SOLD: STUDIO CLEARANCE SALE: Painting entitled “The House,” 1998

Raising FUNDS, clearing SPACE and LETTING GO. STUDIO CLEARANCE SALE (Vancouver BC) FOR SALE: A favorite piece from my 1998 solo exhibit: Asta Sollilja of Summerhouses SOLD e-transfer or paypal: britakatarina@gmail.com CONTACT: EMAIL You pick up in West End, Vancouver The House, 1998, Katarina Thorsen It was a house and a stable in one.  All that was…

‘Asta Sollilja of Summerhouses’ exhibit

My 1998 solo exhibit: Asta Sollilja of Summerhouses ONE OF THE PIECES FROM THE SHOW: The House, 1998, Katarina Thorsen It was a house and a stable in one.  All that was visible of the inner, wooden shell was the door and its frame, the door so small, the threshold so high that one had to…

#KeithHaring inspired canvas in progress at @MediaForYouth

At Intersections Media we love Art Mondays!  Besides filmmaking, a significant part of Intersections is dipping our hands into the visual art/creative process and into art history by creating art work that interprets the masters and that creates community dialogue.  On Mondays we cover the art component and attack the canvas.  We are in the process of creating…

Wounded angel. Haavoittunut Enkeli. #custodyart

WOUNDED ANGEL, 2008 [by “Steph” and “Vincent”] This unframed painting on raw canvas (65″ x 76″) was made during my therapeutic art classes at a youth custody centre. Read below to find out its creation. Many of the youth I currently work with are involved with the juvenile justice system in one way or another. I…

Martin Place’s Annual Art Sale! #vancouver

My dear friend, Martin Place, is my mentor and always offers the most wonderful advice and guidance.  It’s that time of year again for his annual art sale!  Can’t wait! Martin is passionate about the importance of maintaining a connection with the creative process.  He insists that if we take a break from creating for…

Some self reflection in my #DIY collage project!

Step 1. Get a square IKEA MALMA mirror. Step 2. Print out (actual size) 4 panels of my piece “Mirror.” (Click on the images for full size.  Drag onto desktop, fiddle around with it!) Step 3. They are designed to be pieced together (overlapped) and mod-podged on the square IKEA MALMA mirrors. Step 4. Add your own glitter, paint, words,…

Martin Place. Artist. Mentor.

My dear friend, Martin Place, is my mentor and always offers the most wonderful advice and guidance.  I met up with him today at his annual art sale!   Martin is passionate about the importance of maintaining a connection with the creative process.  He insists that if we take a break from creating for an…

My nephew’s first painting!

It’s my baby brother’s birthday today! Fredrik is now a Dad to beautiful Henrik: Here’s Henrik with his mom, aka Fredrik’s partner and my incredible sister-in-law, Cher: I wanted to help Henrik make the ultimate present for his Dad.  What could be better than his first painting!  I was in heaven watching Henrik work on…

Jasmine Schuett’s glorious painting ‘Pack: Not All Wolves Run On Four Legs’ (2012)

As featured in the AHVA Library Gallery during   TOO DEEP FOR YOU | UBC 2012 BFA/BA Visual Art Graduating Exhibition This year, UBC’s annual BFA/BA Visual Art graduating exhibition is TOO DEEP FOR YOU. The exhibition showcases the ambitious final projects of graduating Visual Art students. Materially and methodologically diverse, artworks in the exhibition are representative…

Lost art: mermaids from 2001/2 for movie set.

Only two lousy photographs.  I recall the original was about 5′ x 8′ (acrylic on canvas) and was used for a movie set.

Woman, I. Brad Fashion as a de Kooning

Even an abstract form has to have a likeness. – Willem de Kooning Recommended: Brad Fashion’s site: SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE Stevens, M., Swan, A. (2006) de Kooning- An American Master, Alfred A. Knopf: New York, NY

Introducing the beautiful work of young artist, Alicia Love

I originally introduced Alicia Love on my art therapy site.  Go to: THE MAGNIFICENT EYE-BIRDS OF ALICIA.  Alicia is one of my pilot project students for my YOUTH ARTISANS site on ETSY. Alicia stands out amongst all the talented young artists that I have worked with. She has a unique and natural approach to her…

My grandfather’s school photo- it haunts me…

I am obsessed with this photo of my grandfather’s school class (Hudiksvall, Sweden).  He is in the top left.  I have drawn it over and over and painted it.  But something never allows me to finish.  I get as far as some of the girls, then the rest refuse a portrait.  I will try again…

Recalling my exhibit 1998 @thenordicmuseum- Ode to #Laxness #IcelandicLiterature

There is no more important novel to me than INDEPENDENT PEOPLE by Halldor Laxness (1902 – 1998), Icelandic novelist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.  I own several copies of the book.  Here is the dust jacket from my hardcover English edition (1946, Alfred A. Knopf, New York): The novel inspired a large…

When art comes back to say hello, only to be released again. #honoring #missingwomen #artevent

I was honored to work with families and friends of the victims of Robert Pickton and of the missing women back in 2002/3.   I just reconnected with one family member who will be providing some of the pieces I originally donated to decorate a rehab centre in her sister’s honor.  The project has changed…

Laundry day. Art from the vault.

You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping. ~Rudyard Kipling Acrylic on canvas (unframed) Dedicated to my mother and all the women who came before me.

Pearl Hart, Wild West Woman. Portrait will be up for auction at my June 23 art event!

Years ago, I picked up the book The Old West- The Women, Time-Life, at a thrift store for 50¢. What a gem.  I bought it during my Immigrant phase.  I kept coming back to the photos of Pearl Hart and did the following portrait– one of the paintings I actually haven’t given away, trashed, or…

I used to have a big studio… which meant big pieces.

My living muses… Jocelyn, Jay and Rebecca

MUSE: I love having live muses!  That are local!  Can’t wait to dig into the new portraits of these three!  Reveal at the big event on March 10!  Let’s see where the Universe takes me! Rewarding me, by chance, for any good decision, and taking locks aside of the enchanting face… – Muse, Alexander Sergeyevich…

Fave art piece recall of the day “Church and Wheatfield”

This old piece, Church and Wheatfield (acrylic on canvas), proudly belongs in the Where Are They Now category of my catalogue.  Perhaps it will turn up when I empty the vault for the big art event/garage sale!  I’ll keep you posted!