Face Making

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

Free culture: this category of my blog includes articles and videos that discuss copyright and free culture.

Doing “the Gwenn Seemel”

2014 . 10 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Gwenn Seemel and Tiffany

It all started back in 2008 with Tiffany Everett and her self-portrait done in my style.

Playing in the studio / Jouer dans l’atelier

2014 . 10 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (3)


It’s an important part of making art. C’est important pour la réalistion des œuvres d’art.

Using life to make art / Utiliser sa vie pour créer son art

2014 . 10 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

bear astronaut

It’s an unavoidable part of art-making. C’est un élément incontournable de la création artistique.

7 lessons learned while doing public art through the RACC

2014 . 10 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (17)


When I was offered my first piece of public art in 2013, I had no idea how much the project would force me to grow as an artist. Today, I’m publishing a good deal of behind-the-scenes stuff related to the mural because I think it might help other artists grow too.

Singular purpose / Un but singulier

2014 . 09 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (4)


Sometimes losing myself in a single creative endeavor is the best way to rest. Parfois, j’aime bien me perdre dans un effort créatif pour me reposer.

When the Regional Arts and Culture Council lied

2014 . 09 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (10)


Over the last year and some, the City of Portland pressured me to break the law repeatedly. I’ve talked about it before on my blog, but I’m going to speak more openly about my disappointment today because, today, an article in the Willamette Week gives me more to be disappointed about.

Craving credit / Avoir besoin de reconnaissance

2014 . 09 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

video still

Credit doesn’t get enough credit for all it does to keep the world going. La reconnaissance n’est pas assez reconnu pour tout ce qu’elle contribue au fonctionnement du monde.

Illustrating! / Illustrer!

2014 . 09 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn Seemel's squirrel

It’s what’s going on in my studio at the moment. C’est ça que je fais dans mon atelier en ce moment.

The copywrong in my own backyard

2014 . 09 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

City of Portland seal

I’m ashamed to say that the statue of Portlandia that I’ve alternately mocked and adored for years is not mine to parody or plagiarize.

A work’s genealogy / La généalogie d’une œuvre

2014 . 09 . 15 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

Milt Kobayashi and Nancy Rhodes Harper

Milt Kobayashi and Nancy Rhodes Harper have a similar painting style. Milt Kobayashi et Nancy Rhodes Harper ont un style similaire.

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.

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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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