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

Seemel homebase / Chez Seemel

2017 . 02 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (6)

My parents are moving.

Mes parents sont en train de déménager.


I paint house portraits now and again. For more about commissioning one, go here.


Je fais des portraits de maisons ici et . Pour en savoir plus sur comment faire une commande, allez ici.



house portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Octagonal / Octagonale
2016
acrylic on linen / acrylique sur lin
9 x 23 inches / 23 x 58 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)



painting

This is Rouzic Argwellan, one of the creatures I love who lived in this house.

Voici Rouzic Argwellan, l’une des créatures que j’adore, qui a habité dans cette maison.


RELATED ARTICLES:
- The artist’s path: art schools as well as schooling for artists
- The freelance life / La vie freelance
- Becoming peer


UN PEU SUR LE MÊME SUJET:
- Le parcours d’un artiste: les écoles d’art et une formation d’artiste
- Becoming an artist / Devenir artiste
- The home studio / L’atelier à la maison


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(6) Comments / Commentaires: Seemel homebase / Chez Seemel

-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

Gwenn,

A little bittersweet I guess but wonderful that you had such stability while growing up. And you seem to have fond memories of the home itself which is positive. It’s always a little tough when things change isn’t it? I hope your parents will do well, wherever they are headed.

Libby

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-- Chloe -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

A very beautiful story, and a beautiful house! Every home has a story and home means different things to different people. I’m glad I watched this as I’m currently working on some works on the theme of home at the moment!

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

@Libby: It was really nice to have that stability, especially after all the moving I did before I was 12. Still, it’s good to remember that it’s the people, not the place, that matter! And I think the move is a good choice for my parents, so that makes me happy. smile

@Chloe: Are you painting portraits of homes? Or is the work more metaphorical? I’ve always loved the drawings of Louise Bourgeois, and, in particular, her drawings of women as houses. I think of them when I think of home!

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-- Chloe -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

I love her little drawings. The work I’m doing is a little more metaphorical - You might enjoy a read: https://cjwaterfieldart.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/what-does-home-mean/

Currently I’m trying to draw my old house in England from memory, as I don’t have any photos of it. Let’s see how good a 15 year old memory really is!

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

@Chloe: Very cool! I’ve been thinking a lot about how art is a necessity, on par with shelter and food—how it’s so much a necessity that a lot of us don’t even realize how much we need it on a daily basis (in the form of TV or magazines or books, if not in the form of art made by independent artists). Your post makes me think of how the original need for art, which is a way of connecting without others without making oneself vulnerable (a kind of safe connecting that allows us to be more grounded), has been corrupted or taken to an extreme. Like how TV takes over our brains so effectively, how we suspend disbelief so readily and become completely caught up in the stories, forgetting about our own lives a bit too much…

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-- Chloe -- 2017 . 02 . 27 --

Thanks for reading. There’s definitely a disconnect somewhere. For me at least, art feels like one of those primary needs; I don’t function without it, I feel ill, depressed, like a part of my soul is gone. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back, turn off the tv and remember where we came from.

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