Face Making

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

Creative noodling / Une nouille créative

2013 . 10 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

I worry sometimes that my blog gives the impression that I set out to do a thing and then I do it, layer by layer, straight through, no matter the challenges. While it make look that way in retrospect, when I’m in it, my process feels a lot more jumbled and organic than that.

Je crains parfois que mon blog donne l’impression que je décide de faire une chose et puis je le fais, coup de pinceau par coup de pinceau, peu importe les difficultés qui se présentent. Avec un peu de recul, c’est vrai que mon processus peut ressembler à quelque chose d’assez organisée et déterminée, mais dans le moment ma démarche est beaucoup plus confuse et naturelle.

For more about the unpredictable and messy nature of my process, check out this vlog or this one.

Pour en savoir plus sur mon processus chaotique, regardez ce vidéoblog ou celui-ci.

portrait of a sleeping man

Gwenn Seemel
Dreaming / Le rêve
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
6 x 6 inches / 15 x 15 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

portrait of a sleeping man

- Certainty / La certitude
- Working on many paintings at the same time
- Getting it right

- Taking time / Prendre son temps
- Do-over / À refaire
- Painting big / Peindre en grand

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(3) Comments / Commentaires: Creative noodling / Une nouille créative

-- Joe -- 2013 . 10 . 28 --

Thank You, watching the process, is helpful, extremely helpful.

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-- Libby Fife -- 2013 . 10 . 29 --


If it’s any consolation, I think that watching the process shots shows that you are thinking while you are painting. And I thought that it was fairly obvious that you started with a loose plan. That was how I interpreted the videos anyway. I am always amazed that more people, artists especially, don’t associate art making with the art of writing. It’s so similar to me that it’s hard to get away from that idea. Rough ideas, multiple drafts, planning, working on the fly-it sounds like art to me:)I work in gouache for a rough beginning and even that gets tweaked.

Hope you are well. Another good set of vlogs. Always appreciated.

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-- Gwenn -- 2013 . 10 . 30 --

@Joe: I’m glad!  Thank you for cheering me on. smile

@Libby: My process for painting is definitely like my process for writing!  I’m always amazed to hear from artists who work in a more structured manner.  They must have different connections set up in their brains…!

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