Retrospective Introspective Selfie Fest 2014

I’m having a stellar time finding new and old things I enjoy. This year has been a wonderful ride and I am looking forward to next year’s exciting moments. This might have been the first year where my creating has outpaced my ability to blog every awesome moment, so here’s a snapshot of my year.
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December

I aspired to be a post-modern Dr. Seuss drawing maker and comedic improviser.

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November

I went in two directions. An organic growth and a repeating pattern.

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October

I rediscovered my love of comic moments and short hair.

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September

I became a kaleidescope inspired video-collage artist. I held one person art+rock parties with myself. It’s the most fun I have by myself.

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August

A friend of mine received a beautiful shell painting that I enjoyed making. I went to see Arcade Fire at the Gorge Amphitheater. A magical month.


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June

I quit my job. I made a little saying to cheer me up. I used facepaint to express myself. Looking back on it, I feel like I didn’t have to try to be a sweetheart shamaness. That’s just what came out.


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May

I made a calla lily acrylic painting for my mom for mother’s day. I also joined a local makerspace. Fun place. Interesting people.

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April

Made a comic style scratchboard and memo holder as a fun birthday present for one of my closest friends. So sweet. I died my hair purple, my favorite color. It was awesome.

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March

On a whim, I picked up some scratchboards and felt the satisfying push of a wooden stylus over a canvas, revealing the hidden glory. I also went on a cabin trip into the woods to appreciate nature.

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February

I enjoyed talking to people about black holes and moleskin notebooks. I made hand-drawn modern greeting cards.

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I was a multimedia designer at Ada’s Technical books with some fun little comic stories about a penguin that traveled by balloon.

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Speak Again Bright Angel

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ASMR: Prismatic Ventricles Present “Speak Again Bright Angel” – YouTube.

Clicking and whispering, we danced and played creating stories for ourselves that no one else will remember even if we told them.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

I was thinking of doing a calendar of fun art, but then I was thinking that a waste of paper that is. If you just want to visit with my art daily, why not try some desktop wallpaper?

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Prismatic Ventricles Present Evening and Window to My Soul

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ASMR: Prismatic Ventricles Present Evening and Window to My Soul – YouTube.

Visuals: my sock and statues from the Seattle Asian Art Museum, rotating videos rotating. Watch that rectangle fall.

Sounds: Evening, a tale of bells and delight and some soundscapey stuff. It’s all very engrossing. I don’t really need to say much about it.

One reviewer said: “Oh, woah. When I came to it felt like I hadn’t stopped blinking.”

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My Now Life: Whale songs asking for help

I realized something amazing was happening to me. I found the reestablishment of order. Sometimes, in my head, I fly off and become a fantastic cyber shamaness and dream of glorious wonderworlds with wiggly trees and happy boulders. I realize that it’s important to document works never made. Ideas I  had then fleeted. I find myself wanting to write in stream of conciousness for a while and see what I create. I know I should have been doing this all my life, like a long Synechdoche New York. You know, where I can dream up a whole world for you to imagine. Should I begin? When does that idea become a solid? A liquid? I am in a dreamy space world where the harmonics drift up and down like a pulse… stirr it… liquid dreaming.

Okay. Why can’t we all be writers and share what’s happening? Do we not trust each other? Do we not bond with language? Broadcasted whale songs asking for help. For finding a dream that they thought they’d lost? I am a profound supporter of the creativity it takes to dream these things and the time spent there to create these works have an important undertaking.

 

I’ve given myself permission to write “stream of conciousness” or close to it in a series of blog posts called “My Now Life.”

 

 

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Patreon: Testing the Waters

Patreon: Support the creators you love. Before publicizing my new account with Patreon, perhaps, my one big opportunity to get funding for what I do, I am doing a “soft launch.” I’ve made the account and the first video (My Patreon Video – YouTube.) where I make my case to be supported in this way.

“I sy, why not try? You can hardly lose. You might find some people who really care and love to see art happening. You might add where you think the art will end up, like galleries, shows, happenings, online, etc. so people can look for results. You might also keep a blog to report back to them every couple of weeks. They become your interest group and patrons.”

-Tom, former graphic design teacher

“It’s very overwhelming. Both from the visual and auditory perspective. I’m left not sure what I watched exactly. The other people speaking in the background particularly threw me. The visuals felt a little bit easier to digest than the audio, although still somewhat ephemeral. I guess the question is what you want to accomplish with the video. Perhaps those feelings are what you want?

That being said, it may do exactly that for some people. On a technical level, I’d recommend getting some additional patreon goals set up now, particularly for individuals.
I would offer both 5-10 dollar rewards as well as 50-100 dollar rewards with a ridiculous reward of like… a session at the Kat media lab creating media. I think that you want to harness the full power of Patreon to allow people to take part at the level that is good for them. The video… I’m not sure how to feel about it. It’s extremely challenging, but that’s not bad in art of any kind. I definitely had a hard time staying focused on any one piece of it, so it did feel a bit like floating through a different dimension with lots of stimuli from lots of different directions.” -Jon, juggler who runs a tutorial youtube channel
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“it’s really short and I think you’d benefit from writing a more cohesive statement about what inspires you and why exactly you would need the money for besides rent/food. I need to try to remember if I know anyone with Patreon accounts that might be able to give pointers. perhaps show more example of art as well?” -Sofi, photographer
Support Katarina creating Sound Collages and art. Here’s the link to the profile.

I think I’m going to go into the next draft with more rational appeal. I agree with what everyone, that this is an important and measured step for my development and as much as I want them to have a taste of what I am most interested in producing, I shouldn’t let that take over what the message is. The message being that I am an artist with plans, goals, achievable with time and money. All of which are measurable and reasonable. I agree with Tom, that I could make the process a bit more transparent with blogging so that my patrons are seeing behind the curtain that Art seems to try so hard to keep shut. I’m excited because I’ve always felt this sense of being an architect, a planner, someone that organizes thoughts and files it away for later. I am looking forward to sharing these files, metabolizing them into something precious. I saved it. Not all but a lot. My past is my future though however remixed/mashed/hashed. I am looking forward to seeing the person that will make these things.

I think about how I have changed and gained confidence with my work and it’s helpful for me to conceptualize myself as a shamaness because it gives me a sense of history and scrying. I am combining what could be perceived as insanity and journalistic approaches to create a hybrid of media that makes a little sense, but also has a bit of mystery. Is that my elevator pitch? I am not sure. I’m working to give words to something that has been really intuitive for me. Surprisingly, the words are coming out. With time and support, I think that the narrative will grow stronger.

 My dad saw this blog post on LinkedIn and wanted to weigh in… Sweet.
I thought the video was unusually compelling, original, creative, and well executed. I just do not understand why you are not a “discovered” and well compensated graphic artist and videographer. Love, Dad
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A Call for Christmas Commissions from Katarina

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link to sweet video A Call for Christmas Commissions from Katarina – YouTube.

Need a hand-written Christmas card? How about a set of them with a demented R2-D2 (from Star Wars) motif? Does your mom need a portrait of her dog and not know how to ask for it?

For very reasonable prices (depending on complexity and materials), I am offering commissions where you approach me with a fun idea to draw, paint, video collage, interpretive dance, mix-CD, what have you and we make it happen for your gift-giving event.

What I am most excited to do is a set of custom hand-drawn-watercolor greeting cards. I have been making my family Holiday cards yearly and to make them for other families seems really special and the next big leap in acheiving my dreams (which is making people feel special).  These cards measure 5″ × 6-7/8″(127 mm × 175 mm). Each package includes matching envelopes. Quick turn around. Order today and I’ll get started immediately and have them in the mail tomorrow! Set of 5 for $20 and a set of 10 for $28.

link to item at the online shop: Katarina Countiss Multimedia — Custom Card Sets.

Stay warm and drive safe.

I will be having other product/offerings soon. Find me through TWITTER, FACEBOOK, 

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