The idea of being a featured artist is solid and valid. Being grandfathered into that position of favor forever and ever is just a little bit (a big bit) unfair to the rest. And YES, I am part of the rest.
Any other selling site allows artists to become featured. It’s not a given and it certainly is not FOREVER. I’m on other selling sites that encourage artists to become the featured artist - for a month. Other sites want you to jump thru a bunch of hoops to be featured, but again, just a month of being featured.
No one group of artists should enjoy the bounty while the rest of us take the hit of being the newbies and we will never be featured here, EVER!
Just my opinion and certainly not reflected by anyone else but ME!
Reply from David, the founder and developer of DailyPaintworks.com (DPW):
Early in DPW’s history, DPW was a co-op of 50 founding artists, each of whom was invited by the group to join. When Carol and I decided we would like to open the site up to all artists, in our negotiations with the founding artists, we promised they would always be featured on DPW, no matter how much it changed. Please remember, at that point, DPW was a co-op and to change it required approval of the entire group.
How to be a Featured Artist
Since August of 2013, any artist can be featured on DPW through our monthly DPW Contests where we award cash prizes to three 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and select 12 Judge’s Picks. All 15 winners of each monthly contest receive a free month as a featured artist. While you can win a top three place only every six months, there is no limit to how many times and how often you can be a Judge’s Pick and be featured for a month.