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portrait painting of Dick Brainard

Gwenn Seemel
Dick
2010
acrylic on canvas
16 x 14 inches

Because they are spending their money on my work, patrons tend to have a lot of opinions about it, and I take full of advantage of that. Clients are an invaluable source of information about how my work is interpreted, and I am always sure to ask them about what they like and dislike in it. This feedback is generally useful, but also vital to the process of making a work for them specifically.

When I met with Dick to discuss his portrait commission and do the photo session, he noted that some of my paintings have a smoother look and that, while he liked that, he preferred the work with blockier and more dynamic brushwork, something which the father in this portrait requested as well. To learn more about the making of Dick’s painting, watch this vlog.