Blog / 2020 / Your Worth Is Not Determined by How Much Money You Make

August 14, 2020

With this video, I am officially announcing my next project: Empathetic Magic the book! It will be based, in part, on the series, but it’ll also explore how to paint portraits and how that pursuit makes you a better human being. It will be a guide for carefully observing other people and appreciating their complexity, and it’ll include how-to exercises for readers at any level of artistic skill wanting to practice empathetic magic in their own lives.

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Rubynell, portrait by Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Rubynell
2019
acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

I’ve been meaning to make space in my studio and in my brain for this project for a long time, but there were always other concerns—usually of the financial variety. With COVID-19 and the heaps of uncertainty it engenders, I have stopped listening to my own excuses.

Cynthia, portrait by Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Cynthia
2019
acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

I used to say that I’ve sold my soul to portraiture. I plastered the phrase all over my social media profiles, even though I knew that it bothered some people, because it is the truest expression of how I feel about this special genre. It’s time to make Empathetic Magic the book happen.

Kimberly, portrait by Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Kimberly
2019
acrylic on panel
14 x 11 inches

The three portraits in this video are part of the book project described in this post—a project which, like too many important things, has been delayed.

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