The Sparrow’s Nest

Behold, within the leavy shade, Those bright blue eggs together laid ! On me the chance-discovered sight Gleamed like a vision of delight. – William Wordsworth, The Sparrow’s Nest, 1807

Nature moves through carcasses…

Illustrating decomposition by allowing the newsprint to deteriorate over several years and for the dead bird to slowly be encompassed by embroidered roots and the dark. The process continues. Check out:

Spirit Guide.

I was going to write tonight. Instead I fell down a nap hole and dreamt of a fox. I was going to write tonight about how much I hate my face, but instead looked up foxes and symbolism.  And put on a pot of coffee. I was going to write tonight about how I (could)…

Die into life.

I haven’t posted for awhile.  That’s not to say I haven’t been writing, drawing, planning, thinking, working. A new job started January 15 and somehow 5 months have sped by.  Work has given me a place to land.  During that time there have been some exciting new developments… Ah, blah blah blah.  Fuck that.  I…

Drawn to Pets

Introducing Drawn to Pets  The specific website for ordering my custom pet portraits!

Art Sale: Frida and the Wounded Bird #fridakahlo

ART SALE: A special panel from my DRAWING ON PAIN 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…

Special BLOG Portrait Sale! Only $35 CAD until Dec 15!

SALE ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2016 MIDNIGHT! Your fave subject interpreted in my signature style. How to: Make payment (see below) Email photo plus mailing address I mail you original! (turnaround is usually one week from placing order to me mailing it regular post- if you need express post, we can discuss) Sale until December 15,…

It takes no compromise to give people their rights… – Harvey Milk

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights… it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”  ― Harvey Milk —

Special sale: Dead Bird Collection- embroidered drawings

I am a BIG BIG fan of symbology, imagery and metaphor.  I feed on it like some kind of voracious vampire.   As I was collecting a few books from my personal library to donate to our local community mini library, I pulled out an old book I had forgotten about.   Oh, how I love…

Custom Hand-Drawn Pet Portraits.

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

Evolution of a portrait: “Calavera Kim”

           Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth, Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth, Faith is like a lily, lifted high and white, Love is like a lovely rose, the world’s delight. Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth, But the rose with all its thorns excels…

Time to order custom sugarskull portraits!

It’s that time again! Time to order custom sugarskull portraits! Anna T Fabulous of by post street and Jenn Mickey of 1181 Lounge at by post street launch party, April 2013. Photo by Viranlly Aix Liemena To order visit MY ETSY SHOP: YOUR PURCHASE HELPS ME PROVIDE SOCK MONKEY THERAPY FOR AT RISK YOUTH ON…

One day super sale! Hand-drawn portraits in the spirit of the Calavera

To raise immediate funds for art supplies as well as for coffee and snacks, I am offering hand-drawn Calavera inspired portraits for only $55 CAD [$43.40 USD] (includes shipping) 18″ x 24″ china marker, dry pastel, felt pen, acrylic paint on newsprint until Midnight PT July 13, 2015. I will email you photos of the portrait before and…

Pay attention to the birds: Part 6- Starling

Ah, the birds— and their delightful ways— this time of year in particular.  I just LOVE watching them! And I love when I feel something extra special in a particular moment that makes me stop and pay attention. The other day, I observed a flock of starlings.  I know many people call them rats, greasy…

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: I believe that we all have strands of creative code hard-wired into our imaginations.  These strands are as solidly imprinted in us as…

SHOP: Custom hand-drawn portraits

COST: $85.00 CAD (plus $5.00 shipping) How to purchase: 1. Email transfer to 2. PAYPAL Email me at with your photos of choice and your shipping address.

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…


STARVING ARTIST LONG WEEKEND PORTRAIT SALE! ENDS May 18, 2015 MIDNIGHT PT HAND-DRAWN PORTRAITS IN MY SIGNATURE STYLE  $40.00 CAD EACH 12 X18 CHINAMARKER ON NEWSPRINT     All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will be shared on my instagram.   The portrait will be completed about 2-4 weeks after payment. HOW TO PURCHASE: OPTION 1. $40 SAVE…

Valentine’s portrait sale! Hand-drawn portraits ONLY $40 CAD until Feb 8 midnight

Valentine’s Portrait Sale! ONLY $40 CAD per portrait Regular price ranges from $100-$300 ENDS MIDNIGHT PT Feb 8, 2015 Drawn in my signature street art style using Chinamarker approx 18×24 on newsprint The portrait will be mailed by Feb 11, 2015.   FREE SHIPPING! NOTE: Drawings are folded and mailed in a large manila envelope. — Let me…

Starving artist 48-hour portrait sale! Original hand-drawn portraits $40 CAD Nov 19 – Nov 21

Starving Artist Portrait Sale! Yes, I’m hustling! Proceeds go towards bills, groceries, haircut… life! $40 CAD per portrait Regular price ranges from $100-$300 ENDS MIDNIGHT PT Nov 21, 2014 18×24 on newsprint The portrait will be completed Nov 30, 2014.   FREE SHIPPING! Drawings are folded and mailed in a large manila envelope. — Let me know…

Custom portraits in my signature style.

Custom Portraits 18×24 on newsprint $85.00 USD each (plus shipping)       All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will be shared on my instagram.   The portrait will be completed about 1-3 weeks after payment. How to pay? 3 options: 1. EMAIL TRANSFER VIA YOUR ONLINE BANKING TO: 2. via PAYPAL 3. on ETSY Once you have…

“their heart grew cold/ they let their wings down” Dead Birds Series. Embroidered drawings.

“their heart grew cold they let their wings down” ― Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho Embroidered drawing. 18×24″

Sale ends June 30 Midnight! Portraits in my signature style only $60 CAD!

Portrait Sale! ENDS JUNE 30, 2014 MIDNIGHT 18×24 on newsprint From May 17-June 30, 2014, I have been offering handdrawn portraits in my signature style for only $60.00 CAD each (free shipping within Canada and US) Regular price ranges from $100-$300 Proceeds go towards  Sock Monkey Lifeskills Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development       All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will…

SALE! Today only! Ending 12AM PT: order a handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30!

Many of you have asked, pleaded, begged… so today I’m doing a special SALE! Today only ending 12AM PT: order your handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30! 18″ x 24′ on newsprint in china marker         Regular price ranges from $100-$300 But until midnight tonight, for $30 per portrait, I will…

Cultural Identity Portrait Project Session 2 of 7, Byrne Creek School Gr. 8

No matter what the end goal, it’s witnessing, sharing and experiencing the creative process that drives me.

Order your personalized Sugar Skull Portrait by @bypoststreet’s art director now!

ORDER THROUGH PAYPAL and email me your portrait image of choice! — CONTACT KATARINA: Email

Circumstantial. Putting the research together.

Circumstantial evidence is evidence that relies on an inference to connect it to a conclusion of fact—like a fingerprint at the scene of a crime. By contrast, direct evidence supports the truth of an assertion directly—i.e., without need for any additional evidence or inference. On its own, it is the nature of circumstantial evidence for more than one explanation to still be…

China marker therapy

A china marker. Newsprint. The act of drawing. That is when my mind is at rest. That is where I channel my racing mind. Drop the baggage, for good. Leave no imprint, not even a trace… – Rebelle Society

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

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

The lowly paper-wrapped grease pencil. #chinamarker

The paper-wrapped grease pencil is a smooth-writing, economical marker for marking almost any surface. [source] I adore using China Marker. It has the give and control I like in charcoal but without the mess.  The graphic quality of the mark making is appealing.  You can’t erase it- so you have to go with flow.   Much…

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter- in the eye. #streetart

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye. ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre  

Timelapse portrait and other experiments in the @bypoststreet lab

Feliz cumpleaños, Frida Kahlo. #muse #gratitude

Frida Kahlo July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954 Frida, photographed in 1932 by her father, Guillermo Kahlo. My Frida Series (panels 1-8 of 10): Recall: Part 1 FRIDA KAHLO Part 2 FRIDA KAHLO: BREATHING Part 3 FRIDA KAHLO: ART ABOUT ART Part 4 FRIDA KAHLO: ARTIST WORDS Part 5 FRIDA KAHLO: RELATIONSHIP Part 6…

The @bypoststreet #portrait #drawing process. #chinamarker #sugarskull

This  is my process: Portrait of Anna T Fabulous. Design. Discover. Deejay.  by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Molly’s confession. #graphicnovel study #openingsequence

I am going to tell the story of my life in an alphabet of ashes. – Blas de Otero — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 MOLLY- the graphic novel —

It doesn’t stop him. My death stops him. #graphicnovel study

Recall March 7, 2013, photoshoot at Salmagundi West for my graphic novel. I am struck by the ability of my model, Jocelyn Louise, to convey, in a simple glance, the pain of my main character as she tries to escape the memories of childhood trauma. Asexual. Living in church, reading about God all the time, getting callouses…

With a faery, hand in hand… photo shoot for the #graphicnovel at Salmagundi West!

On March 7, 2013, I was humbled at the generosity of Salmagundi West owner Anna Banner who allowed us to use her store as a back drop for our latest photoshoot! I was joined by Jocelyn Louise (who portrays Molly) and stylist Jay Fisher… … and my daughter Anna Thorsen who took the main shots…

“Where white is black and black is white, I won.” #graphicnovel study #crowskull

When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white. He decided it glared much too whitely. He decided to attack it and defeat it. He got his strength up flush and in full glitter. He clawed and fluffed his rage up. He aimed his beak direct at the sun’s centre. He laughed himself…

Maybe you mistook me for an angel… #graphicnovel studies and research

Sometimes, the truths that we hold to be fixed in our culture develop a fissure, which widens into a crack, and as we watch, the mirror shatters shard by shard, until nothing is left but fragments of the prejudice lying in disarray at our feet. – Patricia Pearson, Perceptions of Female Violence and the Vocabulary…

… the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul… #graphicnovel study

It rasped her, though, to have stirring about in her this brutal monster! To hear twigs cracking and feel hooves planted down in the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul; never to be content quite, or quite secure. – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway MOLLY- the graphic novel —

Regarding Molly- importance of working titles and “acting as if…”

As I experiment with marrying text to illustration in my graphic novel, I am working from the end backwards, creating a working title and promotional mockup. Acting as if the book is completed, the project feels organized and allows me to create a skeletal framework on which to flesh out ideas. This framework can then…

The dissonance of text and illustration. Study for #graphicnovel #Molly #BabesintheWoods

MOLLY- the graphic novel —

“How you live is how you heal.” Today’s portrait: @DrManonBolliger, ND

I had the pleasure of first meeting Dr. Manon Bolliger through Julie Salisbury, my publisher for Drawn Together. I love Manon’s empowering call for self-advocacy.  She encourages you to become a self-directed patient. You were right all along.  Healing is from within. – Dr. Manon Bolliger Check out Manon’s book: PRE-ORDER her book now (by February…

Shame. Study for #graphicnovel

      Recommended reading:   —   MOLLY- the graphic novel —

He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. Jan 15, 1953

  MOLLY- the graphic novel —

I, in fleshy tomb, am buried above ground. Study for #graphicnovel

— Encompass’d with a thousand dangers,  Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors….I…in fleshy tomb, am  Buried above ground. – William Cowper MOLLY- the graphic novel —

The Babes in the Wood study #graphicnovel

The Babes in the Wood [1] My dear do you know, How a long time ago, Two poor little children, Whose names I don’t know, Were stolen away On a fine summer’s day, And left in a wood, As I’ve heard people say, Poor Babes in the Wood! Poor Babes in the Wood! Oh! don’t…

I guess that… Five minute #portrait @AZEALIABANKS

“Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets.” Witnessing the deterioration. #streetart #downtowneastside

  Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent…

Personal #arttherapy with @reggiewatts tonight

My mind is racing, so I race to what makes perfect sense right now- Reggie Watts and a china marker! — DRAW IT OUT! —  

“Walk your own path.” Portrait of Jordan. #tattoos #streetart

Simple one of my favorite people. Jordan H.          

Bury me with a China Marker and a pad of newsprint.#essentials. Latest portraits.

Nardwuar, the human serviette Camille Claudel Jocelyn Louise in my graphic novel Lyndi Barrett Anna T Fabulous As mentioned before, China Marker is my medium of choice for my graphic novel.  When I die, bury me with a fresh china marker box and a pad of newsprint.  Then cremate me ’cause I’m claustrophobic. —

Just a casual tête-à-tête between @manrepeller and @JoshuaDLangston!

Josh Langston  just sat with Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller for an interview for The Social Life and I could not be more excited! I just interviewed the lovely @manrepeller for an upcoming article for @The_Social_Life.  She is probably one of the most interesting, down to earth and motivated people I have been fortunate enough to interview! – @JoshuaDLangston Recall that…

“I am art.” #streetart wall builds connections in the #downtowneastside

As our streetart wall grows, we are building connections with the local community, enjoying audience as we paint, inviting others to join. We are building dialogue around the “portrait.”  We are building relationships and locals are asking to have their photos taken and portraits done as they enjoy the empowerment we all feel when being…

Create. Deconstruct. Integrate. Recreate. Collaborate. Portrait of @manrepeller with @joshuadlangston

Rochelle Joshua Langston deconstructs and recreates. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life. – Henry Miller It’s wonderful releasing my artwork to someone and seeing what they come up with!

Evolution of a portrait: @Conner_G and @rfwhyte of @JunctionYVR

Start with: Draw street art style portraits: Deliver: Enjoy: Thank you, Junction, for my wonderful Banksy book!

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

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

Latest portraits: Carlee, Josh, Quentin. #wheatpaste prep

Anticipating a big wheatpaste/streetart session next week, and collecting together all the latest pieces.         “I have always lived my life in the profession of being.”- Quentin Crisp Can’t wait to paste Matt Roy’sTS Eliot series: