Face Making

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

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. 

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.

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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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