Last Sunday I posted my idea for an experiment. I wanted to find a way that would help us all to begin sharing art work and show us and future collectors, how easy it is to start collecting art.
I am anxious to begin but not comfortable with the process yet. Here are some thoughts I would like your comments on.
1. How do I know what to trade? I really don't like the idea I posted last week about trading the paintings that we don't care about . I personally would not be happy trading a painting I felt was not very good. Of course that limits me in what I have to trade. My new idea is this: I will paint one daily practice piece a month specifically to trade. I will feel much better trading a piece I am proud of.
2. What is the easiest way to post trades? My idea last week was to use Sunday as the day to post my painting for trade. I now think once a month will be better, so I will post only the first Sunday of each month as my day of trading. Does anyone have a better idea?
3. How do I answer if more than one person wants to trade? The best way, just be honest. Pick the one I want to trade with and tell the others I hope to meet them again the following month.
4. Are there other ways to trade? A friend emailed me last week that there are other trading sites already out there. (EBay) has one, and (Art cards).
I personally don't want to create cards for a specific group. I just want to paint what I enjoy, whatever size I want (5x7, 8x10 et.) and trade with anyone who has something I would enjoy collecting.
5. How do we get collectors buying more art? I hope to eventually get collectors involved. I think this is just one idea that gives collectors new options and reasons to buy more art. It could help them: to clear wall space for new work, change decor, begin a new type of collection, with an easy way to try on new artists. Or just give them a new way to have fun with original art work.
Enough typing for today. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month so I've got a painting to do if I'm going to trade next week. Please feel free to continue the conversation using the comments.