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

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

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. — 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…

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. — 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….

Happy birthday, Frida! Frida No.7:  Fetal Frida Sock Doll 

Frida Kahlo b. July 6, 1907         See Frida No. 1-6: LINK

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

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…

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. — 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…

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. — 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…

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. — 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…

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. — 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…

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. 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…

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.) For the next 10 Tuesdays, I will be…

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

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…

Anna and the @bypoststreet paper dress as caught by the inimitable @viranlly

The by post street paper dress photographed by Viranlly Aix Liemena: The Social Life team: Viranlly, Anna and Josh! The by post street online store is now open:

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! ‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen. at 1181…

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! ‘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 ‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international…

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

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…

Stay tuned for art event news tied in to the portrait project!

  I am in pre-production stage re: arranging an interactive art event tied into the portrait project!  If you’ve been to one of my events, you know they can be quite magical because they are about YOU.  As you are part of the art. It’s an experiment.  We’ll see what happens!

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:   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: 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…

Cult of personality revisited.

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

Weekly artist series: 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!…

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….

ART HEALS art event @RubbleGallery Jan 21 7-9 PM!

ART HEALS

“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…

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…

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…

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…

Art events are pretty darn magical! A wonderful night of creativity @YouthCO’s campaign launch- #ToolsForChange!

A huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers at YOUTHCO and all those who attended last night! I LOVE SEEING WHAT PEOPLE DO TO MY ART DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR AN EVENT!  By adding and changing they make it their own!  Last night resulted in some amazing creativity!                    Make your…

You will add to these canvases of #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event! The piece above is a collaborative piece with my student, Alicia Love and myself.  Participants on October 28 will finish it! The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, we provide the supplies and…

You will add to my #streetart inspired artwork @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Interactive Art Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

Finish pieces like this one at our interactive art event! The art featured at the event is inspired by my favorite international street artists like Herakut.  I start the pieces, provide the supplies and then you, the attendee, go crazy and finish the pieces with complete freedom of expression! For what you can expect from one…

Hand-drawn poster: @YouthCO’s Tools For Change Interactive Art Event Oct 28 7-10 PM!

YOUTHCO HIV and HEP C Community Outreach INTERACTIVE ART EVENT TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY OCTOBER 28, 2011 7-10 PM 568 SEYMOUR STREET, VANCOUVER BC AGES 19+ CASH BAR INTERACTIVE ART STATIONS facilitated by Katarina Thorsen • heart • head • hands • YouthCO’s Tools for Change Campaign: For what you can expect from…

Standby for our @YouthCO Tools For Change Interactive Art Event at the end of October!

I’m in final discussions with YouthCO re: final date!  And in the process of preparing a poster!  There will be art, art supplies, fabulous people, interaction, cash bar (therefore a 19+ event) etc!  Until then, here’s a detail from a large canvas you can add to at the interactive art night!!! YouthCO’s Tools for Change…

Evolution of a Frida Kahlo/Otto Dix study with community input!

I love to watch how pieces that I share with you, to add to, evolve.  Here is a journey of one piece (Frida Kahlo/Otto Dix study) I started awhile back and first allowed people to add to during my March 10th event, the April 3 outdoor art market, then my June 23 event and today I…

The evolution of a portrait of @RebeccaRaw!

I started this portrait of the INCREDIBLE Rebecca Rawlinson for my June 23rd art event: It was then worked on by attendees the night of the event: We then auctioned it off with proceeds going to the development of my youth program, under the premise that I would later finish it- which I did tonight! [click…

When your art is the way you live your life… the sacred Tracey Bell @traceybelldivas

I am un-peeling layers of masks in my life at present and ready to take a new look at the way I live in the world, and to start being more present in how I care for myself and for others.  I am always aware that people come into my life as teachers.  And I…

Interactive art event!

Photos by Victor Bearpark, Julia Kozlov, Barb Snelgrove, Julian Bowers, Miko Philip, Kat Thorsen. — Together we can increase participation in the arts I LOVE SEEING WHAT PEOPLE DO TO MY ART DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR AN EVENT!  By adding and changing they make it their own! At my events in June, the subjects of portraits…

Art event feedback from Sara… I’m grateful for these lovely words!

  To read the first post-event blog post go to : POST-MORTEM: POSITIVE   

Post-mortem findings after art event: POSITIVE! Here’s a taste!

THE EVENT.  WOW. Truly an interactive night that included EVERYBODY in the creative process– the artist (me), the youth, the hosts, the helpers, the venue, the staff, the food, the drinks, the photographers, the filmographer AND the subjects and  attendees who all were artists!!!  And of course the beneficiaries! I want to develop this concept further and…

Julia Kozlov and The INSIDE OUT PROJECT at ‘heroes with heART’ art event June 23!

The fabulous Julia Kozlov will be doing the INSIDE OUT PROJECT at my interactive art event on June 23!  Here’s her explanation about it:   I will be setting up a Inside Out Vancouver portrait taking corner at the event on June 23rd. Inside Out Vancouver is an extension of JR’s global Inside Out campaign which…

Finish this portrait of @RebeccaRaw and @TommyD as Frida and Diego on June 23rd! Win a Frida sock monkey!

  June 23rd art event hosted by Rebecca Rawlinson and Tommy D! Those of you that know me know that there is no more influential artist on me than Frida Kahlo… Win a Frida Kahlo sock monkey made by me at the art event!!!

Beautiful people inside and out at the June 23rd interactive art event “heroes with heART”

Some people you meet immediately become your “kids.” That’s what happened when I met my muses, Jocelyn and Jay: Little Jay Fisher epitomizes the spirit of the art event- where we celebrate our inner spirits and the rights we have to be OURSELVES! Some people you meet immediately become your mentor. That’s what happened when I…

Peter, Syren, Mia and teaser #4 featuring Tracey Bell! June 23 art event!

For more info on June 23 go to:  

The stunning Velvet Steele as subject at the interactive portrait event June 23

  Not only am I about fun, but I am also into community activism as co-founder of WEAVE (West Enders Against Violence Everywhere) I help deal with issues of violence and crime. But hey!! I am not just about the FETISH/VISUALBDSM element; I love to travel. dinner out, the theatre, art shows and pretty much…

Meet @FredAboutTown on June 23rd at my art event and finish his portrait!

  Fred Lee’s fabulous sense of humour and unique style makes him our ‘Man About Town.’ The Social Butterfly steps out with Rick Cluff every Monday morning on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition to share all Vanhattan’s A-list happenings, red carpet parties, must-attend galas and fabulous fundraisers. Fred’s weekly social column ‘Fred UnLEEshed’ appears…

ART HAIRAPY June 26th! Apprentice-soiree/ interactive portrait event! @SukisSalon

In partnership with SUKI’s, and hosted by Chad Francouer , my Sunday June 26, 2011 interactive art event: Art Hairapy at Suki’s on 16th and Granville, Vancouver BC! The night is combined with Suki’s annual apprentice soirée and will feature a hair show, DJ, bar, live body painting etc!  The hair show starts at 6:30! Finish portraits of the fabulous stylists at Suki’s…

AUCTION UPDATE! June 23 Art Event heroes with heART! Auction night of the event!

KEN BOESEM! ***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off ALL the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits, like the one featured here, will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part…

Barb Snelgrove and Charmaine Crooks! 2 fantastic heroes with heART! Meet them and paint on their portraits June 23rd!

  Barb Snelgrove A long time fixture in Vancouver’s LGTB community, Barb Snelgrove has been a Board member  or volunteered for various charitable organizations such as the Vancouver Pride Society, Qmunity & the DMS. She currently sits on the Vancouver City Hall LGTBQ Advisory Committee (Chair of the Sub-committee on Creative Capital) sits on the Vancouver Police…

Meet the phenomenal Linda of @FillmoreFamily on June 23rd! Finish her portrait with her!

    40″ x 60″ LINDA FILLMORE! ***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds…

Win this interpretive drawing of my muse @jocelyn_louise on June 23rd!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as…

‘heroes with heART’ June 23rd! Finish portraits like these of @RebeccaRaw and @ryansteeleshow

Vancouver is not a city famous for fashion and glamour, but it will be thanks to fabulous women like Rebecca Rawlinson. Rebecca directly deals with designer and luxury fashion and gets to fly to places like new NY to attend fashion shows. She also loves to post images from her favorite runway collections directly on the blog – so…

Teaser #2 for June 23 interactive art event “heroes with heART.” Poster features @annatfabulous

The original pencil drawing of Anna T Fabulous (11″ x 17″ on acid-free bristol board ) will be raffled off at the event! The interactive part of the evening will feature portraits of heroes with heART- I start the portraits, you finish them with the subject!  The finished portraits will be donated to Vancouver Friends…

Evolution of two portraits which you will finish June 23! Featuring @traceybelldivas and @jonnystaub

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as…

At my June 23 Art Event “heroes with heART” you will finish this interpretive portrait of @TommyD!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as…

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

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

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.37: Margret @SukisSalon

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

At my June 23 Interactive Art Event “heroes with heART” you will add to this portrait of @Joan_E_Drag!

This is what my next two events are all about!  We CELEBRATE incredible people in our community [guest list coming soon] by adding to their portraits.  I start them.  You finish them!  Paint, glitter, graffiti etc!  Fabulous!  Here’s a taste: In partnership with INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, in collaboration with VANCOUVER FRIENDS FOR LIFE: June 23 interactive art event: heroes with…