Artist Duane Keiser just announced on his blog On Painting, his newest experiment. Duane will be using a social networking application similar to Facebook or Myspace which will allow those who collect Duane’s work to virtually meet. It’s brilliant.
In case you weren’t aware, Duane Keiser is the artist who started the Painting A Day movement with his blog aptly titled A Painting A Day in 2004. Duane initially started painting one painting each day as a way to improve and focus on his work and eventually started selling them on his blog. When that proved difficult (interest became overwhelming due to articles in the New York Times, USA Today, Domino Magazine and several other articles as well as posting on blogs. The concept has taken off virally and quite a few artists are successfully selling art using this business model.
In the post announcing the site, Duane states
I thought it would be interesting to have my collectors gather under one roof so that they could meet one another and display their collections. To this end I made a social networking site that is a bit like Facebook or My Space except that it is dedicated to collectors of my work. On this site you get your own page where you can display your collection, start your own blog, make comments, and see all the pages created my other collectors.
So far, it’s been amazing to see the depth and sheer breadth of some of the collections posted. I’ve found it interesting to see how people have framed their paintings and I hope to learn how they discovered Duane’s artwork.
I hate to admit it but I am also curious by nature, so it’s also been fun to see exactly who it is that I was bidding against on eBay for some of the paintings. For example, I didn’t manage to buy a single of Duane’s Santa Fe paintings from several years ago but I have seen the collection of the person who did win them. It’s like being invited over to someones home to peek at the wonderful works of art they have!
I am excited about the project and also really curious to see what happens with this project as well as if it will spread among other artists both those who adopted his Painting A Day model as well as those who work through the more traditional brick and mortar galleries.
If you are interested, anyone can view the front page of the site by clicking here on Keiser Collectors. However, to join (and see the semi-private areas) you have to own at least one piece of artwork by Duane. the specific details on how to join the Keiser Collectors can be found at Duane’s blog On Painting. Hope to see you all there.