Face Making

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

The art less made

2009 . 03 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

portrait of an old man

Two roads diverge in the art wood: one is all sadness and melodrama, the other is shades of happiness made from sunshine and silver linings.

Judging my own book by its cover.

2009 . 03 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

Apple Pie the book

The Oregon Arts Commission made the second edition of the Apple Pie book possible financially.

The most important person in the world.

2009 . 03 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

close-up photograph of a man's eyes

When a sales guru understands human nature better than an artist.

Politics for art’s sake

2009 . 03 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

detail image of Gwenn Seemel's Randy Leonard

In the last few months, three articles have chastised the Portland City Commissioner who bought my art.

Steal this.

2009 . 03 . 05

screen shot of Richard Schemmerer's blog PDXart

Any image you put online is the property of the world.


2009 . 03 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Vinzenz Brinkmann's work

It turns out that the classical look isn’t actually classical.

When my work is like a steakhouse dinner…

2009 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Randy Leonard with his portrait

Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard and his portrait are back in the news today.


2009 . 02 . 25

detail image of a painted portrait

Direct eye contact from a portrait is powerful tool.

On starting and finishing

2009 . 02 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Gwenn Seemel at work

Starting a painting makes the mood; completing it requires one. 

Legos and cupcakes and crayons, o my!

2009 . 02 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Herb Williams' Portrait of Sherry

Making portraits in paint on canvas is less than hip these days. Herb William’s crayon portraiture is just one of the many new forms. 

Second chance

2009 . 02 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn Seemel with a You Bag and its subject

A single portrait often can’t ever capture all the truths about a single person, especially if that person is a drag queen.

“Hand it over, sister.”

2009 . 02 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

You Bag, Poison Waters

When Kevin Cook says so, I listen!

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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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