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 reflection of recognition, a longing, a curiosity? Is it that we can imagine what is said and therefore get closer to the truth? Do we long for the silence of the portrait so we can hear ourselves, hear them? Do we see them or do we hope that they see us? That they hear us?

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Why are we drawn? What draws us in? What are we drawing? Who do we actually see?

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Is her reflection actually our own? Who and what are we drawing out?

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Does time actually stand still?

Model: artist @kiahtaryn_

“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)

Rebecca Rawlinson, owner, with Christina Nadolski, buyer.

I could not be more proud of Rebecca Rawlinson.  Witnessing her dream come true is awe-inspiring.   Congratulations, my love!

Today’s 5-minute portrait!

Rebecca Bree 

And her partner Rick has done a stunning job building the interior from scratch.

 

Cher’s blog: ECO BRAVO

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#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 her very own boutique August 2012.

Rebecca Bree 

And her partner Rick has done a stunning job building the interior from scratch.  STUNNING.

 

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 a china marker portrait I did last fall if my muse, Jocelyn Louise.

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 Daniel Clowes.

Afterwards, I was treated to a scrumptious dinner from Darcy Glip!

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.

It’s hard to work when your cat keeps stealing your china markers.

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 respect. Regardless of socio – economic status, no one deserves to be invisible and isolated from community.

Stay tuned as we build on the connections made today with Intersections Media and Beauty Night.  I am beyond excited about the possibilities!  This is an incredible organization!  Until then, here is a portrait of Caroline, whose spirit and beauty is truly inspiring!

– Special thank you to Laura Mack for the connection!

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!

Original page.
China marker, acrylic, glitter.

Some more alteration:

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 the other.  Learns from the other.

This journal series will act as a vision board so…

I can DREAM BIG, DO BIG and FOLLOW THE FLOW.

I encourage you to use your journal as your safe place to plan.  To state “it.”

Tonight’s dream statement:

I want to collaborate on an interactive art event in San Francisco with these five.  This event would focus on the Cult of Personality.  It would be SIZE LARGE.

Juanita MORE!
Terry T
Lady Bear
Joshua J
Honey Mahogany

See also:

Drawing on 50 Part 2: dream participant: Maud!

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 and will be mailing it to Art House Co-op Self-Portrait Project:

As you may have noticed, I study artists by ingesting them and regurgitating into my journals whatever comes to mind.

I  hoped you enjoyed this series.  What’s next?  I’ll be focusing on my graphic novel, portraits, an art event and a conference.  Stay tuned!

See also:

35 PART daily journal exercise

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 as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture. [source]

Caterina van Hemessen's 1548 self-portrait

Lucian Freud’s portrait penetrate the soul of the sitter and the viewer.  His self-portraits are awesome and awe-inspiring.

It’s challenging to look at yourself with that same penetration.  UGH.  But, necessary.

Today, we draw ourselves in preparation for Art House Co-op Self-Portrait Project:

Find a photo of yourself.  Or use a mirror.

Photo of me by my student, Melanie. Hands are covered in spray paint- not blood!

Oi.

Ok.  Start sketching.

Well, that was painful!

Next time:

CANVAS!

See also:

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

Week 10 Part 2 Lucian Freud

Freud's Self-Portrait with Black Eye
Freud's Girl in a Dark Jacket

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:

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 and grow, in this moment– we can feel content and whole knowing that the three of us are doing pretty fucking good!   We ENJOY each other.  And that is success.

So visiting my daughter in San Francisco, witnessing her in the midst of a beautiful family of friends, with her career and life blossoming, was EMPOWERING!  I learn so much from how Anna walks her life.

I put Anna in Alexander McQueen PreFall 2009. I call it "the missed phonecall."

See also:

2010 visit to SFMOMA

San Francisco Portrait #1 Honey Mahogany

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 1: Sockshop on Haight

Brunch at Brenda’s

San Francisco Portrait #2 Tony

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Portraits 3 and 4: TC and David

San Francisco Journal: Doc Martens

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 2: sock bunny

San Francisco Journal: The Tote Bag Book

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 3: Happy Birthday, Twitter!

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 4: Sock Goddess

San Francisco Journal: Joseph

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 days.

This one’s for Anna:

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, we had a good start.  But only a start.  SO MANY MORE CHATS NEEDED!

Here are just a few highlights of my weekend with my second son.  You can tell how much he and Anna love each other!

 

Brunch at Brenda’s

Saturday dinner at Joseph's house with an extraordinary feast by Diana and Elizabeth in honor of Chinese New Years! 18 guests, full bellies, happy hearts!

See Anna’s post about the Ice Cream Bar!

With Joseph, Anna and Alex at the Ice Cream Bar!

See also:

2010 visit to SFMOMA

San Francisco Portrait #1 Honey Mahogany

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 1: Sockshop on Haight

Brunch at Brenda’s

San Francisco Portrait #2 Tony

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Portraits 3 and 4: TC and David

San Francisco Journal: Doc Martens

San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 2: sock bunny

San Francisco Journal: The Tote Bag Book

Happy Birthday, Twitter!

One of my fave pics I took of Anna and Joseph (from July 27, 2011 in Seattle)

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 dear friend and mentor to my daughter.  He also supports my art and passions and to finally meet him in person was, indeed, a glorious treat!!!

We started the evening with fabulous Italian food at Poesia with Anna and Joseph…

… then headed to Mollie Stone’s to purchase dessert…

Finally, we spent the rest of the evening gorging on chosen dessert…

Instagram by Anna T Fabulous

… and doing some interactive art (more on that later) and sharing shits and giggles at Anna’s place with Tony and David (more on them later too)!

Tony is full of enthusiasm for people, adventures, life!  Infectious!

My portrait of Tony's "Lilly" (extra L added later!)

From one Old Queen to another, I love you, Tony. 

See also:

San Francisco Portrait #1 Honey Mahogany

Sockshop on Haight

Brunch at Brenda’s

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 and LGBT advocate by day, international singer, cabaret performer, and glamour girl by night.

Honey’s presence takes your breath away and I can’t wait to do a large portrait of her at a future SF interactive art event.

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 way.  In clean slices like knife cuts.  I didn’t feel any pain though.  But I told my son I should probably go to emergency.  I was going to try to fix it myself by pulling the wounds tight.  But I knew that would only be a “bandaid solution.”  I knew I had opened myself up.  Made myself vulnerable and was dealing with it right by seeking expertise.

Recommended:

I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE‘s blog entries about NEW YORK.

Photo by Anna T Fabulous

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 process and grieve difficult life events such as divorce, illness, loss of independence, death.
The show is a collection of our individual and mutual work:
1. Two diaries:
Roar’s “Paris on  250 BMW 1952” journal and my 1977 diary will be on display.
Examples from my series on grief and divorce (china marker on masonite board). [will be on sale]
3. Portraits: 
Roar’s current series of therapeutic post-stroke drawings, created in his long term care facility (pencil and felt pen on small foam boards).  [will be on sale].
4. Molly: 
Preview of my illustrations for my graphic novel in progress (china marker on newsprint). [NFS]
preview of Roar’s post-stroke illustrations and quotes to his book of drawings and wisdoms (pencil crayon on paper).
TO SEE SOME OF ROAR’s FIRST DRAWINGS AFTER THE STROKE GO TO: MY FATHER’s STROKE OF LUCK
6. Raffle:
My painting “Morfar’s Klass” (28″ x 40″) (acrylic on canvas) will be raffled.

Tickets and donations to go towards self-publishing costs of Molly and The Old Apple Tree.

1 ticket $20

3 tickets $40

10 tickets $100

Raffle draw extended to closing event.  You can purchase a ticket at the gallery by giving them your name and address and they will forward that to me.

7. Interactive Art Piece:
Art was started by me and is added to by participants and gallery visitors.  The piece can be added to by gallery visitors for the remainder of the exhibit and will be donated to the Rubble Gallery.
See examples of my interactive art at: http://bit.ly/ofOWDe
To arrange a visit to the gallery, make an appointment through the gallery!

Poetry Readings + Life Drawing + Concerts + Intimate Gatherings + Dance + Theatre + Drag + Burlesque + Make-up + Pop-up Retail + Art + Music + Book Launch

The Rubble Gallery is a community flex space intent on breaking down the barriers between the arts and increasing circulation and accessibility in the local arts scene in Vancouver. Bringing together artists, entertainers, patrons and audiences, their goal is to highlight high quality projects and bodies of work from local and international sources. Together with more affordable spaces, fund-raising events, and upcoming grants and scholarships, their aim is to make an impact in artist’s lives at a critical stage in their career and have a memorable time in the process. In order to expand ideas of space and function Rubble is using a flex concept to morph to the will of its inhabitants, incorporating production, exhibition, retail, entertainment, and other dynamic uses.

They encourage you to consider them for your fund-raising event space, exhibitions, launch parties, production space, and special events in the lower east side of Vancouver.

Check out their BLOG and Facebook site!

Contact info:

1879 Powell Street, Vancouver BC V5L 1H8

ART CURATOR: ARI rubblegallery@gmail.com

COORDINATOR for PARTIES, EVENTS, SPACE LEASING, PROMOTIONS, OPENING GALAS: QUINN 604 724 8074

See also:

DAD FACES A NEW CHALLENGE

PARIS 1952

IN A SMALL CORNER

MORFAR’S KLASS

Check out some photos from the opening art event Jan 21:

Jocelyn Louise, my model for Molly, at Jan 21 art event at the Rubble Gallery.

Jason Matlo. Pure inspiration.

 

 

6B pencil on index card, 5" x 8"

 

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 in Canada. Each collection is an expression and extension of his artistic vision; each garment is painstakingly crafted and finished to the highest standards. His collections draw on a multitude of diverse stylistic and cultural influences; many of the principles and aesthetics reference the golden fashion decade of the 1930’s. You will see a strong expression of femininity within each collection, and a design that appeals to confident women who celebrate fashion through a desire for innovative design, luxurious fabrics and textures and meticulous attention to detail. Jason’s skill and talent as a designer allow him to adopt an uncompromising approach to quality and detail that places him in rare company. [source]