How Daily Painting Can Make You a Better Artist by Mike Rooney
If you’ve been around the painting business any amount of time you’ve probably heard the term “daily painting.” But you may be asking “what is that exactly?” and may be wondering what it could offer you.
Daily painting is a movement that started years ago and is pretty much attributed to an artist named Duane Keiser. It started when he would paint a small painting (around 6×8) and post it on Ebay and auction it off, every day. If you’re familiar with the online art business today that doesnt sound so revolutionary but back before there were hundreds of thousands of artists selling online, that was revolutionary. Back then just about everybody was selling exclusively at shows or in galleries. To use the ‘new’ technology of the internet to sell art was unheard of. Not so today. Just google “art blog” and see what pops up!
Daily painters are artists who commit to paint a small painting everyday and post it online for sale. There are also daily painter ‘galleries’ that post their painter’s paintings online every day of the week.
Now, how can all this help the budding artist? Lets look at the benefits of painting every single day.
What would happen if you were a marksman with a rifle and shot in competitions, but you never had any target practice. Same thing goes for painting daily. Think of daily painting as target practice. They’ll ultimately help your larger paintings. If you’re painting daily you’ll also have lots of little paintings that you can sell cheaply (compared to your larger paintings). Start a blog and put them on there everyday. After several months start asking to get in some of the new daily painter online galleries and soon you’ll have several dozen potential buyers looking at your work every single day. Selling work is all about marketing and daily painting is just one really successful way to do that. Now stop reading this and go paint one!