Inktober 2018: 31 studies of Truman Capote’s IN COLD BLOOD

  Imagination, of course, can open any door– turn the key and let the terror walk right in. – Truman Capote No. 1 Richard Hickock: “It was early, not yet nine…” No. 2: “Nancy Clutter is always in a hurry, but she always has time.” No. 3 Truman Capote: “In Cold Blood- a true account of…

Custom Hand-Drawn Pet Portraits.

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. James Herriot To honour pets and to celebrate the joy we receive from them, I am offering 18″ x24″ pet portraits for only $57.00 CAD ($40 USD) Chinamarker and acrylic highlights…

Owl wisdom

Taking a somewhat silent retreat today to regroup and prepare for transitions.  Picked up an old sweater (80% merino wool, 20% cashmere) and created these little one inch plus tall baby owls. Perfect for holding in the palm while figuring stuff out. I have always found that sewing and drawing owls is a powerful experience. Stay…

Delightful local Vancouver artist: Amy Tom

I am delighted to introduce an extraordinary Vancouver artist, Amy Tom.  I was introduced to her through my friend Anne Banner, owner/curator of Vancouver curiosity shop and paradise: Salmagundi West.  Amy’s whimsical and magical style inspires me to no end! Check out her ETSY shop! I create postcards, magnets and art prints reproduced from my…

Flour, water, sugar. China markers and newsprint. Plus some youth. Perfect combo!

Latest gallery of wheatpaste sessions with Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society and Byrne Creek Secondary! All my street art projects are inspired by JR and the Inside Out Project.  Make sure to check out the Inside Out Project Victoria!!!

The most beautiful card in the world.

Today was my last session of the Cultural Identity Project with Laura Mathers Grade 8 class. I am so honoured to have worked with such an incredible group of youth. And what a beautiful surprise to receive this hand done card from the students (24 x 43.5 inches):

Cultural identity project at Byrne Creek Secondary- Gallery #wheatpaste #chinamarker #paint

CULTURAL IDENTITY PORTRAIT PROJECT SESSION 6 OF 7, BYRNE CREEK SCHOOL GR. 8 Recall previous posts about this project: Does wheatpaste work on a ceiling tile? Session 2 of 7 Today we added final touches.  30 Grade 8 students did an extraordinary job on this project.  The result illustrates that their true identity lies in connection,…

Alexander and Isabella interpreted for @bypoststreet

       

My china marker portraits on @bypoststreet’s limited edition Winter Collection t-shirts!

The bypoststreet limited edition Winter collection t-shirts now available at bypoststreet.com! @bypoststreet features unisex luxury and sportswear inspired t-shirts designed by our creative director. Our eco-friendly luxurious bamboo/cotton cloth is milled in Canada and our t-shirts are designed and produced locally in Vancouver. Our collections feature limited edition portraits by our in-house artist. All our t-shirts…

“What are your thoughts on modern day censorship? Are you offended by the images?” #comments please!

Re: Drawing on Pain Closes Early “A couple days ago we had to take down Kat Thorsen’s exhibit at 689 Espana (pictured left), the by post street in-house artist’ due to complaints of the content (nudity, language etc) from the building. This is the perfect opportunity for us to start the conversation: What are your thoughts on modern…

“Drawing on Pain” at Espana Gallery closing early due to protests from tenants.

UPDATE! It as an interesting experiment to have “Drawing on Pain” exhibited in a lobby gallery. Experiment has to end early as some tenants are expressing concern over the subject matter and have asked that the show be taken down. Understood. Thank you, The Espana Gallery, for the opportunity while it lasted! The show will end…

Unfold your wings as you fall. Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. – Ray Bradbury  DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 ESPANA GALLERY 689 Abbott Street, Vancouver BC Curator, sales manager: Angie Heintz 778 773 2861 infor@angieheintz.com ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “My painting carries with it the message of pain.” – Frida Kahlo…

Drawing on Pain at Espana Gallery Aug 29-Oct 13: exhibit list

A huge thank you to Angie Heintz and The Espana Gallery and to everyone who attended the August 29, 2013 opening. What a fabulous crowd! Thanks for listening so intently and for your support. Thank you as well to those who provided interviews for the documentary FEAR NO ART w. Patti Henderson. You have all empowered me and I am so…

DRAWING ON PAIN: Aug 29 – Oct 13, 2013 at Espana Gallery, Vancouver BC

DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 Opening August 29, 2013 7-9 PM Espana Gallery 689 Abbott Street Vancouver BC Includes Artist Talk DRAWING ON PAIN exhibits my personal therapeutic process as I utilize art to help me process the difficult challenges I have encountered (and continue to encounter) in my life– such as…

What stays, what goes, what changes. Our ever-evolving wall. #streetart #downtowneastside

Huge thank you to Brianna Baker, Chrissy Capilano, Dan O’Brien, Zöe Harvey and Warren Nicolson for being part of the latest wheatpaste session at our wall. The first paste ever on our wall July 17, 2012: And today:

Street art and fashion- a collaborative affair. Photographer Kali Banner, designer Michelle Leung

RECENT PHOTOSHOOT AT “THE WALL” Clothing Designer: Michelle Leung  Photographer: Kali Banner Editor: Steven Roste Model: Eugenie Lin  

A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. #Photoshoot

A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus? If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have…

Evolution of a portrait- @syncop

Step 1. Meet Instagram friend in person for first time! Step 2. Take photo  Step 3. Gather supplies Step 4. Draw Step 5. Invite subject to paste their portrait on “our wall”!  Stay tuned!

“For the yellow smoke that slides along the street.” #streetart

Nancy Kirkpatrick‘s beautiful photos of today’s street art session:   Check out more of our street art at PORTRAITS/STREET ART

If the kids are united… #streetart #portrait

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STREET ART: Europe sticker series. #fashion

The Social Life made a special street art request as they travel through Europe!  I supplied them with sticker versions of my fashion portrait/interpretation series:   Follow The Social Life’s adventures at: CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WHEATPASTE/STREET ART (click on pic):

#Tearsheets, #Streetart, #Vancouver and @VanRagazine!

Huge thank you to V-Rag Magazine, Cole Johnston and Matthew Roy for an amazing article in the SEPTEMBER 2012 issue and for the honor of appearing in this wonderful publication! Vancouver’s Gay Arts & Culture Rag V-Rag is a free monthly publication available in shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and salons around the West End, Downtown,…

A morning of street art- visually on the radio with @nxnwcbc!

Portraits, including Rochelle, getting ready! My students [at Intersections Media– a program I run with my brother, filmmaker Fred Thorsen] and I spent a wonderful morning yesterday with CBC Radio One’s Sheryl MacKay, taping a segment for North by Northwest regarding my art, the work I do and the street art! CHECK OUT MORE OF MY…

Charlotte Free.

Recall: Drawing Deconstruction Discovery of Charlotte Free   Endlessly inspiring: Check out:   —

Portraits move us, connect us, pull out stories #streetart

In my street art portraits, I draw people I know, people in my social media circle, people who draw me in (pardon the pun), people who inspire me. I have been inspired by “Rochelle” (my local barista) for quite a while now.  She was so gracious to accept my invitation to be photographed for reference…

STREET ART: beauty in the deterioration part 3 #wheatpaste

I walked the alley at Main and Cordova today, like I usually do on my lunch break to air out my dog… I was surprised and strangely elated at the changes happening to our original pieces.  This part of the process is equally as important as creating the pieces in the first place.  Here are…

A morning with Joe… trying printouts, multiple copies. #streetart #wheatpaste

Trying wheatpasting printouts of originals for the first time!  It worked!  They didn’t run! Today’s subject: Joe Average I had fun going back adding to the last wheatpasting spot. Be sure to check out Joe Average’s new site! —

Saying Thank You through #streetart #wheatpaste

This post is dedicated to all the staff and students of Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School Alicia and I began the process of saying thank you and goodbye to a special place by covering it with our art… This building will be torn down. This is where I worked with so many incredible students and…

Joe Average’s new site! #art #photography

We are SO LUCKY to be able to access more of Joe Average’s work on his new site!  Check it out!  It’s like drinking a cool glass of clear, clean, beautiful water. Joe Average (born 1957) is a Canadian artist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diagnosed HIV+ at age 27, Average made the decision to commit the rest of…

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: —

“Walking the streets of dreams” wall is growing! #streetart #wheatpaste

—   Thank you Morgan, Justine, Amanda-Lynn, Ernst, Kevin and Anthony at Intersections Media for today’s session and for being my subjects: Amanda-Lynn added several of her portraits as well! See more: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates This is how we do it Once it’s up, let it go Something…

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…

“Do you know what it takes to do a global art project? People, energy, glue.” #Vancouver #streetart

Do you know what it takes to do [a global art project]? People, energy, glue. – JR I met up with Elijah yesterday so he could paste the portrait I created of him and his beloved dog, The Baconator!  Thank you, Elijah, for an inspiring afternoon! The city’s the best gallery I could imagine. I would…

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

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2. #wheatpaste #streetart

Recall: Beauty in the deterioration Part 1 Watching the pieces change is intriguing and almost as delightful as seeing them remain unchanged! Here are a few changes:   Make sure to check out Raziel Reid’s article in Xtra! about the Pride 2012 wheatpaste campaign: Also see: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest…

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: —   —

Evolution of a #wheatpaste portrait: Justine.

I start with an inspiring person and a photo that really draws me in.   China Marker of course.  Guidelines in orange.   Detail in black.  Highlights in white acrylic. I encouraged Justine to cut out the portrait when I finished.  She will paste it herself in a few days.  It thrills me to watch…

Walking the streets of dreams… #rudeboy #ska #wheatpaste #streetart #portraits

It’s hard to imagine  a day without a china marker now… The joy I feel in sharing my art freely and for free on the streets is intoxicating and liberating.   Laurel Aitken will be pasted soon… experimenting on larger pieces now…

“While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” #wheatpaste #streetart

The lastest pasting session was interesting as it brought me into new locations and into new dialogues. I pasted BLU by myself- first time I didn’t have my team with me.  I almost made it to a train, but glad a found a perfect, “permanent” spot instead. My friend, Darcy, joined me for a session…

Mia More in the morning. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart #creativeprocess

Mia More Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules. ― Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism See more about wheatpaste art: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates This is how…

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips and a glimt of teeth. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart

See more about wheatpaste art: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates This is how we do it Once it’s up, let it go Something this fun has got to be illegal! Beauty in the deterioration… Joe Average

Joe Average. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart

He is one of my biggest inspirations…  Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to draw you! These pieces will be pasted next week. Joe Average See more about wheatpaste art: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates This is how we do it Once it’s up, let it go Something this fun…

Beauty in the deterioration, in the static, in the anticipation. #wheatpaste #streetart

Walking through our “gallery lane” in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, it’s beautiful to see which pieces remain untouched and which are changing. I haven’t revisited our pieces in the West End yet.  I’ll be curious if different neighborhoods have different lifespans. Some samplings of check-ins: Prepping new pieces: See also: China Marker Bowie and other…

Something this fun has got to be illegal! #wheatpaste #streetart #westend

Huge thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Megan Low and Dustin Whymark for a beautiful day! The Social Life Is it GUERILLA ART if you’re openly squealing with laughter?! Captured moments:  

“Once it’s up, let it go.” #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Most of the pieces remain untouched, even after several weeks, even after a year. But some have been altered…  … so we added back. And we added more. Maryellen cutting out my Dead Bird series Patti Graphic Novel Stay tuned for Pride 2012 Wheatpaste Campaign!

This is how we do it! #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

See also: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates Start with a drawing: Cut it out: Add detail: Find the right spot: An assortment of delicious moments from the past week: —

Latest updates from our #wheatpaste (aka Marxist glue) #streetart blitz, #downtowneastside.

Wheatpaste (also known as Marxist glue, or simply paste) is a liquid adhesive made from vegetable starch and water. It has been used since ancient times for various arts and crafts such as book binding, decoupage, collage, and papier-mâché. It is also made for the purpose of adhering paper posters to walls and other surfaces (often in graffiti). Closely resembling wallpaper paste, it is often made by mixing roughly equal portions of flour and…

PORTRAIT: Jacqueline. #photography #drawing #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Glorious day with my students and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick, at Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society!  Lots of projects in the works that we’ll be sharing shortly. But for now… Part of our day was spent on a photoshoot and I was so inspired by the photos of Jacqueline that I just had to draw her….

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.

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!

Evolution of a portrait: @PeachesChrist #SanFrancisco

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…

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: The Tote Bag Book by @jiteshpatel from @SFMOMA

Those of you that know me, know that I love tote bags.  LOVE.  I have a ton and seem to use every one of them.  Yes- I carry way too much stuff.  BUT I NEED IT.  Or if I don’t, I MAY need it.  If there’s an earthquake, and I get stuck for hours, I’ll…

Second Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery! #charcoal #drawing #arttherapy. Next one Mar 25!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  And so was today!!!  Thank you, ladies, and Henrik, for a fantastic afternoon and thank you Ari, Quinn, Bryn and the Rubble Gallery for your beautiful space! Let’s let the photos speak for themselves! TAKE…

First Art Sunday at the @RubbleGallery. #charcoal #drawing #theface. Next one Feb 26!

We’re experimenting with a 1-2 times per month art afternoon at the Rubble Gallery and our first one was wonderful!  I taught the basics of drawing with charcoal and my students were sponges, inspiring me, each other and themselves with the results!  We also worked on some journaling techniques.  It’s marvelous to work in a…

Fabulously evolving interactive art piece! I love what you guys add to my art!!!

I prepared this interactive art piece… And the interaction started at the Rubble Gallery during ART HEALS. I LOVE how it’s evolving!   Comic strip by Oliver McTavish Wisden: Where will it go next?!  Once done, it will be donated to the Rubble Gallery. Thanks to Bryn Vilness for this promo video! Rubble Gallery presents…

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…

Dad is facing a new challenge! So does art actually heal? @RubbleGallery Jan 21 #fatherdaughter #arttherapy

As Dad enters a new chapter, essentially a new battle for his life (cancer has reappeared), we are grateful that art  is helping us process this and is distracting us from the scary road ahead.  On Friday, after a scope, I loved watching Dad excitedly get back to his desk to get back to work….