Mamma- a portrait.

“If You Forget Me”

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists:
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Pablo Neruda

Karin Thorsen  Sept. 17, 1936 – Nov. 8, 2008

It is hard to imagine that it is ten years since she passed.  I wanted to write a letter to my mother on her birthday.  The letter became a portrait, inspired from a photo my father took during their honeymoon.  I chose to surround Mamma with her favorites: daisies, lily of the valley and chantarelles.

“I am not young enough to know everything.”


54 today.  At times through crawling, at times through running, stumbling, skipping, dancing, rolling, falling, shaking, tripping, jumping, sliding, swinging, flying but mainly through one step at a time- I am still here.

It is a beautiful day indeed.

“I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde



The maternal eyelids that buried will again open toward the heights…

Karin Thorsen

September 17, 1936 – November 8, 2008

Because you are
a seed,
chestnut tree, autumn, earth,
water, heights, silence
prepared the germ,
the floury density,
the maternal eyelids
that buried will again
open toward the heights
the simple majesty of foliage,
the dark damp plan
of new roots,
the ancient but new dimensions
of another chestnut tree in the earth.

From Pablo Neruda, Ode to a Chestnut on the Ground



Update- SOLD: Art sale to celebrate Frida’s birthday! One of a kind package. 


To celebrate the woman who inspires me everyday- I want to spread the love, so I am releasing these 4 original interpretive portraits of Frida as a package deal for only $135 CAD ($106 USD) includes shipping. First come first serve. Email me to purchase.

UPDATE July 7, 2015: SOLD

Package includes:

Frida doll in Tehuana headdress with pocket for prayer, worry and wish. Handsewn, my design. (see other details at LINK)

Fetal Frida doll. Handsewn, my design. (Yes, that is a sock umbilical cord) (see other details at LINK)

Frida portrait– chinamarker on newsprint. (see other details at LINK)

Frida chakra chart– chinamarker on newsprint. (see other details at LINK)



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My nephew’s first painting!

It’s my baby brother’s birthday today!

Katarina, Fredrik, Anders, 1967

Fredrik is now a Dad to beautiful Henrik:

Here’s Henrik with his mom, aka Fredrik’s partner and my incredible sister-in-law, Cher:

I wanted to help Henrik make the ultimate present for his Dad.  What could be better than his first painting!  I was in heaven watching Henrik work on the canvas!  The photos are shaky because I needed to ensure Henrik didn’t pour the paint all over himself!

I started it off with two red lines so that Henrik could get the concept of applying paint to canvas.


I glued the brush Henrik used onto the frame!  DELIGHTFUL.

The frame was handmade by my friend, Darcy!