Dad, discovery, drawing and Disney. #drawntogether #artheals

My father, Roar Thorsen, on starting to draw: I have drawn all my life.   As a small boy in Kindergarten, in Sarpsborg, Norway, many stories were read to me.  As far as I remember, I entered Kindergarten at age 6.  Quite often the teacher was reading from typical kids’ books.   I started with pencil…

Creating, and collaborating… and other great C-words #artheals #drawntogether

Creating, collaborating, commenting, contributing, conversing, communicating, caregiving, community-building, committing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, campaigning… some of the great C words. As many of you know, I have been working with my father, Roar Thorsen, on our book for several years now.   Joyously, we have shared a corner of the cafeteria at Lions Gate Hospital, building a collection of his work and…

Introducing Angus MacDonald, photographer, #Vancouver

I have the pleasure of working with Angus at Intersections Media in Vancouver.  I am delighted to share an initial peek at his work.  He will be documenting his time at Intersections through photos and film and I can’t wait to use his photos as sources for my wheatpastes!

OMG! Fabulous @YouTube art series: @PBSOffBook

The Art of Glitch The Worlds of Viral Video The Art of Logo Design Seeing Beyond the Human Eye The Evolution of 8-bit Art The Culture of Reddit Lego Art Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity The Art of Film & TV Title Design Tattoo 25th Anniversary GIF Mashup The Impact of Kickstarter Animated GIFs…

Loving my @JPGaultier treasures from @deyoungmuseum thanks to @The_Social_Life!

Check out The Social Life‘s coverage of Gaultier’s show at the de Young Museum: —

ART SHOW at the Cultch: “Cirrus” by @CloudscapeComic and “Audience Portraits” by Suzy Stroet!

I was absolutely delighted to attend the Opening Reception: The Cultch presents “Cirrus” by Cloudscape Comics & “Audience Portraits” by Suzy Stroet! I was so inspired by the maturity and talent of all the artists and the Cultch was glowing with the work.  I enjoyed the flow through the space.  I need to go back during…

English Dan PART 2: The Frida Tattoo, Granville Street #Tattoos, #Vancouver

Recall part 1: meeting English Dan I was so honored to have English Dan interpret my drawing of Baby Frida in a tattoo.  GLORIOUS! Again, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: The inspiration: “I am in my nurse’s arms, with the face of a grownup woman and the body of a little girl, while milk…

Pouring my soul into a physical form… Emerging young artist: Amanda-Lynn Woodworth

When I draw it feels almost like pouring my soul into a physical form and charcoal pours the best. – Amanda-Lynn Film by Amanda-Lynn at Intersections Media

English Dan: tattoo artist, Granville Street #Tattoos, #Vancouver

Huge thank you to English Dan for graciously allowing me to witness the process of inking Jay Fisher. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves: Looking forward to Dan’s interpretation of my sketch for my Frida Kahlo tattoo next Saturday!  I give him free reign! “I am in my nurse’s arms, with the face of…

Exquisite portraits by Tony Noh #photography

I asked my colleague (filmmaker/photographer) Tony Noh to capture my students in the style of Rineke Dijkstra.   I asked for stark raw sources.  He delivered, beautifully. More student portraits by Tony Noh: —   —

Frida Kahlo d. July 13, 1954

I hope the departure is joyful and I hope never to return. – Frida Kahlo

Cornucopia from @CloudscapeComic!

I just received a fantastic package of 5 anthologies from: purchased at Cloudscape’s televised 24-hour fundraising comic jam — The Cloudscape Comics Society is a community of comic creators in Vancouver, BC who together publish and distribute quality graphic novel anthologies, as well as host comic workshops and other related events. Here enterprising comic artists…

ART: Maud Lewis, folk artist

Maud Lewis Watch: Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this short documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis. Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30….

Patti.

— — Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities  It started hardening  Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities  It started hardening in my hand  And I felt the arrows of desire —

Daniel Clowes- “knowing counterpoint.”

I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It’s kind of a fine line. – Daniel Clowes — — — — See also: Daniel Clowes Part (BBC Documentary) by lesebb1

Beauty in the struggle. Part 2. Dad keeping thoughts straight.

As I mentioned in Part 1, I notice Dad is struggling with keeping focused.  He finds it hard to keep his thoughts straight when he writes.  Today he struggled to make sense of and read from his notes he had written regarding his creative process.  He wanted me to share this with you in order to…

Beauty in the struggle. My Dad’s “chaos” gives insight.

Lately, I notice Dad is struggling with keeping focused.  He finds it hard to keep his thoughts straight when he writes.  And his current project illustrates the “chaos” he describes.  The drawings give me clues to his internal struggles and reminds me to keep things simple and routine for him. But he continues to LIVE FIERCELY…

Party Girls. Fabulous inkwash series by Emily McMorran

I am delighted to introduce Emily McMorran , my student and artist colleague.  I adore her latest series, Party Girls.

Dad’s latest drawing: ART IS A SPECTATOR SPORT!

Dad keeps a piece of paper beside him to test his felt pens.  Instead of throwing out the paper, he was inspired to create a piece called “Roar Thorsen Art Studio.” He also uses his sticker technique to correct, what he calls- mistakes. Dad’s words: When you make a drawing, you check colors and pens on…

Kat’s DAILY JOURNAL WORKSHOP SERIES. Parts 1-35 #arttherapy

DAILY JOURNAL WORKSHOP SERIES: Part 1 JUST WRITE Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS Part 3 HEART Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE Part 5 NAKED SCREAM Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3′S Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING…

Victor Bearpark. #Photography. #Inspiration.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VICTOR BEARPARK I had the honor of first meeting Victor Bearpark at my June 23rd, 2011 art event.  I adore this man and adore his work. I am someone who after many years reclaimed my life with my Camera and a dream so to speak… I want to share as much of that…

Booklaunch! FOODSLUTS AT DOLL & PENNY’S CAFE by Tony Correia illus. by Ken Boesem!

I just experienced a wonderful evening at the newly renovated Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium at the booklaunch for FOODSLUTS AT DOLL & PENNY’S CAFE by Tony Correia;  illustrated  by Ken Boesem! What a DELIGHTFUL/INSIGHTFUL/MOVING book: Excerpt: The sign in the window read: “Sorry, we’re open.” “I caught my reflection in the glass as…

“Creative activity could be described as…” An afternoon of art. #wherewecreate

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual. – Arthur Koestler

Journal/drawing exercise: “best way to learn is copy copy copy.” Tonight: #DANIELCLOWES

Give yourself a few minutes to check in with yourself in your journal.  Write/draw… Copying a fave artist can be very meditative.     —

#Tattooing journey- step 4: Testing on skin! On myself! #outline

Recall my posts: Watercolor tattoos 1 Watercolor tattoos 2 The purchase of a tattoo machine Getting to know the machine Tattooing- taking it seriously Tattooing Step 1: plug it in Tattooing Step 2: testing it out Tattooing Step 3: testing skin markers — Checking in one hour later: Checking in 12 hours later: Note: I…

CHAD. Whiteboard series by Eric Wright.

Introducing “Chad” by Vancouver artist, Eric Wright I was so inspired that I HAD to make a sock version: I am so excited to watch Eric’s artistic path unfold!  Stay tuned!

New minimalist work by Julian Bowers

These two new pieces by my son, Julian Bowers, are clean, quiet and peaceful, yet they still have the powerful and voracious exploration found in his previous work. Stay tuned for a blog post on Julian’s band Sleuth, as they prep for their trip to New York!

Jessica Chau’s delightful Glitch Series 1-5 (2012) at UBC’s annual BFA/BA Visual Art graduating exhibition

As featured in the Dorothy Somerset Studios at   TOO DEEP FOR YOU | UBC 2012 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition This year, UBC’s annual BFA/BA Visual Art graduating exhibition is TOO DEEP FOR YOU. The exhibition showcases the ambitious final projects of graduating Visual Art students. Materially and methodologically diverse, artworks in the exhibition are representative…

Jasmine Schuett’s glorious painting ‘Pack: Not All Wolves Run On Four Legs’ (2012)

As featured in the AHVA Library Gallery during   TOO DEEP FOR YOU | UBC 2012 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition This year, UBC’s annual BFA/BA Visual Art graduating exhibition is TOO DEEP FOR YOU. The exhibition showcases the ambitious final projects of graduating Visual Art students. Materially and methodologically diverse, artworks in the exhibition are representative…

Introducing Tina McFarlane, @GSNETart- artist, self-professed geek, beautiful soul.

Photos are courtesy of Tina McFarlane — I have had the pleasure of knowing Tina McFarlane for a few months now.  We are best friends on Twitter and now, finally, colleagues in real life. Tina is such a talented artist, specializing in realistic drawing. Well, where do I start? My name is Tina. Some of…

Where @Etsy meets Realness. @annatfabulous and her Craftie Robot Messenger Bag by @robotgeek76

GOD, I LOVE ETSY.  Along with blogging, it has opened the world to artists.  I love posting on my ETSY shop, filling orders and spending hours discovering other artists. When I discovered this Hunter S. Thompson messenger bag on the ETSY shop, Craftie Robot, I knew my daughter needed to have it.  Was I right?…

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…

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…

A young woman’s healing journal.

My student, Rajwi, has an extraordinary journal and she shares her pages with us today.  How lucky we are to get such insight from this young spirit with an old soul! Kudos to Rajwi’s art teacher for this great project- to create a journal within a secondhand book.  There is something quite magical about it….

Drawing during ARTS WEEK at @wpgadotca! #creativity! #highenergy!

A huge thank you to Danielle Unger for the invite and to all the staff and students at West Point Grey Academy for putting on an amazing event and for being being so welcoming!  It was wonderful seeing artists from the community sharing their gifts with these talented and highly creative kids! It was all…

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…

Weekly artist series: Week 10 of 10 Part 1 LUCIAN FREUD: Let’s be honest.

Week 10 Part 1 Lucian Freud Lucian Michael Freud (8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a German-born British painter. Known chiefly for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time.  His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomfiting examination of the…

Weekly artist series: Week 9 Part 3 of 3 SUE COE: Portrait of Truth. Who do you celebrate? I celebrate Sabrina.

Week 9 Part 3 Sue Coe What draws me to Sue Coe’s work is the freedom in her truth telling.  Her technique reflects the message and there is an ease to how she produces her work while at the same time she hammers her message home.  She is her art. — From Americans Who Tell the…

Conception, gestation- a movement begins. #women

A movement is only composed of people moving. To feel its warmth and motion around us is the end as well as the means. – Gloria Steinhem An idea is building and I thank the women I met with last night for our initial brainstorm.  Stay tuned as we move from the concept to the concrete!…

Weekly artist series: Week 9 Part 2 SUE COE: A mother dying

Week 9 Part 2 Sue Coe The Last 11 Days is a group of charcoal drawings Sue Coe created from July 20 to 31, 1995 depicting her mother as she lay dying with cancer. The drawings reveal Coe’s private struggle with her mother’s illness and eventual death. [source] I’m not a big fan of the word “resonate.”…

San Francisco Journal Excerpt: Romeo and Juliet, San Francisco Ballet @sfballet

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. — My daughter, Anna, surprised me on March 10, 2012 with tickets to San Francisco Ballet‘s Romeo and Juliet! I used to be a dancer…

Weekly artist series: Week 9 Part 1 SUE COE black, coffee brown, white, slap #lifeinaday

Week 9 Part 1 Sue Coe From my post Jan 27, 2011: I first came across Sue Coe’s work in the 1988 Annual Edition of Gallerie Women’s Art. “The work is in a series, a narrative, a novel or document in pictures.  It records injustice and cruelty, and attempts to perform the role of witness.  Art…

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 3 of 3 PORTRAIT POETRY #OttoDix #arttherapy

Week 8 Part 3 Otto Dix    I adore this portrait by Otto Dix. Let’s simply revel in reproducing it and adding poetry to it. Firstly, write in your journal for 10 minutes without interruption.  Just about anything that comes to mind in the moment. Secondly, circle every third word.  Isolate those words and create…

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 2 DECONSTRUCT CONSTRUCT #OttoDix

Week 8 Part 2 Otto Dix As with George Grosz, I’m using the book LUSTMORD as my main resource this week. Look at Otto Dix’s paintings.  See the cartoonish exaggerated style. DECONSTRUCT Pull off the cover of an old hard cover book: Horizon publications are wonderful for this.  And the contents are perfect for collaging. Find a…

Weekly artist series: Week 8 Part 1 #OttoDix

Week 8 Part 1 Otto Dix OTTO DIX: Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix 2 December 1891 – 25 July 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. Along with George Grosz, he is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit. [source]  …

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 4 of 4 Allusions and Changing Standpoints #deKooning

Week 7 Part 4 Willem de Kooning Find a de Kooning in nature: Draw something or someone in your environment: de Koonify it: Next artist: OTTO DIX See also: 35 PART daily journal exercise Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO Weekly artist series Week 1 parts 1-6 FRIDA KAHLO Weekly artist series Week 2 parts 1-6…

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 3 ELAINE #deKooning. #husbandsandwives

Week 7 Part 3 Willem de Kooning Artists do not work in a vacuum.  I am fascinated by artists in relationships. Frida/ Diego Camille/ Auguste Lee/ Jackson Sophie/ Hans Elaine/ Willem How did they feed each other’s art?  How did they harm each other?  Influence each other?  Who was more powerful?  Are they inseparable? ELAINE…

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 2 ERASING #deKooning. #arttherapy

Week 7 Part 2 Willem de Kooning To read about the erased deKooning, click ERASED deKOONING Look up de Kooning in images. Copy a favorite with charcoal. Now erase it. See also: 35 PART daily journal exercise Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO Weekly artist series Week 1 parts 1-6 FRIDA KAHLO Weekly artist series Week 2…

Weekly artist series: Week 7 Part 1 A WOMAN’s MOUTH #deKooning #arttherapy

Week 7 Part 1 Willem de Kooning Willem de Kooning 1904-1997 That ferocious woman he painted didn’t come from living with me. It began when he was three years old. – Elaine de Kooning (wife) [source] — READ: de Kooning PDF handout — Find a photo of a face. — — Cut out the mouth. —…

Weekly artist series: Week 6 Part 3 of 3 THE DOOR #Basquiat #arttherapy

Week 6 Part 3 JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT Draw a door. Take out the words you wrote in Part 2: Pull out some words.  Make a poem.  Write the poem on the door. Invite a guest through the door to do an entry in your journal.  I was so honored to have my dear friend, Darcy G.,…

Weekly artist series: Week 6 Part 2 DOWNTOWN 81 #Basquiat #arttherapy

Week 6 Part 2 JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT Downtown 81 (a.k.a New York Beat Movie), shot in 1980-1981, was directed by Edo Bertoglio, written and produced by Glenn O’Brien with post-production in 1999-2000 by Maripol,  It is a rare real-life snapshot of ultra-hip subculture of post-punk era Manhattan. Starring Jean-Michel Basquiat and featuring such early Village artists as James Chance, Amos Poe, Walter Steding, and Tav Falco, the film…

Weekly artist series: Week 6 Part 1 A LIST OF MUSTS #Basquiat #arttherapy

Week 6 Part 1 JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist.  He began as a graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into a Neo-expressionist painter during the 1980s.[source]. I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life. — This week we dive into the…

Weekly artist series: Week 5 Part 4 of 4 STORYTELLING #FaithRinggold #arttherapy “She flew straight to San Francisco”

Week 5 Part 4 FAITH RINGGOLD As we have explored Faith’s art, we see it is one of STORYTELLING. Take a moment from your life.  Using a full page in your journal and simply an HB pencil, tell the story. See also: 35 PART daily journal exercise Weekly artist exploration/journaling series INTRO Weekly artist exploration/journaling…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 5 Part 3 THE WOMAN’s HOUSE #FaithRinggold #arttherapy

Week 5 Part 3 FAITH RINGGOLD The painting, called “For the Woman’s House,” had been housed at Rikers Island since 1971 but was nearly thrown away after being whitewashed at the orders of prison officials. The painting was based on interviews by Ringgold of female inmates and was the first of Ringgold’s public commissions. source…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 5 Part 2 TAR BEACH #FaithRinggold #arttherapy #upontheroof #NewYork

Week 5 Part 2 FAITH RINGGOLD I can fly- yes, fly.  Me, Cassie Louise Lightfoot, only eight years old and in the third grade, and I can fly.  That means I am free to go wherever I want for the rest of my life. Listen to Ruby Dee read to Faith Ringgold‘s TAR BEACH and see…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 5 Part 1 THE BRIDGE #FaithRinggold #arttherapy

Week 5 Part 1 FAITH RINGGOLD The magical painted story quilts of Faith Ringgold have inspired my work since the early 80’s.  This particular image by Faith stays with me: The figure heavily influenced my Frida series. We will get into TAR BEACH and more of Faith’s work this week.  Her work is about bridges….

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 4 Part 3 of 3 GROSZ-TESQUE and STEADMANESQUE #GeorgeGrosz #arttherapy

Week 4 Part 3 of 3 GEORGE GROSZ Take 8 minutes and watch: Compare George Grosz to Ralph Steadman: It was my first encounter with the works of the German artist George Grosz, when I was in my twenties, which showed me that drawing need not just be a space-filler in a newspaper: in the…

I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion. – Steinbeck. #mydad

My Dad, Roar, truly has the heart of a lion.  He wants the world to know he is ready to tackle the next phase of his cancer battle.  He passed his physical exams yesterday clearing the way for surgery. Dad also wanted you to see his perfect BP! I am impelled, not to squeak like…

Last chance! ART HEALS exhibit open today 11-5 or by appt until Feb 7 @RubbleGallery

In order to help with fundraising efforts, I will be extending the RAFFLE of my piece, MORFAR’S KLASS until my next art event in the Fall.  All current raffle ticket holders will be given an extra ticket as a thank you for holding on till then!  If you drop by the gallery today and want…