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

When making a gift of your art / Quand vous voulez offrir votre art comme cadeau

2017 . 11 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

It’s important to understand that art gifts aren’t like other gifts.

Il est important de comprendre que les cadeaux d’art ne sont pas comme les autres cadeaux.


I’ve told the story about my ex throwing away the portrait before, including in this video about how to know if your art is successful.


J’ai déjà raconté l’histoire de mon ex qui a jeté son portrait, y compris dans cette vidéo sur comment savoir si votre art est réussi.



dog portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Lhasapoo / Lhassa caniche
2016
marker on paper / marqueur sur papier
6 x 6 inches / 15 x 15 centimètres

I draw friends’ pets a lot, like with this sweetie pie.

Je dessine souvent les animaux de compagnie de mes amis, comme avec ce petit chien.



squirrel prayer painting art

Gwenn Seemel
Copyright is a prayer. / Le droit d’auteur est une prière.
2014
acrylic on unmounted canvas / acrylique sur toile
12 x 12 inches / 30 x 30 centimètres
(More about the making of here. / En savoir plus sur la réalisation ici.)

This piece is from my book You Share Good, but it belongs to one of my Patreon supporters after a giveaway I did for patrons.

Cette œuvre fait partie de mon livre Vous partagez bien, mais elle appartient à un de mes supporteurs sur Patreon après un tirage au sort que j’ai fait pour ceux qui soutiennent mon art.



portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Shar
2013
acrylic on a canvas bag / acrylique sur un sac à main en toile
13 x 18 x 4 inches / 33 x 46 x 10 centimètres
(More about the making of here. / En savoir plus sur la réalisation ici.)

I paint You Bags for friends because I like to and because carrying around a portrait bag that looks like you makes promoting my work much simpler for them.

Je peins des You Bags pour mes amis parce que j’adore le faire et parce que c’est beaucoup plus simple de promouvoir mon art quand ils se promènent avec leur portrait peint directement sur leur sac à main.


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(4) Comments / Commentaires: When making a gift of your art / Quand vous voulez offrir votre art comme cadeau

-- libby fife -- 2017 . 11 . 27 --

Gwenn,

I would certainly agree with your idea-art is something unique and it is really a part of you that you are giving away.

And I think it may be one of the reasons why I get a little agitated when organizations ask for a “donation” of your art when they are holding an event. Or when someone you know, like a family member or friend, strolls through your house, points to a piece of art and says “give me that one” for free. Just seems like, in general, there is a lack of understanding about the value of art. Just a thought to go with your thought:)

Thank you for the post,
Libby

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 11 . 27 --

@Libby: Yes! Very true! I’m not a fan of donating to art auctions.

The friend or family thing is a little different for me, though. I’ve never had anyone say it quite like that. Now that I think of it, I’ve never had a friend just ask for something for free—not a painting anyway.

But I do despise it when someone tries to get a deal on my art by talking to someone in my family, and I think that’s related. There’s an added layer of “I’m going to get you in trouble with your father-in-law by telling him you’re charging me too much” but it boils down to the same thing. It’s about the value of a work of art and that value being misunderstood by both non-artists and artists (in the story I describe in the video).

Feels good to vent! Thanks, friend! smile

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-- Michelle -- 2017 . 11 . 27 --

I wonder if the majority of non-artists don’t understand the value of a gift of art? My own brother asked me to paint something for him (no charge) to hang on his wall. I did and was very pleased with how it turned out. So was my brother. Fast forward 5 years and the painting was left behind when he moved. It was not a large painting, 9” x 11”), but he claimed it wouldn’t fit in the car with the rest of his belongings. It felt like such a slap in the face. I would love to have that piece to hang on my own wall, but it is probably in a trash dump somewhere by now. Lesson learned.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 11 . 30 --

@Michelle: So strange! Maybe it’s true that people don’t always get the value, but sometimes I wonder if they do…and too well. I’m not saying this about your brother, but a part of me wonders if my ex didn’t do what he did on purpose, for example. It’s definitely a statement, throwing away an artwork. (Also, I’m sorry that happened. Family can be complicated. Hugs!)

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