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

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

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

As a response to Patreon’s decision to require you to pay the credit card fees that I used to cover, I am giving away a painting and I’ve created a new option for helping me make art.

En réponse à la décision de Patreon de vous obliger à payer les frais de carte de crédit que j’avais l’habitude de payer, je fais cadeau d’un tableau et j’ai créé une nouvelle option pour m’aider à faire mon art.


You can still support my art on Patreon, where you’ll be charged once a month for supporting me and you’ll automatically be notified via email every time I post something new.

You can also support my art via Liberapay, where you put money into a wallet on Liberapay and then Liberapay gives me money from that sum until it is gone. The benefit of Liberapay’s wallet is that you are only charged a credit card fee when you put money into it and not every time you pay money to an artist. Unlike Patreon, Liberapay does not take a cut of the money you pay me, instead supporting itself through donations. Liberapay also allows you to pledge sums under $1.

Though Liberapay does not automatically subscribe you to an email list for notifications, I’ve started a list for anyone who wants to receive updates every time I post something new on my blog or finish a new painting as well as any time I’m going to do a livestream. The catch is that you must tell me that you want to be on that list because Liberapay will not tell me you do.

Vous pouvez toujours soutenir mon art sur Patreon, où vous serez facturé une fois par mois et vous serez automatiquement averti par courriel chaque fois que je publie quelque chose de nouveau.

Vous pouvez aussi soutenir mon art via Liberapay, où vous mettez de l’argent dans un portefeuille sur Liberapay et ensuite Liberapay me paie une partie de cette somme jusqu’à ce qu’elle soit épuisée. L’avantage de ce portefeuille est que vous payez des frais seulement lorsque vous y mettez de l’argent et pas chaque fois que vous payez un artiste. Et, contrairement à Patreon, Liberapay ne prend pas une partie de l’argent que vous me payez, mais est soutenu par des dons. Liberapay vous permet également de promettre des sommes inférieures à $1.

Liberapay ne vous abonne pas automatiquement pour être notifié quand je publie quelque chose de nouveau sur mon blog ou que je finis une nouvelle peinture ou que je fais une diffusion en directe, mais j’ai commencé une liste pour tous ceux qui veulent recevoir ces notifications. Ceci dit, vous êtes obligé de me dire que vous voulez ajouter votre addresse à cette liste parce que Liberapay ne me le dira pas.



painting of two European rabbits

Gwenn Seemel
Common (European rabbit) / Ordinaire (Le lapin de garenne)
2012
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)



peinture d'un lapin


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(9) Comments / Commentaires: An art giveaway + a Patreon alternative! / Un tableau cadeau + une alternative à Patreon!

-- Kate Powell -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

Patreon never wrote me about this… ooops.  Not nice Patreon.

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-- Cathy Hasty -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

Count me in!  Thanks for your consistent reflective way of being in the world and promoting the creative life for us all.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

@Kate: They 100% mishandled this whole thing from start to finish. I’m sorry about it!

@Cathy: Thank you for your consistent encouragement! smile

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-- Linda Ursin -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

Since I’m on Patreon (for the time being) I will keep supporting you there. But thanks for finding an alternative. I will look into Liberapay both to support others and for myself.

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-- Hope -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG! I am ecstatic! OMG! I had watched earlier on my phone so couldn’t see who won. OMG!OMG! I can’t tell you how much this means to me. OMG!OMG!OMG!

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-- Sandrine -- 2017 . 12 . 12 --

I seriously don’t understand why it is up to the artists to inform their patrons. This is a unilateral decision from Patreon and so they should inform their users (artists & patrons). I will follow you to the new platform and make a donation there. It will take a few days as I require to update my security codes on my credit card as the new platform does not use PayPal, not a problem, just a bit of a delay in donation.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 13 --

@Linda: I completely understand! Awesome!

@Hope: Huzzah! You make me very happy!

@Sandrine: Yes, Patreon bungled this. It’s a good reminder to independent creatives that we are independent and that relying too much on a company or institution—even one as well-intentioned as Patreon—can be dangerous. I think I needed that reminder. :( As for moving to the new platform, lovely! And thank you!!

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-- Sheila -- 2017 . 12 . 13 --

Gwenn,
Thanks for posting this alternative!

I have been thinking for a while that Patreon may not be the “right” place for my work. This recent change has me leaning more in that direction.
But…For now, I am waiting to see how things go. Glad to see that there is another way to support the work you do if I decide to leave.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 13 --

@Sheila: I hear you! Finding the right place is a real part of the struggle! Patreon was the right place for me when I started out on it and it may still be, but it’s definitely a time for re-evaluation. I hope you find the right place for your work!

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