Face Making

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


Just this side of prostitution

2008 . 04 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

portrait painting


The moral status of the working artist is as hotly debated as ever in the art world, but at least my moral status isn’t up for discussion anymore.


Contributing member

2008 . 04 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Eli Stutsman


Sometimes I let myself make serious work, but hopefully never work that takes itself too seriously!


Snow days are a state of mind.

2008 . 04 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Shauna Parsons' portrait


Breaking the rhythm of the everyday restores value to the everyday.


Sign on the dotted line.

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

model release form, portrait painting


Written agreements are an artist’s best friend, and model releases are a necessity for portraits. 


Make work in series.

2008 . 04 . 02 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Oregon artist Robert Hess


Fully exploring a theme makes all the difference when presenting work to venues for exhibitions.


Denim that refuses to be blue

2008 . 03 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (9)

Gwenn Seemel's paint dyed pants


This is one case of the clothes making the person, but only so long as the person makes the clothes.

[version française]


The cutting edge of FOLK art

2008 . 03 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (15)

portrait bag


Art that’s for the people is compelling, subversive, incisive and important precisely because it’s for the people.


To flatter or not to flatter

2008 . 03 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

detail image of a portrait


The portraitist’s ultimate dilemma—or is it? 


Reviving and redefining a tradition

2008 . 03 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

a portable portrait by Gwenn Seemel


Painted portraiture is dead. Long live painted portraiture!


On saving paints and brushes

2008 . 03 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (2)
acrylic paint on palette


A few practical tips I wish someone had given me when I was starting out.


Is it vain to want to have your portrait done?

2008 . 03 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Marc Acito's painted portrait


Marc Acito, author of How I Paid For College, doesn’t think so.


Why making money from your work makes you a better artist

2008 . 03 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Herb Bensinger with his portrait


Getting paid to make your art doesn’t prove that you’re a better artist, but it should help you develop your work. 


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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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