do it justice. It is an area I must return to draw from in the future.

On Wednesday I attended my art group at The Art Workshop in Swanage led by Suzanne Dominy. We continued developing our work in acrylics. Some personal news had left me in a glum mood this morning and the only piece I kept was a brooding storm around Ballard Down at the north end of Swanage Bay. I will add to this next week when I will share my work. I am enjoying the use of acrylics and need to practice this back in my studio. The use of canvasses appeals too.

I must do some more studio preparation this week. My piece at L’Artishe has arrived back from the framers and in the next week I hope to collect framed pieces for the Etches and Verges exhibitions linked to PAW. I was also reminded today that I need to submit my form for Rollington Barn by the 15th – PAW suddenly seems much closer but I hope to take it as it comes. I have no idea really what to expect from it.

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 16 March

A briefer update this week and where my art will be appearing / available to buy in the next two three months. I appreciate all the positive feedback online and look forward to more sales so that my work can be seen further afield. If interested in buying cards or prints please comment here, message me on the Facebook page or email me at andy.knill@gmail.com.

Exhibitions:

My pen and ink drawing “New wall Old wall” is on exhibition at L’Artishe Gallery in Swanage High Street. The Artcubed exhibition runs until the start of May.

Events:

April 1 

– I will be running a table at the Arts and Crafts fair at the hall, St Edwards Church, Rempstone Road, Swanage. Times tbc. All stalls are run by the artist / crafter. It would be great to see some familiar or new faces. I will be selling my full range of cards and will have prints available of my Swanage collection (4 designs), tree fern, and Hungry Hare photo. I will be cash sales only at this point.

– The Swanage Tourist Information office reopens on Shore Road, Swanage. They will be stocking 4 designs by me – two are of these are exclusive to their shop/office.

May 6

– As April 1, details of stock as above tbc. As my portfolio expands there may be more work available.

May 27 – June 11

– Rollington Barn, Purbeck Arts Weeks. I will have one piece on show – details tbc.

– Open Studio 22, Houns Tout footpath (400m seawards from the walkers’ car park). I will be open for visitors / sales from 10 to 4 every day for the whole of the festival. The art and I will be based in our outbuilding, there will be signs. I shall be working on new pieces, my work will be on sale and all discussion is welcome. I may have even started my dry wall challenge, details soon.

Sales:

All cards and prints will are available to order. Price list coming this week. Fine art prints of my Swanage Collection – 16″ x 12″ are priced at £25 plus p & p. Cards are £2 each or 6 for £10, plus p & p. The tree fern print will be a limited edition of 50, price tbc. All prints are signed by me (the artist).

Good news today, my first print sale has now arrived safely and has been framed by its new owners in the Middle East.

Portfolio

A dedicated page will be appearing soon: there are now 15 card designs that include the 9 mono pen and ink pieces, the Swanage collection – all in colour, and two photograph cards of Hungry hare and Flying Gull.

16″ x 12″ prints are available of the four pieces of the Swanage collection. Hungry hare prints and Tree fern arriving from the printers soon.

If you want a small print, I would advise buying a card and framing it, I am currently awaiting pictures from early buyers of the Beach Huts card.

Commissions

If you have a favourite place, old photograph you love to look at but would like a drawing of, contact me for pricing.
Thanks for reading, feedback welcomed.
Andy

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

Gathering materials and ideas

Well this week has seen the purchase of a second hand DSLR body from my son’s chiropodist, amazing how you learn about equipment. I bought a zoom covering most of my needs to allow one lens to do it all at least to start. So I have been photographing aspects of the garden and the visiting bird life and wildlife. Yesterday this included deer and a variety of garden birds and pheasant varieties. The photos will either be used themselves for cards or prints.Alternatively as resource material to allow more detailed wildlife studies.

A tripod has been set up today to see how it helps.


Not to photograph the garden duck ornament in the foreground as observed by one old friend!

Purbeck Art Week 2017

From May 27 to June 11 I will be hosting a temporary Open Studio in an outbuilding adjacent to my home. I will be working each day on a mixture of pen and ink drawings and Marker pieces too. There will also be examples of my photography on display.

Visiting will involve walking 400 metres along the local coast path, which will give visitors an opportunity to take in some of the nature that inspires much of my work.

More details will follow on how this will work and also other events where I will be displaying work and /or selling works.