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

 

This post is dedicated to Anna's first trip to NEW YORK! Here she is in NY with the amazing Joseph Killian!

The first photo of Anna out of NEW YORK!

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.

• A HUGE THANK YOU to HOLT RENFREW, Kimberly Newton, Scott Mckeown, and REBECCA RAWLINSON for this opportunity!

• Thank you to all those who came by to chat and visit and to CC for grabbing my phone to snap pictures!

• Thank you Julia Kozlov for coming by to photograph and for the following kind words:

“Kat Thorsen is just amazing. The amount of things she makes and makes and makes, people she gets involved, youth she inspires – visiting her site [SOCK MONKEY MONTHLYis like being in the perfect world of love, art, community and sock monkeys.”

“Every time I come to witness something your part of or see something you create, I just get overwhelmed by the level of craftsmanship and presentation of your work. It is incredibly inspiring and heart warming to witness you at work and to even see your work. Today at the Holts Live Painting for example I loved the way you created an artisticly cohesive atmosphere around your work – i loved the set up for the portrait paintings – the super creative and fun sock monkeys – images of inspiration and so much more. Just amazing! And I love how focused you are on your work when you make it – and the amount of work you are able to generate. I am just always speechless after being a guest to a Kat Thorsen event!”

I look forward to working with Julia in the future!

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT AT I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE!

Evolution of a portrait of @RebeccaRaw

1. Start with the muse.  Watch her in process- before the event and during.   What’s her essence? What does she portray?

2. Have a source photo as the muse will not have time to sit (as she is hosting the event!):

3. Spend about 30 minutes painting (I call it drawing as I use oil pastel sticks and my fingers on canvas drenched in linseed oil).  No pre-planning.  Just do it:

Photo by Jon Rawlinson

4. Take the wet piece home and sit with it for about a day.

5. Spend 15 minutes finalizing.  Only that.  Let it go.  Let it be honest, not realistic.  Don’t worry about it.

6. Do a photo shoot with the muses and their respective portraits. (STAY TUNED!)

7. Send portrait off to its new home in California!

Love you ,Rebecca!