1. Rosemary S. Antel
    August 19, 2008 @ 2:37 am

    Yes, it is an interesting concept, but what motivation is there to put up a profile if you can’t even see the artists who have fewer followers. I also do not understand exactly what a follower is. Are we talking about following artistically in the footsteps of? Following as in watching the life of? Or following as watching the commercial life of?


  2. Chris
    August 19, 2008 @ 5:22 am

    Hopefully they make some changes to the site — especially showing all the profiles, not just 100.


  3. A Reason to Paint
    August 19, 2008 @ 6:53 am

    I came across this site recently and was also wondering about the artists with fewer followers. Theoretically an artist with new membership may have no followers to start with; how do they even reach followers if their work cannot be seen. Is there no way at all that we can see their work?


  4. The Painted Sky
    August 19, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    I joined a month after being invited to Brushspace, at that time there were there less than 100 artists, automatically putting me in the top 100.

    But now, new artists are invisible which isn’t fair…unless you can be bothered working with their peculiar and next to useless search system.

    All they have to do is a set up an alphabetical index of artist… ie. click on the letter “J” and find every registered artist starting with “J”.


  5. This Painting Life
    August 19, 2008 @ 9:15 am

    I agree the system that Brushspace uses to index artists names is hopeless. On the good-side, I really like it because I’ve discovered artists I knew nothing about and am very pleased to find, its grown like wildfire in a couple of weeks and is well worth a look at. As it is free for us artists to list, I don’t think I should complain too loudly and especially as I seem to be ‘popular’ enough to stay in the top 15 🙂


  6. A Reason to Paint
    August 19, 2008 @ 10:59 am

    Sorry to be a party pooper but I really have to question the credibility of this system – or maybe I just don’t get it. I just popped in there to “follow” an artist I admire; all it required was my email address. So what is to stop an artist from joining up, enlisting the support of 50 mates and knocking Alvin down into third place?

    Also is this a site for artists to support each other or is it being promoted to collectors?


  7. Chris
    August 19, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    Yes, ‘wildfire’ seems to be a good way to put it. Maybe a little more time on the drawing board would have been a good idea.

    Getting rid of the ranking system and randomly putting up artists without showing numbers would be a better route.

    Also, as I write this, the system is full of bugs. I can’t even change my profile photo.


  8. James @ Brushspace
    August 19, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

    Hey guys, It’s James @ Brushspace. I just saw this post and wanted to add my little bit!

    Firstly, we’re listening to everything people are saying/writing about us – with an awesome growth in traffic over the last month it’s been hard to manage bugs/servers/comments let alone everything else. We’re getting there now!

    Now I’ve stop making excuses, I’ll write that we’ve now added a way to view not only the top 100 (although this is the default) but also the latest 50 artists and you can view an A-Z list of artists.

    Go see this here:

    I’ll also add that a whole bunch of code fixes are going live tonight including profile pictures and about 15 other minor bugs.

    The purpose of the site is for artists to create a following from other artists AND art buyers, we will be adding some cool new features in the coming 6 weeks which will really accelerate this.

    I hope this has cleared a few things up but if you do have questions, reply here or to james@brushspace.com.



  9. Jeff Hayes
    August 19, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    Outstanding; the system works.

    Thanks everybody for commenting, and thank you James for listening (here and presumably elsewhere). You’re on to something special with BrushSpace, and of course there will be growing pains. Keep up the good work!



  10. Chris
    August 19, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

    I have to agree with Jeff — BrushSpace really is a good idea. I like the changes and look forward to future additions!


  11. A Reason to Paint
    August 19, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    Thank you James, I like the improvements you’ve made.


  12. Kathy Lumsden
    August 20, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

    Hey, Jeff. Thanks for letting us know about “BrushSpace.” I just registered. We’ll see what happens!


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