Face Making

Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about all the faces she makes while painting faces and other things.

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

My art in a Gap ad

2013 . 09 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (16)

Gap ad

My work is part of this collage ad, and the process of getting it there was more emotional than I thought it would be.

Being a friendly artist / Être un artiste sociable

2013 . 09 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

painted portrait by Gwenn Seemel

This video explains the “how-to” of being approachable as an artist even when you have a bad case of the awkwards, and it gets into the “why” of being welcoming too.  Cette vidéo explique comment être acceuillant, même si vous êtes maladroit comme moi, et elle traite aussi pourquoi c’est important de faire l’effort.

Comment publier un livre de votre art

2013 . 09 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (1)


Faire imprimer un catalogue ou un livre d’art nécessite beaucoup de travail, mais il vaut bien l’effort de le faire.

How to vlog successfully / Comment faire des vidéoblogs réussis

2013 . 08 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

marlin painting

Mostly, it just takes practice, but this video points out five quick tips.  C’est vraiment une question d’entraînement, mais cette vidéo précise cinq petites astuces.

How to start selling art / Comment commencer à vendre son art

2013 . 08 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Gwenn Seemel

The beginning part of any process can seem overwhelming, but where sales and art are concerned it’s maybe more so.  Au début, tout effort sur n’importe lequel sujet peut sembler écrasant, mais, quand on parle des ventes et de l’art, c’est peut-être encore plus angoissant.

How to publish a book of your art

2013 . 08 . 06 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Apple Pie

Printing a catalog or an art book is definitely a lot of work, but it’s not actually that difficult.  What’s more, it’s well worth the effort.

Surveying the give and take of sharing art

2013 . 07 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

Adam Grant's Give and Take

Adam Grant’s excellent Give and Take made me think about why artists do and don’t share their work openly, and how that affects their chances for success. 

Comment préparer son exposition d’art

2013 . 07 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (2)


Que vous travailliez avec un espace dédié à l’exposition de l’art ou avec un café ou un restaurant, il y a toute une liste de questions à examiner dès le départ.

On being picky about who buys my art / Choisir qui peut acheter mon art

2013 . 06 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

Gwenn Seemel

I don’t have to reject a lot of clients, because most people who wouldn’t enjoy working with me realize it long before they contact me.  Je n’ai pas à refuser un grand nombre de clients, parce que la plupart des gens qui n’apprécieront pas ma manière de travailler s’en rendent compte avant de me contacter.

Lorentz Bruun Construction: What artists can learn from this company’s mistakes

2013 . 06 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

construction site

This construction company is being very bad, and I’m hoping to make something positive out of their naughtiness.

The artist’s business card / La carte de visite d’un artiste

2013 . 06 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

artist business card

A few ideas of how to do one. Quelques idées de comment vous pouvez faire la vôtre.

How to write a press release for your art

2013 . 05 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Symbiartic blog on Scientific American

Cultivating press is essential to the well-being of all artists—by that I mean their career’s success, of course, but also their artistic health since we all need feedback in order to grow.  And getting your work talked about doesn’t require any dark magic.  In fact, there are just five things to remember as you pursue coverage for your art.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA. I’m a full-time artist and I’ve sold my soul to the genre of portraiture. I blog in French as well as in English. More...

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