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):
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 MONTHLY] is 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!
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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:
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!
Get a piece of wood board. Draw an image with china marker. Coat it with linseed oil or even olive oil. “Paint” the piece with oil pastels. Use your fingers. Recoat with oil. Let dry (for weeks). Varnish. Delish!