Face Making

Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

I’m not a good painter…

2008 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Recently, I re-stretched two paintings for a group show in which I am participating, Keep Portland Weird (it’s at Portland City Hall and it opens 6 March, from 5 to 7). They are older paintings, from 2004 and 2005, and like most of my unsold paintings from around that time, I had rolled them up and tucked them away. I rarely look at any of my paintings from those years. Preparing these two portraits for the upcoming show was a revelation.

Paul Linnman

Gwenn Seemel
Paul Linnman
acrylic on canvas
36 by 24 inches
(detail below)

Paul Linnman

When I painted Linnman’s portrait, I was working with a handful of brushes, mostly rounds of varying sizes and a few small flats along with one or two coarse house painting brushes. By the time I was working on Leonard’s portrait, I had added a fine-quality flat brush that was one and half inches wide, but since I’d spent all my savings on it, I was shy about using it too much.

Randy Leonard

Gwenn Seemel
Randy Leonard
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches
(detail below)

Randy Leonard

By 2006, when I painted Richard’s portrait for example, I had acquired a whole family of fine-quality flat brushes, and I was learning to use them. They didn’t intimidate me anymore.

The addition of these brushes changed my style. I was (and am) still making marks in approximately the same way as when I started painting at sixteen, but, because my tools have changed, the results have too. 

Good tools make all the difference. 

- My new favorite tools
- The brush makes the painting.
- The tools make the artist.

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(2) Comments / Commentaires: I’m not a good painter…

-- David -- 2009 . 05 . 21 --

I like the old paintings with the fat lines. And I agree, good tools. You’ve inspired me to get some good tools. Better and more tools. He who dies with the most tools wins!

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-- Kate -- 2009 . 05 . 21 --

Hey Gwenn, this is fabulous!!  I have been wanting to watch your process for years, and this is like seeing you naked….almost.  Just as good, I’d say!  Thanks for posting it.

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