Celebrating 95 pages with a vulnerability hangover…

I am workshopping my graphic novel through a weekly online serial. So far… we have been witnessed a crime: Looked at the original headlines: I’ve introduced my involvement (more to come): And travelled to Ireland to get our first glimpse at the main character: Molly’s and The Babes in the Wood timeline are now starting…

… it goes deep, deep down into its burrow…

I was organizing my notebooks and loose papers and to-do lists at a coffee shop this morning.  I love to organize, but I am strangely disorganized.  Creative chaos is my middle name, but so are organizational skills. My mind runs a 1000 miles per hour, and so I write bits of quotes, make lists, tiny…

When Doors Close: A Retreat to Unlock New Possibilities May 20-22

7 brilliant, heart-full and talented colleagues are collaborating to create When Doors Close – a retreat to unlock new possibilities. I’ve been witnessing heartaching frustration in friends, loved ones, even strangers, and hearing the refrain “all the doors seem to be closing” – over and over. I know these words well. I’ve said these words, and…

Stanley Park. Birds. Angel whispers. And Pledge Drive.

I walked around Beaver Lake today.  I was infused by the profound beauty of nature.  Warm sun.  Blossoms.  Skunk cabbage.  Herons were dancing in the wind above the lake, ducks were courting and playing, chipmunks and squirrels scurrying.  Chestnut-backed chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches landed on my hands.  I describe the feeling as angel whispers. I took…

Stick to the facts in the text, avoid assumptions, yet draw conclusions.

In my current project, Molly, I use mainly primary sources and secondary sources such as news articles, as well as well-vetted research in order to build the story around the cold case. The drawings are then freely inspired from the research, i.e. they are an artistic interpretation. I can combine my research to build portraits….

ART SALE: Graphic Novel Paper Dress and Update

So the theme of the month of May was, according to the Power Path, NEW ALIGNMENT. We have been shaken, rattled, taken apart, and sideswiped by the unexpected. We have had to accept change and embrace the unknown. The eclipses of March and April affected us on a very deep level, with core issues needing…

VanCaf reflections Part 1 of 6: Julian Lawrence and Drippy the Newsboy

  Fabulous afternoon at VanCaf Day 1- the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! Such an incredible treat to take it all in- immersed in the work of great artists. I was struck by their insatiable drive to create and share and the realization that I have finally found “my people.”   And today really lit fire under my ass…

Delightful local Vancouver artist: Amy Tom

I am delighted to introduce an extraordinary Vancouver artist, Amy Tom.  I was introduced to her through my friend Anne Banner, owner/curator of Vancouver curiosity shop and paradise: Salmagundi West.  Amy’s whimsical and magical style inspires me to no end! Check out her ETSY shop! I create postcards, magnets and art prints reproduced from my…

Connections & Creativity: an interactive gathering with Laura Mack and Kat Thorsen

I AM DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE MY NEXT COLLABORATION WITH LAURA MACK! — We invite you to experience a deeper connection to self, tap into your creativity and connect with others at a truly authentic level.  We will be sharing tools and practices with you, in an experiential format that will enrich your personal and professional lives.  And, if you…

Boundary- a new comic by Emily Cowan

I am so excited that Vancouver artist, Emily Cowan, has now launched her extraordinary comic BOUNDARY online! BOUNDARY is a long-form comic about being stuck, difficult families, changing friendships and the different kinds of boundaries in our lives.  Mostly though, it’s about adolescent frustration and the unbearable tragedy that is being fifteen.   The worst part of…

Tools for anxiety- esteem hearts at ArtQuake 2014

I was honored and elated to be part of ArtQuake 2014 at SFU Harbor Centre yesterday! ArtQuake envisions a transformed world where every youth is a vehicle for change, fueled by their own creative expression. The theme of yesterday’s event was Madness Matters: Re-creating Mental Health Through Art and Community. I provided two workshops on…

Evolution of a #wheatpaste. Portrait of @ThaneKoi, one year later

What is the point of a piece that is meant to be temporary?  Work that is impermanent reminds us that nothing in life is permanent, that every state is temporary and transitory.  Contemplating this concept teaches us to embrace change in our life, instead of working against it.  When others notice a piece that is…

DRAWING ON PAIN: Aug 29 – Oct 13, 2013 at Espana Gallery, Vancouver BC

DRAWING ON PAIN Aug 29- Oct 13, 2013 Opening August 29, 2013 7-9 PM Espana Gallery 689 Abbott Street Vancouver BC Includes Artist Talk DRAWING ON PAIN exhibits my personal therapeutic process as I utilize art to help me process the difficult challenges I have encountered (and continue to encounter) in my life– such as…

For it is a Vancouver Story. #graphicnovel study

For it is a Vancouver Story. MOLLY- the graphic novel The TIMELINE of the story ranges from 1891-1968.  The main event in Stanley Park occurred in 1947. — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 –

Molly’s confession. #graphicnovel study #openingsequence

I am going to tell the story of my life in an alphabet of ashes. – Blas de Otero — GRABLINE: He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. – The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953 MOLLY- the graphic novel —

It doesn’t stop him. My death stops him. #graphicnovel study

Recall March 7, 2013, photoshoot at Salmagundi West for my graphic novel. I am struck by the ability of my model, Jocelyn Louise, to convey, in a simple glance, the pain of my main character as she tries to escape the memories of childhood trauma. Asexual. Living in church, reading about God all the time, getting callouses…

With a faery, hand in hand… photo shoot for the #graphicnovel at Salmagundi West!

On March 7, 2013, I was humbled at the generosity of Salmagundi West owner Anna Banner who allowed us to use her store as a back drop for our latest photoshoot! I was joined by Jocelyn Louise (who portrays Molly) and stylist Jay Fisher… … and my daughter Anna Thorsen who took the main shots…

“Where white is black and black is white, I won.” #graphicnovel study #crowskull

When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white. He decided it glared much too whitely. He decided to attack it and defeat it. He got his strength up flush and in full glitter. He clawed and fluffed his rage up. He aimed his beak direct at the sun’s centre. He laughed himself…

Maybe you mistook me for an angel… #graphicnovel studies and research

Sometimes, the truths that we hold to be fixed in our culture develop a fissure, which widens into a crack, and as we watch, the mirror shatters shard by shard, until nothing is left but fragments of the prejudice lying in disarray at our feet. – Patricia Pearson, Perceptions of Female Violence and the Vocabulary…

… the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul… #graphicnovel study

It rasped her, though, to have stirring about in her this brutal monster! To hear twigs cracking and feel hooves planted down in the depths of that leaf-encumbered forest, the soul; never to be content quite, or quite secure. – Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway MOLLY- the graphic novel —

Regarding Molly- importance of working titles and “acting as if…”

As I experiment with marrying text to illustration in my graphic novel, I am working from the end backwards, creating a working title and promotional mockup. Acting as if the book is completed, the project feels organized and allows me to create a skeletal framework on which to flesh out ideas. This framework can then…

The dissonance of text and illustration. Study for #graphicnovel #Molly #BabesintheWoods

MOLLY- the graphic novel —

Shame. Study for #graphicnovel

      Recommended reading:   —   MOLLY- the graphic novel —

He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had. Jan 15, 1953

  MOLLY- the graphic novel —

I, in fleshy tomb, am buried above ground. Study for #graphicnovel

— Encompass’d with a thousand dangers,  Weary, faint, trembling with a thousand terrors….I…in fleshy tomb, am  Buried above ground. – William Cowper MOLLY- the graphic novel —

The Babes in the Wood study #graphicnovel

The Babes in the Wood [1] My dear do you know, How a long time ago, Two poor little children, Whose names I don’t know, Were stolen away On a fine summer’s day, And left in a wood, As I’ve heard people say, Poor Babes in the Wood! Poor Babes in the Wood! Oh! don’t…

Take Off the Amber, Put Out the Lamp #graphicnovel #research

Take the day.  Immerse.  Forget everything else.  Read.  Sketch.  Cocoon.  Trust the calling. Today’s resources: Jamison, K.R. (1999) Night Falls Fast- understanding suicide, Vintage Books: New York, NY, USA Malooof, J., ed. (2012) Vivian Maier- Street Photographer, powerHouse Books: New York NY, USA Appignanesi, L. (2007) Sad, Mad and Bad- women and the mind-doctors from…

Dec 24: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. Mary Kate and Ashley ft. @jasonmatlo and @NICEPKG

DEC 24: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X JASON MATLO & PKG — I am so excited to have collaborated with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — THANK YOU…

Dec 23: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @annadellorusso ft.my advent portraits!

DEC 23: Anna Dello Russo TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X KAT THORSEN Choices (originals are 12″ x 18″ on newsprint): 1. Alexander Wang 2. Derek Blasberg 3. Marc Jacobs 4. Tom Ford 5. Diane Von Furstenburg 6. Phoebe Philo 7. Coco Rocha 8. Leigh Lezark 9. Karlie Kloss — CHECK OUT MORE OF MY PORTRAITS AT:…

Dec 22: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of #KateMoss ft.@Mimi_Chica

DEC 22: Kate Moss TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X MIMI CHICA — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

Dec 21: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @cocorocha ft.@CotteDArmes

DEC 21: Coco Rocha TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X COTTE D’ARMES — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

Dec 20: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @joansmalls ft. Dean Accessories

DEC 20: Joan Smalls TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X DEAN ACCESSORIES — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

Dec 19: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @karliekloss ft. @Sephora

DEC 19: Karlie Kloss TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X SEPHORA — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in…

Dec 18: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @lindseywixson ft. @skullcandy

DEC 18: Lindsey Wixson TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X SKULL CANDY — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

Dec 17: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of Charlotte Free ft. @nailsinc

DEC 17: Charlotte Free TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X NAIL INC — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

Dec 16: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @Caradelevingne ft. #SFO mug and gift card!

DEC 16: Cara Delevingne TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X STARBUCKS — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in…

Dec 15: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @NaomiCampbell ft. @KatThorsen

DEC 15: Naomi Campbell TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X KAT THORSEN CHECK OUT: THE SOCIAL LIFE HITS THE STREETS — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint —…

Dec 14: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @manrepeller ft. @shopmasc

DEC 14: Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X MASC SKIN CARE — — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can…

These three hours that we have spent.. two shadows went along with us… #graphicnovel photoshoot w. @RickLegalPhotos

Recall Photoshoot Dec 3, 2012: A Lecture Upon the Shadow Here are some MEGA TASTY treats from Rick Legal. As an artist/researcher/behavior evidence analyst, these photos fill every cell of my being with joy!  It is wonderful to allow a fellow artist the freedom to do his work within the context/limits of a vision.  Extraordinary….

Dec 13: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of Giovanna Battaglia ft. @dylaniumknits

DEC 13:   Giovanna Battaglia TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X DYLANIUM KNITS — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t….

Dec 12: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of Carine Roitfeld ft. @BaslerFashion

DEC 12:   Carine Roitfeld   TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X BASLER FASHION — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We…

Dec 11: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of Kate Lanphear ft. @OrganicTanYVR

DEC 11: TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X ORGANIC TAN VANCOUVER — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in…

Dec 10: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @DerekBlasberg ft. @RebeccaBree Boutique!

DEC 10: TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X REBECCA BREE See my post re: REBECCA BREE BOUTIQUE DEREK BLASBERG — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s…

Dec 9: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. @alexa_chung ft. @VousValet

DEC 9: TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X VOUS VALET ALEXA CHUNG — I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFE, Anna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL! Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint — Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So…

A Lecture Upon the Shadow: an evening of collaboration on the #graphicnovel with @RickLegalPhotos and co.

A LECTURE UPON THE SHADOW. by John Donne December 3, 2012 was an evening of collaboration as Jocelyn Louise and Jay Fisher recreated 1947 and main characters from my graphic novel as they were photographed by the extraordinary photographer, Rick Legal, and as the entire process was documented by photographer and colleague, Nancy Kirkpatrick. The book will include…

Muse reawakened. #Vancouver #coldcase #graphicnovel

MOLLY- the graphic novel Read updates at KICKSTARTER Follow links at GRAPHIC NOVEL   • Prepping the mindmap • Gathering inspiration • Collecting quotes • Reviewing current work- written and drawn • Creating new pieces • Planning new photoshoot • Documenting process *Rethinking approach • Full immersion imminent — She waved as she made her…

My new obsession: artist Lisa Cinar of “Draw Me A Lion”

I had the pleasure of finally meeting Lisa Cinar at her Draw Me A Lion booth at the Strathcona Winter Craft Fair yesterday.  What a beautiful person! I am a huge fan of Lisa’s work.  Her art brings up such immensely pleasurable memories of my childhood in Sweden, artist Lisa Larson and my favorite children’s books.  I…

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):

#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…

Introducing Angus MacDonald, photographer, #Vancouver

I have the pleasure of working with Angus at Intersections Media in Vancouver.  I am delighted to share an initial peek at his work.  He will be documenting his time at Intersections through photos and film and I can’t wait to use his photos as sources for my wheatpastes!

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…

A morning with Joe… trying printouts, multiple copies. #streetart #wheatpaste

Trying wheatpasting printouts of originals for the first time!  It worked!  They didn’t run! Today’s subject: Joe Average I had fun going back adding to the last wheatpasting spot. Be sure to check out Joe Average’s new site! —

Joe Average’s new site! #art #photography

We are SO LUCKY to be able to access more of Joe Average’s work on his new site!  Check it out!  It’s like drinking a cool glass of clear, clean, beautiful water. Joe Average (born 1957) is a Canadian artist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diagnosed HIV+ at age 27, Average made the decision to commit the rest of…

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: 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…

“Do you know what it takes to do a global art project? People, energy, glue.” #Vancouver #streetart

Do you know what it takes to do [a global art project]? People, energy, glue. – JR I met up with Elijah yesterday so he could paste the portrait I created of him and his beloved dog, The Baconator!  Thank you, Elijah, for an inspiring afternoon! The city’s the best gallery I could imagine. I would…

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2. #wheatpaste #streetart

Recall: Beauty in the deterioration Part 1 Watching the pieces change is intriguing and almost as delightful as seeing them remain unchanged! Here are a few changes:   Make sure to check out Raziel Reid’s article in Xtra! about the Pride 2012 wheatpaste campaign: Also see: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest…

#Graphicnovel update! Checklists, mindmaps, plotting out chapters, inciting incident… #startattheend

I love that all I am doing in my art and career feeds the graphic novel, even if I’m not working on pages in the book per se. When I do my street art, I am utilizing the style and perfecting the technique and medium I am using in Molly. When I am working with…