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.

Painting without planning / Peindre sans planifier

2018 . 07 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

I prefer to explore with paint.

Je préfère explorer avec la peinture.

This is part of the reason why I like to have a full year to create a commissioned artwork. I usually don’t end up taking all twelve months to paint a piece, but I need to make space for the unpredictability of creative time.

I documented and shared the beginning parts of this painting in five short videos: drawing with charcoal, loving line, putting down color, adding to it, and focusing on the face.

C’est pour cela, en partie, que je demande une année complète pour créer une œuvre sur commande. Normalement, je ne prends pas douze mois pour créer un tableau, mais je dois faire de la place pour l’imprévisibilité du temps créatif.

J’ai documenté et partagé le début de cette toile en cinq courtes vidéos: dessiner avec du fusain, adorer les traits, ajouter de la couleur, en ajouter d’avantage, et me concentrer sur le visage.

Nita Shapiro portrait by Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on canvas / acrylique sur toile
30 x 24 inches / 71 x 61 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

portrait by Gwenn Seemel

- Drawing Frida, the bear, and the television
- Flitting / Papillonner
- Mistakes versus layers of paint / Les erreurs par rapport aux couches de peinture

- A special purple / Un violet particulier
- The good thing about mistakes / L’avantage des erreurs
- Natural style / Un style naturel

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(4) Comments / Commentaires: Painting without planning / Peindre sans planifier

-- Libby Fife -- 2018 . 07 . 26 --


The portrait certainly is beautiful. The blues and greens are lovely and I like the mermaid imagery. (It actually looks like an alien mermaid to me, hope that’s OK!)

I agree that flexibility in art making is important. I am certain some artists work in a way that is more planned; their finished product (or personality or medium) demands a predetermined set of steps and choices. I start with a drawing myself and some initial color ideas but it isn’t long before I am making changes based on what is up in front of me. Switching gears is kind of critical, both in your creative efforts and in the rest of your life. It’s sometimes a hard skill to master!

Another good post. Thank you!

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 07 . 26 --

@Libby: Alien mermaid! I wanted her to look good and fishy, so that makes sense. smile

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-- Lynette Yencho -- 2018 . 07 . 26 --

I am with you!  I so much admire the “planner” of a painting and their work is often superb. But even when I start that way, even with my airbrush portraits, I have to divert to a different color or even style. Adds excitement.

Great article as always.

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-- Gwenn -- 2018 . 07 . 30 --

@Lynette: It does, doesn’t it? I wonder if anyone is a pure planner? It seems like there’s always be room for at least a little spontaneity!

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