December 3, 2008 | Alyson Stanfield

100 days, 100 paintings, 100 dollars each

This is what I’m talking about! Don’t do what other artists are doing. Add a twist!

Artist Brian Kliewer likes the “painting a day” phenomenon, but (and this is my take with my words) that’s getting kind of old. We like NEW ideas!

Instead of just doing a painting a day, Brian is promoting 100 Paintings in 100 Days for $100 each. And the response  has been outstanding.

Image ©Brian Kliewer, Nosing In.
Someone better grab this before I do. I love Brian's white-belt cattle!

How can you add a twist to something that’s been around for awhile and make it fresh–make it yours?

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  • Great idea! It’s important to put a twist on something like daily painting to make it your own. :-) I’ve been a daily painter (I complete 1 small oil painting a day) for 3 years now & I put a twist on it too by calling my daily painting blog Paint Squared … my daily paintings are small square paintings. :-) Lovely paintings, Brian! Thanks for sharing, Alyson! Smiles from a Portland, Maine painter! :-)

  • Brian Kliewer

    Thanks, Alyson and Elizabeth. It’s been quite interesting so far. I’ve been sending nightly updates, Mon-Fri, to my newsletter subscribers and the response has been great! Many have stated how nice it is to see the newest painting and that it’s given them a refreshing break from the day’s news. The news does get grating and painting brings me a break from it all as well. So the response has made it even more worthwhile. Brian

  • Sari Grove

    In the book called People of the Book , here’s a link, , the test for the young artist is to paint an image on a grain of rice…(the secret is they use a whisker from their cats)… How Brian Kliewer is able to get such intricate detail reminds me of the art of old when smaller was better…

  • Sari Grove

    p.s. did anybody know that cows are born with horns? They rip them out when they are young, it is called ‘polling’…

  • Alyson B. Stanfield

    Elizabeth: Great idea to go with the square. Sari: Ewwwwwwwwww.

  • I worked with a narrative clay sculpture who did a small head/bust (about 5-6″) everyday for a year. She stamped the month and day in the clay base and then displayed them as part of her exhibition on little shelves. One drawback was that after the exhibition she would get calls from people asking to purchased one of the heads with a particular month and date. She said that it was very hard to organize and find the requeste head when she needed to. I still thnk it was a great idea.

  • Alyson Stanfield

    Linda: I love that idea! But you do need to be organized. A simple slip of paper with each date under each head would do it. And be sure to arrange them in chronological order. Seems like the extra effort would be well worth it!

  • I’ve always been of the mind that customizing art to the buyer is a no fail, as lngn as you can do the marketing to find the buyers. It’s the principal tattoo artists go by. They create a design based on what a client wants but the client chooses the artist for the style they represent. You’re still creating your own original work but with the inspiration of the buyer’s personality.
    This works particularily well for the sneakers I like to paint, since shoe sizes are so very specific.

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