Kaholism #TheSketchbookProject page 26 #arttherapy for one

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 26 December 19, 2010 To see pages 1-14 go to The Sketchbook Project Links To see pages 15-20 go to Disintegration To see pages 21-25 go to Graffiti TO SEE MY FRIDA SERIES GO TO FRIDA KAHLO

New drawings by Roar Thorsen plus his 1966 Xmas magazine cover!

3 new magical drawings by my father, Roar Thorsen!  Check out his current project: THE OLD APPLE TREE. I have also included a Xmas drawing he made in 1966!

Graffiti in the forest #TheSketchbookProject pages 21-25

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Pages 21-25 …there is a time to kick the whole bloated sensation of ART on its whore-ass. – Bukowski December 17-18, 2010 To see pages 1-14 go to The Sketchbook Project Links To see pages 15-20 go to Disintegration  

Dec 13 #Lucia- childhood memories of wearing a crown of candles

Today is Lucia Day in Sweden.  As I was the only daughter, I was the one to wear the crown of candles (when we used live ones, we would place a wet rag on our head inside the crown- the crown being made of lingonberry bush or pine branches).  I had an electric candle crown…

Capturing dance in 2-D…

My colleague asked me to sketch her niece, Laura Ward- founder of Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, New York. Founded in 1998, Laura Ward/Octavia Cup Dance Theatre is an all female, contemporary ballet company devoted to highlighting the dynamic strength of women. The choreography and staging challenge both the dancers and the audience to delve a little…

5minute7Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.24- Jainy

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.23- Derek

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.22- Jocelyn

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.21- Fabricio

#Disintegration- #TheSketchbookProject pages 15-20

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None My journal pages feel ugly and messy and dismantled.  But as the disintegration and Kafkaesque fragmentation occurs, both in life and on paper, the truth is revealed and it would be dishonest to pretty them up. Pages 15-20 November 25- December 10, 2010 To see pages…

Recalling a fave @VanArtGallery visit thru a drawing… #Picasso study

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY: Protean Picasso: Drawings and Prints from the National Gallery of Canada & Selected Paintings from International Collections October 15, 2005 to January 15, 2006 PRESS RELEASE PDF: picasso

My favorite #illustrator: Björn Berg #MySwedishChildhood

I can hardly write this without being overcome by sentimentality and childhood memories.  Björn Berg illustrated Astrid Lindgren‘s and Alf Prøysen‘s work and my Swedish world perfectly. His depictions of Emil and Teskedsgumman (Mrs. Pepperpot) are searing in their spartan simplicity.  The role of the illustrator is to illuminate the text.  Björn Berg says so much…

What a night! Fa* Friday at @Oasisondavie- it was all about the FANS

Jay, Carlitos and Fabricio performed last night with DJ Adam Dreaddy at the controversially named FAG FRIDAYS at the OASIS on Davie Street in Vancouver.  I had the pleasure of painting 10 giant fans last week (see some details below) for the venue as decor and spending last evening getting the boys ready for the…

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.20- Carlitos

“Picking apples”: new drawing by Roar Thorsen #StrokeRecovery #ArtTherapy

A new glorious drawing by my father, Roar Thorsen!  Check out his current project: THE OLD APPLE TREE.

Sometimes you have to stay home and cry. #Grief and #TheSketchbookProject pages 13/14

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Incoherent stream of consciousness ramblings… Page 13 Transcript November 19/20, 2010 The end is not the end.  It is a transition. 15:37 Fort Langley My regular pilgrimage to Fort Langley to connect with mom and rituals we loved doing together.  Coming out by myself is…

#TheSketchbookProject page 11/12 from @VanArtGallery visit and today’s sketch drenched in soy sauce

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 11 Transcript October 23, 2010 10:49 AM The trip to SF was so amazing that I think I went into mourning afterwards,  I finally have a few minutes to myself that I am setting aside to rework the pages I started in SF. Page…

#TheSketchbookProject page 10: Final day of #SanFrancisco trip part 2

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 10 Transcript Monday October 11, 2010 18:03 Sitting at Gate 68 @SFO.  Anna left me at the security lineup.  We had an amazing time.  I need to believe that these anxiety moments are worth it. Trust, trust, trust. Does this need to cry imply…

The Sketchbook Project page 9: Final day of #SanFrancisco trip…

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 9 Transcript Monday October 11, 2010 9:27 AM. Plans for today: Centre is closed so Anna will drop off sock monkey tomorrow! Pack –> drop off stuff to Aritzia –> after Farm Table –> Container Store –> Union Square –> Borders? –> Gallery (Maiden…

The Sketchbook Project page 8, and mysterious photos from #MysteryMister

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 8 Transcript Sunday October 10, 2010 21:22 PJ’s and Arrested Development. Already missing Anna even tho we still have tomorrow and she is coming to Vancouver for Halloween.  I need to look into anxiety tools.  Redo pages with watercolor a la Lynda Barry.  Woke…

The Sketchbook Project page 7

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 7 Transcript Sunday October 10, 2010 9:17 Golden Gate Early Risers. Early Breakfast. Early Start. It’s bizarre for me just to relax into it.  Instead of racing the mind to guilt and self-critique, breathe into the moment, not letting the default setting on anxiety…

Creativity Workshop with Lynda Barry

1. WRITING TO REMEMBER AUDIO ON YOUTUBE IN SEVERAL PARTS Creativity, imaginary friends, writing, memory, inspiration, mental health, the importance of play… I’m actually digging menopause by the way… At the centre of any artwork we do there is something alive… 2. DOODLE YOUR WAY OUT OF WRITER’S BLOCK RADIO INTERVIEW ON NPR “When it comes to…

Remembering my Grandfather’s war experience in a handmade birthday card.

Birthday card to my dad from my grandpa and Norwegian soldiers (in German concentration camp) Aug 8, 1942.

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THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 6 Transcript Saturday October 9, 2010 [Anna writes:] Bia’s on Haight and Belvedere We ordered 2- Coronas 2-waters 1 Mozzarella Salad My fave!  Love!  Munchkin Kat!!! <– Some of our salad [I write:] 16:25 October 9/10 –> Off to Sockshop! To Haight Ashbury for…

The Sketchbook Project page 5

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 5 Transcript Saturday October 9, 2010 Plan for today:  Leave 11 AM Hayes Valley –> 12:40 Castro “Lime” Lunch at 1 PM –> Castro Street –> 3 PM bus Mosaic to Haight Ashbury –> shop –> 6 PM –> Filmore Str (Haight & Cole…

New Cats by Roar!

A new glorious drawing by my father, Roar Thorsen!  Check out his current project: THE OLD APPLE TREE.

Some highlights from #VancouverArtGallery (@VanArtGallery) visit

My colleague, Sara, and I took 13 students to the Vancouver Art Gallery for an all-day field trip on November 3, 2010.  It was an incredible time, all of us happily soaking up art (once we got the guided tour out of the way)! Highlights for me: Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection…

SUNDAY ART SCHOOL WITH KAT @RawCanvas January 2011!

STUDY FIVE 20th CENTURY MASTERS THROUGH YOUR OWN SELF PORTRAITS OVER 5 WEEKS. Each week, we study a featured artist and then paint a portrait of ourselves in that style! Hands-on instruction by Katarina Thorsen, art therapist and visual artist. No previous experience necessary! • 3 hours (2-5 PM) every Sunday for 5 weeks •…

More charming cats and dogs by my father

Some new drawings by my father, Roar Thorsen!  Check out his current project: THE OLD APPLE TREE.

Workshop at SFU: Restorative Justice in Schools

Once a year I teach a class to Criminology students at SFU, on the invite of Professor Brenda Morrison and the Centre for Restorative Justice. Brenda and about 20-25 students spend three hours with me, listening to my background and my take on Restorative Justice in art therapy, discussing, sharing and drawing.  This year (oct…

The Sketchbook Project page 4

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 4 Transcript Friday October 8, 2010 Westfield San Francisco Centre At Borders under the dome 16:54 Look up Hans Fallada “The Drinker” and “Everyman Dies Alone” 17:04 Anna is almost done.  Time for Whole Foods and an opening tonight. There is a lady sleeping…

The Sketchbook Project page 3

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 3 Transcript Friday October 8, 2010 Westfield San Francisco Centre At Nordstrom Espresso Bar 2010 October 2010 15:52 San Francisco What do I think of when I think of “and then there was none”?  When I first chose the theme I thought about Mom’s…

The Sketchbook Project page 2

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 2 Transcript Friday October 8, 2010 Westfield San Francisco Centre Karin • Kristina • Mamma It’s almost been 2 years since mom passed away.  I have never really written about those last moments.  For they were not “last.”  But all of a sudden– Mom’s…

Loving this Halloween drawing by Roar Thorsen!

My dad is in creative hyper-drive and has truly found his answer to embracing his life in long-term care.  Here is the latest!  Check out his current project: THE OLD APPLE TREE.

The Sketchbook Project page 1

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Page 1 Transcript 8:16 AM Friday October 8, 2010 Gate 83 @YVR I promised myself I would start this journal at the aiport on my way to visit Anna.  It will be a place to process grief.  A place to address loss and allow myself to…

My father’s stroke of luck- art therapy and traumatic brain injury

In September 2005, we nearly lost my father due to a severe bleeding stroke resulting in left-side hemiplegia.  Essentially, he was left paralyzed on his left side.  He cannot walk, but he can speak and his mind is clear.  He is dependent on others for simple daily things such as transferring, toilet, dressing.  He is…

Kat’s Creativity Workshop Video

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My bookpile says: I adore San Francisco. Did you notice?

It’s been a week since I got back from SF to visit my daughter and I haven’t had the time to savour and digest.  I need to make a date with myself.  In the meantime, I have a small bookpile on my bed (amongst my thousands of books in my tiny apartment and many other…

Miracles with SARK- today’s affirmation

SARK somehow lifts me every time I need it!  For more on SARK go to HEALING WITH SARK and PLANET SARK!  

Recalling amazing visit to @SFMOMA October 11, 2010

My daughter, Anna, my sock monkey and I visited The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this past Monday.  Despite the fact that certain levels were closed (thereby a cheaper entry fee)- the experience was on par with my visit to Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2009 with my son, Julian.  (I treasure the one…

Introducing AnnaTFabulous’s new blog!

… and yes, SHE’S MY DAUGHTER! I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE– Anna T Fabulous’s Blog Anna Thorsen tends to sleep, eat, breathe, devour, obsess, demand, want, need People. Places. and Things.  This blog has become her visual outlet of information to share.   Enjoy!

Post modernist cat by my father, Roar

I’m IN LOVE with my dad’s latest drawing for his book THE OLD APPLE TREE!    

Youth art

I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many creative youth where I work.  It astounds me.   The following are details of works-in-progress from a couple of pieces that caught my attention this week:

The Genius of Gareth Pugh

I encourage you to search, google, devour all and anything that is “Gareth Pugh.” Gareth Pugh Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2011 = TRUE MODERN ART To read about the show go to: The Clothes Whisperer Video: click on image

A lovely creativity day at Intersections Media!

The new batch of students at Intersections Media enjoyed a day of creativity doing my three tiered creativity workshop!  I was honored to work with such amazing youth and staff in the beautiful space of District 319!  The workshop was designed to get the creative juices flowing while getting to know fellow classmates.  We started…

Look up.

I was walking the dog after school in Bridgman Park, with eyes focused on my iPhone screen, catching up on correspondence etc. when I felt warmth and humidity.  Thankfully the strange weather caught my attention.  I looked up and saw beautiful mist over the river.  Nature was absolutely cocky in her beauty and I had…

Twyla Tharp

Choreographer/dancer Twyla Tharp’s aesthetic, style and philosophy were a huge influence on me in the 80’s.  Time to get back to Twyla. If you do only what you know and do it very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your life will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure…

Lost Elizabeth I studies

My love of Elizabeth I and all things Shakespearean led to LOTS of art in the early 2000’s.  Here are some LOST pieces that only exist on CD now.  Not sure where they are:

Saying goodbye by burning my art

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. – Maya Angelou In 2003 as I went through massive transitions in my personal life-  that included both loss and gains, heartaches and liberation- I purged by burning old pieces in a bonfire.  LIBERATING!!! These pieces…

Personal mythology

The discovery of her own myth allows an artist to paint out of the deepest recesses of the self. – S. R. Udall

Intersections Media Film Club “Chinatown” September 21, 2010!

Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse. When? Tuesday September 21st, Doors at 6:30pm, Screening at 7:30pm Where? District 319 Theatre located at 319 Main St. Vancouver, BC How much? $10 includes your choice of beverage The Intersections Film Club will be presenting a film every Tuesday…

Vintage coloring books and yearbook– graphic novel research material!

My graphic novel, MOLLY, is set in 1947.  I found these gems at Fort Langley this summer.  INSPIRATION!!!

NEW LYNDA BARRY! AAAAAAAAHHH!

She is my GOD.  She is THE ULTIMATE for me.  I can stare at one of her panels for hours. PICTURE THIS ISBN: 9781897299647 See new releases from Drawn and Quarterly: LINK

2 new drawings by Roar

As my father, Roar, keeps drawing, his drawings keep expanding and charming me.  I am loving the folk art quality of his work now.  To see Roar’s book project go to: THE OLD APPLE TREE

Grey to Green Art Market rescheduled to Sept 26!

You are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Grey to Green Art Market hosted by Intersections Media in partnership with Gallery Gachet, Enterprising Women Making Art program of ATIRA Women’s Resource Society and Oppenheimer Park. WHERE: 150 Cordova St. (At Main, behind the Waves), Vancouver BC Sunday  September 26, 2010· 2:00pm – 6:00pm It’s a place…

Happy Birthday, Mamma…

My mom, my best friend.  I miss you so much.

When the school closes, I’m taking the art therapy door with me!

All my students are special.  All of them are creative.  Many of my students are beyond talented.  Some are genius.  I was admiring my door again today, painted by Alicia Love.

The Gift of a Lifetime…. a Fundraiser for David Ius’s CCSVI Treatment

I had a marvelous time tonight reuniting with old friends to support the amazing cause: The Gift of a Lifetime…. a Fundraiser for David Ius’s CCSVI Treatment.  This night was created by David’s (and his ex-wife, my BFF, Cheryl’s) beautiful kids–  Jennifer, Meghan and Matthew.  It was a glorious evening full of incredible family and…

San Francisco in October!

I plan to start my SKETCHBOOK PROJECT on my much anticipated CREATIVITY-INPUT-MOM-DAUGHTER trip to San Francisco! The trip will include a visit to The Centre for Young Women’s Development.