Mike Barr Art Blog
Painting lots of small works (as suggested in a previous blog) is one thing, but doing something with them is a different matter.
The small-works or daily-painting blog has become quite a movement among representational artist worldwide and has become a useful tool on a number of levels.
Many artists have striven to paint works on a daily or near-daily basis and this has proved invaluable to the artist's own growth in skill. More than this, it has extended their network of known artists, increased exposure worldwide and has also provided a steady stream of income from sales.
There is no reason why you can't set up such a blog on your Artid blogsite or, you can go for the bells and whistles of blogspot.com. Here you can add all kinds of useful tool for both the artist and the viewer, but make sure you link back to your gallery and blog at artid! Blogspot presents very professionally, especially in the area of uploaded photos.
Your introduction into the world of the small-works blog can be served no better than visiting these few blogs http://miniaturemasterpieces.blogspot.com/ http://jthalassoudis.blogspot.com/ http://dianne-gall.blogspot.com/ http://myartspage.blogspot.com/ http://bretthayesart.blogspot.com/ http://smallartworks.blogspot.com/ http://www.dailyartwest.com/ http://artofbarr.blogspot.com/
Also look at the list of daily painters at http://www.dailypaintersguild.com/dailypainterslist.html the list is imposing.
Once you have set up your blog make sure you visit other blogs too and make links on your blog to those that you like. Make comments on the blogs you like and hope for reciprocal links. Be careful in asking for reciprocal links though, as the person you are asking may not fancy what you paint, and that will make for an awkward situation. If a fellow artist has left a positive comment on your work, then you can feel pretty confident in asking for link!
You will see that most painters also have their work for sale. Some of them sell just about everything, but dont think that success in that area is automatic; you have to build up a following.
Sales are done through links to eBay and directly through a Paypal buy-now button that takes a bit of working out, but worth it in the long run and saves going through eBay and having to pay final valuation fees.
There's only one way to get your small-works blog started and that's to just DO IT!
You'll love it.