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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

Business of art: this category of my blog includes all articles and videos that discuss how to make a living as an artist.

Defying Goliath / Défier Goliath

2016 . 05 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Gwenn TED

What I learned from standing up to the TED organization. Ce que j’ai appris lors d’une dispute avec l’organisation TED.

Starting over / Recommencer

2016 . 05 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Matt Burton New Jersey

Over ten years ago, at the beginning of my career, I did a thing, and now I’m doing it again. Il y a dix ans, au début de ma carrière, j’ai fait quelque chose, et maintenant je le fais à nouveau.

Sheree Keys and the Global Artist Academy: a conversation about pay-to-play promotion

2016 . 05 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

art books

The false flattery of the pay-to-play promoter is as unpleasant as it is common. Happily, my art was featured in these two books without that nonsense.

All the ways that artists make money

2016 . 05 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

artist's income

Or all the ways that I have in the last thirteen years anyway.

[version française]

Unable to talk about art / Incapable de parler de l’art

2016 . 04 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

Gwenn Seemel

Sometimes, words don’t work for communicating about creativity. Parfois, les mots ne fonctionnent pas pour communiquer à propos de la créativité.

The problem of MORE / Le problème du PLUS

2016 . 04 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Your Creative Push podcast

For when you think you’re not enough for the world. Pour quand vous pensez que vous n’êtes pas assez pour le monde.

An artist instead of a graphic designer / Un artiste au lieu d’un graphiste

2016 . 04 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


It’s important that I recognize who I am, both for myself and for my potential clients. Il est important que je reconnais qui je suis, pour moi et pour mes clients potentiels.

How to be the perfect artist / Comment être l’artiste parfait

2016 . 04 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn Seemel working

When you understand what’s perfect, you can see how far you’ve come. Quand on comprend la perfection, parfois on voit mieux tout ce qu’on fait bien.

Art is not a luxury. / L’art n’est pas un luxe.

2016 . 03 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (2)


And when people stop saying it is, independent artists will have an easier time making a living. Et quand tout le monde cesse de dire le contraire, les artistes indépendants auront beaucoup moins de mal à vivre de leur art.

The big break is a myth.

2016 . 03 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

artist at work

But it still destroys many artists.

Knowing who your art is for is the same as knowing who you are as an artist.

2016 . 03 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Jackson's Art

I was interviewed by Jackson’s Art Blog today!

Do artists need a day job? / Les artistes, ont-ils besoin d’un boulot alimentaire?

2016 . 03 . 14 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


When an artist asks themselves this question, the answer that’s arrived at is often wrong because they’re looking at who they want to be instead of who they already are. Quand un artiste se pose cette question, la réponse est souvent fausse parce que l’artiste considère qui il veut être à la place de la personne qu’il est déjà.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, USA. I’m a full-time artist who blogs in French as well as in English. More...

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