Ghosts in the wall… #streetart

I think about the wall often. Many ask me about it. It no longer exists.  But lives on in my heart. My new friend, Chrissy Davey (aka @craftyfatalist) recently connected with me on Instagram about my embroidered drawings.  Serendipitously, she had taken pictures of a street art wall (in the lane behind 119 East Cordova…

Drawn to Pets

Introducing Drawn to Pets drawntopets.ca  The specific website for ordering my custom pet portraits!

“To prepare a face to meet the faces…” the Williams Lake portraits

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet… – TS Eliot — On my way to Williams Lake to co-facilitate forums with youth and program leaders for the viaSPORT YOUTH INCLUSION PROJECT!  So excited to spend the week with this extraordinary community! Bringing along…

Special BLOG Portrait Sale! Only $35 CAD until Dec 15!

SALE ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2016 MIDNIGHT! Your fave subject interpreted in my signature style. How to: Make payment (see below) Email photo plus mailing address I mail you original! (turnaround is usually one week from placing order to me mailing it regular post- if you need express post, we can discuss) Sale until December 15,…

Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Art Camp Diary- Part 6: the photographer

Recall: Preview Part 1: Preparation Part 2: Travel Part 3: Art Camp Day 1  Part 4: Art Camp Day 2 Part 5: Art Camp Day 3 — Part 6: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society Summer 2016 Art Camp- the photographer What a treat it was to be joined by photographer Rick Magnell of Magnell Photography on Days…

Time to order custom sugarskull portraits!

It’s that time again! Time to order custom sugarskull portraits! Anna T Fabulous of by post street and Jenn Mickey of 1181 Lounge at by post street launch party, April 2013. Photo by Viranlly Aix Liemena To order visit MY ETSY SHOP: YOUR PURCHASE HELPS ME PROVIDE SOCK MONKEY THERAPY FOR AT RISK YOUTH ON…

ART-INTERPRETED PERSONALIZED EMBROIDERED PORTRAITS- now available to order

   Portrait illustrated here of Ixquel Delaluna — ORDER YOUR ART-INTERPRETED PERSONALIZED EMBROIDERED PORTRAIT: ONLY $175 FOR 12″X17″ PORTRAIT (plus $20 shipping when using PayPal) HOW TO PAY: 1. Email transfer to britakatarina@gmail.com (save on shipping costs) 2. PAYPAL EMAIL ME FOR MORE INFO   

LIFE AS A FREELANCE CREATIVE. #rentcheque

LIFE AS A FREELANCE CREATIVE Holy shit- let’s be honest- being a freelance creative is tough.  It’s a bare cupboard lifestyle and yet there it is- that inexplicable drive to keep creating– knowing that you somehow do not have the option to stop. WTF is up with that? You need to create.  It’s so fucking…

SHOP: Custom hand-drawn portraits

COST: $85.00 CAD (plus $5.00 shipping) How to purchase: 1. Email transfer to britakatarina@gmail.com 2. PAYPAL Email me at britakatarina@gmail.com with your photos of choice and your shipping address.

Custom portraits in my signature style.

Custom Portraits 18×24 on newsprint $85.00 USD each (plus shipping)       All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will be shared on my instagram.   The portrait will be completed about 1-3 weeks after payment. How to pay? 3 options: 1. EMAIL TRANSFER VIA YOUR ONLINE BANKING TO: britakatarina@gmail.com 2. via PAYPAL 3. on ETSY Once you have…

Sacred Contracts Journal Exercise Part 5 of 8: Throat Chakra

  SACRED CONTRACTS JOURNALING EXERCISE SERIES PART 5 OF 8 THROAT CHAKRA We are tapping into our calling, our purpose, our joy in this SACRED CONTRACTS journal series.  It is inspired by Caroline Myss.  The journal series is  an experiment on my part, and I welcome you to join along. Recall Part 1: Future and Present where we took…

Sale ends June 30 Midnight! Portraits in my signature style only $60 CAD!

Portrait Sale! ENDS JUNE 30, 2014 MIDNIGHT 18×24 on newsprint From May 17-June 30, 2014, I have been offering handdrawn portraits in my signature style for only $60.00 CAD each (free shipping within Canada and US) Regular price ranges from $100-$300 Proceeds go towards  Sock Monkey Lifeskills Entrepreneurship Curriculum Development       All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will…

SALE! Today only! Ending 12AM PT: order a handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30!

Many of you have asked, pleaded, begged… so today I’m doing a special SALE! Today only ending 12AM PT: order your handdrawn portrait in my signature style for only $30! 18″ x 24′ on newsprint in china marker         Regular price ranges from $100-$300 But until midnight tonight, for $30 per portrait, I will…

My china marker portraits on @bypoststreet’s limited edition Winter Collection t-shirts!

The bypoststreet limited edition Winter collection t-shirts now available at bypoststreet.com! @bypoststreet features unisex luxury and sportswear inspired t-shirts designed by our creative director. Our eco-friendly luxurious bamboo/cotton cloth is milled in Canada and our t-shirts are designed and produced locally in Vancouver. Our collections feature limited edition portraits by our in-house artist. All our t-shirts…

by post street at Tank 18, San Francisco: portraits, interactive art

  A huge thank you to everyone at Tank 18 and our DJ Riccardo Bhi for a fantastic day!

Anna and the @bypoststreet paper dress as caught by the inimitable @viranlly

The by post street paper dress photographed by Viranlly Aix Liemena: The Social Life team: Viranlly, Anna and Josh! The by post street online store is now open:

Check out what attendees did to the portraits at DRAWN TOGETHER @bypoststreet LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge

Check out what attendees did to the portraits I created as we celebrated the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] today at 1181!  Thank you everyone for a wonderful day! ‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen. at 1181…

DRAWN TOGETHER INTERACTIVE ART and LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge April 14!

CELEBRATE the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] at 1181! ‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen. at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC ‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international…

“Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets.” Witnessing the deterioration. #streetart #downtowneastside

  Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent…

“I am art.” #streetart wall builds connections in the #downtowneastside

As our streetart wall grows, we are building connections with the local community, enjoying audience as we paint, inviting others to join. We are building dialogue around the “portrait.”  We are building relationships and locals are asking to have their photos taken and portraits done as they enjoy the empowerment we all feel when being…

Evolution of a portrait: @Conner_G and @rfwhyte of @JunctionYVR

Start with: Draw street art style portraits: Deliver: Enjoy: Thank you, Junction, for my wonderful Banksy book!

Order your street art style portrait!

Many have been asking how they can get a street art portrait done by me!!! Now you can sign up here via my ETSY shop to have your portrait done by me for $100 only! (plus shipping) I do them in newsprint with china marker and acrylic highlights. The original will be sent to you….

Now you can order a portrait! #Streetart #blitz!

Many have been asking how they can get a street art portrait done by me!!! Now you can sign up here via my ETSY shop to have your portrait done by me for $100 only! (plus shipping) I do them in newsprint with china marker and acrylic highlights. The original will be sent to you….

STREET ART: Europe sticker series. #fashion

The Social Life made a special street art request as they travel through Europe!  I supplied them with sticker versions of my fashion portrait/interpretation series:   Follow The Social Life’s adventures at: CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WHEATPASTE/STREET ART (click on pic):

Happy Birthday, Karl. #wheatpaste #streetart

 

#Tearsheets, #Streetart, #Vancouver and @VanRagazine!

Huge thank you to V-Rag Magazine, Cole Johnston and Matthew Roy for an amazing article in the SEPTEMBER 2012 issue and for the honor of appearing in this wonderful publication! Vancouver’s Gay Arts & Culture Rag V-Rag is a free monthly publication available in shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and salons around the West End, Downtown,…

A morning of street art- visually on the radio with @nxnwcbc!

Portraits, including Rochelle, getting ready! My students [at Intersections Media– a program I run with my brother, filmmaker Fred Thorsen] and I spent a wonderful morning yesterday with CBC Radio One’s Sheryl MacKay, taping a segment for North by Northwest regarding my art, the work I do and the street art! CHECK OUT MORE OF MY…

Portraits move us, connect us, pull out stories #streetart

In my street art portraits, I draw people I know, people in my social media circle, people who draw me in (pardon the pun), people who inspire me. I have been inspired by “Rochelle” (my local barista) for quite a while now.  She was so gracious to accept my invitation to be photographed for reference…

STREET ART: beauty in the deterioration part 3 #wheatpaste

I walked the alley at Main and Cordova today, like I usually do on my lunch break to air out my dog… I was surprised and strangely elated at the changes happening to our original pieces.  This part of the process is equally as important as creating the pieces in the first place.  Here are…

Saying Thank You through #streetart #wheatpaste

This post is dedicated to all the staff and students of Keith Lynn Alternative Secondary School Alicia and I began the process of saying thank you and goodbye to a special place by covering it with our art… This building will be torn down. This is where I worked with so many incredible students and…

“Walking the streets of dreams” wall is growing! #streetart #wheatpaste

—   Thank you Morgan, Justine, Amanda-Lynn, Ernst, Kevin and Anthony at Intersections Media for today’s session and for being my subjects: Amanda-Lynn added several of her portraits as well! See 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…

Pouring my soul into a physical form… Emerging young artist: Amanda-Lynn Woodworth

When I draw it feels almost like pouring my soul into a physical form and charcoal pours the best. – Amanda-Lynn Film by Amanda-Lynn at Intersections Media

Evolution of a #wheatpaste portrait: Justine.

I start with an inspiring person and a photo that really draws me in.   China Marker of course.  Guidelines in orange.   Detail in black.  Highlights in white acrylic. I encouraged Justine to cut out the portrait when I finished.  She will paste it herself in a few days.  It thrills me to watch…

“American Gothic” with Diane and Dr. Douglas Clement, aka #HBD @dclement007

This is truly the most inspiring couple in Canada!  Their lust for life is infectious and I thank them for their generosity, guidance, wisdom and friendship all these years!  Happy Birthday, Doug! Diane and Doug Clement From Whitecap: Diane Clement was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and has led an eventful life. Not only was she…

Cult of personality revisited.

In the late 80’s I worked on a series entitled CULT OF PERSONALITY.  I feel a new art event coming on building on the work I did last year and taking portraits of fabulous people I know to a whole new level.  Stay tuned! —

Art events are pretty darn magical! A wonderful night of creativity @YouthCO’s campaign launch- #ToolsForChange!

A huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers at YOUTHCO and all those who attended last night! I LOVE SEEING WHAT PEOPLE DO TO MY ART DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR AN EVENT!  By adding and changing they make it their own!  Last night resulted in some amazing creativity!                    Make your…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 5 of 8: Use full page, draw closeup, add black

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED Recall: PART 4: EYES, NOSE, MOUTH In this part, I want you to be aware of the WHOLE PAGE.  It may seem strange, but I want you to draw a frame around the whole…

Kat’s portrait tutorial PART 4 of 8: EYES NOSE MOUTH using shadow not outline

Recall: PART 1: DOODLE WITH RED OR ORANGE Recall: PART 2: DRAW WITH YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND Recall: PART 3: DRAW WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED On the left you see simple outline drawings of an eye, nose and mouth giving a flat effect. Instead, build up the features with shadows and note how the light catches the bottom…

Art event feedback from Sara… I’m grateful for these lovely words!

  To read the first post-event blog post go to : POST-MORTEM: POSITIVE   

Post-mortem findings after art event: POSITIVE! Here’s a taste!

THE EVENT.  WOW. Truly an interactive night that included EVERYBODY in the creative process– the artist (me), the youth, the hosts, the helpers, the venue, the staff, the food, the drinks, the photographers, the filmographer AND the subjects and  attendees who all were artists!!!  And of course the beneficiaries! I want to develop this concept further and…

Julia Kozlov and The INSIDE OUT PROJECT at ‘heroes with heART’ art event June 23!

The fabulous Julia Kozlov will be doing the INSIDE OUT PROJECT at my interactive art event on June 23!  Here’s her explanation about it:   I will be setting up a Inside Out Vancouver portrait taking corner at the event on June 23rd. Inside Out Vancouver is an extension of JR’s global Inside Out campaign which…

Peter, Syren, Mia and teaser #4 featuring Tracey Bell! June 23 art event!

For more info on June 23 go to:  

The stunning Velvet Steele as subject at the interactive portrait event June 23

  Not only am I about fun, but I am also into community activism as co-founder of WEAVE (West Enders Against Violence Everywhere) I help deal with issues of violence and crime. But hey!! I am not just about the FETISH/VISUALBDSM element; I love to travel. dinner out, the theatre, art shows and pretty much…

Barb Snelgrove and Charmaine Crooks! 2 fantastic heroes with heART! Meet them and paint on their portraits June 23rd!

  Barb Snelgrove A long time fixture in Vancouver’s LGTB community, Barb Snelgrove has been a Board member  or volunteered for various charitable organizations such as the Vancouver Pride Society, Qmunity & the DMS. She currently sits on the Vancouver City Hall LGTBQ Advisory Committee (Chair of the Sub-committee on Creative Capital) sits on the Vancouver Police…

Meet the phenomenal Linda of @FillmoreFamily on June 23rd! Finish her portrait with her!

    40″ x 60″ LINDA FILLMORE! ***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…

‘heroes with heART’ June 23rd! Finish portraits like these of @RebeccaRaw and @ryansteeleshow

Vancouver is not a city famous for fashion and glamour, but it will be thanks to fabulous women like Rebecca Rawlinson. Rebecca directly deals with designer and luxury fashion and gets to fly to places like new NY to attend fashion shows. She also loves to post images from her favorite runway collections directly on the blog – so…

Evolution of two portraits which you will finish June 23! Featuring @traceybelldivas and @jonnystaub

***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…

5minute8Bpencileraser backofanindexcard portrait no.37: Margret @SukisSalon

Interactive Portrait Event at Suki’s 16th and Granville June 26th!

At my June 23 Interactive Art Event “heroes with heART” you will add to this portrait of @Joan_E_Drag!

This is what my next two events are all about!  We CELEBRATE incredible people in our community [guest list coming soon] by adding to their portraits.  I start them.  You finish them!  Paint, glitter, graffiti etc!  Fabulous!  Here’s a taste: In partnership with INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, in collaboration with VANCOUVER FRIENDS FOR LIFE: June 23 interactive art event: heroes with…

Fashion = shoulders back! Lessons from @annatfabulous and @RebeccaRaw

I RECOMMEND: REBECCA RAWLINSON I NEED A SOCIAL LIFE (ANNA T FABULOUS) These 2 incredible young women share with the world their passion for the art of fashion. But what they TEACH ME is that fashion is truly about: • SELF-CONFIDENCE! • SELF-WORTH! • SELF-DECLARATION! • SHOULDERS BACK!   Anna and Rebecca in my 5-minute…