When public goes private, do I lose you?

When public goes private, do I lose you?

I am so used to sharing my creative process openly– and now I find myself in a new state of being, where in order to discuss and develop the project further, I have to stop sharing it.

This is all exciting and unreal– so why do I feel anxious?  It is weird.  Unfamiliar.

A soul reached out and I was chosen to tell her story… but…

When public goes private, do I lose her?

What a strange feeling this is.

Anxiety is potentially a huge by-product of the energy this month as we try to navigate through all of what is coming our way. It is much like a run-away train. We will simply need to trust that the tracks we put down will hold, and the train will end up settling in the right place.

– The Power Path April 2018 Monthly Forecast

My narrative.

Something new is brewing.  

This new thing will require that I dig deeper, reveal more and share some things previously unshared.  

But in order to do that– I need to prepare…

Wait.  

Hold on…

[—–]

I just deleted a massive amount of verbosity and ramblings. I don’t need to PREPARE.  I am already prepared.

For—

I own my own narrative.

I own my narrative.

My narrative.

Something new is brewing.

 

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Day 4 and 5 Inside Out Project Summer 2015: Digging Deeper

INSIDE OUT PROJECT: OWN YOUR JOURNEY- Breaking the cycle of violence through creativity

Inside Out Project – Own Your Journey SUMMER 2015 is a three week intensive arts-based program running out of Mountainside Secondary School (July 6-24, 2015) for youth ages 13-20 that uses the vehicles of therapeutic art, photography and stop motion animation to teach life and transferable skills while developing self-empowerment, peer to peer interaction, community connections and by providing tools to make healthy, non-violent choices. The goal for Inside Out is to help students address the root causes of violence (with a special focus on violence against women) through creative expression. The program allows students to creatively reflect on self, to work in a team and to experience critical engagement and transformative changes that shift their attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent violence. Three experienced facilitators (Ian Powell, Erin Ross, Kat Thorsen) provide instruction and support.

Recall

Day 1, July 6, 2015: Own Your Journey LINK

Day 2, July 7, 2015: VPD Mounted Unit LINK

Day 3, July 8, 2015: Animation and anatomical hearts LINK

Day 4 and 5: Digging in deeper.

We were busy last few days!  Hands-On Animation Tests, Public Service Announcement Discussions, Mind Mapping, Shane Koyczan TEDTalk, Project Planning, Therapeutic Arts and Crafts, Dialoguing, Creative Process etc…

What I love seeing unfold are the connections forming within the group.

Here are some highlights from Day 4 and 5:     —

I sit before flowers
hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up

I stand on mountain tops believing
that avalanches will teach me to let go

I know
nothing

but I am here to learn.
― Shane Koyczan

                  —

It has quickly become apparent that this is our hub/dialogue/creativity table. We move back and forth naturally between the computer lab and this room where we do old fashioned handmade stuff and group dialogue/mindmapping.

It hurts to stretch your wings. But doesn’t it hurt even more to let them atrophy?

You can survive without Creativity. But you won’t ever come fully alive & unapologetically yourself, unless you practice it, every damn day. – Andréa Balt, Creative Rehab

  

Next week we begin our group animation project!  Stay tuned!

The Inside Out Project- Own Your Journey Summer 2015 is offered to youth at no cost thanks to a grant from the Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) in partnership with the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division (VSCPD), BC Ministry of Justice.

CHECK OUT:

Conversation about art, artists, creativity w. Tharp, Miller, Walker, Petit

I love that I can have a sit down with my heroes on a warm Saturday night and just shoot the shit.  Tonight we contemplated creativity, the artist and the why.

Here are some highlights:

Twyla Tharp (china marker on newsprint)

I believe that we all have strands of creative code hard-wired into our imaginations.  These strands are as solidly imprinted in us as the genetic code that determines our height and eye color, except they govern our creative impulses.  They determine the forms we work in, the stories we tell, and how we tell them.  I’m not Watson and Crick; I can’t prove this.  But perhaps you also suspect it when you try to understand why you’re a photographer, not a writer,or why you always insert a happy ending into your story, or why all your canvases gather the most interesting material at the edges, not the center.  In many ways, that’s why art historians and literature professors and critics of all kinds have jobs; to pinpoint the artist’s DNA and explain to the rest of us whether that artist is being true to it in his or her work.  I call it DNA; you may think of it as your creative hard-wiring or personality. – Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Henry Miller (china marker on newsprint)

The practice of any art demands more that mere savoir faire.  One must not only be in love with what one does, one must also know how to make love.  In love self is obliterated.  Only the beloved counts.  Whether the beloved be a bowl of fruit, a pastoral scene, or the interior of a bawdy house makes no difference.  One must be in it and of it wholly.  Before a subject can be transmuted aesthetically it must be devoured and absorbed.  If it is a painting it must perspire with ecstacy…  The anatomy books will tell you one thing, or many things, but looking at an eye or an ear to render it in form, texture, color yields quite another kind of knowledge.  Suddenly you see– it’s not an eye or an ear but a little universe composed of the most extraordinary elements having nothing to do with sight or hearing, with flesh, bone, muscle, cartilage. – Henry Miller, To Paint is to Love Again

Alice Walker (china marker on newsprint)

… these grandmothers and mothers of ours were not Saints, but Artists; driven to a numb and bleeding madness by the springs of creativity in them for which there was no release.  They were Creators, who lived lives of spiritual waste, because they were so rich in spirituality- which is the basis of Art– that the strain of enduring their unused and unwanted talent drove them insane…. What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmothers’ time?  In our great-grandmothers’ day?  It is a question with an answer cruel enough to stop the blood…  Our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see; or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.  – Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens

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Philipe Petit (china marker on newsprint)

There is no such thing as motivation in my world.  As an artist, I am driven, I am compelled, I am thrust forward by a force so rooted inside me, so convincing, that it seems futile to try to explain it.  Although it has a name: passion.  Passion is the mortar that holds my creative assemblies together.  It is the motor of my actions.  Because it is in perpetual motion, it has an impatient edge to it.  It is urgent.  And because it invites my arts to grow, it is essential. – Philipe Petit, Creativity- the perfect crime

Transition, retreat, reevaluate

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. – Marcus Aurelius

My life has taken an interesting turn, and I find myself having to declare bankruptcy and start totally fresh.  This means giving up my tiny condo, packing up and finding new live work space, and basically reevaluating many things in my life.  It is an interesting time for me as my parents have passed away (I have done a lot of processing and grieving around my definition as “daughter”) and I have left my frontline youth work that was wearing me down and leaving me depressed.  I realize I have been carrying around- not only an insurmountable sack of debt that just kept getting heavier by the day- but that I have also been carrying a lot of emotional baggage.  I am left with “nothing” yet left with everything beautiful and whole.  I refuse to see this as a failure on my part.  As an artist, I need to be fully open and vulnerable.  And I know I was born with a gift for art for a purpose.  This transition will take time. It will be incredibly healing. I am ready.  

We are all born with gifts.  We all ride the rollercoaster of life.  What are your gifts?  Passions?  Where are you right now on this crazy ride?

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I am 100% committed to my graphic novel and several exciting art and workshop projects!  Can’t wait to share those with you!  The team I am working with is extraordinary- including family, sister-friend, interns, youth…

But I am taking a bit of a retreat to focus my attention on both the move and on these projects.  I am refocusing and deciding which projects are the most important and which ones I can place on the shelf.

And I am still connected with youth work in a new and exciting way.  Stay tuned!

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Pre-order your @bypoststreet Collaboration 1 [K,A,R] t-shirt @Indiegogo until March 1!

PRE-ORDER now available for BY POST STREET, my unisex t-shirt & music project with creative director/designer Anna Thorsen. Order COLLABORATION 1 through Indiegogo from now until March 1. Check it –>

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60% Bamboo Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex

"K"
“K”
"A"
“A”
"R"
“R”

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits. 

See below!

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Video by Julian Bowers

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

FUNDER PERKS:

$1 or more:

Thank you mention on our new website: by post street

$25:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1

$75:

A signed print of “K” portrait

$120:

Your choice of a K, A or R t-shirt

$200:

Signed print of “K” portrait and a “K” t-shirt 

$500:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1, a signed print of “K” portrait and a signed “K” t-shirt

$1000:

A signed print of “K” portrait, a signed “K” t-shirt and a custom individualized portrait (18″x 24″)

$2500:

All of the above and an exclusive invite to the launch party [travel and accommodation not included]

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Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

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THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:

Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

THANK YOU!

CHECK OUT CAMPAIGN UPDATES

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Check out @bypoststreet funder perks on @Indiegogo!

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits. 

See below!

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Video by Julian Bowers

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

FUNDER PERKS:

$1 or more:

Thank you mention on our new website: by post street

$25:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1

$75:

A signed print of “K” portrait

$200:

Signed print of “K” portrait and a “K” t-shirt 

$500:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1, a signed print of “K” portrait and a signed “K” t-shirt

$1000:

A signed print of “K” portrait, a signed “K” t-shirt and a custom individualized portrait (18″x 24″)

$2500:

All of the above and an exclusive invite to the launch party [travel and accommodation not included]

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Prototypes

Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

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THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

IMG_8347

THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:

Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

THANK YOU!

CHECK OUT CAMPAIGN UPDATES

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FIRST podcast by @riccardobhi on @SoundCloud for @bypoststreet t-shirt & music project!

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Riccardo BHI for by post street.  China marker on newsprint

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riccardobhi

TAKE A LOOK :

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Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

TODAY WE LAUNCH OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

Perks for your contribution:

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits.

Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

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THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

IMG_8347

THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

SPREAD THE WORD:

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Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

Video by Julian Bowers

Announcing my new project with @The_Social_Life: @bypoststreet! #art #fashion #music #collaboration

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

Video by Julian Bowers

WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

This project was born out of our mutual desire to take the bold, scary, courageous (and perhaps outrageous) step to abundance and living our dreams!

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In the end all collaborations are love stories.
― Twyla Tharp, The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together

TODAY WE LAUNCH OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

Perks for your contribution:

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits.

Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

img_3468

THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

Photo by Carolyn Spencer
My collaborative street art wall, Vancouver BC.  Photo by Carolyn Spencer

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com

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  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

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

Evolution of Music Online

Book Art

Product Design

Generative Art

Fashion of Artists

Video Games

Etsy Art & Culture

Street Art

Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab

Steam Punk

Visual Culture

Typography

Light Painting

Seeing Beyond the Human Eye

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 his life to art, and to challenge himself to live by his art.

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I finally got to meet with Joe Average on August 3, 2012, and I was so moved!  He is one of my biggest inspirations…  Meeting your hero is a spiritual experience.  To discuss art together… not enough words can explain the delight and elation I felt!

My portrait of Joe. I gave him the originals and will wheatpaste prints! (China marker, acrylic on newsprint)
My portrait of Joe and Nadine. I got to meet her! (China marker, acrylic on newsprint)
“Miss Nadine,” Joe Average

Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to draw you!  And for being so generous with your time and inviting me onto you paradise porch!

Joe Average took some fabulous photos of my dog, Tobey!

Also check out:

CBC Radio Interview Jan 16, 2011

For Joe:

Art saves lives. My dad at work on his second book. #strokerecovery #arttherapy

My father is busy at work on his second volume of illustrations.  His first book The Old Apple Tree is ready for editing and self-publishing.  I can’t wait for the day I surprise him with the first copy.  I am truly blessed to witness the healing power of art as my Dad thrives at his extended care facility, carving out a life for himself.  He has purpose, routine, passion.  He has reclaimed his emotional life.  What can be greater than that?  We have such a good time together talking about LIFE, sharing this project, discussing the FUTURE.  Wow.  Deep breath of gratitude.

Rather than separate intellect from affect, [art], like life, weaves the two together. – L. S. Vygotsky

Art Book Quote of the Day from ‘The Silent Studio’ #Picasso #Jacqueline #photos

today, at Notre-Dame de Vie,

Jacqueline’s flock of sheep

grazes beneath olive trees

of a studio now locked,

while Igor appears to watch

for someone he never knew


I was so lucky to find this book  The Silent Studio (1st edition, 1976) by David Douglas Duncan at Vancouver’s Macleods’s Books (451 Pender Street) awhile back. MAP

The book itself is a work of art.  Filled with photos by Duncan of Picasso’s studio after his death in 1973.  Haunting, sad, magical, silent.  The book (no captions and mainly photos) is a love letter to Picasso’s last wife Jacqueline Roque.

Jacqueline nearly perished after Picasso died Sunday noon, April 8th, 1973. For two years she languished in total seclusion...

Everyone tried to shield Jacqueline from the obvious agony of having professionals, court-ordered, inside her home cataloguing everything, even the contents of Pablo’s and her clothes closets.  Only rarely was a voice heard in that enormous house, then it was muted.  The experts have now returned to Paris.  Now it’s over.  She seems so relieved and exhausted. (from Preface)


Solvig and Katrine- art, magic, healing, intuition, and a murder mystery

“Visiting Stanley Park Crime Scene with Solvig” by Katarina Thorsen 2007 (see * below)

Being a Swede in Canada, it is inevitable that I have old family friends since childhood that are Swedish!  I met Solvig and her family when we lived in Houston BC in the early 70’s.

Solvig and her daughter Katrine have held a special place in my life ever since.  Solvig is one of the most magical people I know and her daughter is truly an imprint of her mother.  Their story is amazing, and their life journeys leave me breathless.  They are in touch with the intuitive and are both talented artists.  At present, Katrine (Olsson-Davidson) is a young mother and talented photographer: MEMORY LANE PHOTOGRAPHY.  Solvig, an incredible multimedia artist, currently owns and operates TEA GALLERY WITH A TWIST.

“Sharing Natures Food Supply” Solvig Olsson (multimedia including wool)

Katrine recently shared with me some of her beautiful and deeply personal meditation paintings:

Solvig has been an important mentor as I worked through my father’s difficult stroke recovery and my mother’s terminal illness.  I find this a very difficult thing to share as it overwhelms:  Solvig extended such care and grace helping my mother put on makeup a few weeks before mom passed.  My mom cared deeply about her appearance and I found it such a beautiful moment between female friends.  I treasure a photo I took then but cannot share it here.

* A favorite time for my mom and I was our deep research into a Vancouver murder mystery, which I will one day turn into a graphic novel.  For the first time, I share my notes from the day that my mom, brother, Solvig and I visited the Stanley Park crime scene.  We let Solvig loose on the scene and she quickly showed us something quite out of this world.  Despite what one feels about psychic phenomenon, what happened in the park that day was truly magical!

DOCUMENT: 26. Epilogue

I celebrate Katrine and Solvig!  Female Power!

Creativity Workshop with Lynda Barry

1. WRITING TO REMEMBER AUDIO ON YOUTUBE IN SEVERAL PARTS

Creativity, imaginary friends, writing, memory, inspiration, mental health, the importance of play…

I’m actually digging menopause by the way…

At the centre of any artwork we do there is something alive…


2. DOODLE YOUR WAY OUT OF WRITER’S BLOCK RADIO INTERVIEW ON NPR

“When it comes to writer’s block, author Lynda Barry believes the key to unblocking your thoughts is right in your hands.”

Hands are the original digital devices run on biofuel.

3. PURCHASE LYNDA BARRY AT POWELL’S BOOKS!

4. HER SPECIAL DAY Video excerpt from Comic Book Confidential (1988)

5. Studio visit!  See PICTURE THIS originals!  VIDEO