Gwenn Seemel

I am Gwenn Liberty Seemel. My father wanted to name me Liberty Bell Seemel--after the great Philadelphian e-flat chimer--but made the compromise when my mother pointed out that that particular ding-dong is, in fact, cracked.

I'm a working artist and I've sold my soul to the genre of portraiture. I was raised in France as well as in the United States, and I blog in French sometimes but mostly it's in English.

Ira Glass in the Looking Glass: Mike Daisey, Art, and Journalism

Ira Glass saying that Mike Daisey doesn't tell the truth is like saying that René Magritte doesn't represent reality. The statement is at least as wrong as it is right....more
 @sano2pop Ira Galss says at the beginning of "Act One. Act Two." of his January episode: "When ...more

Ira Glass in the Looking Glass: Mike Daisey, Art, and Journalism

Ira Glass saying that Mike Daisey doesn't tell the truth is like saying that René Magritte doesn't represent reality. The statement is at least as wrong as it is right....more
 @sano2pop Ira Galss says at the beginning of "Act One. Act Two." of his <a ...more

Business and pleasure

On my recent trip to Vermont and Ohio, I didn’t manage to photograph much of New England. Fog and delayed flights made my stay in Vermont extra short and extra focused on the people I had been flown there to interview and photograph. In Ohio, I had a bit more time, so I indulged in one of my favorite activities......more
@victorias_view Thank you!more

Our 9/11 Stories: Share Your Posts About September 11, 2001

Editor's note: Last year, we called for you to share your posts on the events of September 11, 2001. More than 200 bloggers responded. We're honoring this tradition again this year, and invite you to read these bloggers' stories and contribute your own. -- Julie We've seen a LOT of stories in the media about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93. We've also seen, and maybe felt, that many of us are sick of the story in the media. ...more
My partner recently edited a very moving video documentary of his experience of 9/11 in ...more

10 Tips to Get Your Creative Mojo On!

[Editor's note: Swelldesigner's tips. They're awesome. My favorite is #10. No, wait, #5. My favorite for photography is definitely #1, which I am constantly reminding myself to do. -- Julie] I would consider myself a creative person, but I wholeheartedly will admit that sometimes it is hard to keep your energy up. Seems like there's work, family, and other stresses that can sometimes break our creative spirit. Here's a few tips fog getting your mojo back and letting that creative juice flow!...more
I'm glad to see #8 on the list! Of anything else, I do, putting in the time and doing the work ...more

10 Tips to Get Your Creative Mojo On!

[Editor's note: Swelldesigner's tips. They're awesome. My favorite is #10. No, wait, #5. My favorite for photography is definitely #1, which I am constantly reminding myself to do. -- Julie] I would consider myself a creative person, but I wholeheartedly will admit that sometimes it is hard to keep your energy up. Seems like there's work, family, and other stresses that can sometimes break our creative spirit. Here's a few tips fog getting your mojo back and letting that creative juice flow!...more
I'm glad to see #8 on the list! Of anything else, I do, putting in the time and doing the work ...more

Put a bird on it

My latest You Bag is all about carrying a piece of comfort around with me as I go about my day....more
Thank you!more

Can You Keep a Blog a Secret?

I still remember how I felt the first time a real-life-first friend commented on my blog. I have no idea what she wrote in her comment, but I know that when I saw her name and personal reflections on my words, I felt unexpectedly uncomfortable. ...more

I wouldn't want to blog anonymously but I certainly understand the impulse to do so!

I ...more

Urban Outfitters and its ilk only make artists better

The large company could take artist Stevie Koerner's i heart _____ jewelry design, but they couldn't steal her coolness factor....more

In today's world, companies can't usually get away with ripping off artists. There's too much ...more

Blogging: Where Do You Draw the Line?

Mr.MBA usually doesn't read my blog but sometimes on the occasional chance he gets curious and visits my little online world. This morning as we were eating breakfast we were having a discussion about his broken nose. He looked at me curiously, "You are not going to blog about this are you?" "No! I'll leave your poor nose alone." "Good!" He then looked at me, "You know I'm thinking I might have to begin thinking before I speak. Maybe I should trademark everything I say?" "Why?" "Well! If you are going to keep mentioning me in your blog." ...more

That probably has to do with the fact that my partner is a blogger too and is therefore okay ...more