Pausing at the well.

This morning’s journal entry reflecting on the lesson of this sabbatical. Pausing at the well. Being present to see the world more deeply. With mind-FULL-ness. (Doodles inspired by the work of María Hesse)

Why the need to draw what draws us? #journal #rambling

Why are we drawn to the human face? What draws us in? Why the need to draw what draws us? Why do we fixate on the stare of an eye meeting an eye? Is the draw of the portrait the silence in the glance, the fastidiousness of the stare? The reflection in a mirror- a…

I guess that… Five minute #portrait @AZEALIABANKS

“The very pink of perfection.” My afternoon @RebeccaBree boutique!

As we start our visit Rebecca Rawlinson meets my sister-in-law, Cher Hanusiak, and my nephew, Henrik! Every nook and cranny is a visual cornucopia. The very pink of perfection. – Oliver Goldsmith Glorious paper rose wall created by Darcy Guenette (Darcy Glip) I could not be more proud of Rebecca Rawlinson.  Witnessing her dream come true is…

#WomenIAdmire journal series Part 1 @RebeccaBree

Celebrating female by celebrating women in my life in my journal pages. Part 1: Rebecca Rawlinson. She’s flawless. Period.  Inside and out, one of the greatest women I know.  I adore her transparent beauty- her honest way of living.  Living FULLY! And I could not be more proud of her as she prepares to open…

Preparing for portrait of Kamala.

Kamala Portrait of Kamala will be on view June 16, 2012 at: — Recommended viewing:

Saturday visual experimentation Part 5. Redo, Transform: Jocelyn

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 Saturday visual experimentation Part 4 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. Today’s original page (by Tim Sale): On today’s re-done, transformed page, I began with…

Visual experimentation Part 4. Redo, Transform: ALTER #BATMAN

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed page, I used black and white china marker and red acrylic and was inspired by…

Visual experimentation Part 3. Redo, Transform: White on Black

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed end paper, I’m using white china marker on black to research my graphic novel.

An afternoon of new connections with @BeautyNight!

I was honored and delighted today to meet with Caroline MacGillivray, founder and executive director of Beauty Night. Beauty Night builds self esteem and changes lives of women and youth living in poverty through 3 streams of programming: wellness, life skills development and makeovers. They believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and…

Saturday visual experimentation Part 2. Redo, Transform f. @SleuthTheBand

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On this re-done, transformed page, I celebrate my son’s band, SLEUTH, as they prepare to leave for NEW YORK CITY to appear at POP FEST 2012! — Some…

Drawing On 50… journaling series Part 1. Dream collaboration. #SanFrancisco

I’m about to turn fifty. At the stroke of midnight between April 12 and April 13. From now on, I plan to: DREAM BIG, DO BIG and FOLLOW THE FLOW. I’ve got a lot of amazing projects in mind and I am ensuring that each project feeds the other. Each one develops the other.  Enhances…

Cult of personality revisited.

In the late 80’s I worked on a series entitled CULT OF PERSONALITY.  I feel a new art event coming on building on the work I did last year and taking portraits of fabulous people I know to a whole new level.  Stay tuned! —

Weekly artist series final: Week 10/10 Part 4/4 LUCIAN FREUD: Your self.

Week 10 Part 4 Lucian Freud The subject matter is autobiographical, it’s all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement really… Lucian Freud Write in your journal whatever comes to mind as you focus on yourself: Draw a self-portrait.  What happens?   Next, I will be transfering this self-portrait to canvas with mod-podge…

Weekly artist series: Week 10 of 10 Part 3 LUCIAN FREUD: your self-portrait sketch.

Week 10 Part 3 Lucian Freud A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or…

Weekly artist series: Week 10 of 10 Part 2 LUCIAN FREUD: Self-portrait prep. Exaggerate.

Week 10 Part 2 Lucian Freud As we prep for our Freudian self-portrait, let’s practice exaggeration of features. Choose a face that inspires you. Draw it without exaggerating the features: Now exaggerate the features slightly to better illustrate the subject’s character: Next time, we draw ourselves in preparation for Art House Co-op Self-Portrait Project: See also: 35 PART…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #6 @annatfabulous

Watching my children grow into spectacular, fulfilled beings pursuing their passions is the greatest feeling.  If I ever doubt myself, I just have to remember “wow, look at them.  I was part of that.” No matter how others doubted my methods, no matter that my children will have personal struggles as they continue to develop…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #5 Joseph @killian #deepchats

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next week or so. — One of my main reason for traveling to San Francisco was to have deep chats with Joseph.   And I’m pleased to say,…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #2 TONY (@tsiress)

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — I was especially excited to finally meet TONY on this trip. He and I have been online friends for awhile now.  Tony is a…

San Francisco Portrait #1 @honeymahogany

I will be sharing my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. Portrait #1: On March 10, 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting the inimitable and inspiring Honey Mahogany at the Rebel, 1760 Market Street, San Francisco. Social worker…

New York, I love you but…

I had the strangest dream t0 the soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem‘s New York I Love You: I accidentally poured Drano on my forearm (my left one).  I felt no pain.  But I did notice that the Drano was slicing through my skin and working its way down to the bone.  But not in a messy…

ART HEALS: my father-daughter exhibit at The Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC Jan 21-Feb 7

ART HEALS Featuring dual art show/fundraiser of therapeutic works by father and daughter: Roar and Katarina Thorsen January 21- Feb 7, 2012 at the Rubble Gallery! Closing event (with an interactive art corner) date TBA!!!!!! Cash bar, snacks, music, art. As life-long artists, my father and I use art to dialogue, support each other and to…

5minute 6Bpencil backofanindexcard portrait: @sairahbilly


For Elijah.

This post dedicated to Glenna Evans. And to Elijah Barnett.

Happy Folsom!

annatfabulous at last year’s Folsom.  

Jason Matlo. Pure inspiration.

      Jason Matlo is a Vancouver fashion designer who aspires to bring his art form to an international audience. His goal is to set a benchmark for Canadian made ready-to-wear women’s fashion, and to bring international acclaim and recognition to his brand as the most luxurious and sophisticated women’s line that is designed and manufactured…

Tricorn fascinators, tiny hats, red lips. Doodlings of @annatfabulous



I am so blessed to call this young woman a student and a friend.  EXTRAORDINARY talent.  Keep an eye on her career.  I am so excited to see where she goes next! Portrait in Pencil of Maryellen Groundwater.

A night at the Zoo Zhop and a face worthy of red lipstick smear

Great night watching 3 acts: John de Courcy, Prophylactics and Sleuth and the very inspiring Zoo Zhop on Main.  Support you local bands and venues!   Other smeared lipstick portraits: Peter Breeze:   Syren:

Woman, I. Brad Fashion as a de Kooning

Even an abstract form has to have a likeness. – Willem de Kooning Recommended: Brad Fashion’s site: SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE Stevens, M., Swan, A. (2006) de Kooning- An American Master, Alfred A. Knopf: New York, NY

The incredible Linda Fillmore and the @FillmoreFamily!

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Linda Fillmore in the past two months as she was a subject at my art event.  And rightfully so.  What a hero!!!   She does so much for the community. Here’s the portrait of Linda from June 23 (started by me, and finished by the participants):…

Ryan Dunn.

Jackass truly got my kids and I through some of the most difficult times of our lives.  I am so grateful for that ultimate anti-depressant/shock therapy.  Love you, Ryan. This post dedicated to Anna, Julian and Mia.

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.38: @TommyD (why so serious?)

Related: Syren deMille!   June 23rd art event hosted by Tommy D and Rebecca Rawlinson!

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.37: Margret @SukisSalon

Interactive Portrait Event at Suki’s 16th and Granville June 26th!

Teaser #1 for June 26 interactive art event “Art Hairapy” at Suki’s! Poster features Chad Francouer

In partnership with SUKI’s, and hosted by Chad Francouer , my Sunday June 26, 2011 interactive art event: Art Hairapy at Suki’s on 16th and Granville, Vancouver BC! Model: Chad Francouer More details to come in the next weeks! This event, in combination with Suki’s annual hair show is an interactive, experimental art experience to celebrate the therapeutic spot stylists…

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.36: @peterbreeze

Over-red: to smear with red. As in Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, thou lily-liver’d boy. – Macbeth Peter Breeze is club kid royalty in Vancouver’s gay nightlife, and has played virtually every nightclub in Vancouver. Peter cranked out a single, “Fuck Talk (Buy Me A Drink),” with local producer Maxwell Maxwell, which…

Today’s #streetart on index cards. #Vancouver

    Street art is more about interacting with the audience on the street and the people, the masses…  It’s an open society. – Faile (see link) RECOMMENDED: PEACE & NOISE FRIDA KAHLO STREET ART

Tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon…

Sing me the changes of the moon once more… Yeats UPDATE: SEE STREET ART

Fabulous vintage items arrived in the post from Dharmadejavu @Etsy for my #graphicnovel research!

I discovered a fantastic shop on ETSY: Dharmadejavu!  Re-cycled, re-used, re-loved.  Finding the following items was amazing!  Perfect source material for my graphic novel, which includes all the juicy issues round catholicism, unwed mothers, murder…! Visiting this ETSY shop is like walking through the ultimate vintage store and taking all the time you need!  Heaven!…

Late night chocolate sundae run to Hamburger Mary’s #Vancouver!

Hamburger Mary’s Diner, a West End Vancouver landmark, has been a art of the community since 1979. Open 20 hours a day 365 days a year, offering breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, shakes and house-made soups, sauces & entrees. (source)    UPDATE APRIL 23: Back for lunch!    

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.35: Mrs. Fox @wesanderson

I adore this woman, this fantastic artist. One of my favorite films of all time.

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.34- Chad

10 minute 6B pencil portrait on yellow legal paper: “Miko”

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.33- Trevor

She was amazing- my host @RebeccaRaw (5 min portrait no. 32)

I will be posting in detail all about last night’s art event all this weekend, but right now I have to thank Rebecca Rawlinson for making it an event of a lifetime!  To have such support, love and leadership from someone so incredible took the pressure off me and let me enjoy the night fully…

There’s a blue bird in my heart… Charles Bukowski, poet

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 — March 9, 1994) Coffee and Ink, 1999           From Bukowski’s AS THE SPARROW Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be young; I cry when it is…

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no. 31- Robin #springisnear

This sketch (with its splash of coffee) is included when you order my sock robin at my Etsy store:

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.30- Jay @jfisheronejohn


‘Cafe Lehmitz’ by Anders Petersen. #photography that inspires my work. Recalling exhibit @ModernaMuseet 2009

Alcohol’s children?  Manitou’s vengeance?  Who knows. In July 2009, I visited the MODERNA MUSEET in Stockholm.  My favorite section of the gallery exhibits was Reality Revisited- Photography from the Moderna Museet Collection.  The raw, honest work of Swedish photographer Anders Petersen stood out.  It reminds of the subjects of Diane Arbus, but unlike the posed work…

5minuteHBpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.29- Kate

Quick sketching on index cards of @RebeccaRaw for upcoming live portrait! #artevent

VISIT REBECCA’S BLOG!  REBECCA RAWLINSON Looking at old pieces and thinking about how to do the live portrait: LIVE EVENT HAPPENING SOON: Live portrait of Rebecca by me, interactive art stations, new portraits of fabulous people in my life, food, drinks and silent-auction event of my art!  YES- I’M CLEARING OUT THE VAULT!  STAY TUNED!

When anxiety hits- pick up a pencil… draw what you like #arttherapy

Oh my- anxious evening… my head swims with to-dos and self-criticism.  So before I do anything more, I will pause and simply draw.  Draw what I love, and for those of you that know me, you know that means: SOCK MONKEYS.  My daughter, Anna, gave me this delightful book for Christmas: SOCK MONKEY (Publisher teNeues)…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.28- #Syren

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.27- Calvin

5minute6Bpencilanderaser backofanindexcard portrait no.26- @Kris_Carr!

UPDATE JAN 15, 2011! CONGRATS KRIS on the launch of your new book: — There are people in our lives that can say just what we need to hear when we need to hear it… One of those people, for me, is Kris Carr.  Kris Carr is my role model/mentor and her books and DVD got…

5minute6Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.25- Pug

Just sold a sock pug to Colorado! Each of my POST STREET ETSY orders includes an original pencil sketch and this was today’s sketch…

5minute7Bpencilnoeraser backofanindexcard portrait no.24- Jainy