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portrait of a baby

Gwenn Seemel
Beatrise
2007
acrylic on wood
24 x 24 inches

This was really my first professional painting on panel—besides this painting that I made just as I graduated from college and that was really difficult for me to finish. Let’s just say that, before Beatrise, I’d painted almost exclusively on stretched materials, so the board’s un-fabric-like behavior proved to be a challenge. I work in layers with watered-down paints, and, since the panel refused to absorb the thinned paint, I was forced to change my process some.

I find that changing my working conditions helps me to learn more about painting. My You Bags have certainly taught me plenty, and, in the latter half of 2007, I finally got myself a digital SLR for photographing my subjects. Without the restraints of film and processing fees, I started to take a good deal more photos of my subjects, and the kinds of images capture now are more dynamic than when I was using my father’s Pentax ME. An artist’s tools are their most intimate teachers.