Face Making

Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about all the faces she makes while painting faces and other things.

Celebrating Kirk Reeves

2014 . 08 . 21 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Kirk Reeves mural

Last week, I officially unveiled the mural, and then I had a lovely visit with Kirk’s sister.

Artists and leaders / Les artistes et les leaders

2014 . 08 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

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These two groups have a whole lot in common. Ces deux groupes ont beaucoup en commun.

Painting the Kirk Reeves mural / Peindre le portrait mural de Kirk Reeves

2014 . 08 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Gwenn Seemel and Kirk Reeves

This public art project taught me so much about so many different things. J’ai appris beaucoup avec ce projet d’art public.

Connect the dots

2014 . 08 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


Recently, I’ve been looking back at old work and reflecting on where my circles and spots originated.

Mural party!

2014 . 08 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Kirk Reeves mural

I’m having an open air art opening in the parking lot of the building where the mural is located on 15 August.

Votre réputation en tant qu’artiste

2014 . 08 . 07 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painting of two grizzlies and their babies

Les artistes ont souvent peur que les entreprises vont voler leur art, mais ils ne devraient pas se tracasser, parce que la valeur de ce qu’un artiste crée est bien plus que l’œuvre en elle-même.

When it’s too much copying / Quand c’est trop d’imitation

2014 . 08 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (5)


We’re all copycats, but sometimes imitation can go too far, and it’s actually a lot easier than people think to define how much is too much stealing from other artists. Nous sommes tous des imitateurs, mais parfois l’imitation peut aller trop loin, et il est assez facile de déterminer quand nous avons trop voler chez les autres artistes.

The mural is done! / La peinture murale est achevée!

2014 . 08 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (11)


After a year of planning and two weeks of painting, I sort of can’t believe it, but it is! Après un an de planification et quinze jours travail, j’ai un peu de mal à le croire, mais elle l’est!

Why doesn’t the Kirk Reeves mural have Mickey Mouse ears?

2014 . 07 . 30 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

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There are three answers to this question, and, if you don’t think they are any good, I would encourage you to examine your own beliefs before finding fault with my decision.

Commission work’s grey area / La zone grise du travail sur commande

2014 . 07 . 29 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

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Commission work has a bad reputation among artists, but I love doing it. Travailler sur commande a une mauvaise réputation chez les artistes, mais j’adore le faire.

Scaling up my style / Agrandir mon style

2014 . 07 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

mural process image

Working on a mural is a good way to get a lot of exercise, especially if you paint like I do. Quand on travaille sur une peinture murale, on fait beaucoup d’exercice, surtout quand on peint comme moi je le fais.

Beginning each day terrified

2014 . 07 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

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Including today, I have five more days to work on the Kirk Reeves mural at 430 NE Lloyd. In my rational mind, I know it’s totally do-able, but as I write this it doesn’t feel that way.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live in Portland, Oregon, USA. I’m a full-time artist and I’ve sold my soul to the genre of portraiture. I blog in French as well as in English. More...

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