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

I am not independently wealthy. / Je ne suis pas indépendante financièrement.

2018 . 05 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

For my art business advice to be useful, it helps to know where I’m coming from.

Pour que mes conseils soient utiles, il est important de comprendre d’où je viens.


This video is related to this one about jealousy because I do get jealous of artists with outside funding. If you want to know more about how simply I live in order to make things work, check out this video. For art business tips, check out this section of my blog or come to the art business panel I’m on tomorrow:

Panel Discussion: The Business of Art
May 8th at 7 PM

Pierro Gallery of South Orange
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ 07079


Cette vidéo est liée à celle-ci qui parle de la jalousie parce que je suis jalouse des artistes qui ont un financement extérieur. Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur la simplicité avec laquelle je vis, regardez cette vidéo. Pour des conseils à propos du business de l’art, consultez cette section de mon blog ou venez me voir demain:

Panel Discussion: The Business of Art
le 8 mai à 19h

Pierro Gallery of South Orange
5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ 07079



old man with an older woman

Gwenn Seemel
40 Years / 40 ans
2014
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres

My parents are used to being painted a whole lot. They were some of my first subjects a soon as I became a professional artist, like with this image of my father from 2004 and this one of my mother from 2003.

Mes parents ont l’habitude d’être peints. Ils ont été parmi mes premiers sujets dès que je suis devenue artiste professionnel, comme avec cette image de mon père de 2004 et celle-ci de ma mère de 2003.



portraits in a diptych

Gwenn Seemel
Ron and / et Lucille
2010
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
12 x 18 inches (combined dimensions) / 30 x 46 centimètres (les deux ensemble)

My in-laws are less used to being portrayed, but, for their 50th wedding anniversary, I did paint a portrait of them based on images from the film of their wedding.

Mes beaux-parents ont moins l’habitude d’être représentés, mais, pour leur 50e anniversaire de mariage, j’ai fait un portrait d’eux à partir d’images prises du film de leur mariage.



portraits painted on a canvas bag

Gwenn Seemel
Whispering / Chuchotement
2011
acrylic on both sides of a canvas bag / acrylique sur les deux côtés d’un sac à main en toile
13 x 18 x 4 inches / 33 x 46 x 10 centimètres

The video in this blog post only shows the making of one side of this bag. This video shows the other.

La vidéo dans ce post montre seulement la réalisation d’un côté de ce sac. Cette vidéo montre l’autre.


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(6) Comments / Commentaires: I am not independently wealthy. / Je ne suis pas indépendante financièrement.

-- Christine -- 2018 . 05 . 07 --

It wasn’t until my late 20s I realized that other artists had advantages over me. It was a bit disappointing at first, then I remembered it doesn’t mean I can’t be successful. Just wish my younger self didn’t give up so easily!

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 05 . 07 --

@Christine: Riight?! Here’s to not giving up so easily!

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-- Dale -- 2018 . 05 . 07 --

I went to school with a couple of friends who now support themselves as artists. They do fantastic work but I have never seen them struggle financially during their career climbs. Me in contrast, it seems it has all been struggle and little to no success. The contrast has really made me question myself and yet I keep doing this art. It is hard, at times, to keep heart.

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-- Carrie -- 2018 . 05 . 07 --

I always love your honest take on the art world and how open you are about sharing your journey. Thank you for being an example to all artists! <3

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-- Barbara -- 2018 . 05 . 10 --

Thank you for sharing this, Gwenn.
Money is a topic that is mostly taboo, but as you so wisely realised, very important to understand the context.

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 05 . 15 --

I hear you, Dale. It is hard to keep heart at times! For me it’s easier when I do it in community with other artists. And, speaking of, thank you Carrie, Barbara, and Dale! smile

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