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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.

The middle class art market

2008 . 07 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Michael and his beard


Experts don’t know why households in the $40,000 to $80,000 annual income range are reticent about buying art, but the subject of this portrait does.


“I represent myself.”

2008 . 06 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

mail art, American flag


This phrase isn’t just a euphemism for “I’m an artist without gallery representation.”


The fine art of presenting your work

2008 . 05 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

artist portfolio website


The promotion of your work is more important than creating excellent work.


I (never) made a painting from this sketch.

2008 . 05 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

sketch of face


Well, actually, I did make the painting, but I didn’t document it, so I may as well never have made it.


If you don’t document your work, you never made it.

2008 . 05 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

camera on tripod


This wasn’t always the case, but in today’s world of digital information it’s a fact of artistic life.


Putting a price on art

2008 . 04 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

before and after child birth


There’s very little guesswork involved.


Sign on the dotted line, again.

2008 . 04 . 21 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

written agreement for working artist's commission


For the artist intending to engage in commission work, a written agreement with the client is a very good idea. 


Sign on the dotted line.

2008 . 04 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

model release form, portrait painting


Written agreements are an artist’s best friend, and model releases are a necessity for portraits. 


Why making money from your work makes you a better artist

2008 . 03 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Herb Bensinger with his portrait


Getting paid to make your art doesn’t prove that you’re a better artist, but it should help you develop your work. 


Everybody’s a critic.

2008 . 03 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

before and after puberty


And it’s a good thing too!


An opportunity often comes in the form of an unexpected opening.

2008 . 03 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Oregon artist Gwenn Seemel being interviewed


And show openings are full of unexpected opportunities.


Love your clients or leave them.

2008 . 02 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

portrait of Erik Schneider


The sweet science of making art for commission. 


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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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