Face Making

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


Juxtapose.

2008 . 07 . 31 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Bourgeois' Single III and Magritte's Lola de Valence


Louise Bourgeois and René Magritte are very different, but it’s their similarities that please me.


Twenty slices of the American dream

2008 . 07 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel working


Apple Pie opens 28 August at the Interstate Firehouse here in Portland and travels on to Eugene next year!


The middle class art market

2008 . 07 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Michael and his beard


Experts don’t know why households in the $40,000 to $80,000 annual income range are reticent about buying art, but the subject of this portrait does.


My disposable thumb

2008 . 07 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

laying on the kitchen floor trying not to pass out


The story of how my right thumb came to be non-compulsory to my painting process.


Do artists always have to be transparent when physicists don’t?

2008 . 07 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Sandra Rice's Old Friends 1983


I wonder what Sandra Rice, the artist behind these figures, would think of that question.


Done!

2008 . 07 . 14 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Becca


How do you know when you’ve finished a painting?


Stillness conveys power…

2008 . 07 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Frans Hals' Lute Player 1620


That’s the traditional logic, but movement has its own kind of force, one which Frans Hals didn’t ignore.
 


The difference between propaganda and art

2008 . 07 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (12)

Shepard Fairey's Change


Propaganda is only ever about inserting a pre-digested visual in a person’s head.


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.

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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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