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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.

7 lessons learned while doing public art through the RACC

2014 . 10 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


When I was offered my first piece of public art in 2013, I had no idea how much the project would force me to grow as an artist. Today, I’m publishing a good deal of behind-the-scenes stuff related to the mural because I think it might help other artists grow too.

Singular purpose / Un but singulier

2014 . 09 . 27 - Comments / Commentaires (3)


Sometimes losing myself in a single creative endeavor is the best way to rest. Parfois, j’aime bien me perdre dans un effort créatif pour me reposer.

When the Regional Arts and Culture Council lied

2014 . 09 . 24 - Comments / Commentaires (8)


Over the last year and some, the City of Portland pressured me to break the law repeatedly. I’ve talked about it before on my blog, but I’m going to speak more openly about my disappointment today because, today, an article in the Willamette Week gives me more to be disappointed about.

Craving credit / Avoir besoin de reconnaissance

2014 . 09 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

video still

Credit doesn’t get enough credit for all it does to keep the world going. La reconnaissance n’est pas assez reconnu pour tout ce qu’elle contribue au fonctionnement du monde.

Illustrating! / Illustrer!

2014 . 09 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn Seemel's squirrel

It’s what’s going on in my studio at the moment. C’est ça que je fais dans mon atelier en ce moment.

My photography

2014 . 09 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (5)


For years, I’ve published my photos online, but I’ve always felt a little strange about publishing them any other way, until now.

The copywrong in my own backyard

2014 . 09 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

City of Portland seal

I’m ashamed to say that the statue of Portlandia that I’ve alternately mocked and adored for years is not mine to parody or plagiarize.

A work’s genealogy / La généalogie d’une œuvre

2014 . 09 . 15 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

Milt Kobayashi and Nancy Rhodes Harper

Milt Kobayashi and Nancy Rhodes Harper have a similar painting style. Milt Kobayashi et Nancy Rhodes Harper ont un style similaire.

You made me.

2014 . 09 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Willamette Week

When Willamette Week put having your portrait done by me on its Portland art bucket list this week, it made me think again about how lucky I’ve been in my career.

The making of the Kirk Reeves mural, according to filmmaker Ifanyi Bell

2014 . 09 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

still from Ifanyi Bell's film about Gwenn Seemel and Kirk Reeves

As I painted the Kirk Reeves mural last July, filmmaker Ifanyi Bell created a lovely portrait of Kirk’s legacy, of the mural’s process, and of me for OPB.

Testing for trouble and confronting mortality

2014 . 09 . 10 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Portland artist Gwenn Seemel

Incurable illnesses like endometriosis come with certain advantages if you can just figure out where to look for them.

Why I paint with all those little marks / Pourquoi je peins avec toutes ces petites marques

2014 . 09 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

close up of a mural

It’s my style of course, but it’s more than that too. Pour commencer, c’est mon style, mais l’explication ne s’arrête pas là.

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Je m’appelle Gwenn Seemel, et j’habite aux États-Unis. Je suis artiste peintre. Je crée des vidéoblogs et des articles en français et en anglais. En savoir plus...

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