Top 5 Tips for Daily Painters

flower_paintingThis guest post by Diane Hoeptner shares the Top 5 Tips for Daily Painters. As an introduction to this post, I thought you might enjoy learning a bit about Daily Painters.

There is actually a new artistic movement called, The Daily Painters Movement.  It really got its momentum going in 2006, and now The Daily Painters Movement has a directory of over 400 serious artists. According to the Daily Painter Review,

“Daily painting is the practice wherein an artist produces a piece of art every day, or every weekday, or almost every weekday – or just periodically. As that rambling sentence shows, there are no steadfast rules. Heck, a daily painter does not even have to be a painter, just an artist dedicated to their art.”

These artists paint their hearts out, and then blog about it! In hopes of helping them, here are the Top 5 Blogging Tips for Daily Painters:

1)  Post accurate photos of your work.

Part of daily painting is photographing paintings that are still wet.  That’s a challenge!  …especially with darker passages which will appear speckled with white where the light reflects off of wet paint ridges.  Invest $40 in a photo tent, use the “macro” setting on your camera.  If necessary use a tripod.

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2)  Resist the urge to explain how you might have painted it better. 

This one is a toughie.  When I started blogging my paintings, the thought of someone else calling me out on perceived errors was agonizing!  But daily painting is about getting better over time in small increments.  —  Keep the critique to yourself, it’s a buzzkill.

3)  Keep your text brief (Part 1.)    

One of the joys of blogging your paintings is receiving comments.  Visitor comments will provide a wealth of inspiration, guidance and fellowship.  They’ll also boost your blog post up in internet search results.  Don’t make your visitors feel obligated to read a lot of marginally related text before they get a chance to leave a comment!  Write a few meaningful lines about your daily painting, ask a question or post a good quote, then call it a day.

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4)  Keep your text brief (Part 2)

Your blog is a great place to share good news.    But do yourself a favor and proceed with caution…   You may pin hopes on a project or an idea that never actually materializes.  You might enter a juried show and get a rejection slip the next week.  A great commission might fall through at the last minute.  Most artists experience this…  If your next “big thing” isn’t a sure thing, wait and let things pan out first before you share.

5)  Make it easy for people to contact you. 

A daily painting blog will not only sharpen your painting skills, it will provide a unique opportunity to connect with people who “get” what you do.   Your fellow artists, artist representatives and art buyers shouldn’t have to search far and wide to shoot you an email!  There are opportunities begging to be explored and questions un-answered…make sure your email and/or phone number is clearly posted and easily accessed.

I hope these top 5 blogging tips helped you! What is your top tip?

For more information about Daily Painters, please visit http://www.dailyartpainters.com/, or  http://www.thedailypainterslist.com/, and  http://www.squidoo.com/paintingaday
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About Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

Comments

  1. Love this post and agree with all the tips especially “keep it brief”. I love visiting blogs and reading a quick explanation of the work/inspiration/process…but if it is too long I move on. Thanks for all the good info!

  2. Lori, thank you again for publishing this! It’s so exciting to see my paintings/writing on your wonderful site!! Thanks for commenting Maria! I’m glad you found it helpful!

    • Hello Diane, thank you for following up on your blog comments. More great comments are starting to roll in. People really have enjoyed your tips as well as your magnificent paintings. I was a pleasure having you here.

      Happy painting and blogging!
      Lori

  3. excellent tips…particularly no 2!

  4. Thanks for the great tips on daily painting. I have been doing it for several years. The biggest benefit is that it helps you grow as an artist. Really like your tips on photographing your work. That is so hard after you have finished your painting to get just the right picture.

    • Hi Pat, yes this blog post has made me want to try some daily painting myself! I just need to find a little extra time… Digital cameras have made photographing our own work much easier than it was in the old days, however, it still is a bit challenging. I am glad these tips are helpful to you.

      Happy painting-
      Lori

  5. Great tips – most importantly, remember to say something meaningful and expressive, show your personality and let readers connect with you. Too many artists say the same thing as everybody else; let us know who you are and what you care about!

    Also, don’t forget to work in a bit of search engine friendly description. A nice poetic title for your latest landscape or still life or pet portrait is great, but remember to include some words in your post title and description that clearly describe the painting – subject, style, media, colors – so people can find it on search engines (either on google, or within your blog, your daily painting galleries, ebay, etc)

    • I love these extra tips Micah! Thank you for sharing them. I am going to have to take some extra time to rewrite my pin descriptions now.
      Thank you for the visit and the added info-
      Lori :)

    • Hello Micah, it is great to see you here again. Your additional tips are really important and helpful. Thank you for sharing them with us. Titles can really help sell a painting…that sounds like a good blog post!

      Best-
      Lori

  6. I became too excited to read the tips! After many years without painting at all, I’m tentatively returning to goo and brushes. This site, Lori’s pictures and now Diane’s… Feels a bit like visiting friends. Pity you guys are so far away – I’m in chilly Cornwall, UK! :)

    • What a special comment Debs! Thank you for the nice sentiments and I too wish I could meet many of you all in person. I am sure we would all have a great time together. I am in chilly Idaho, USA! :)

      Cheers-
      Lori

  7. I LOVE Diane’s work and it’s great to see her very helpful tips on daily painting and blogging about it. Thanks for posting this!
    Joan

  8. I think it’s a great point to make sure you wait a bit before sharing good news. It does happen sometimes that opportunities fall through the cracks, and it would be a bummer to lead your readers on. Thanks for this tip, I will definitely keep that in mind!

  9. Shelley mucha says:

    Thank you for all the tips! Love your art work…..shelleh

  10. I work 40 hrs a week and too exhausted to paint during the week but draw paint every weekend I can. I like your tips and look forward to reading more of them. I see improvements in myself from week to week and look forward to the next. :-) thanks!

  11. Thanks Lori. I appreciate the part about keeping the text brief (Part 1). I always worried that I never said enough about my work.

  12. Thanks for the feedback on my top five tips folks!! I’m glad if you found them helpful. Thanks again, Lori for publishing them!!

  13. Thank you for writing this piece Lori, it’s very helpfull.
    I tried the contact information on dailyartpainters because I would like to post there. I doesn’t work, I cannot find any other information there, can you please help me with that ?
    Thank you for your reply, kind regards, Hella Maas

  14. Thank you for your tips, Lori ! I’m impressed with all you are doing and how you doing it! Wish you further success!

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