2014 found me outside of my studio quite a lot, but I still managed to finish a number of paintings, as the gallery above proves. The work includes some commissioned art, a number of personal pieces, and a whole series of painted drawings—twenty in all which I completed during the course of a month.
My extra-studio adventuring began in April, when I made my first ever visit to Switzerland in order to speak at TEDxGeneva. The experience was a fruitful one on many levels, and the video of my talk, which is available here, is just one aspect of its overall yumminess. Months later, I was still being nourished and inspired by the conversations I had had in Geneva.
In July, I got out of the studio again, this time going just a bike ride away from home almost every day for two weeks in order to paint a 10 by 38 foot mural of Kirk Reeves, the local street performer who passed away in 2012. The piece is located on NE Grand at Lloyd in Portland, Oregon.
For more about the making of it, visit the articles and videos in this section of my blog. I shared daily as I worked, writing about the very personal connection I feel to Kirk’s story as well as about the more technical aspects of creating such a large portrait. A few months after finishing the mural, I even spoke out about many of the difficulties I had working with the City to make this artwork happen.Kirk’s memorial was featured widely in the Portland press: in The Oregonian, on this episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder, and in a beautiful video which filmmaker Ifanyi Bell created for OPB. In press not related to the mural, I did an interview with the Creative Insurgents crew about art marketing and copyright, my work was featured in an article on The Abundant Artist, I answered some questions for Artist Think, and the Willamette Week made having your portrait painted by me part of its Portland art bucket list.
“You’re not a proper patron of Portland’s arts scene until you’ve...had your portrait painted by Gwenn Seemel.”
On the exhibition end of things, I was invited to participate in Portraits 2 at the Mark Woolley Gallery in February and, since my work was featured in a segment of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat in 2010, I had work in OAB’s 15th anniversary art show in the spring at Peoples Art.
In November, I published a book about why and how to uncopyright your art, a project that was sparked by my Swiss adventures. The print version is available for $41. This price does not include shipping or tax, both of which will be calculated by Lulu, the print service that will manufacture the book and mail it to you.
You can read the digital version of You Share Good here for free. There’s also a downloadable PDF of the book available for $4.