Recently (May 2017) I have started “A painting A Day”. The reason for my starting a painting each day was because I always felt I should be practising and sketching and I don’t like sketching, I like painting. I like a paint brush in my hand not a pencil. However everyday I felt I should be doing something if I wanted to be an artist and then tended not to do anything. Added to the fact that I couldn’t justify a full scale painting, time, money, would it sell, it had to be a masterpiece, what style etc. a million excuses, and if I did start I would usually put it off until the last minute. I needed motivation and not just for the odd exhibition.
It was whilst looking for a way of speeding up the drying of oil paintings that I came across a YouTube site by Lenya Danya in which she painted small sketches and pictures on paper and bingo I had an idea, everyday I would do a painting in acrylics on paper. A good practice and discipline. After a couple of paintings I faltered and wondered where I could go with this. So I googled “A Painting A Day” and discovered an art movement on that very subject, and artists that were making money and enhancing their reputations by doing so. A Painting A Day is a movement credited to Duane Keiser who started it in 2004. For me motivation was back.
Now what to do with the paintings I was going to produce and how to make money were the next questions. No room at home to store more paintings, walls covered and two sheds of previous work, and all the best stuff sold or given away. What were other artists doing? They were selling through their blog sites or on eBay. So my next challenge was to build another site, add an auction section or link to eBay, and start marketing to build up traffic.
Next step for me now is to keep painting, scan and upload the paintings to the new website, setup the auctions and make the site live, and then see what happens.
Some of the benefits I have experienced so far has been the lack of the need for perfectionism, procrastination, allowing an experimentation with style and medium, and the lack of the myriad things that kept me out of the studio.
There is a very good article and interview with Duane Keiser and “A Painting A Day” in the Huffington Post here that you might find interesting.
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