Face Making

Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about all the faces she makes while painting faces and other things.

Why doesn’t the Kirk Reeves mural have Mickey Mouse ears?

2014 . 07 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

mural process image

There are three answers to this question, and, if you don’t think they are any good, I would encourage you to examine your own beliefs before finding fault with my decision.

Commission work’s grey area / La zone grise du travail sur commande

2014 . 07 . 29 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

black and white

Commission work has a bad reputation among artists, but I love doing it. Travailler sur commande a une mauvaise réputation chez les artistes, mais j’adore le faire.

Scaling up my style / Agrandir mon style

2014 . 07 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

mural process image

Working on a mural is a good way to get a lot of exercise, especially if you paint like I do. Quand on travaille sur une peinture murale, on fait beaucoup d’exercice, surtout quand on peint comme moi je le fais.

Beginning each day terrified

2014 . 07 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

mural process image

Including today, I have five more days to work on the Kirk Reeves mural at 430 NE Lloyd. In my rational mind, I know it’s totally do-able, but as I write this it doesn’t feel that way.

On portraiture and appropriation

2014 . 07 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

mural scene

As I’ve been working on my portrait mural of Kirk Reeves at 430 NE Lloyd over the last week or so, the question of appropriation has come up many times and in a variety of forms.

How to define your boundaries / Comment définir vos limites

2014 . 07 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

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In business, it’s very useful to know how to politely but firmly tell people that they’re being rude or incompetent. En affaires, il est très utile de savoir comment dire poliment aux autres que leur comportement est désagréable ou incompétent.

It’s not done.

2014 . 07 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

in process

While it’s pleasing to think that so many people like my unfinished work, I’m not ready to call it “good enough” and quit working on the Kirk Reeves mural.

My new favorite tools

2014 . 07 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


Because working on a mural has changed my perspective.

A very personal public art piece / Une œuvre d’art public très personnelle

2014 . 07 . 21 - Comments / Commentaires (11)


Because, although it may not be immediately clear how the portrait of a man I knew only slightly is personal for me, it really is. Parce que, même si ce n’est pas tout de suite évident comment le portrait d’un homme que je connaissais à peine est personnel pour moi, il l’est.

With a lot of help from my friends

2014 . 07 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (6)


A project like the Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t get done by one person alone.

I lost my voice.

2014 . 07 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (5)


So if I don’t talk with you as I’m working on the Kirk Reeves mural, that’s why!

Celebrating with Mom and Dad

2014 . 07 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

miniature double portrait

Last month, my partner and I flew out to New Jersey to celebrate. David’s parents had a beautiful party for their 50th anniversary and for our wedding, marking love that’s lasted and love that’s just beginning.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA. I’m a full-time artist and I’ve sold my soul to the genre of portraiture. I blog in French as well as in English. More...

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