Sacred Contracts Journaling Exercise: Series Part 1 of 8- Future and Present

  Sacred Contracts Journaling Exercise Series Part 1 of 8 Future and Present Inspired by Caroline Myss’s book, SACRED CONTRACTS- awakening your divine potential, I am exploring/developing journaling exercises around awakening creative expression and tapping into the magic that makes you flow– that passion that fuels you, that call to action to step up and truly live a…

Cultural identity project at Byrne Creek Secondary- Gallery #wheatpaste #chinamarker #paint

CULTURAL IDENTITY PORTRAIT PROJECT SESSION 6 OF 7, BYRNE CREEK SCHOOL GR. 8 Recall previous posts about this project: Does wheatpaste work on a ceiling tile? Session 2 of 7 Today we added final touches.  30 Grade 8 students did an extraordinary job on this project.  The result illustrates that their true identity lies in connection,…

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.

It has been a beautiful fight. Still is. – Bukowski

“Lighting new cigarettes, pouring more drinks. It has been a beautiful fight. Still is.” – Charles Bukowski

Does wheatpasting work on a ceiling tile? Hmmm…

I will be facilitating a really exciting Cultural Portrait pilot project at a local high school in a couple of weeks. The plan is for the 30 students to create a street art type ceiling as they explore self and cultural identity. The work is to go on those classic porous school ceiling tiles- you…

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

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…

Journal exercise: facing our barriers [writing and drawing]

  Before our drawing exercise today with my youth group, I asked them to write stream of consciousness around barriers– barriers that come up in life, that make us “stuck” etc.  TEN MINUTES.  10 minutes of writing can be very liberating as it gives us a private place in which to problem solve and release….

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.

Dead messengers. A question of metaphor and search for theme. #graphicnovel study.

REGARDING MOLLY I am drawn to the metaphoric significance of the dead bird in my graphic novel even though I am uncertain what the metaphor is. I come across these sacred moments on my walks and always pay attention.  I stay still.  And try to listen. My friends are sharing in my search for the…

Holding on or letting go… lessons from my nephew.

As I watch my nephew taking his steps towards his independence, I am struck with the battle we all struggle with between holding on and letting go. Just by watching Henrik, I find a metaphor for those battles inside myself. From the simple holding on to the pinky finger to feel safe- to letting go…

“Boid.” BIRD, bird, BbIiRrDd… how my 18-month-old nephew made my crow drawing a masterpiece.

Completed interactive art: DRAWING TUTORIAL 1 CROW: You will need: • Paper • Charcoal • Dry pastel (one bright color) • Eraser • Scissors • White Acrylic paint • Fine brush Full-length tutorial now available on VIMEO! LINK $2 for 72 hours access! ENJOY!!!  

Introducing my new pay-per-view drawing tutorials! Tutorial 1: How to Draw a Crow

DRAWING TUTORIAL 1 CROW: You will need: • Paper • Charcoal • Dry pastel (one bright color) • Eraser • Scissors • White Acrylic paint • Fine brush Full-length tutorial now available on VIMEO! LINK $2 for 72 hours access! ENJOY!!!  

The darkening cathedral: processing the emotion of missing. #grief #saudade #journalexercise

I feel myself intertwined in the confusion of grief again.  It’s caught up to me and it wants to attach itself to my muddled brain as I try to sift and mindmap my next steps and make necessary changes to achieve emotional and financial balance in my life.  So as I am prone to do,…

Saudade: the emotion of missing. #grief

Saudade is a unique Portuguese word that has no immediate translation in English.  Saudade describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.  It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return.  It’s related to the feelings of longing, yearning.   Saudade is the…

A pencil box. Regarded with reverence.

UPDATE!  OUR BOOK IS READY! Go to: DRAWN TOGETHER — My father’s last pencil box.  It will remain untouched.  It contains his favorite drawing tools like the black pencil crayon and his instant coffee spoon and his rolled up hand towel that he used to brush eraser bits away. I went into Staples today and…

Drawing to Deconstruction to Discovery.

           

Sunday journal/ moments. Contradictions of ancestral stems.

Patti.

— — Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities  It started hardening  Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities  It started hardening in my hand  And I felt the arrows of desire —

ANTICIPATION. #Journaling exercise PART 4: draw out the poetry. #arttherapy

I’m developing a journal exercise around anticipation. Recall in Part 1, I encouraged you to write about the words: ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH. In part 2, we wrote freely, deconstructed and wove the words together. In part 3 we drew out the fear. Today, let’s write about what we leave behind after anticipation and process.  Then draw…

ANTICIPATION. #Journaling exercise PART 3: draw out the fear. #arttherapy

I’m developing a journal exercise around anticipation.  Recall in Part 1, I encouraged you to write about the words: ANTICIPATION, PROCESS and AFTERMATH. In part 2, we wrote freely, deconstructed and wove the words together: Today write about how anticipation can cause fear.  Is it self-sabotage or is it part of the process? Draw how it feels….

#WomenIAdmire journal series Part 1 @RebeccaBree

Celebrating female by celebrating women in my life in my journal pages. Part 1: Rebecca Rawlinson. She’s flawless. Period.  Inside and out, one of the greatest women I know.  I adore her transparent beauty- her honest way of living.  Living FULLY! And I could not be more proud of her as she prepares to open…

Beauty in the struggle. Part 2. Dad keeping thoughts straight.

As I mentioned in Part 1, I notice Dad is struggling with keeping focused.  He finds it hard to keep his thoughts straight when he writes.  Today he struggled to make sense of and read from his notes he had written regarding his creative process.  He wanted me to share this with you in order to…

Beauty in the struggle. My Dad’s “chaos” gives insight.

Lately, I notice Dad is struggling with keeping focused.  He finds it hard to keep his thoughts straight when he writes.  And his current project illustrates the “chaos” he describes.  The drawings give me clues to his internal struggles and reminds me to keep things simple and routine for him. But he continues to LIVE FIERCELY…

Dad’s latest drawing: ART IS A SPECTATOR SPORT!

Dad keeps a piece of paper beside him to test his felt pens.  Instead of throwing out the paper, he was inspired to create a piece called “Roar Thorsen Art Studio.” He also uses his sticker technique to correct, what he calls- mistakes. Dad’s words: When you make a drawing, you check colors and pens on…

Journal/drawing exercise: “best way to learn is copy copy copy.” Tonight: #DANIELCLOWES

Give yourself a few minutes to check in with yourself in your journal.  Write/draw… Copying a fave artist can be very meditative.     —

Saturday visual experimentation Part 5. Redo, Transform: Jocelyn

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 Saturday visual experimentation Part 4 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. Today’s original page (by Tim Sale): On today’s re-done, transformed page, I began with…

Visual experimentation Part 4. Redo, Transform: ALTER #BATMAN

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 Saturday visual experimentation Part 3 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed page, I used black and white china marker and red acrylic and was inspired by…

Visual experimentation Part 3. Redo, Transform: White on Black

Recall: Saturday visual experimentation Part 1 Saturday visual experimentation Part 2 As mentioned in part 1, I’m experimenting with using a pre-existing book as a journal.  I’m using: Tales of the Batman by Tim Sale. On today’s re-done, transformed end paper, I’m using white china marker on black to research my graphic novel.

Best way to learn is copy copy copy. Tonight: #SKYDOLL.

Tonight, watching Cloudscape’s 24 hour comic jam:

Best way to learn is copy copy copy. Today: #BATWOMAN. For @TommyD

Turn the soundtrack up loud!       Thank to Tommy D for the intro and JH Williams, W. Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder for the inspiration.

Best way to learn is copy copy copy. Tonight: ARCHIES. #duh

My teenage sketchbooks were filled with my own versions of Archie conversations. — — I wish this was real:

Evolution of a portrait: @Joshuajpresents #SanFrancisco

       

Drawing during ARTS WEEK at @wpgadotca! #creativity! #highenergy!

A huge thank you to Danielle Unger for the invite and to all the staff and students at West Point Grey Academy for putting on an amazing event and for being being so welcoming!  It was wonderful seeing artists from the community sharing their gifts with these talented and highly creative kids! It was all…

Weekly artist exploration/journaling series: Week 2 Part 2 BREATHING #Picasso #arttherapy

WEEK 2 PART 2: Picasso As we prepare for copying a favorite piece by Picasso, we’ll just have Picasso (as we did with Frida) as a companion as we check in with ourselves.  Write for 15 minutes about where you are in the moment.  Just stream of consciousness.  BREATHE PICASSO Tomorrow we do a “reproduction,” which…

Love letter to Henrik, by Roar Thorsen

My dad has a new grandson (who also happens to be my nephew), Henrik Roar Thorsen.  I visited Dad today and found this drawing and post-it note in his sketchbook.  I love that Dad, who is confined to a wheelchair, draws himself as walking.

Death studies no. 2; china marker, acrylic on newsprint

See also: Death studies no.1 — My art therapy has one rule:  

Death studies no. 1; china marker on newsprint

Let the drawings happen as they should, with no fear. — My art therapy has one rule:

From the vault: some drawings from my January 2003 journal.

             

Kat’s portrait tutorial PARTS 6 to 8: Final project! #arttherapy

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED Recall: PART 4: EYES, NOSE, MOUTH Recall: PART 5: FULL PAGE, CLOSEUP This project was designed for my drawing workshop at this year’s Savary Island Art Trip for youth (12 young women, 4 female staff and…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 5 of 8: Use full page, draw closeup, add black

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED Recall: PART 4: EYES, NOSE, MOUTH In this part, I want you to be aware of the WHOLE PAGE.  It may seem strange, but I want you to draw a frame around the whole…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 4 of 8: EYES NOSE MOUTH using shadow not outline

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED On the left you see simple outline drawings of an eye, nose and mouth giving a flat effect. Instead, build up the features with shadows and note how the light catches the bottom…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 3 of 8: Draw with your eyes closed #braingym

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Still using simple newsprint and a china marker, close your eyes and draw a face as you see it in your mind’s eye.  NO PEEKING!  Draw for 2-5 minutes, eyes closed, running your china marker along the imagined face. The…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 2 of 8: Draw with your non-dominant hand #braingym

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Part 2: Draw a face (from life or from photo) using your non-dominant hand.  Do not cheat!  This is great brain-gym and forces you to let go of preconceptions and fears.   Relax and have fun! I’m using my left hand in this exercise.  The drawing style…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 1 of 8: Doodle with red or orange. Celebrate @drawingday!

In celebration of WORLD DRAWING DAY, I’m posting my portrait tutorial!  Let’s start with PART 1! You’ll need paper (I’m using newsprint today), any light colored drawing medium– e.g. pencil, crayon, pastel (I’m using red and brown china marker– my favorite medium), a subject– live model or several photos (e.g. from a magazine etc). When I start…

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.36: @peterbreeze

Over-red: to smear with red. As in Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, thou lily-liver’d boy. – Macbeth Peter Breeze is club kid royalty in Vancouver’s gay nightlife, and has played virtually every nightclub in Vancouver. Peter cranked out a single, “Fuck Talk (Buy Me A Drink),” with local producer Maxwell Maxwell, which…

Tonight’s almost-full waxing gibbous moon…

Sing me the changes of the moon once more… Yeats UPDATE: SEE STREET ART

Fabulous vintage items arrived in the post from Dharmadejavu @Etsy for my #graphicnovel research!

I discovered a fantastic shop on ETSY: Dharmadejavu!  Re-cycled, re-used, re-loved.  Finding the following items was amazing!  Perfect source material for my graphic novel, which includes all the juicy issues round catholicism, unwed mothers, murder…! Visiting this ETSY shop is like walking through the ultimate vintage store and taking all the time you need!  Heaven!…

Late night chocolate sundae run to Hamburger Mary’s #Vancouver!

Hamburger Mary’s Diner, a West End Vancouver landmark, has been a art of the community since 1979. Open 20 hours a day 365 days a year, offering breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, shakes and house-made soups, sauces & entrees. (source)    UPDATE APRIL 23: Back for lunch!    

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.34- Chad

10 minute 6B pencil portrait on yellow legal paper: “Miko”

I am ready to tackle my graphic novel again, despite (or because of) the grief it triggers #arttherapy

I worked so closely with my mom on the research for my graphic novel.  We LOVED working on it.  LOVED IT.  For years, we would explore all the nooks and crannies around Vancouver that the story covers.  We would spend hours at Mountain View Cemetery.  I cannot regret that mom did not live to see…

5minute6Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.33- Trevor

Love letter to my son (August 1987)

I found out I was pregnant with my son, Julian, on May 20, 1987.  You gotta love journals with their details.  I was 25 when I wrote and drew these images in my journal on August 10, 1987.  I addressed every entry after that to the baby until he was born.  I recall my daughter…

Love letter to my daughter (March 1985)

I was about to turn 23 when I drew and wrote this in my journal 26 years ago.  I was 4.5 months pregnant with my daughter.  I always referred to her as Felix.  It wasn’t until the moment she was born and I saw her, that I yelled out, ANNA!  I “recognized” her immediately. March…

She was amazing- my host @RebeccaRaw (5 min portrait no. 32)

I will be posting in detail all about last night’s art event all this weekend, but right now I have to thank Rebecca Rawlinson for making it an event of a lifetime!  To have such support, love and leadership from someone so incredible took the pressure off me and let me enjoy the night fully…

There’s a blue bird in my heart… Charles Bukowski, poet

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 — March 9, 1994) Coffee and Ink, 1999           From Bukowski’s AS THE SPARROW Dear child, I only did to you what the sparrow did to you; I am old when it is fashionable to be young; I cry when it is…

You add, then you take away, and now you add again. #creativeprocess

Full portrait reveal on March 10th!

Large charcoal piece up for silent auction March 10 #artevent

In 1986, my teacher (artist/surrealist) Martin Guderna, facilitated a paradigm shift in how I approached drawing.  This was my resulting “thesis” piece for the course.  That’s 25 f*cking years ago!!  I’m putting it up for silent auction on March 10.