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

Digging in / Creuser

2017 . 04 . 03 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

It’s much more interesting than discovery.

C’est beaucoup plus intéressant que la découverte.


I talk about digging in this video about learning a new medium and in this article about the difference between repeating oneself and having a style.


Je parle aussi de creuser dans cette vidéo sur l’apprentissage d’un nouveau médium.



Gwenn Seemel's self-portrait as liberty

Gwenn Seemel
Liberty / Liberté
2007
acrylic on linen / acrylique sur lin
42 x 19 inches / 107 x 48 centimètres

To see the full series of portraits of first and second generation Americans, go here. I talk about the making of this piece in this article.

Pour voir la série complète de portraits d’américains, regardez ici. Je montre la réalisation de cette œuvre dans cet article.



detail image of Gwenn Seemel's painting

Gwenn Seemel
detail of Brother / détail du Frère
2009
acrylic on canvas / acrylique sur toile
36 x 36 inches / 91 x 91 centimètres

This painting is part of Subjective and this article describes the making of it.

Ce tableau fait partie de Subjective et cet article décrit la réalisation de celui-ci.



black and white painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Mark
2014
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres

For more about the making of this painting, go here.

Pour en savoir plus sur la réalisation de ce tableau, regardez cette vidéo.



black and white painted portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Casey
2017
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)



Casey Knowlton


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(5) Comments / Commentaires: Digging in / Creuser

-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 04 . 03 --

Gwenn,

Over the past couple of years, I have taught a few classes in color usage/mixing. I target beginning artists or artists who have been away from their paints for awhile. I love the subject of paint properties (how could you not?) and invariably, the people I encounter have no experience with this aspect of their paints. Never explored the subject. It seems like they think it’s tedious. (Or maybe my presentation is tedious!) But I sure agree with you in every respect. Knowing your paint (or medium), what it does, expands your universe exponentially. How can you get what you want if you don’t know what your paints can do and why they can do what they do?

I know there are artists who advocate simply buying the color that is needed and having many, many tubes of paint. I am not knocking any one approach. I feel more challenged though with just 3 colors. Or maybe 3+3 (primaries and secondaries). I am a big fan of digging in, as you say:)

Another good post. Thank you!
Libby
PS-The black and whites are very subtle and have a life of their own!

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-- Lynette Yencho -- 2017 . 04 . 03 --

How interesting!  Even your “black and whites” have depth and color!I love that!  I always tell clients there is no such thing as covering a color completely.  Once it is there, it will come up through any color over it.  That can be a good thing and you have just proved it.

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-- Sandra Busby -- 2017 . 04 . 04 --

Gwenn, I popped along following your reply to my post at ‘Your Creative Push’... And I am delighted to see how wonderful your art is! You really do have such a unique style and it’s a joy to see you chatting about it on video too… You are so confident in front of the camera! What a talent! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for new posts! Meanwhile, I’m intrigued about the ‘Patreon’ thing… Am I missing something?

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 04 . 04 --

@Libby: I never understood the “buy all the colors” crowd. I mean I don’t have a problem with them doing what they like to do, but it seems superficial from my vantage point. Maybe I’m missing something by not buying all the pigments? It’s true that I do like to get to know new ones…

@Lynette: YES! So true. Our colors always show through, in paintings and in life. smile

@Sandra: I’m pleased to meet you virtually, and glad you started the thread for sharing where artists share! smile Patreon is an online service that allows you to give money to artists on a monthly basis automatically. I both give and receive money on the service and it’s an excellent way to support independent art! I’m actually working on a video about Patreon and the history of supporting artists right now. smile

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-- Sandra Busby -- 2017 . 04 . 04 --

I’ll look forward to seeing that Gwenn! I’m not sure who would pay for me to blog, but it would be so lovely to feel so valued!

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