Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 1: Preparation

Recall Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Preview:

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I’m keeping a diary and will try to post at the end of each day. Today in Part 1, it is about preparation:

3-DAY INTENSIVE THERAPEUTIC ART CAMP AND MURAL PROJECT, OLD TRAINING AND RECREATION COMPLEX 

As much as art and connection are part of the 3-day intensive, I also want to incorporate life skills in a natural way.  One of those life skills is project planning.  On Day 1 we will be mind mapping an action plan as a group.  I want this to be youth-led, so my role as facilitator is to create a safe and dynamic space/environment.  Of course, I have a plan and agenda in case there needs to be a nudging in order to achieve the goal, but as much as possible, this is the overall vision is that of the participants.  By mind mapping together, the participants will experience project planning in a tangible way, and my goal (part of the longevity piece) is that they put that experience into their personal tool kit.  .

I practice what I preach.  I am spending this weekend preparing for the trip.  Making checklists, packing, mind mapping out some curriculum and action plan, researching, and looking to other creatives for inspiration.  For example:

Thomas Kail of Hamilton Joins Prof. Dolly Chugh’s Managerial Skills Course:

As a facilitator, I have to have a plan, an agenda-free agenda if you will.  I also have to be flexible and in the moment, ready to throw plans over the shoulder and let the experience and group dynamics lead.  Plan, be ready, RELAX, have FUN!

“Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.”
― Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Frida No.10: Moomin Frida.

I’ve been celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I have been creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo (plus some additional posts here and there) in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, multimedia, whatever… A surprise.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

Frida No. 3: The Chakras

Frida No. 4: Frida and her magic cone of truth

Frida No. 5: A Coloring Page for You

Frida No. 6: Sock Doll in Tehuana Dress

Frida No. 7: Fetal Frida

Happy birthday Frida

Frida Kahlo July 6, 1907- July 13, 1954

Frida No. 8: Dia de los Muertos sock monkey

Frida No. 9: Frida and the magpie portrait

And so… here we are.

Frida No. 10: Moomin Frida

Inspired by Tove Jansson‘s “Lilla My” from Moomin.

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My “Lilla My” fan art (china marker on newsprint)

It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.  – Tove Jansson

Here, Frida as Lilla My chews on her Diego cookie.  She wears the hand earrings sculpted for her by Picasso:

The most curious thing about the supposed lies of Diego, is that in the long and short of it, those who are involved in the imaginary combination become angry, not because of the lie, but because of the truth contained in the lie, that always comes to the surface. – Frida Kahlo

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas: Frida No. 8: Dia de los Muertos Sock Monkey (made to order)

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I have been creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise.

See Other Tuesday Fridas:

Numbers 1-6: LINK

Number 7: LINK

FRIDA NO. 8: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS SOCK MONKEY [MADE TO ORDER]

Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954.

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To celebrate her beautiful spirit, I am taking orders for my unique handmade Dia de Lost Muertos sock monkeys.

On sale for only $43 CAD (include shipping fee) until Midnight!!!

These sock monkeys are super cuddly grieving tools.  I find them so comforting to make and to hold.  Each one is one of a kind and comes with a hand-drawn embroidered sugar skull face (each one unique), a simple flower crown, plus a vintage flannel material skirt and a small original sketch of the sock monkey.

Email transfers only to britakatarina@gmail.com.  Expect 2-3 weeks for delivery.

My nephew, Henrik, at a local cafe Summer 2012.  My crafting buddy.

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“Dear me…” Write a letter to your younger self.

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What would you write to younger you today?

There is so much I want to write to that little anxious girl.  I haven’t written my letter yet, but it will come.  For now, I give that little girl a knowing nod and whisper- you are perfect as you are.

We have outgrown our container and are pushing up against limiting beliefs and our small, fear-based thought processes. The inner child is wounded and wants to be healed. But we must be disciplined and reward only a clear committed intention and not a whiny tantrum. Watch your reactions, as they can be explosive this month. Take a deep breath and think before you speak and act especially when you feel agitated, impatient or victimized. Remember to take responsibility for what is showing up in your life at this time. Step up to the challenge and trust spirit to take care of whatever you cannot see your way through.

There is tremendous opportunity this month to restructure your life based on healing your own inner child and adolescence and allowing for a new alignment of the masculine and feminine both for you personally and for the greater planetary community. The end result will be more personal power, a greater sense of freedom to live your life the way you want, and a deeper experience of self-love and confidence. There has never been a better time than now to move into a place of more trust in spirit and a deep inner knowing that all is as it should be. So embrace your growing pains and enjoy the ride. – Lena Stevens, The Power Path July 2015 Monthly Forecast

Suggestion:

Mail the finished letter to yourself.  Once you receive it back, keep it sealed until the day you really need it- you’ll know when.  It’s a wonderful therapeutic art exercise!

Contact me for custom orders at britakatarina@gmail.com

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10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Frida No. 6: Sock doll in Tehuana headdress

 I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I am creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise. I have been posting one a week.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

Frida No. 3: The Chakras

Frida No. 4: Frida and her magic cone of truth

Frida No. 5: A Coloring Page for You

FRIDA NO .6: SOCK DOLL IN TEHUANA HEADDRESS

Inspired by Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait, 1948, with Tehuana headdress

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This portrait sock doll measures about 14 inches long.  It is my own design and hand-sewn.

Materials: grey work sock with red detailing, black sock, embroidery thread, vintage crocheted cotton doily, vintage cotton material with pineapple print, vintage ribbon, polyester fibre stuffing, button.

I am taking custom orders for $69.00 each (plus $8 shipping) via PayPal. (allow three weeks for delivery; doll will have similar features but vintage items will vary).

    

NEXT WEEK I WILL BE POSTING ON MONDAY JULY 6, 2015 TO CELEBRATE FRIDAS’S BIRTHDAY.

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Frida No. 5: “I have wings to fly…” coloring page

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I am creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise. I will be posting one a week.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

Frida No. 3: The Chakras

Frida No. 4: Frida and her magic cone of truth

FRIDA NO. 5: A COLORING PAGE FOR YOU.

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PDF: Coloring page

IT’S FOR YOUR HEALTH!

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10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Frida No. 4: Frida and her Magic Cone of Truth

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I am creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise. I will be posting one a week.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

Frida No. 3: The Chakras

Frida No. 4: Frida and her magic cone of truth!

Perfect for circle discussions.

With humor and gentle nudge, Frida encourages you to investigate and seek the truth!

    China marker, marker, acrylic on white 6.5″ Munnyworld Trikky  

Character study (china marker on newsprint 12 x 18):

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 Sit with Frida and speak the truth.  From the heart.  

Today’s discussion item:

SUCCESS – FAILURE

Write and draw about it.

I’ll share my reflections on the topic tomorrow.

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Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect – But tell me the truth.
– Shel Silverstein

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Art Blog Event. Frida No. 3: The Chakras

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I am creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever… A surprise. I will be posting one a week.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

FRIDA NO. 3: THE CHAKRAS

The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. – source

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This original hand-drawn china marker chakra chart [on newsprint] measures approximately 18″ x 20″

I am taking orders for original hand-drawn Frida Chakra charts.  Frida is the muse.  Your order may be somewhat similar to this one, but the outcome is based on my creative interpretation in the moment.

$95.00 (free shipping) via email transfer or Paypal

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Seventh Chakra CROWN: Spiritual Centre, Enlightenment– central nervous system, muscular system, skin. I am; I understand.

Sixth Chakra THIRD EYE: Wisdom, intuition, visualization– brain, neurological system, eyes, ears, nose. I know; I think.

Fifth Chakra THROAT: Communication, inner voice, truth, creativity- thyroid, esophagus, trachea, mouth, jaw, teeth, neck, vertebrae. I speak; I express.

Fourth Chakra HEART: Love, compassion, unconditional love, hope, forgiveness– circulatory system, ribs, breast, thymus gland, lungs, shoulders, arms, hands, diaphragm. I love.

Third Chakra SOLAR PLEXUS: Power centre, manifestation, self-confidence, esteem– stomach, pancreas, adrenals, upper intestines, liver, gall bladder, middle spine. I can; I do.

Second Chakra SACRAL: Creativity, sexuality, money, career, power, joy– sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, hip area, urinary bladder. I feel; I want.

First Chakra ROOT: Survival, security, family, connections, instinct– spinal column, rectum, legs, bones, feet, energizes body, increase overall health. I do; I am.

   

I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.

– Frida Kahlo

PS. Can you spot the sleeping spirit animal?

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Art Blog Event. Frida No. 2: “The Dream”

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event.

The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I am creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another.  It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever…  A surprise.  I will be posting one a week.

Recall Item Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

FRIDA NO. 2: THE DREAM

This chinamarker panel on masonite board is one of my most personal pieces and measures 18″ x 24″ by 1/4″

It is part of a personal art therapy series of panels.

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 Frida Kahlo is an icon and muse that I return to again and again.  I am infused by Frida and I consider myself a Kahloist.  She epitomizes the artist and woman in pain.  As I was going through my divorce, I was driven to draw Frida as a child.  The medium I chose (or it chose me) was china marker on masonite board.  Child-Frida was a light to help me process through and to lift me out of the hole of depression.

I LOVED making this series even though they were done at 3 AM with my heart pounding and anxiety choking me.  They allowed me to release the pain in the moment.  They allowed me to process the pain in my therapy sessions.

The 12 pieces (only a few remain in my personal collection) illustrate the power of art to process life changes.  Heavily, honestly.  I never tend to go light.

And the pieces have been protested: LINK

 

Email me for purchasing options (and details about the dream).

CONTACT KATARINA: Email

  

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Art blog event. Frida No. 1: sock doll. #recycledcraft

I’m celebrating my blog with an art event.

The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

(How many of you that know me are right now rolling your eyes and saying, “duh”…!?!?  I realize I am a tad obsessed.)

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For the next 10 Tuesdays, I will be creating 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo in some form/medium or another.  It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, whatever…  A surprise.  I will be posting one a week.

These new and unique Frida arts and crafts are my own designs and will be for sale here on the blog for a special presale price before I put the item onto my online store.  The sale price for each product will last for one week, then it gets listed if not sold here.

Frida No. 1: the sock doll

This Frida is made out of 100% recycled, gently used product.  Her body is made from a work sock and her hair is made from a black sock.  Her skull face has a white sock as ground color.  The dia de los muertos/sugar skull face is embroidered.  All the thread is from my mom’s old sewing basket.  Her tattooed arms feature Frida portraits from discontinued socks from Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco.  Her dress is made from vintage materials and her flowers are made from an antique hand-crocheted doily.  The little lamb is made from an old blanket.   The doll is about 24 inches tall with skirt (body about 18 inches).

PRICE: $175.00 CAD (Shipping free in Canada).  Email me for purchasing details.

CONTACT KATARINA: Email

UPDATE May 27, 2015 : ITEM IS SOLD

     

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There is nothing more precious than laughter.

Frida Kahlo

 

The @bypoststreet sample sale and interactive art event benefitting @YouthCO

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Spend an evening with @bypoststreet & YouthCO! @bypoststreet takes Spring Cleaning to the next level with an inventory clear out sale of all remaining Designer Series Graphic Tees and a presale of the upcoming Spring Collection. The night will be complete with two interactive art stations, photo booth, and a YouthCO information table & beer/wine bar.

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YouthCO receives 100% of coat check/bar sales & 10% of product sales. YouthCO is community-driven organization run by and for youth that seeks to engage, educate and empower young people living with or at-risk of HIV and Hep C.

• @bypoststreet “Designer Collection” Graphic Tees
• @bypoststreet “Lost/Found Collection” Graphic Tees
• @bypoststreet “Sugar Skull” iPhone Cases

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Photo Booth set up by Zhamak Fullad Photography will be on site!

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@bypoststreet www.bypoststreet.com
Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @bypoststreet

YouthCO http://youthco.nationbuilder.com/
Twitter: @YouthCO

Special guests Ryan Steele & Amy Goodmurphy will be your bartenders for the night!

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The event includes 11 interactive art panels featuring my portraits and youth art- time for you to add to them!

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See you there!

Make sure to check out the new @bypoststreet/Intersections Media/YouthCO youth art wall completed Jan 27 2014

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Check out what attendees did to the portraits at DRAWN TOGETHER @bypoststreet LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge

Check out what attendees did to the portraits I created as we celebrated the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] today at 1181!  Thank you everyone for a wonderful day!

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‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!

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Check out: the by post street paper dress

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You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

DRAWN TOGETHER INTERACTIVE ART and LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge April 14!

CELEBRATE the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] at 1181!

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‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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*Interactive Pop-Up Art Gallery by Kat Thorsen featuring portraits to be finished by event attendees
*Music by Adam Dreaddy
*Video Installation by Zöe Harvey
*Live Models. Interactive Art.
*On-site videography
*On-site photography by Viranlly Liemena & Kate McLaren
*Book release: ‘Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections with Art‘ by Kat and Roar Thorsen

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Without art you do not die.  Without art you do not live.

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Don’t live in Vancouver?
You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

Global Sorority #documentary: 100 women’s differences, similarities, perspectives and connections

Photo by Tia Kelly

We are setting out to create a mini documentary series to get the inside scoop on 100 girls’ and women’s lives from around the world.

The documentary takes the same topics of body, mind and spirit and shows the world the truth of women’s trials and triumphs through the telling of life from their various perspectives.

The questions posed will be the same but the answers, based on their environments, cultures and families, will be very different. They will experience challenges and successes in different ways.

We want to show how women are all connected, and can support each other despite these differences.

 – Loretta Cella, Tia Kelly GLOBAL SORORITY

 

Update November 15, 2012

India 30 days and counting… ya! We have over 20 girls to work with in Bangalore and in Mumbai some exciting interviews … and Lunapads.com for all! Still time to join the journey www.indiegogo.com/globalsorority

– Loretta Cella

My portrait of Jocelyn Louise in support of the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority

See also:

Part 1 f. photos by Joshua D. Langston

Part 2. Interactive Art

A night with Passion Foundation and Global Sorority part 2: the art of interaction!

I was delighted to be a part of INSPIRE last night- an evening benefitting the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority!

Fourth floor at the Vancouver Art Gallery- not a bad place to do some interactive art!

Here are some moments of interaction and connections:

Thank you Josh Langston and Darcy Glip for all your help!

 

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See also:

Part 1 f. photos by Joshua D. Langston

A night with Passion Foundation and Global Sorority part 1. f. photos by @joshuadlangston

I was delighted to be a part of INSPIRE last night- an evening benefitting the Passion Foundation and Global Sorority!

Fourth floor at the Vancouver Art Gallery- not a bad place to do some interactive art!

Here are some moments captured by photographer/blogger/my muse Joshua D. Langston:

My beautiful muse, Joshua Langston

See also:

Part 2: the art of interaction

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: 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 Truth, Portraits by Robert Shetterly

We despair for the fate of animals, the senseless cruelties inflicted upon them by our species, their and our own helplessness in the face of mass slaughter — all this is true. And if we could really see what we have done to the earth, we would go mad.

Alongside that is yet another truth: there is a palpable goodness all around us, even in the most terrible times, that all things point to, like the north star. – SUE COE, Dead Meat

Who, in your life, would you like to celebrate as a truth teller?  Who is transparent and daring and willing to bare their soul, and simply live in the truth? 

I am choosing my former student and now my artist-colleague, Sabrina LaLonde.  This young artist is monstrously talented and conveys a truth in her art and her life that inspires me to no end.  I want to be better when I am around her, I want to draw more honestly like her, I want to be my art like she is.
By Sabrina Lalonde

Sabrina Lalonde Artist Story:

I think that some people are born with a special talent, and some people have to take an interest and work at it.  When I look at my artwork from when I was little, it is the same as the other kids.  But then I took an interest and I have worked at my art every day. 

When I first started kindergarten and we had a choice of activities I always chose art.  My dad wanted me to be artistic because he was, he didn’t force me, but he did encourage me.  By grade four my enjoyment of art had become a need.  I didn’t fit into any cliques and so I would stay inside and do art all the time.  My teacher started noticing how much I liked art and how I took to it.  My parents came to school and saw my art and said ‘wow – this is turning into something’.  My mom has always valued, and respected my artistic need.

It felt nerve-racking because people had high expectations of me.  It still feels like that – people will compliment me, or make requests – and I put pressure on myself. 

This is just who I am, this is what I do, I don’t think my work is any better or worse than anyone else’s.  Art is essential to my survival.  It is my way of expressing my feelings, and how I look at life, and if I don’t get that out it’s like an implosion.  If I’m not creating I will get frustrated with everything because I can’t get my voice out.  When I can’t get my voice out I feel horrible, I feel as though I have pent up energy and I’m tied to a couch, it’s like a feeling of helplessness.  Drawing is my zen-zone where I find myself.  It is peace to me.  It is my way of connecting with myself

Check out Sabrina’s work and other extraordinary youth art at the YOUTH ART AND SALE at Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC, April 19!
Sabrina created this invite:

My portrait of Sabrina, June 2011 at the Savary Island Art Retreat:

 
And I scratched out a drawing of her in my journal last summer during a café meetup:

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!  What unfolds will be a surprise to all involved.  A beautiful surprise!

To keep it clear in my mind, I'm finding it helpful to stick with a TRIAD organization.

Do not become alarmed when you experience yourself in totally new ways… You are changing, getting ready to be initiated into the third stage of your life. Are you ready for the ride of your life?
– Susun Weed

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem

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 to purchase a ticket, please leave $20/ticket and your contact info with the gallery.

I’ll be dismantling the show on Wednesday and filming the process with students from Intersections Media.

See preview of my Graphic Novel, Molly, at the show!

 

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.  We’re savouring every minute.  ART HEALS.  It doesn’t cure.  It doesn’t solve problems.  But it’s a tool.  And in the moment of creation, it does heal the spirit.

I hope you get a chance to drop in Saturday Jan 21 at the Rubble Gallery 7-9 PM.  There will be art displayed, on sale, and ready to interact with!

Roar, 1966 Sweden

Roar Thorsen

Me, 1967, Sweden.

See preview of my Graphic Novel, Molly, at the show!

“Morfar’s Klass” up for raffle as part of ART HEALS @RubbleGallery, Vancouver BC. #arttherapy

My painting “Morfar’s Klass” (28″ x 40″) (acrylic on canvas) will be raffled ($20 ticket, 3 for $40, 10 for $100) on January 21, 2012 at ART HEALS at the Rubble Gallery.
This painting is an interpretation of a photograph of my grandfather’s elementary school class in Sweden.

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

Each ticket  or the $40 bundle is a coupon for a 5-minute portrait by me.  The $100 bundle gets you two portraits.

Raffle tickets are now available to pre-purchase  tickets will be sold during opening event.  Raffle draw at  8:45 PM January 21. Click on choice:

ONE TICKET

TWO TICKETS

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!

Opening event (with an interactive art corner) on January 21 7-9 PM! Cash bar, snacks, music, art.

The show will be a collection of our individual and mutual work:
1. Dual journals:
Created 2001-2003 (we would take turns week to week) as I experienced the breakdown of my marriage.  The journals will be on display  and you are welcome to read and interact with them.
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).
[some originals for sale]
6. Raffle:
My painting “Morfar’s Klass” (28″ x 40″) (acrylic on canvas) will be raffled ($20 ticket, 3 for $40, 10 for $100).
Funds to go towards self-publishing costs of Molly and The Old Apple Tree.  Raffle draw at  8:45 PM January 21.  Each ticket  or the $40 bundle is a coupon for a 5-minute portrait by me.  The $100 bundle gets you two portraits.
7. Interactive Art Piece:
Large piece on foam board started by me and 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

Rubble Gallery

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.

The Rubble Gallery, Vancouver BC

Stay tuned for official announcement and blog posts regarding my collaborative art show “ART HEALS” with my Dad, Roar, January 21- Feb 7, 2012 at the Rubble Gallery! Opening (with an interactive art corner) on January 21!

We’ll be sharing our dual journals from 2001-2003, fundraising for and sharing sneak peeks of illustrations for our books in progress, exhibiting our art, and will include an interactive art corner!

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!

From Rubble Gallery's official launch party, Nov 17, 2011

“Demolished, destroyed, our previous notions of what life is. Climbing out of the rubble, we take our first look around.”  – Mano Attar

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

 

 


 

An amazing evening participating in @publicdreams interactive art at @VanAFL 18th annual auction!

A huge thank you to Azfir, the fabulous creative director of Public Dreams, for a wonderful interactive experience painting live on a canvas dress with the audience at Vancouver Art For Life 18th annual art auction last night!

Public Dreams promotes community participation in the arts by providing interactive and accessible public art programming.  They produce events, rituals, and traditions that promote healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods.

They strive to:

  • Create artistically innovative, culturally inclusive and environmentally sensitive productions.
  • Encourage creative collaborations and build fellowship amongst diverse communities.
  • Foster the fertile ground necessary to create and enhance community vitality.
  • Provide economic opportunities for local artists, communities, and businesses.
The performance began with a bloodcurdling scream and a spotlight follows a woman drained of her color [a metaphor for the impact of receiving a devastating diagnosis].  She is tortured by a giant figure in black whose sounds are haunting, guttural and from the dark depths of fear and loneliness.  But she is eventually  approached by support- handmaidens who help her by applying color.  As she embraces her “new normal” and accepts the support, she becomes full of life and color again.
 

Nikki Wallin and Neezar Bizarre

 
 
 
 

Azfir, creative director (note paint on his cheek. He got into it!)

Drag Queens of Vancouver (Coco, Carlotta Gurl, Joan-E, Summer Clearance, Milan Milano, Robyn Graves)

My outfit.
Photo by Victor Bearpark
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Art For Life
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Art For Life
Back seat of my car! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeze!

A big thank you as well to Robyn Green of Kai Event Management!