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

Reviews: this category of my blog includes articles in which I review other artists’ work or other things.

The power of repeating yourself / La puissance dans l’acte de se répéter

2018 . 07 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

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What I learned about art from a random person who drove by my apartment for three years. Ce que j’ai appris sur l’art d’une personne au hasard qui est passée près de mon appartement dans sa voiture pendant trois ans.

Painting in a traditional realist style is like doing a cover song.

2018 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (11)

A video about why I love Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama.

[version française]

Peindre dans un style réaliste traditionnel, c’est comme faire une reprise.

2018 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Kehinde Wiley Barack Obama

Une vidéo qui explique pourquoi j’adore le portrait de Barack Obama fait par Kehinde Wiley.

[English version]

Fighting for the beautifully felt thing

2018 . 01 . 15 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Gwenn Seemel and friend

Not thinking of supporters as “subscribers” on continuous crowdfunding sites.

[version française]

Se lutter pour la chose magnifiquement ressentie

2018 . 01 . 15 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn Seemel et une amie

Ne plus considérer les supporteurs comme des “abonnés” sur les sites microdons.

[English version]

The Patreon fee-asco and 3 tips for artists who don’t want to get screwed by companies

2017 . 12 . 14 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

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At least we can all learn something from Patreon’s bad choices.

An art giveaway + a Patreon alternative! / Un tableau cadeau + une alternative à Patreon!

2017 . 12 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (9)

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A video in which I give away a painting. Une vidéo dans laquelle je fais cadeau d’un tableau.

Self-confidence as an artist / La confiance en soi en tant qu’artiste

2017 . 10 . 09 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

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It’s an ever-evolving thing. Cela évolue au cours d’une carrière.

How I’ve treated my endometriosis: navigating the doctor’s ego

2017 . 07 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (6)


Five years ago today, I had what will hopefully be my last surgery.

Among the living and the dead

2017 . 07 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Inara Verzemnieks' book

One of my favorite writers is launching a new book!

Recommended reading and watching

2017 . 07 . 06 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Virgie Tovar

Art is never born in a vacuum, and a complex series like Empathetic Magic requires much research, including this excellent anthology by Virgie Tovar.

Unintended audience

2017 . 06 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (8)


As I get ready to open my new show, I’m thinking about how to communicate with the people who are not a part of my audience.

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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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