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Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

Being a friendly artist / Être un artiste sociable

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

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.

A few months ago, I published a book that talks about artists being more present for their audience from a slightly different angle. Art Marketing: It’s Not Just About Selling Art can be read for free on my site and is also available for purchase as a PDF.

Friday evening I’ll be doing everything I just discussed in the video at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in DC. And hopefully I’ll be saying a bit more than “thank you” and “are you an artist?” since I’ll be doing a Pecha Kucha style talk about my work that’s on display there as part of The Art Of Science Policy!

Reception: 20 September, 6 to 8 PM
Open: through 27 September
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Il y a quelques mois, j’ai publié un livre qui parle un peu de l’artiste sociable. Vous pouvez lire Le marketing de l’art: Mieux vendre son art et mieux le faire gratuitement sur mon site ou acheter le PDF.

Vendredi soir je vais faire tout ce que je viens d’expliquer dans la vidéo chez l’American Association for the Advancement of Science à Washington. J’espère que je dirai un peu plus que «merci» et «êtes-vous artiste?» car je dois faire une présentation Pecha Kucha de mes deux œuvres qui font partie de l’exposition The Art Of Science Policy!

Soirée: le 20 Septembre de 18h à 20h
Ouvert: jusqu’au 27 septembre
Horaires: du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 17h

1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

painted portrait by Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
After: She Can Call Herself A Woman / Après: elle prend le titre de femme
acrylic on bird’s eye piqué / acrylique sur coton piqué
34 x 48 inches / 86 x 122 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

detail image of Gwenn Seemel's self-portrait

This painting is from Swollen.

Ce tableau fait partie de Swollen.

- The two kinds of criticism / Les deux sortes de critique
- An art-writing tip / Une astuce pour mieux écrire à propos de votre art
- The best kind of artist / La meilleure sorte d’artiste

- The selfish artist / L’artiste égoïste
- Open to feedback / Contente d’avoir des conseils
- Educating the public / Éduquer son public

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(5) Comments / Commentaires: Being a friendly artist / Être un artiste sociable

-- Sidonie Caron -- 2013 . 09 . 20 --

Dear Gwenn,
I have been an admirer of your work for quite awhile.  Are you Canadian? Your English is too perfect for a Frenchwoman.
The first video about being a sociable artist stopped just as you were giving the advice about smiling. I would to hear the rest,please let me know if this is possible.



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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 09 . 24 --

Hi Sidonie!  And thank you!  I’m French-American, and, while English is my first language, I was raised part-time in France, making it easier to learn French too.

As for the video, it’s working for me.  Maybe if you refresh this page it will work properly…?

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-- Sidonie Caron -- 2013 . 09 . 24 --

Hi Gwenn,
The video did work this time, thank you.
I also accidentally hit the delete me from emails, so please ignore that.



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-- Kelly -- 2013 . 09 . 25 --

“Thank you” is the best answer to so many comments! I think sometimes the person approaching an artist feels awkward so the whole conversation starts out strange and awkward.  The most common comment I get from locals is “I didn’t know YOU do that!” or “Is this YOUR work?”.  The only answer is yes/thank you. 

In this very small town, the most difficult answer is “no” when approached to donate work to (yet another) fundraising effort.  While I appreciate that they think my work will bring in money for what ever the cause is, I can’t afford to give away my work so often.  My most recent answer to that was a pre-emptive “I’m glad you aren’t asking for donations, our town tends to milk artists dry for fundraising” and later when approached by another member of the same group, a smile and a nod.

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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 09 . 26 --

@Kelly: The auction question is a difficult one and one that I only recently found a kind of peace about.  When asked for a donation, I try to remember that the people who are asking really really believe in their cause and/or are doing their job.  It helps me to be less annoyed—because that is definitely my gut reaction to that sort of query!

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