Face Making

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


Everybody’s a critic.

2008 . 03 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

before and after puberty


And it’s a good thing too!


The material makes the painting.

2008 . 03 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

acrylic painting on two different kinds of canvas


Canvas isn’t the only material available to a painter.


Learning to harness a rainbow

2008 . 03 . 15 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

a portrait by Gwenn Seemel


Starting out, I had far too many pigments in my palette, and that meant I was thinking within the parameters of given options, not creating my own possibilities.


They have the same eyes.

2008 . 03 . 14 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Bob and Richard Seemel


Family resemblance fascinates me.


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!


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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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