Face Making

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

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

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 (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.

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.

Mural log

2014 . 09 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

mural process image

As I painted the Kirk Reeves memorial, I kept a diary of the work I was doing and of the conversations I was having, and this post is an edited version of that log.

Celebrating Kirk Reeves

2014 . 08 . 21 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Kirk Reeves mural

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

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

2014 . 08 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

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.

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.

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!

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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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