Face Making

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


An opportunity often comes in the form of an unexpected opening.

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

Oregon artist Gwenn Seemel being interviewed


And show openings are full of unexpected opportunities.


Liberty wanting you to choose her for your team

2008 . 03 . 06 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

American portrait painter Gwenn Seemel


I usually include a self-portrait in any conceptual series I am working on, and Apple Pie is no exception.


This (for example) is a real person.

2008 . 03 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (12)

portrait by Portland artist


A square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not always a square. A portrait is usually figurative but not all figurative work is portraiture.


“Your paintings actually look better in person.”

2008 . 03 . 02 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

portrait of Kirk Reeves


I’ve been told my portraits are more vibrant in person than online.


Engaged and engaging

2008 . 03 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

photos of Beth Kirk Smith


Painting from photographs is the best way to make a lively and lifelike portrait.


Recently, I was scoffed at.

2008 . 02 . 29 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel working


The in-home studio versus the outside one.


Love your clients or leave them.

2008 . 02 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

portrait of Erik Schneider


The sweet science of making art for commission. 


I’m not a good painter…

2008 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

paint brushes in dirty water


...but my brushes are!


What is the value of art?

2008 . 02 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

Rosie the Riveter wearing a hijab


Rosie had some idea, but Raha The Riveter knows for sure. 


Starting from the very…middle?

2008 . 02 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

a portrait by Gwenn Seemel


I think it’s a very good place to start. 


But can you jam it under a car seat?

2008 . 02 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Megan Ward and her You Bag


A painting’s process is just beginning when it leaves the studio.


On severed fingertips and the only acceptable way to torture oneself

2008 . 02 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

two painted portraits


These two little faces gave me no end of trouble. 


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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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