There’s something fascinating about someone who has a great sweeping goal — and the determination to actually carry out that long-term commitment. I’m talking about the really big goals, those commitments that take some real “stick-to-it-iveness” and personal sacrifice — like artists who pledge to practice their art on every single day of the year…

“I believe the best way to keep motivated with a goal like this is by sharing it with others,” Justin Clayton says.

And he should know. Justin is one guy who has managed to keep his 2006 New Year’s Resolution all through last year — all 365 days, one day at a time! — and now the talented California painter is making an inspiring start at taking on 2007.

The resolution?
Daily painting.

The result?
Daily Paintings by Justin Clayton.

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As each painting is completed, Justin offers it up for auction on eBay — but only for 5 to 7 days. Any paintings that don’t sell within those few days, are then made available for purchase ($99 each) at

All paintings are done in oil on 1/8-inch thick masonite panel. (
Here, you can actually watch a Quicktime timelapse video of a Justin Clayton painting being created!)

While the sizes and shapes of the paintings do vary, most are in the range of 6×6 inches or 5×7 inches — the ideal size for accenting hard-to-decorate rooms and small apartment spaces.

And I can tell you that there are bargains to be had.

If you check out his auction listings, you’ll see that the bids tend to go way above what you can buy a painting for through the website, and all but the most recent pieces in his gallery are marked with the traditional red dot to show they’ve been sold. Two sure signs that the demand for an original Clayton is outstripping the supply!

Want more? You can find all sorts of fascinating things to read about Daily Painters in general, and Justin Clayton in particular, at Making A Mark, Katherine Tyrrell’s top-knotch art blog.

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