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.

Why allegorical portraiture is the super genre

2008 . 06 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

self-portrait as the Statue of Liberty

An allegorical portrait unites a sitter’s likeness with the attributes of a character from literature or history.

The origins of allegorical portraiture

2008 . 06 . 01 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

allegorical portraiture

Painted portraiture has always had its defenders, in the name of both its money-making potential and its ability to tell an important story.

Validating a mimetic art

2008 . 05 . 28 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Papy smiling

Long before the camera and its progeny Modernism spat on verisimilitude in painting, the Art Academies had discredited portraiture.

Art I like

2008 . 05 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

William Park's Talking With Myself, Behind My Back

Portland artist William Park painted this self-portrait in 2003, and I love it.

The fine art of presenting your work

2008 . 05 . 22 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

artist portfolio website

The promotion of your work is more important than creating excellent work.

A Native American George Washington

2008 . 05 . 20 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

First American, a Native American George Washington

A study in inhabiting the enemy.

I (never) made a painting from this sketch.

2008 . 05 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

sketch of face

Well, actually, I did make the painting, but I didn’t document it, so I may as well never have made it.

If you don’t document your work, you never made it.

2008 . 05 . 16 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

camera on tripod

This wasn’t always the case, but in today’s world of digital information it’s a fact of artistic life.

Words, words, words…

2008 . 05 . 13 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

an Uncle Sam for a new generation of Americans

Using words with images is tricky.

What’s wrong with this picture?

2008 . 05 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (1)

Seymour Chwast's illustration for Time Magazine

These portraits reveal more about their viewers than about anyone else.

How to build a stretcher

2008 . 05 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

how to build a stretcher frame

The work is well worth it in order to have a painting precisely the size you want it to be.

Portraits don’t just get painted.

2008 . 05 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

portrait painting

Behind every painted face you see, there are only five possible motivating factors.

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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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