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

Kirk Reeves: this category of my blog includes articles and videos about Kirk Reeves and about the mural portrait that I painted of him.

Old Portland, new Portland

2015 . 11 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

unicorn drawing

Something beautiful died in PDX, but that doesn’t mean it’s all over for the City of Roses.

Open collaboration

2015 . 07 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (5)


What an unsatisfied client and two repaired pieces of public art have in common.


2015 . 05 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (13)


It happened finally: the mural of Kirk Reeves that I created last summer has been defaced by a tagger.

T-shirts, totes, leggings, and lots of other stuff too!

2015 . 04 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

raccoon painting on a t-shirt

My RedBubble shop just got more exciting!

7 years

2015 . 02 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Gwenn and the Kirk Reeves mural

That’s how long I’ve been blogging as of today, and it’s paid off in so many ways.

Stress and self-expression / Le stresse et l’expression de soi

2014 . 10 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (5)


What your way of dealing with problems might say about you. Ce que votre façon de faire face aux difficultés pourrait dire sur qui vous êtes.

7 lessons learned while doing public art through the RACC

2014 . 10 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (19)


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.

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.

The making of the Kirk Reeves mural, according to filmmaker Ifanyi Bell

2014 . 09 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

still from Ifanyi Bell's film about Gwenn Seemel and Kirk Reeves

As I painted the Kirk Reeves mural last July, filmmaker Ifanyi Bell created a lovely portrait of Kirk’s legacy, of the mural’s process, and of me for OPB.

Why I paint with all those little marks / Pourquoi je peins avec toutes ces petites marques

2014 . 09 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

close up of a mural

It’s my style of course, but it’s more than that too. Pour commencer, c’est mon style, mais l’explication ne s’arrête pas là.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live in Richmond, Virginia, USA. I’m a full-time artist who blogs in French as well as in English. More...

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