Where @Etsy meets Realness. @annatfabulous and her Craftie Robot Messenger Bag by @robotgeek76

GOD, I LOVE ETSY.  Along with blogging, it has opened the world to artists.  I love posting on my ETSY shop, filling orders and spending hours discovering other artists. When I discovered this Hunter S. Thompson messenger bag on the ETSY shop, Craftie Robot, I knew my daughter needed to have it.  Was I right?…

Drawing on 50… journaling series Part 2. Dream participant: Maud!

My best friend, Maud, sent me the most wonderful email from Sweden yesterday!  Her color choices and capslock always inspires me and illustrates her exuberant spirit!  I think we should all write our emails like this! Today’s dream statement: I will have this extraordinary woman as part of my upcoming project/ women’s conference [details down the…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #6 @annatfabulous

Watching my children grow into spectacular, fulfilled beings pursuing their passions is the greatest feeling.  If I ever doubt myself, I just have to remember “wow, look at them.  I was part of that.” No matter how others doubted my methods, no matter that my children will have personal struggles as they continue to develop…

San Francisco Journal: Portrait #5 Joseph @killian #deepchats

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next week or so. — One of my main reason for traveling to San Francisco was to have deep chats with Joseph.   And I’m pleased to say,…

San Francisco Journal: my new Doc Martens! @drmartens

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. —  — I wore my old docs to San Francisco, knowing (hoping) I would finally be buying new ones at the Doc Martens store on…

Weekly artist series: Week 9 Part 2 SUE COE: A mother dying

Week 9 Part 2 Sue Coe The Last 11 Days is a group of charcoal drawings Sue Coe created from July 20 to 31, 1995 depicting her mother as she lay dying with cancer. The drawings reveal Coe’s private struggle with her mother’s illness and eventual death. [source] I’m not a big fan of the word “resonate.”…

San Francisco Journal Excerpt: Portraits 3 and 4: TC and David

I will continue to share my incredible weekend in San Francisco (that I spent with my daughter and her friends) through a series of portraits and journal entries over the next few weeks. — On March 10, I finally met Anna’s besties Tony and David. See Anna’s fabulous blog post about our first meeting on Saturday morning March…

Part 23 daily journal workshop. GYPSY. #arttherapy

gypsy One inclined to a nomadic, unconventional way of life. You need not travel to be a gypsy.  You need not be forced to.  You can embrace the gypsy spirit through unconventionality.  I once wrote: “the greatest sin is timidity.”  I referred to myself holding back.  Restraining myself. So cut the fucking cord and fly.  Even…

The letters of Frida Kahlo and how my daughter @AnnaTFabulous blurred art and reality.

My friend, Desmond Reid, surprised me with a DELICIOUS Frida Kahlo book the other day: My child, I really should not complain about anything that happens to me in life, so long as you love me… “Her writings reveal her precociousness, the intensity of her feelings, and her enduring physical distress: they unveil her personality…

Visual input, planning and a visit from producer, @annatfabulous #graphicnovel #Vancouver

MOLLY- the graphic novel — As I work on finding the ultimate way to present the drawings in my graphic novel and juggling how much or how little I want to use text, I continue the creative process by sketching and visiting, photographing and soaking in location shots. Anna Thorsen, my daughter and project producer,…

Happy Folsom!

annatfabulous at last year’s Folsom.  

Tricorn fascinators, tiny hats, red lips. Doodlings of @annatfabulous

   

Updates on #Molly, the #graphic novel! @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! MOLLY- the graphic novel UPDATES 1. I will be contacting backers soon for their info so I can fulfill the rewards. 2. Supplies have been purchased, including a shoulder-strapped portfolio, so I can work on the novel downtown in situ at various story locations like Stanley Park, the Vancouver Police Museum and Mountain…

Funding successful!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR YOUR SUPPORT! @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER! As of this moment we’re 100% funded!  WOW!!! A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BACKERS!!!  I’M A EXCITED TO MAKE YOU PROUD OF BEING PART OF THIS PROJECT!!! So, the research is done.  Funding is in place.  Now it’s time to start  the illustration and writing process and apply for more funding grants…

“OMG! I love it!” says @annatfabulous about her PHOTO ON CANVAS!

I’ve been dying to give my daughter, Anna, her present and she finally came home to receive it!  It’s a pic of our beloved pup, Tobey (now almost 12!) when he was digging in the garden at my father‘s residential care centre.  I ordered the photo transfer onto canvas from PHOTO-CANVAS awhile back and the…

Page 20 The Sketchbook Project 2012 @arthouse featuring @annatfabulous #lipsticksmear

The Sketchbook Project 2012 To see pages 1-8 go to LINK To see pages 9-14 go to LINK To see pages 15-19 go to LINK August 27, 2011 Anna T Fabulous Recall I participated in The Sketchbook Project 2011 and chose the theme And Then There Was None.  You can view that sketchbook online.

Ready to tell the story… A Vancouver mystery. @kickstarter

I was born to tell Molly’s story.  The research phase, started in 2003,  is complete.  And now… onto the next chapter begins as we launch our Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for my graphic novel!  I am elated to partner up with my daughter, Anna, to see the project to its fruition. Note: Backers who…

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…

The portrait of @annatfabulous stage two. “I scribbled, drew shoes…” – Alexander Wang

The original portrait of my daughter, Anna, was started at my March 26, 2011 art event at Holt Renfrew.   Tonight I added to it, matured the face and added a very appropriate quote by Alexander Wang (it could have been written by Anna herself):    Oil pastel, linseed oil on birch wood panel FROM OPUS  

And so it goes… “I Can’t Live Without… Art” portrait event at Holt Renfrew

IF YOU ARE INQUIRING ABOUT HAVING A PORTRAIT DONE, DISCUSSING AN ART EVENT, ARRANGING A CREATIVITY WORKSHOP OR PURCHASING MY SOCK MONKEYS, just drop me a line at  Email or comment here. On Saturday March 26 I did a live art event at Holt Renfrew Vancouver displaying some of my original arts and crafts and doing live portraits of Anna T…

Let’s talk portraits this Saturday! Holt Renfrew #Vancouver 2-6 PM! See this piece live!

On Saturday March 26 I will be doing a live art event at Holt Renfrew Vancouver between 2 and 6 PM!  I will be displaying some of my original arts and crafts.  I will also be doing live portraits of Anna T Fabulous and Jocelyn Louise as well as body painting on Jocelyn!  See the piece above (of Anna and…

Now apply pink hair… #portrait

On Saturday March 26 I will be doing a live art event at Holt Renfrew Vancouver between 2 and 6 PM!  I will be displaying some of my original arts and crafts.  I will also be doing live portraits of Anna T Fabulous and Jocelyn Louise as well as body painting on Jocelyn!

Sneak peek at portrait in progress of Anna T Fabulous and Syren. See finished piece this Saturday!

On Saturday March 26 I will be doing a live art event at Holt Renfrew Vancouver between 2 and 6 PM!  I will be displaying some of my original arts and crafts.  I will also be doing live portraits of Anna T Fabulous and Jocelyn Louise as well as body painting on Jocelyn! The following…

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…

Lost art: Portrait of @annatfabulous, 1994

Anna T Fabulous- the legacy of the Bergström women.

My daughter, Anna, eats, sleeps, breathes, devours, obsesses, demands, wants and needs FASHION.  I see the spirits of her Swedish female ancestors carrying on through her. My great grandmother, Brita Bergström, was obsessed with the latest fashion trends of her time but having 12 children and little money she had to improvise.   Brita would look…

Fashion = shoulders back! Lessons from @annatfabulous and @RebeccaRaw

I RECOMMEND: REBECCA RAWLINSON I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE (ANNA T FABULOUS) These 2 incredible young women share with the world their passion for the art of fashion. But what they TEACH ME is that fashion is truly about: • SELF-CONFIDENCE! • SELF-WORTH! • SELF-DECLARATION! • SHOULDERS BACK!   Anna and Rebecca in my 5-minute…

Sometimes you have to stay home and cry. #Grief and #TheSketchbookProject pages 13/14

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2011 TOUR Theme: And Then There Was None Incoherent stream of consciousness ramblings… Page 13 Transcript November 19/20, 2010 The end is not the end.  It is a transition. 15:37 Fort Langley My regular pilgrimage to Fort Langley to connect with mom and rituals we loved doing together.  Coming out by myself is…