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

In search of specificity

2009 . 01 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

painting of Lily

I can very easily make a painting of a little girl. It’s harder to make a portrait of a particular little girl.

From life

2009 . 01 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


Is a portrait more true if it’s painted from life instead of from a photograph? I ask the man who painted this image.

“Welcome to my hanging.”

2009 . 01 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Robert Anderson's portrait of President George W Bush 2008

There’s a scandal going on in Washington, and, for once, it’s got something to do with art!

Buying my work should qualify as an “official duty.”

2009 . 01 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

painted portrait of Randy Leonard

While I was away last month, this portrait of Commissioner Randy Leonard apparently got itself into a bit of trouble.

Making it up as I go along

2008 . 12 . 31 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

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It’s the only way I know how to paint.


2008 . 12 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

an elderly woman at the beginning of a path

The setting: Bubry, France. A village in Brittany with a population of 2500 and an open air market every second and fourth Wednesday for the last 400 years.


2008 . 11 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

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Traditional retail appeals to me about as much as much as making the kind of open market art that has a factory-made, gimmicked-out feel to it. 

Something to sink my teeth into

2008 . 11 . 29 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting the mouth showing teeth in a portrait

As complicated as mouths are to paint, part the lips and the problem is that much bigger.

Liberty, equality, and homeland security.

2008 . 11 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

handprint turkey painted hand

Everything I know about patriotism, I learned in grade school making handprint turkeys.

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.

2008 . 11 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting the mouth in a portrait

The 19th century American portraitist John Singer Sargent famously said so.

A little pouch of love

2008 . 11 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


Also known as a little pooch of love.

Expressive ears

2008 . 11 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting of a Dachshund

My grandfather was a master at wiggling his ears, but otherwise I’ve never seen a human reveal much about who they are with their ears.

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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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