Just over a year ago I did a post about the progress made with websites which featured daily paintings - Daily painters, paintings and paintworks - and where you can see them.
Today, this post features a new site which pulls together all the sites relevant to "a painting a day" and/or "daily paintings" and/or "daily painters".
- Check out Sell Daily Paintings - Resources for Artiststo find out about websites which aim to help daily painters to sell their art online.
- This has been now added into the new group site launched yesterday Resources for Artists - Selling Art Online
- reviewing the various sites offering to help you sell your art online
- driving traffic to your blog or website
- finding out more about tools and webware which can help with e-commerce for daily painters.
My aim was to also include charts of the traffic to different sites. In the end however only one site was able to generate the data using compete.com and that was the Daily Painters Gallery started by Micah Condon in 2006.
This site also features RSS feeds from the galleries (where available) and from the blogs of leading exponents of the art of a painting a day. Interestingly not all the sites could provide feeds and the feed for at least one of the sites reveals html coding where there should be something else (I think).
After reviewing the galleries again in putting this site together here are my conclusions:
- other sites get more visitors - however if most of a gallery's site traffic comes from subscribers then the chances are you are getting visitors who are interested in looking at daily paintings
- some sites don't get very many visitors at all
- some sites don't appear to apply their own guidelines as to who should be members
- some sites contain a lot of links to the blogs of artists who appear to have given up painting on a regular basis
- nobody has yet come up with a way of filtering out the traffic coming from artists looking at what everybody else is doing.......
- ........on the other hand it should never be forgotten that artists also buy art!
- some sites don't have site feeds which work - it's unclear whether this is by choice or through ignorance. It certainly means that opportunities to relay information available through the site feed to other sites (such as my new site) is limited.
- a site has a limited number of members and guarantees I see a number of new works every single day.
- members commit to how much they produce in a given month and move on if other commitments prevent them being able to deliver this. (i.e. the Daily Paintworks approach)
- a site has an RSS feed which works and which provides a good but limited insight into what the site offers.