Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand. – Yeats

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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 berrys

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 more full of weeping than you can understand.

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Where the wave of moonlight glosses

The dim gray sands with light,

Far off by furthest Rosses

We foot it all the night,

Weaving olden dances

Mingling hands and mingling glances

Till the moon has taken flight;

To and fro we leap

And chase the frothy bubbles,

While the world is full of troubles

And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child! 

To the waters and the wild 

With a faery, hand in hand, 

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

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Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scare could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.

Come away, O human child! 

To the waters and the wild 

With a faery, hand in hand, 

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

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Away with us he’s going,

The solemn-eyed:

He’ll hear no more the lowing

Of the calves on the warm hillside

Or the kettle on the hob

Sing peace into his breast,

Or see the brown mice bob

Round and round the oatmeal chest.

For he comes, the human child, 

To the waters and the wild 

With a faery, hand in hand, 

For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

William Butler Yeats, The Stolen Child

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[China marker portrait of Maryellen Groundwater]

A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. #Photoshoot

A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play. And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus?

If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have no time to live — or to play.

– Arthur C. Clarke

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
From lt. to rt.: Larissa, Justin (seated), Sabrina, Jan, Iván (seated), Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Yesterday, I gathered a group of eclectic individuals for an afternoon of play in the studio.  As you know by now, I am pretty preoccupied with THE PORTRAIT.  I love impromptu photoshoots as they feed my need to study the human face.  And, heck, photoshoots are so damn fun!

Enjoy these inspiring moments!

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 Nancy Kirkpatrick

CHECK OUT MORE SHOTS OF JOSH LANGSTON AT: JOSH LANGSTON DOES D.W

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
iPhone by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

Video captures by Jodie Chisholm

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
iPhone capture by Kat Thorsen
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Thank you to all the participants:

Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Jodie Chisholm, Evan Voyageur, Larissa Brown, Jan Sam, Justin Voitic, Josh Langston, Iván Fdez, Sabrina Lalonde.

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Josh Langston does D.W “Held in a spell… stabbed like a driven nail.” @darylswhite’s #porcupineology

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

Josh Langston of The Social Life models D.W Fashion.

Designer: Daryl White

Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

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Clothing creation & modification from recycled fabrics into original unique clothing pieces that are a reflection of major influences in pop culture, and also influenced by past – present – and future fashion market trends…

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Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
–  Robert Service
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Maryellen and Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Maryellen and Josh. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
Photo by Maryellen Groundwater
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Check out more photos from the shoot at: A WISE MAN ONCE SAID…

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 :/)”
ohemgee_bleh
“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…?




English Dan PART 2: The Frida Tattoo, Granville Street #Tattoos, #Vancouver

Recall part 1: meeting English Dan

I was so honored to have English Dan interpret my drawing of Baby Frida in a tattoo.  GLORIOUS!

Again, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

Photo by Granville Street Tattoos

The inspiration:

Mi Nana y Yo, 1937

I am in my nurse’s arms, with the face of a grownup woman and the body of a little girl, while milk falls from her nipples as if from the heavens.”

My sketch:

English Dan’s process:

Bliss!

In honor of my nephew, Henrik, English Dan added an H to my sock monkey tattoo:

And thank you, Maryellen, for being part of today!!!

Happiness:

 

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

 

Frida Kahlo d. July 13, 1954

China Marker and acrylic, on masonite board. This piece has taken years to complete. Initially I had Frida flying free above a lush tree and green earth with chantarelle mushrooms. I then let the piece be added to by the community at a few art events. Maryellen Groundwater later made a beautiful decision to alter the tree. Turning the piece upside down now made it the final ode to Frida.

I hope the departure is joyful and I hope never to return. – Frida Kahlo

Frida in deathbed, Coyoacán 1954 Photo credit: Lola Alvarez

Something this fun has got to be illegal! #wheatpaste #streetart #westend

Huge thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Megan Low and Dustin Whymark for a beautiful day!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Esteban, David. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
The Social Life. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

The Social Life

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Is it GUERILLA ART if you’re openly squealing with laughter?!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Pride tree by the beautiful and inimitable Nancy. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Josh, Rebecca.  The colors! Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Captured moments:

Maryellen prepping her pastings
Nancy prepping her piece
Monster series by Maryellen
Prepping my dead birds.

Paparazzi!

By Maryellen Groundwater
Perfect placement for Maryellen’s piece!

 

“Once it’s up, let it go.” #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Most of the pieces remain untouched, even after several weeks, even after a year.

But some have been altered…

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

 … so we added back.

And we added more.

“Once it’s up, let it go.”  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen cutting out my Dead Bird series

Dustin adding a bird to where his face used to be.
Megan is missing. Or her portrait is.
Megan adding a bird to the spot.
All that is left of Maryellen’s piece is a little tree.
Maryellen’s latest masterpiece finds the perfect spot.
By Maryellen Groundwater

Patti

Patti being pasted by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Megan adding dead bird to dumpster.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen adding dead bird to pipe.

Dustin touching up the sock monkey.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Mugshot, Molly’s Father.

Graphic Novel

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Land of hopes and dreams, 1929. Molly’s uncle.
Maryellen pasting a dead bird.

Stay tuned for Pride 2012 Wheatpaste Campaign!

This is how we do it! #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

See also:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

Start with a drawing:

Here I am drawing a live portrait of “Kim.” Photographer: Nancy Kirkpatrick

Cut it out:

Add detail:

Find the right spot:

Emily McMorran and Maryellen Groundwater attaching “Kim.” I love how the background matched the original image.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

An assortment of delicious moments from the past week:

Anna T Fabulous! Photographer: Megan Low
Photographer: Nancy Kirkpatrick

Emily McMorran

Emily McMorran, Nancy Kirkpatrick and Maryellen Groundwater prepping portrait of Nancy.
Travis Hengg wheatpasting Nancy.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Travis Hengg is my hero!
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Travis re-pasting Megan’s portrait
Photo by Megan Low
Dustin Whymark checking is he can remove his portrait!
Maryellen prepping her drawing.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

By Maryellen Groundwater

Travis Hengg

Latest updates from our #wheatpaste (aka Marxist glue) #streetart blitz, #downtowneastside.

Wheatpaste (also known as Marxist glue, or simply paste) is a liquid adhesive made from vegetable starch and water. It has been used since ancient times for various arts and crafts such as book binding, decoupage, collage, and papier-mâché. It is also made for the purpose of adhering paper posters to walls and other surfaces (often in graffiti). Closely resembling wallpaper paste, it is often made by mixing roughly equal portions of flour and water [and some sugar] and heating it until it thickens, or by smearing cooked rice into a paste. [source]

See also:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

This is how we do it

We’ll be doing more pasteups today and capturing it on video.  I was going to write about WHY? I’m into doing wheatpasting right now- but, nah- it’s either self-explicable or un-explicable.  Either way: WHY NOT?

Travis pasting Matt’s portrait. Photo by Maryellen Groundwater

Matt.

Emily.  As the wheatpasted paper dries, it shrinks and adheres solidly to the wall, revealing whatever texture is underneath. Our initial pasteups are still on the wall and survived torrential downpour, unscathed.
Travis doing touchups on the only casualty this week. Looks like a key scratch on Megan’s portrait.

Travis Hengg, Maryellen Groundwater

Josh.
Megan, Travis, Maryellen, Brandon, Dustin, Emily, Jacqueline.

Today’s pasteups are being prepped:

Nancy.

China Marker #Bowie and other portraits.

Oh, China Marker I doth love you so.

It’s 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.

Here are some samples from this week’s China Marker portraits.

David Bowie
Travis wheatpasting my portrait of Dustin.

See: Jacqueline Portrait #wheatpasting

Megan Low

Travis Hengg

Matthew Roy
Maryellen Groundwater
Brandon Peters
Emily McMorran
Josh Langston

PORTRAIT: Jacqueline. #photography #drawing #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Jacqueline G. China marker portrait on newsprint by Katarina Thorsen. Pasted by Travis Hengg. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick.

Glorious day with my students and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick, at Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society!  Lots of projects in the works that we’ll be sharing shortly.

But for now…

Part of our day was spent on a photoshoot and I was so inspired by the photos of Jacqueline that I just had to draw her.

Jacqueline, Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Jacqueline, photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Smith, K. (2007) The Guerilla Art Kit, New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press

Travis applying my drawing with wheatpaste.  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Emily McMorran
Screenshot from video by Maryellen Groundwater

Video by Maryellen Groundwater

Photo by Emily McMorran
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Part 17 daily journal workshop. ALTER: to make different without changing into something else #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Part 5 NAKED SCREAM

Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND

Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S

Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN

Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT

Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT

Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING

Part 12 DEAR WORLD. SECRETS

Part 13 NEGATIVE – POSITIVE

Part 14 BE THE MAP

Part 15 GUEST SPEAKER

Part 16 COMICS!

ALTER: to make different without changing into something else.  

Let’s alter a photo as a metaphor for how we can alter and transform our thoughts into something quite different without changing our essence.

Sometimes I start the day absolutely terrified, full of anxiety and fear.  Taking time to address my habit of catastrophizing my worries, I can slowly calm down, transform and alter.  I can see new options, new ways of interpreting my worries, new ways of finding hope.  I’m still me, but stronger.

The original.
Photocopy. Cutout. Cut up. Glue down.

 
Transform and interpret!

 

My student, BHAIRAVI77, completed this exercise today, beautifully:

Check out her blog at: DRIFTER MADNESS

HOMEWORK:

Consider the word SURVIVOR.

RECOMMENDED:

Maryellen Groundwater has started the daily journal workshop!  Check out her progress here:

Part 15 daily journal workshop. GUEST SPEAKER. #arttherapy

Daily Journal Workshop:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Part 5 NAKED SCREAM

Part 6 INVITE ALTER STRETCH EXTEND

Part 7 ARISE AROSE IN 3’S

Part 8 SELF-PORTRAIT. HUMAN

Part 9 WORD CRAZY QUILT

Part 10 VINTAGE WORKOUT

Part 11 GESTURE DRAWING

Part 12 DEAR WORLD. SECRETS

Part 13 NEGATIVE – POSITIVE

Part 14 BE THE MAP

Initially I was going to do a comic panel today, but we’ll wait until tomorrow!

Today instead, invite a guest to write/draw in your journal.  Just hand it over.  And come what may.  Leave it in their hands.  As you can see, I lucked out!

Today’s guest: Maryellen Groundwater

Check out Maryellen’s new blog:

Part 5 daily journal workshop. NAKED SCREAM. #arttherapy

Recall:

Part 1 JUST WRITE

Part 2 DRAW OUT THE WORDS

Part 3 HEART

Part 4 SPILL OUT COLLAGE

Now that we have connected with ourselves in parts 1-3 and let it all out in part 4, it’s time to focus inward to the painful part, sit with it, then scream it out nakedly.

Close your eyes and feel where your soul’s pain and the tightness sits.  Is it in your head?  In your lower belly?  In your lower back?  In your heart?  Where is that nagging sore spot, where you perseverate over worries?

Open to a new page.

Feeling that pain, draw a naked figure in b&w and circle the tight area and fill it in red.   No worries if you “don’t draw.”  You do.  Just doodle.  Just draw.  For you.

 

Draw a shadow behind a figure.

Draw a scream bubble coming out of the figure’s mouth.  Fill in the first words that come to mind.

Now paint the page with natural liquids you find around you.  Crush and rub leaves.  Squeeze out juices.  Paint with tea, coffee… It forces you to walk the journal to the kitchen, be a little looser, more ugly.

My liquid selection was unsatisfying so now I add some acrylics, felt markings etc. and go deeper.

Now ask yourself why you focused on this particular worry and nagging anxiety today.  Write a sentence as to why.  Be positive.

We’re starting to dare to stop, turn around, face our fears nakedly, and eventually embrace them and even ask for help.  We’re getting there.  A step at a time.

Tomorrow:

We ALTER and STRETCH ourselves.

Homework:

Find a favorite quote.  Choose a short one.

UPDATE:

December 17, 2011

I went with my brother yesterday to a financial institution to get a handle on my financial picture.  I took the plunge and shared all my numbers with my brother and sister-in-law.  Feel exposed but supported.  And I HAVE ASKED FOR HELP by FACING MY FEARS HONESTLY!

Check out Maryellen Groundwater‘s Part 5:

Maturity in youth- the profound art of Maryellen #youthartisan #arttherapy

Young artist, Maryellen Groundwater, shows a maturity and mastery that is profound.  I am honored to play a small role in her artistic development.   As I write on my ETSY site where you can buy her piece “Flowers”, she uses her art not only for creative expression, but for dealing with anxiety. Her quiet demeanour is contradictory to her powerful presence on canvas or paper.

Check out her website:


Look at the hands in the painting above!  I am blown away!!!

 This sock monkey/bird set for sale at POST STREET

For more on my work with youth and art therapy go to SOCK MONKEY MONTHLY.