There is something soothing about still life paintings. An artist selecting a tiny segment of the present, just a fleeting moment in life and finding it grand enough to capture it in a painting. It won’t get more mindful than that. How about doing that every single day?
Using a makeshift easel made from a cigar box, American painter Duane Keiser makes a post-card sized painting each day (since 2004!) and posts them to his blog where collectors can bid on them via eBay.
Bidding starts at $100 and prices have ranged from $100 to $1500.
He actually prefers to present this work online, rather than in a gallery, because it seems appropriate that paintings of the everyday be threaded into the everyday lives of his viewers via their computers, tablets and smartphones.
Inspired by Keiser’s pioneering blog, British artist Julian Merrow-Smith adopted the same method, following the changing seasons of his adopted home in the Vaucluse, in the South of France.
The daily painting blog format has since been taken up by hundreds of artists attracted by the commitment a daily practice demands and the opportunity to share their work with people all over the world.
The 2013 interview with Duane Keiser in the Huffington Post is an excellent read if you want to know more about his work, process and inspiration.