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How to find an art mentor / Comment trouver un guide pour votre carrière d’artiste

2013 . 12 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

Finding a guide in your artistic life can be a delicate process.

Trouver un mentor pour votre vie artistique peut être un processus délicat.

My grandmother, pictured in the portrait that’s featured in this video, mentored me in so many ways, just as my brother and my dog both have as well.

Ma grand-mère, représentée par le portrait dans l’arrière plan de cette vidéo, a été mon guide à bien des égards, tout comme mon frère.

painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Un Petit Tour
acrylic on wood / acrylique sur bois
24 x 24 inches / 61 x 61 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

detail image of a portrait painted in acrylics

To learn more about the making of this portrait, please visit this post.

Pour en savoir plus sur la réalisation de ce tableau, visitez ce post.

- The selfish artist / L’artiste égoïste
- On art education and why MFAs are lame
- Graduation

- Where religion appears in my art / Où la religion se trouve dans mon art
- Being a friendly artist / Être un artiste sociable
- Open to feedback / Contente d’avoir des conseils

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(8) Comments / Commentaires: How to find an art mentor / Comment trouver un guide pour votre carrière d’artiste

-- Libby Fife -- 2013 . 12 . 03 --


Another timely post. How do you do that anyway? LOL:) That advice is pretty solid and practical which I appreciate. The suggestion to recognize that the person you pick may not want to mentor you (or have the skills to do so) is particularly apt. I’ve thought about this over the years as I have met people whom I thought had a lot to offer (looking for a mentor myself) and wondered why they didn’t take on this role. You pointed out something to consider.

And why wouldn’t you say thank you??? Thanks! LOL:)

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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 12 . 03 --

Timely videos for Libby: it’s my superpower. smile  Really though, I’m glad they’ve been hitting the spot!

I’ve been on both ends of the “you’re the mentor for me” + “no I’m not” deal, and it’s uncomfortable and confronting in both places.  I wish I could go back and tell myself to be less disappointed in the potential mentor I was after. 

Retroactive empathy.  It’s a thing. smile

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-- Ele Nuki -- 2014 . 04 . 10 --


I just discover you and I am amazwd, you are so nice and the content is so interesting. Thanks really. I do have a question for you though. My art is more centered in a mixed media approach, pencils watercolor and some post production on photoshop at the very end. Do you think this kind of art should be less payed for than a more “traditionnal"art. I am more a drawer, than a painter but I guess that does not make me less artist. I just want to know your opinion on this matter!

Thanks again.

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 04 . 12 --

In general, I wouldn’t say that one kind of art should be considered more valuable than others, Ele.  That said, there are market pressures to consider whenever assigning a monetary value to an object.  This article talks more about putting a price on you art if you’re interested.

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-- Tom Harold -- 2014 . 12 . 01 --

Thanks so much for all the great posts! I found out about you through The Abundant Artist. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your information with others. Videos take lots of time to make, even if you’re only talking for a few minutes!

I particular in this vlog I like that you advise thanking someone for their help. I, too, have had people ask for information, which I took a good deal of time to provide, and then heard not one single word from them every again. A thank you goes a lot farther than people realize.

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 12 . 02 --

It really does! I wonder what’s going on for people who don’t thank others easily and naturally. Is it just how they were raised? Or are they distracted or busy? I try not to think that they might not actually be grateful…!

And along those lines, thank you for your kind words, Tom! smile

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-- Tom Harold -- 2014 . 12 . 04 --

I don’t know about others, but I know that for me in the past there were several reasons why I might not thank someone for sharing their time and knowledge (or for sharing anything, really). I know that sometimes I felt a bit ashamed, as if a thank you was the most lame gift I could give in return for the generosity that was shown to me. I really didn’t believe it was anything someone else would appreciate very much. It has taken some life experience for me to understand how a simple “thank you” can mean a lot to someone else.
Having said that, I’d like to thank you again for putting together such a wonderful blog with such a wealth of information! You express your thoughts very clearly, and honestly, having made just a very few videos myself, I’m amazed that you can talk at such length without tripping over your own words. I’ve had to reshoot so many times just because I gaffed a sentence or somehow COMPLETELY forgot where I was going right as I was gearing up for the key point of my 2-minute monologue!

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 12 . 05 --

It’s definitely its own skill set, doing a video! I shoot the same video 8 times in English before I get it right and that’s after I’ve talked it through in my head as I walk around town doing errands. Thankfully, the French videos are easier because I’ve already practiced in English and because my more limited vocabulary in French automatically makes me more focussed!

In any case, bon courage in your vlogging, you’re welcome, and merci!

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