Thank you Salmagundi West and Anne Banner <3

On January 31, 2018, a beloved landmark and one of my most favorite places on the planet, Salmagundi West, will close its doors at its current location.

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No words suffice for my gratitude for this shop and for Anne Banner.

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The objects I have collected from the shop and have been gifted from Anne and the times I have spent there continue to inspire my creative process on a daily basis.

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The shop, the objects, the ghosts, Anne- all embody MAGIC.

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Here are just some posts I have shared in the past based on my visits there:

[Click on image to go to links.  They are each filled with photos and wonderful memories from my times there]

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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 a photoshoot for Molly- a true crime analysis!

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I was joined by Jocelyn Louise (who portrays Molly) and stylist Jay Fisher…

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Jay, Jocelyn, Anne

… and my daughter Anna Thorsen who took the main shots (to be shared in the book).

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Anna, Jocelyn

Here are some moments I captured.  The focus for me was to emulate Molly’s restless travels.

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Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s morefull of weeping than you
can understand.

The Stolen Child, WB Yeats

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MOLLY- A TRUE CRIME ANALYSIS

WEEKLY SERIAL

AT MOLLYGRAPHICNOVEL.COM

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

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

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The best things in life are free…

Sitting here, surrounded by drawings and notes and cold coffee in multiple cups… butterflies in the stomach…

I want to honor Molly, who reached out through space and time and chose me to tell her story and my muse, Jocelyn Louise, who has so generously lent herself to represent my vision of Molly—

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and to celebrate my decision to share the creative process of the new draft as a 23 part (2 sections per part) weekly serial online for FREE (Part 1 launches January 15, 2017 at 6:30 AM PT), I give you:

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Limited edition hand-embroidered print sale #graphicnovel

I am making available 10 hand-embroidered prints entitled Who is it that can tell me who I am? featuring an original image from my graphic novel, Molly.

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The print captures the moment a crow, the magician of the forest, adorned by a child’s skull as a crown, looks, with intense curiosity, into Lost Lagoon (Stanley Park).

The reflection in the pool features Jocelyn Louise as Molly. (Photographed by Rick Legal).

The imagery in the graphic novel will include drawing, embroidery, photography, collage.  Birds are often included to reflect the core theme/core value of the book: freedom.

   

“Crime Scene, 1947” (in progress)


To purchase a hand-embroidered numbered and signed print (measuring approximately 6″ x 8″):

Email transfer $28 CAD ($22 USD) to britakatarina@gmail (include your mailing address)

[Allow two weeks for delivery]

KING LEAR
Who is it that can tell me who I am?
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Lear’s shadow.

(William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4.236-237)

January 15, 1953. Stanley Park, Vancouver. #coldcase

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Several developments since I last mentioned Molly. This work infuses my life in every way.  I am currently editing the manuscript and working on releasing instalment 1 as a broadsheet.

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China marker portrait of Jocelyn Louise as Molly.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

Animation test to commemorate January 15, 1953 created by students at Mountainside Secondary:

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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.

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Sins of the father.

Asexual.

Living in church,

reading about God all the time,

getting callouses on my knees.

It doesn’t stop him. 

My death stops him.

– Maire MacLachlan

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China marker on newsprint.

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Jocelyn Louise as Molly.  Styled by Jay Fisher. Photo by Anna Thorsen.
Styled by Jay Fisher. Photo by Anna Thorsen.

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GRABLINE:

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

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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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!

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I was joined by Jocelyn Louise (who portrays Molly) and stylist Jay Fisher…

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Jay, Jocelyn, Anne

… and my daughter Anna Thorsen who took the main shots (to be shared in the book).

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Anna, Jocelyn

Here are some moments I captured.  The focus for me was to emulate Molly’s restless travels.

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Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water-rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berries
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s morefull of weeping than you
can understand.

The Stolen Child, WB Yeats

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MOLLY- A TRUE CRIME ANALYSIS

WEEKLY SERIAL

AT MOLLYGRAPHICNOVEL.COM

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

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

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MOLLY- the graphic novel

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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 be dismantled, contorted and altered as needed. It is not the final result by any means, but it is a great way to MOVE FORWARD. And I’m moving forward fast!

I have some exciting ideas as to how to present the finished work (format, paper etc) but first I will marry image to page and and image and pages to chapters and I am loving the creative process. Next up is ensuring all the permissions are in place for using primary sources, news articles, photographs and names within the work. And more photoshoots!

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GRABLINE:

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

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

SYNOPSIS:

Who killed the Babes in the Wood? Artist, art therapist and researcher, Katarina Thorsen, makes her case as to the resolution of this historical Vancouver mystery through crime scene reconstruction, forensic taphonomy, historical archives, genealogical records, behavior evidence analysis, circumstantial connections and artistic interpretation. Katarina first immersed herself in the investigation in 2003 when she volunteered as a criminal profiler and researcher with the Babes in the Wood Task Force. She has remained dedicated to the case ever since.

Using a combination of text, primary sources, illustrations and photographs, Katarina now presents her research journey, equivocal findings and creative process to the reader. The goal is to identify the children whose skeletal remains were found in Stanley Park on January 15, 1953. Through rich and insightful imagery, Regarding Molly reveals a portrait of a troubled young woman in post war Vancouver. The reader is encouraged to draw their own conclusion as to the identity of the Babes in the Wood, their mother and killer.

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Following Katarina’s lead, readers will be inspired to search out their own stories using intensive genealogical research.

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AUTHOR’S BIO:

Artist/ art therapist Katarina Thorsen is passionate about the power of research and collaborative approaches to create solutions. She specializes in providing therapeutic art to at-risk youth and young offenders. Her own art work includes drawing, painting, crafting, journaling and street art and can be found in private international collections and on the streets of North America and Europe. She believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of art and its ability to build connections. Katarina resides in Vancouver, BC.

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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The Babes in the Wood study #graphicnovel

The Babes in the Wood [1]

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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 you remember the Babes in the Wood?

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And when it was night,

So sad was their plight,

The sun it went down,

And the moon gave no light!

They sobbed and they sighed,

And they bitterly cried,

And the poor little things,

They lay down and died.

Poor Babes in the Wood! Poor Babes in the Wood!

Oh! don’t you remember the Babes in the Wood?

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And when they were dead,

The robins so red,

Brought strawberry leaves,

And over them spread;

And all the day long,

The branches among,

They mournfully whistled,

And this was their song;

Poor Babes in the Wood! Poor Babes in the Wood!

Oh! don’t you remember the Babes in the Wood?

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[1] “BABES IN THE WOOD”, retrieved September 14, 2006 from http://www.rjohnwright.com/babesinthewood.html

Mother Goose’s “Babes in the Wood” was first published as a ballad by Thomas Millington in 1595.

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Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

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Take Off the Amber, Put Out the Lamp #graphicnovel #research

Take the day.  Immerse.  Forget everything else.  Read.  Sketch.  Cocoon.  Trust the calling.

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Today’s resources:

Jamison, K.R. (1999) Night Falls Fast- understanding suicide, Vintage Books: New York, NY, USA

Malooof, J., ed. (2012) Vivian Maier- Street Photographer, powerHouse Books: New York NY, USA

Appignanesi, L. (2007) Sad, Mad and Bad- women and the mind-doctors from 1800, McArthur & Company: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Photo by Rick Legal
Photo by Rick Legal.

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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These three hours that we have spent.. two shadows went along with us… #graphicnovel photoshoot w. @RickLegalPhotos

Recall Photoshoot Dec 3, 2012: A Lecture Upon the Shadow

Here are some MEGA TASTY treats from Rick Legal.

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As an artist/researcher/behavior evidence analyst, these photos fill every cell of my being with joy!  It is wonderful to allow a fellow artist the freedom to do his work within the context/limits of a vision.  Extraordinary.

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Jocelyn Louise, Jay Fisher. Styled by Jay Fisher

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A LECTURE UPON THE SHADOW.
by John Donne

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Recall that on December 3, 2012 was an evening of collaboration as Jocelyn Louise and Jay Fisher recreated 1947 and main characters from my graphic novel as they were photographed by the extraordinary photographer, Rick Legal, and as the entire process was documented by photographer and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick.

The book will include text, illustration, photography, street art, primary sources, documentation and collaboration.

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Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal
Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal

**NEXT STEP: MIND MAPPING THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK**

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

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A Lecture Upon the Shadow: an evening of collaboration on the #graphicnovel with @RickLegalPhotos and co.

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A LECTURE UPON THE SHADOW.
by John Donne

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December 3, 2012 was an evening of collaboration as Jocelyn Louise and Jay Fisher recreated 1947 and main characters from my graphic novel as they were photographed by the extraordinary photographer, Rick Legal, and as the entire process was documented by photographer and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick.

The book will include text, illustration, photography, street art, primary sources, documentation and collaboration.

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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Jay and Jocelyn.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jay and Jocelyn. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Rick Legal.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick.
Rick Legal. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Julian Bowers
Photo by Julian Bowers
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Katarina Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
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"November 6, 1947" Photo by Katarina Thorsen
“November 6, 1947” Photo by Katarina Thorsen

I have been a fan of Rick Legal’ work for a long time and it is such an honor to have his work appear in my book.  As I write this, he is in the process of editing his images.  Here is a sneak peek:

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Photo by Rick Legal

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Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal
Jocelyn Louise. Photo by Rick Legal

**NEXT STEP: MIND MAPPING THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK**

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

MOLLY- the graphic novel

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

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Nardwuar, the human serviette

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Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel

Jocelyn Louise
Jocelyn Louise

Jocelyn Louise in my graphic novel

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Thane Koi

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Lyndi Barrett, Anna T Fabulous

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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.

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We’ve gone national!!! #Vancouver to #Toronto. #wheatpaste #streetart

4 portraits were pasted by my team in Toronto this morning!  WOOT!

Huge thank you to Matt and Owen:

“10:07 #wheatpaste cooling in the sink (a little burnt :/)”
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“First up @ohemgee_bleh”
Jocelyn Louise
AJ Gonzales
“Tag team Jocelyn and AJ, Handiwork by Owen.”
Matt Roy
“Last, but not least, doing myself.”

Matt’s reflection:

So it was a pretty interesting experience. We were a bit nervous, mostly cause it was inside public domain and generally busy.

But no one said anything besides a little kid who kept gasping at us like we were doing something wrong (we were haha!).

Got some looks but we just nodded and kept on. Didn’t end up filming any video unfortunately as it got too complicated for us. Just took pics.

Thanks for the portraits. It was so much fun! I will keep you informed of their evolutions 🙂

 M x

 

“11:30 destroying the evidence.”

A little Vancouver session happened yesterday as well, thanks to Maryellen:

“Just Jo”

“Clay’

Read more:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?




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 a china marker portrait I did last fall if my muse, Jocelyn Louise.

The year was 1947. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING in 5 hours on KICKSTARTER:

As of this moment [September 11, 2011], we’re 100% funded!  WOW!!!

You still have approximately 4 hours to be part of bringing this incredible story to life!

A huge thank you to all our backers so far!

Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!!

The TIMELINE of the story ranges from 1891-1968.  The main event in Stanley Park occurred in 1947.

Time to draw the story!  Thank you everyone!  Will blog about the process and stay tuned for an art event/book launch in Spring 2012!

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!

Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun rewards available for various donation levels!  In addition, backers who donate $100 and above will receive a signed copy of the book when it is published!  All backers who donate $50 and up will appear in the graphic novel in a cameo role!  

Photoshoot Part 2: Molly coming to life. #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER:

As of this moment [September 8, 2011], we’re 97% funded!

BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM!  Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!!

Yesterday we did a photoshoot [for promotion and illustration resource purposes] on location with Jocelyn Louise as “Molly.”  Jay Fisher was our stylist and Fredrik Thorsen, our photographer!  Heart stopping!

See: Photoshoot Part 1

Today I share some more of my favorites.

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!

Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun rewards available for various donation levels!  In addition, backers who donate $100 and above will receive a signed copy of the book when it is published!  All backers who donate $50 and up will appear in the graphic novel in a cameo role!  

Photoshoot Part 1: Molly coming to life #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER:

As of this moment [September 7, 2011], we’re 96% funded!

BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM!  Raising more than the goal is OK, though!  More than OK!!!

Today we did a photoshoot [for promotion and illustration resource purposes] on location with Jocelyn Louise as “Molly.”  Jay Fisher was our stylist and Fredrik Thorsen, our photographer!

I was in ecstasy!  Seeing Molly come to life is a dream come true.

 

More glorious photos will be shared in the next post but for now here are some shots I took of Jay, Fredrik and Jocelyn during the making of…

  

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!

Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun rewards available for various donation levels!  In addition, backers who donate $100 and above will receive a signed copy of the book when it is published!  All backers who donate $50 and up will appear in the graphic novel in a cameo role!  

Receive a cameo role in my #graphicnovel! #Vancouver @Kickstarter @annatfabulous

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER:

As of this moment [September 5, 2011], we’re 80% funded.

BUT to get funding we need to reach 100%! That’s how Kickstarter works! Please help us make our goal by Sept 11 5:17 PM!

All backers who donate $50 and up will appear in the graphic novel in a cameo role!  The era ranges from 1925-1953, from Ireland through Pier 21, to Alberta, to British Columbia!

Example: Jocelyn Louise on a tram in 1947...

And stay tuned for photoshoot on Wednesday on location with Jocelyn Louise as our model, Jay Fisher as stylist and Victor Bearpark as photographer!  Can’t wait!

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!

Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun rewards available for various donation levels!  In addition, backers who donate $100 and above will receive a signed copy of the book when it is published!

Beautiful people inside and out at the June 23rd interactive art event “heroes with heART”

Some people you meet immediately become your “kids.”

That’s what happened when I met my muses, Jocelyn and Jay:

Finish this 40" x 60" portrait of Jay and Jocelyn at the event! How will it evolve? Can't wait to see!!!

Little Jay Fisher epitomizes the spirit of the art event- where we celebrate our inner spirits and the rights we have to be OURSELVES!

Oil on birch wood 16" x 20"- a gift for Jay's mom, will be on display June 23!

Some people you meet immediately become your mentor.

That’s what happened when I met Tracey Bell:

I drew this quick drawing of Tracey when she invited me into her beautiful home for tea. She is one special human being and I am honored to have her be part of my event! Check out her show on June 19!

Some people are your heroes even before you meet them in person.

I am so excited to have Tiko Kerr participate in the celebration of heroes with heART!

I paint quickly and intuitively which I believe allows me to go to the deeper places within myself, making my paintings emotionally more authentic and engaging. If I want a painting to work, I touch upon something in my past, or something that is of importance to me, and miraculously that resonance comes across on the canvas. – Tiko Kerr

And some people inspire you by the work  and personality they present to the world:

My drawing of Lady Gaga (11" x 17") will be raffled off at the event! Your entry fee into the workshop gets you three raffle tickets for the chance to win original artwork!

For more info go to:

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off ALL the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits, like the one featured here, will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as my youth at-risk art therapy program!

Teaser #4 featuring Tracey Bell at age 2!

Win this interpretive drawing of my muse @jocelyn_louise on June 23rd!

Jocelyn Louise. 11" x 17" on acid-free Bristol Board

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!

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 Fabulous and Jocelyn Louise as well as body painting on Jocelyn.  A unusual place to set up but why not?!
Jocelyn and Rebecca Rawlinson helped with set up!

I did a portrait of Jocelyn, and painted on her, but what was most exciting for me was the fact that Jocelyn worked on her own piece as well! (Oil pastel with linseed oil on foam board)

My daughter came to town and it was SO GOOD to have a few precious minutes with her while doing her portrait!  I will finish her portrait later today.