Face Making

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


Paint your life.

2008 . 07 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

portrait on his hat


When I discovered PaintYourLife.com, I was horrified, but, try as I might, I haven’t been able to put them out of my head.


Details, details…

2008 . 06 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

portrait of an old woman, detail


When we’re young, our faces are smooth: it’s only as we live and grow that we accumulate details.


“I represent myself.”

2008 . 06 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

mail art, American flag


This phrase isn’t just a euphemism for “I’m an artist without gallery representation.”


The definition of art

2008 . 06 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (11)

Gwenn Seemel


There’s only just the one way of defining art.

[version française]


Art should appear effortless.

2008 . 06 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

a black person in white bunny face


It shouldn’t necessarily be easy to make, but it definitely shouldn’t show signs of struggle.


On view finding and voice finding

2008 . 06 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

light bulb in the sand on the beach


A camera is every kind of artist’s best friend.


This is not my portrait.

2008 . 06 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gavin Shettler


When someone talks about their portrait it’s usually of them and not by them.


Imitation is not the highest form of flattery.

2008 . 06 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

self-portrait


But this self-portrait by an admirer of my work has nothing to do with imitation.


One small step for a portrait…

2008 . 06 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Alex Aginsky as Cosmonaut Neil Armstrong


...and one giant leap for portraiture!


Why allegorical portraiture is the super genre

2008 . 06 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

self-portrait as the Statue of Liberty


An allegorical portrait unites a sitter’s likeness with the attributes of a character from literature or history.


The origins of allegorical portraiture

2008 . 06 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

allegorical portraiture


Painted portraiture has always had its defenders, in the name of both its money-making potential and its ability to tell an important story.


Validating a mimetic art

2008 . 05 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Papy smiling


Long before the camera and its progeny Modernism spat on verisimilitude in painting, the Art Academies had discredited portraiture.


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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, USA. I’m a full-time artist who blogs in French as well as in English. More...



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