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…

My Frida hung there…

I love the evolution of the street art creative process- the pasting of original art and letting it go into the world… Like the journey of my Frida angel pasted on Valencia Street, San Francisco, three plus years ago: August 24, 2013 (photo by Anna Thorsen) November 28, 2016 (photo by Anna Thorsen) What motivates someone to…

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…

Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 5: Day 3 Celebration 

Recall: Preview Part 1: Preparation Part 2: Travel Part 3: Art Camp Day 1  Part 4: Art Camp Day 2 — Part 5: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society Summer 2016 Art Camp Day 3- Celebration   — Sitting here in my lovely hotel room organizing supplies and reflecting on this week… — It was the…

Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 4: Day 2 The Wall

Recall: Part 3- Day 1 Today: Williams Lake/ Punky Lake Summer 2016 Diary- Part 4: Day 2 The Wall It doesn’t take long to make connections and on the morning of Day 2 it was evident we were all a connected and creative group building new bonds and friendships! (Portrait of youth participant from photo…

Art is not about the finished product but about the creative process.

INTERACTIVE ART Art is a powerful tool to facilitate connection and healing.  For me, art is not about the finished product but about the creative process.  Allowing the community to take ownership of the art creates dialogue- an ongoing dynamic that enriches all involved.  On Saturday June 14, 2014, senior residents at Rideau Manor and audience…

Flour, water, sugar. China markers and newsprint. Plus some youth. Perfect combo!

Latest gallery of wheatpaste sessions with Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society and Byrne Creek Secondary! All my street art projects are inspired by JR and the Inside Out Project.  Make sure to check out the Inside Out Project Victoria!!!

The most beautiful card in the world.

Today was my last session of the Cultural Identity Project with Laura Mathers Grade 8 class. I am so honoured to have worked with such an incredible group of youth. And what a beautiful surprise to receive this hand done card from the students (24 x 43.5 inches):

Cultural identity project at Byrne Creek Secondary- Gallery #wheatpaste #chinamarker #paint

CULTURAL IDENTITY PORTRAIT PROJECT SESSION 6 OF 7, BYRNE CREEK SCHOOL GR. 8 Recall previous posts about this project: Does wheatpaste work on a ceiling tile? Session 2 of 7 Today we added final touches.  30 Grade 8 students did an extraordinary job on this project.  The result illustrates that their true identity lies in connection,…

It has been a beautiful fight. Still is. – Bukowski

“Lighting new cigarettes, pouring more drinks. It has been a beautiful fight. Still is.” – Charles Bukowski

Does wheatpasting work on a ceiling tile? Hmmm…

I will be facilitating a really exciting Cultural Portrait pilot project at a local high school in a couple of weeks. The plan is for the 30 students to create a street art type ceiling as they explore self and cultural identity. The work is to go on those classic porous school ceiling tiles- you…

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…

The wheatpaste wall at YouthCO!

Making a painting in a studio can be a bit stifling at times, but when you add the street installation element to it, it begins to be this exciting and urgent way of communicating. – Cake Successful art programs recognize that art is a vehicle that can be used to engage youth in activities that…

For such the angels go … And uniforms of Snow. #streetart w @mediaforyouth

We trust in plumed procession For such the angels go – Rank after Rank, with even feet – And uniforms of Snow. ~Emily Dickinson Anyone can be an angel.  ~Author Unknown

My Frida Hangs There. #streetart #sfo

Frida Angel pasted at 18th and Valencia. A taste of my incredible San Francisco trip for by post street. Thank you to SF for a beautiful, productive, heart-warming, empowering visit! MUCH LOVE TO MY PARTNERS-IN-ART-CRIME: MATT ROY, OWEN MCEWEN, ANNA T FABULOUS. The Frida angel is pasted on a temp wall right beside the Elbo…

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter- in the eye. #streetart

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye. ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre  

What stays, what goes, what changes. Our ever-evolving wall. #streetart #downtowneastside

Huge thank you to Brianna Baker, Chrissy Capilano, Dan O’Brien, Zöe Harvey and Warren Nicolson for being part of the latest wheatpaste session at our wall. The first paste ever on our wall July 17, 2012: And today:

JR and Swoon: my #wheatpaste heroes

The original inspiration: JR, a French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face. He makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. A funny, moving talk about art and who we are. Learn more at insideoutproject.net. — Swoon is a Brooklyn-based artist whose life-sized…

“The Wall” and @bypoststreet = tickets to @gimmethelootnow in #NYC thanks to @MilkStudios

@bypoststreet won tickets to the new movie, Gimme the Loot, as part of an INSTAGRAM challenge! http://gimmethelootmovie.com/ The latest session at THE WALL: Josh Langston prepping wheatpaste portrait of Kasey Riot

Evolution of a portrait- @syncop

Step 1. Meet Instagram friend in person for first time! Step 2. Take photo  Step 3. Gather supplies Step 4. Draw Step 5. Invite subject to paste their portrait on “our wall”!  Stay tuned!

Be a rainbow in somebody’s clouds. – Maya Angelou

  My dear friend and colleague, Sara Place, took notes during Unique Lives with Maya Angelou on Monday night.  She shares her notes here: RAINBOWS IN THE CLOUDS Maya Angelou – October 29th                   “At the worst of times the possibility of seeing hope” – be a rainbow…

Anticipating TS Eliot #wheatpaste collaboration with Matt Roy, @spellcheque #preview

My inspirational friend, Matthew (Matt) Roy, author, foodie, extraordinary/profound human- has created a wheatpaste series on TS Eliot. I will be pasting the series in Vancouver and will include stickers of my portraits of TS Eliot and Matt Roy! — — — … There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to…

Stay tuned for art event news tied in to the portrait project!

  I am in pre-production stage re: arranging an interactive art event tied into the portrait project!  If you’ve been to one of my events, you know they can be quite magical because they are about YOU.  As you are part of the art. It’s an experiment.  We’ll see what happens!

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….

Happy Birthday, Karl. #wheatpaste #streetart

 

Charlotte Free.

Recall: Drawing Deconstruction Discovery of Charlotte Free   Endlessly inspiring: Check out:   —

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…

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! —

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

Walking the streets of dreams… #rudeboy #ska #wheatpaste #streetart #portraits

It’s hard to imagine  a day without a china marker now… The joy I feel in sharing my art freely and for free on the streets is intoxicating and liberating.   Laurel Aitken will be pasted soon… experimenting on larger pieces now…

“While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” #wheatpaste #streetart

The lastest pasting session was interesting as it brought me into new locations and into new dialogues. I pasted BLU by myself- first time I didn’t have my team with me.  I almost made it to a train, but glad a found a perfect, “permanent” spot instead. My friend, Darcy, joined me for a session…

Mia More in the morning. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart #creativeprocess

Mia More Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules. ― Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism See more about wheatpaste art: China Marker Bowie and other portraits Portrait: Jacqueline Latest updates This is how…

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips and a glimt of teeth. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart

See more about wheatpaste art: 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

Joe Average. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart

He is one of my biggest inspirations…  Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to draw you! These pieces will be pasted next week. Joe Average See more about wheatpaste art: 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…

Beauty in the deterioration, in the static, in the anticipation. #wheatpaste #streetart

Walking through our “gallery lane” in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, it’s beautiful to see which pieces remain untouched and which are changing. I haven’t revisited our pieces in the West End yet.  I’ll be curious if different neighborhoods have different lifespans. Some samplings of check-ins: Prepping new pieces: See also: China Marker Bowie and other…

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! The Social Life Is it GUERILLA ART if you’re openly squealing with laughter?! Captured moments:  

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

Most of the pieces remain untouched, even after several weeks, even after a year. But some have been altered…  … so we added back. And we added more. Maryellen cutting out my Dead Bird series Patti Graphic Novel 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: Cut it out: Add detail: Find the right spot: An assortment of delicious moments from the past week: —

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…

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

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….