Face Making

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


I (never) made a painting from this sketch.

2008 . 05 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

sketch of face


Well, actually, I did make the painting, but I didn’t document it, so I may as well never have made it.


If you don’t document your work, you never made it.

2008 . 05 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

camera on tripod


This wasn’t always the case, but in today’s world of digital information it’s a fact of artistic life.


Words, words, words…

2008 . 05 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

an Uncle Sam for a new generation of Americans


Using words with images is tricky.


What’s wrong with this picture?

2008 . 05 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Seymour Chwast's illustration for Time Magazine


These portraits reveal more about their viewers than about anyone else.


How to build a stretcher

2008 . 05 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

how to build a stretcher frame


The work is well worth it in order to have a painting precisely the size you want it to be.


Portraits don’t just get painted.

2008 . 05 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

portrait painting


Behind every painted face you see, there are only five possible motivating factors.

[version française]


When does repeating oneself become a style?

2008 . 05 . 06 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

crosshatch sketch of face


And when does a style become repeating oneself?


On causing revolution

2008 . 05 . 02 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

drawing


Art should be good-looking, but it should do more than decorate.


Participate in group shows.

2008 . 04 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

David Vanadia


They’re good for artists and good for audiences.


Putting a price on art

2008 . 04 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

before and after child birth


There’s very little guesswork involved.


Every person is a work of art.

2008 . 04 . 25 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

James Surgeon


And, if they don’t know it, it’s because they haven’t yet sat for a portrait.


The look that looks at itself

2008 . 04 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel's self-portrait


A self-portrait is a portrait of a person who isn’t looking at the viewers, but at her-him self. 


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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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