Andy Knill Art News Update 25th May

Well, the key fact is that on Saturday Purbeck Art Weeks start and I shall be in Open Studio 22 for the 16 days from 10am to 4 pm each day. I will try to take photos and post a record of my first experience of hosting an Open Studio, having an art studio, having a range of cards, fine art prints, photography prints, originals in mounts and on canvas all available for visitors to view as well as my previous work.

My other pieces of work are at:

Rollington Barn – Corfe Castle original, four Swanage Collection fine art prints and six card designs including the Swanage Collection, Parkers Piece and Hungry Hare

RSPB Arne – Dorset Verges original

Etches Collection, Kimmeridge – Etches Museum

Art Workshop, Swanage – some acrylic work

Swanage Tourist Information Centre – Four Swanage card designs

Maybe I will meet some readers of this blog apart from my family.

Andy Knill Art News Update 6th April

A fourth weekly newsletter / post. 

The craft fair was poorly attended but some cards were sold and I got to know the other crafters. One card was taken home and framed and evidence posted on Facebook. So next time 6th May, looking to help advertise and attract more visitors. This week has seen my “Verges” exhibition piece leave the planning stage and be produced. I am very pleased with the outcome and will hear by the end of the month if it will be included, if not I will use it for PAW instead.  I currently have three exhibition led pieces at three different framers to compare their work too.

I have done some more sketching before work by the river at Wareham and will use these as part of my bid to get some card designs into the Tourist Information Centre there after a chat with the departing manager Lida today. I have also spoken with the manager at The Scott Arms about submitting some design ideas, so next week’s output has a clear focus.
Today I have also been reading and creating a planner for the period to Mid June which will take me up to just after the PAW activities. Upcoming activities include a silk flag making on the 23rd to advertise my studio, there seems to be quite a lot or preparation to do. I helped unload the PAW17 brochures this week and now drive around distributing free brochures to friends, shops and so on.

Planning ahead includes allowing for stewarding duties at events, this is all part of the learning g curve in an event I hope to be involved with for many years going forward. Through my personal blogging  I have introduced a new crafter to the area to a range of personalities which was good to be able to do. I think a list of topics and matching photos to inspire practice pieces are needed so that my style develops gradually. This week’s big compliment from a gallery owner was “you can draw” which was good to hear.

So in summary;


Artcubes at L’Artishe, Swanage

New wall / Old wall will be returning from the framers to the exhibition this weekend in a better quality setting and still retailing at £100. This exhibition runs until 20th May.

Etches PAW Sketches exhibition

My piece is at the framers and this exhibition runs from 20th May to June 11th.

Andy Knill Art News Update 20th April 

Little to report this week as was very busy over Easter weekend with othe part time job. However today have been doing silk flag preparation for PAW workshop on Sunday 23rd, another learning curve. 

Yesterday had a mental health dip (see personal blog about this aspect of my life- Recovered by doing a variety of things including five sketches locally, three from sitting on sea wall / beach on the front at Swanage. Pleasant trip to what is becoming the Art Quarter in Swanage around Commercial Road – Swanage Art Workshop, The Old Stables, Lucy’s Farm and Java which exhibits many people’s work especially Josh Hollingshead.

This morning I have also been scribbling down my latest list of ideas for future themes, collections, projects.

Silk flag design shows the  building my Open Studio will be in for PAW (no. 22) from May 27th to June 11th. I hope to see readers of this blog during the fortnight.

AndyKnillArt News update 06 April

Last night started post but image upload crashed and deleted, so a day late again.

So art is keeping me busy. This week I have started and completed the “Verges” piece I have been planning in my head and on paper. I have submitted the image for exhibition consideration but am having framed to sell myself if the exhibition does not come off. A mixture of fineliner and promarkers using my more extensive colour range. I believe my best piece so far.

I gifted a print of my “New Wall Old Wall” piece in the ArtCubes exhibition in L’Artishe, Swanage to Laurence my local waller as a record of his work, my lesson in drystone walling. The wall is now complete and can be seen at the entrance to the Houns Tout walkers car park in the woods just after Kingston village. I will be doing more sketching using this wall for inspiration.

This morning on a local Facebook sales group I found a studio easel, preloaded for sale for £15 and immediately contacted to buy it. I will now have the ability to investigate the use of canvases more. At the same time I ordered two (should have done one) photo canvases based on a google image compilation of my images into a panorama – they have arrived and the image is not as clear as I thought, but on the bright side even if I recycle both for art the canvases were at a price point well below what I might pay for art canvases the same size 120 x 30 cms.

Getting out and about again with the camera snapping mages to possibly print or use for art inspiration. Had some contact via my personal blog this week from a crafter new to the area, we met her over coffee locally and were able to make some introductions and names of people to try re. Crafting and mandalas, it was great to share my growing knowledge of local artists.

Exhibition pieces now done, my focus starts to develop a wider range of work for my Open Studio in Purbeck Arts Week. I hope to exhibit:

 – photo canvases I have had made previously, 

 – fine art prints from my range in my browser

 – some framed pieces in addition to pieces in exhibitions

 – photo prints including Hungry hare and Flying gull

 – a carousel of my cards

 – some newer acrylic pieces from my Wednesday class at Art Workshop, Swanage and some that I want to do from home.

Re reading this I still find it amazing to see how much I have done since the start of the year which is essentially when this all started. I have approached two more local businesses about submitting some card design proposals so they will be part of exhibited work whether they create new business or not.

Please contact me through comments on here or or +447886479715 if interested in purchasing any of my work, commissioning a piece or to ask questions. The coverage of posts on the Facebook page grows and some posts are now reaching over 500 people through the sharing of posts, thank you all.

I am now a “commercial artist” or I sold some art

Today I took one piece into a local gallery for an exhibition they are running, for £10 entry fee I get to have a piece displayed for up to ten weeks. So a good investment and a chance to get my work seen. Then I went to see the local Tourist Information Office who I thought would be the best place to get my “Beach huts, Swanage” card sold – not something they have done before really. The card was taken to see the boss, who said Yes. Only (!) one hundred cards initial order, I was gobsmacked and so happy. Also they would like about another five designs around the town in the same style. An email and return visit to the office later to confirm that they would also like 10-15 A4 canvases of each print.

So, a busy week ahead and it has sparked other creative ideas that I shall report on if they come off. 

I also visited two galleries, one I need to email some examples to for consideration. The second liked the pictures but tend to stock items with colour, so some discussion and ideas to goaway and work with and return to in the future. I now feel I can’t argue against calling myself an artist.

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!


So, a new chapter for me. 2017 sees me move from teaching in a classroom to spending more time on my photography and art interests.

If I can be commercially successful or at least sell some work then the feedback people have given me will be validated. I would love to be able to just focus on this as a career, so let’s see how it goes.

If you want to contact me use the contact form (see link above). Details of my Facebook page is on the About page (see link above). Commissions are welcomed for art.