Face Making

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


A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.

2008 . 11 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting the mouth in a portrait


The 19th century American portraitist John Singer Sargent famously said so.


A little pouch of love

2008 . 11 . 19 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

mother


Also known as a little pooch of love.


Expressive ears

2008 . 11 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting of a Dachshund


My grandfather was a master at wiggling his ears, but otherwise I’ve never seen a human reveal much about who they are with their ears.


On letting go of my babies

2008 . 11 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

portrait artist Gwenn Seemel and friend


I’m very attached to every painting I make, but I still to see each one make its own way in the world.


Knows nose.

2008 . 11 . 09 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

detail image of a profile


Reproducing a person’s nose in a portrait is not that important to creating an arresting likeness.


Working from perfect mistakes to plausible corrections

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

Chris Haberman's Basquiat 2005


I have to agree with Chris Haberman: that’s the only way to make a painting.


Eye like you.

2008 . 11 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

detail image of a face


How the size of a person’s pupil impacts attractiveness.

[version française]


Gender profiling

2008 . 10 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Susan B Anthony


Being mostly unseen means being largely uncelebrated for a couple of American icons.


160 years in the making

2008 . 10 . 29 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

a modern woman as Elizabeth Cady Stanton


This portrait bag took a few months to create. It’s what it represents that’s been 160 years in the making.


Your eyes were watching you.

2008 . 10 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

my father and his painted portrait


I always knew portraits had a particular power.


Putting your best FACE forward

2008 . 10 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Wendy Seemel


Certain expressions are better for portraits than others.


The separation of subject and portrait

2008 . 10 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Margaret Higgins Sanger


It’s impossible to divorce a person from her-his face.


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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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