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


The definition of art

2008 . 06 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (11)

Gwenn Seemel


There’s only just the one way of defining art.

[version française]


Art should appear effortless.

2008 . 06 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

a black person in white bunny face


It shouldn’t necessarily be easy to make, but it definitely shouldn’t show signs of struggle.


On view finding and voice finding

2008 . 06 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

light bulb in the sand on the beach


A camera is every kind of artist’s best friend.


This is not my portrait.

2008 . 06 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gavin Shettler


When someone talks about their portrait it’s usually of them and not by them.


Imitation is not the highest form of flattery.

2008 . 06 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

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But this self-portrait by an admirer of my work has nothing to do with imitation.


One small step for a portrait…

2008 . 06 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Alex Aginsky as Cosmonaut Neil Armstrong


...and one giant leap for portraiture!


Why allegorical portraiture is the super genre

2008 . 06 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

self-portrait as the Statue of Liberty


An allegorical portrait unites a sitter’s likeness with the attributes of a character from literature or history.


The origins of allegorical portraiture

2008 . 06 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

allegorical portraiture


Painted portraiture has always had its defenders, in the name of both its money-making potential and its ability to tell an important story.


Validating a mimetic art

2008 . 05 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Papy smiling


Long before the camera and its progeny Modernism spat on verisimilitude in painting, the Art Academies had discredited portraiture.


Art I like

2008 . 05 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

William Park's Talking With Myself, Behind My Back


Portland artist William Park painted this self-portrait in 2003, and I love it.


The fine art of presenting your work

2008 . 05 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

artist portfolio website


The promotion of your work is more important than creating excellent work.


A Native American George Washington

2008 . 05 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

First American, a Native American George Washington


A study in inhabiting the enemy.


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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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