Kati Gabri Tea: Art and Related Tidbits

Basically my mood. I have been trying to do “art” (which, wtf does that even mean anymore?) for the past two weeks and I have squeezed out work for a commission I’ve been lucky enough to get, but nothing is actually flowing. Today, this is the most cohesive thing I’ve managed.
Honestly, I think it’s performance anxiety. It doesn’t help when the voice inside your head telling you to get on your feet is huge and looming and kinda mean. 

Basically my mood.

I have been trying to do “art” (which, wtf does that even mean anymore?) for the past two weeks and I have squeezed out work for a commission I’ve been lucky enough to get, but nothing is actually flowing. Today, this is the most cohesive thing I’ve managed.

Honestly, I think it’s performance anxiety. It doesn’t help when the voice inside your head telling you to get on your feet is huge and looming and kinda mean. 

— 1 month ago with 6 notes
#puny human  #frustration  #artist's block  #art  #doodle  #beastie 
February 2014Watercolor (Pelikan brand), microns; watercolor paper 9x12A birthday gift for my amazing and dear friend Holly, the sort of person who would drive to distant places in the middle of the night to rescue me from myself.  She loves fruit bats, so I decided to draw one hanging under a flowering holly plant, slightly Mucha style, . Not sure that comes across but I had a lot of fun.Aslo, I’m not expert on bat anatomy so I copied from this photo.

February 2014
Watercolor (Pelikan brand), microns; watercolor paper 9x12

A birthday gift for my amazing and dear friend Holly, the sort of person who would drive to distant places in the middle of the night to rescue me from myself.  She loves fruit bats, so I decided to draw one hanging under a flowering holly plant, slightly Mucha style, . Not sure that comes across but I had a lot of fun.

Aslo, I’m not expert on bat anatomy so I copied from this photo.

— 2 months ago with 29 notes
#kati teague  #kati gabri tea  #little red flying fox  #flying flox  #fruit bat  #holly  #mucha inspired  #illustration  #art  #watercolor  #micron  #ink and watercolor  #drawing 
I have some bigger works in progress but for now have a little doodle of gas-masked, pigtailed indulgence.

I have some bigger works in progress but for now have a little doodle of gas-masked, pigtailed indulgence.

— 3 months ago with 12 notes
#doodle  #micron  #ink  #sketch  #kati teague  #kati gabri tea  #illlustration  #gas mask  #I dunno man 
To My New Followers!

Well, this is sort of exciting, isn’t it?

Hello! So good to see you. Expect more from me in the next couple days. Thanks for following! :3

— 3 months ago with 3 notes
Jan 2014Canson watercolor paper/watercolorsOctopus doodles. There’s a girl at work who is the best dancer in the entire club. And when she crawls across the stage, she moves so smoothly that she practically glides. I stood watching her and was reminded suddenly of an octopus. I will never tell her this because she won’t think of it as a compliment (though I would mean it as one). I also liked the idea that an octopus-stripper would ink a guy in the face if he was being an asshole.
SO.
That’s how my random watercolor exercise metamorphosed into octopus dancers. More to come. 

Jan 2014
Canson watercolor paper/watercolors
Octopus doodles. 

There’s a girl at work who is the best dancer in the entire club. And when she crawls across the stage, she moves so smoothly that she practically glides. I stood watching her and was reminded suddenly of an octopus. I will never tell her this because she won’t think of it as a compliment (though I would mean it as one). I also liked the idea that an octopus-stripper would ink a guy in the face if he was being an asshole.

SO.

That’s how my random watercolor exercise metamorphosed into octopus dancers. More to come. 

— 3 months ago with 373 notes
#octopus  #art  #illustration  #watercolor  #paint  #doodles  #sketch  #kati teague  #kati gabri tea 

"Have You Seen My Mother?"

Fall 2012- Winter 2013

My mother was put in prison when I was twelve. These works are a response to that, and to violence, loss, separation, and destruction all families of incarcerated people experience. I attended the Chowchilla freedom rally at CCWF, one of the handful of prisons where my mother was held, and then the art began.  I was allowed to show this work in a campus gallery and was interviewed about it.

I figured I would post this in link as well as photo form, since they serve different purposes.

— 3 months ago with 9 notes
#PIC  #prison industrial complex  #incarceration  #prison  #painting  #abolition  #ftp  #the prison business  #bodies for money  #multimedia  #paint  #oil painting  #installation  #letters from prison  #letters  #mother  #daughter  #loss  #separation  #art  #kati teague  #kati gabri tea 
Keep Your Heart Strong: An Interview with Kati Teague about healing from the Prison Industrial Complex through art and organizing →

"Kati’s mother was incarcerated for two years in CCWF, an experience she suppressed until eleven years later when she traveled to the Central Valley to stand for the first time in front of the prison where her mother was held.

This experience profoundly changed Kati. Surrounded by people whose families shared the burden of a similar absence, Kati began to understand the collective impact of this systemic removal of mothers, grandmothers, siblings, and children from our communities. While it had been over a decade since her direct contact with the prison system, the gathering crowd of protestors made clear that the crisis of California’s prison system was far from over. However, in order to fully reckon with the experience of loosing her mother to prison, Kati did what artists do: she made art about it.”

-Adrienne Skye Roberts

Last year, I made work about my mother’s incarceration and had the privilege of putting it up in a gallery on campus. I was then interviewed about it by the wonderful Adrienne Skye Roberts, to whom I am grateful. It is strange to see myself referred to in the third person, but there you have it. If you click the link you can see the work, including paintings, an installation, and letters that my mother and I sent when she was in prison, along with the interview. 

— 3 months ago with 3 notes
#pic  #prison industrial complex  #art  #painting  #installation  #multimedia  #letters  #kati teague  #kati gabri tea  #adrienne skye roberts 
Jan 2014
Growing Pains of an Artist, man. 

Jan 2014

Growing Pains of an Artist, man. 

— 3 months ago with 31 notes
#art  #illustration  #comic  #sphynx  #bird lady  #me  #artist's block  #muses  #muse 
Holy demon schoolgirl + biblical imagery. Gonna watercolor it soon, I swear. Also expect more stuffs from me soon.

Holy demon schoolgirl + biblical imagery. Gonna watercolor it soon, I swear. Also expect more stuffs from me soon.

— 3 months ago with 5 notes
#drawing  #art  #illustration  #catholic school  #eve  #satan  #serpent  #apple  #forbidden fruit  #Catholic School Girl  #school girl  #halo  #sacred icon  #demon  #woo 

Work in Progress, EDIT.

Arroyosanime answered the question I asked below, and it turns out he was right. I just needed to change it to RGB. Woo! Thanks a bunch! 

Can someone please tell me why colors in photoshop look different from colors on tumblr? Seriously, these colors aren’t half this saturated on photoshop, but here it’s like someone is trying to shoot you in the eyes with gumballs. Halp?

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
#photoshop  #help  #art  #illustration  #digital art  #wut 
Summer 2013
Vine charcoal on drawing paper
I have this old mechanical dragon design I used to work with a lot. Before, it had standard four-legged western-dragon anatomy. I decided to try it using raven anatomy. :3

Summer 2013

Vine charcoal on drawing paper

I have this old mechanical dragon design I used to work with a lot. Before, it had standard four-legged western-dragon anatomy. I decided to try it using raven anatomy. :3

— 6 months ago with 5 notes
#dragon  #raven  #drawing  #kati teague 
A Good Beat, Summer 2013
Okay, okay. So I know that the society that creates rape survivors also creates rapists. I know that many people can grow and change and see what they’ve done and that killing them or torturing them isn’t going to solve the world’s problems. I know that education is the key, and not violence. 
But now is not the time for me to know any of that. Someone else can know that and remind me later.

A Good Beat, Summer 2013

Okay, okay. So I know that the society that creates rape survivors also creates rapists. I know that many people can grow and change and see what they’ve done and that killing them or torturing them isn’t going to solve the world’s problems. I know that education is the key, and not violence. 

But now is not the time for me to know any of that. Someone else can know that and remind me later.

— 7 months ago with 88 notes
#rape  #art  #illustration  #kati teague  #kill your rapist  #batting practice  #a good beat 
Summer 2013Toxic Photoshop sketch at too-late-o-clock.I’ve been thinking lately that California is an easy place to get stuck. For most people it’s a destination, but this shouldn’t be a given for those born here.  The thought of getting mindlessly comfortable scares the piss out of me. This place is beautiful and liberating sometimes, but it is as messed up and toxic as any other place, and worse than many.  Prisons are on my mind.

Summer 2013
Toxic

Photoshop sketch at too-late-o-clock.

I’ve been thinking lately that California is an easy place to get stuck. For most people it’s a destination, but this shouldn’t be a given for those born here.  The thought of getting mindlessly comfortable scares the piss out of me. This place is beautiful and liberating sometimes, but it is as messed up and toxic as any other place, and worse than many.  Prisons are on my mind.

— 8 months ago with 12 notes
#prisons  #art  #photoshop sketch  #digital art  #kati teague  #kati gabri tea  #california poppy  #california love  #CDCr 
Summer 2013
Practice for my figure drawing class turned in to more half-baked photoshop doodles JUST FOR YOU. I’ve had this pink, pig-tailed raver girl in my head in some form or another since eighth grade…. she used to be a wooden doll, if I remember right. PSCS6

Summer 2013

Practice for my figure drawing class turned in to more half-baked photoshop doodles JUST FOR YOU. I’ve had this pink, pig-tailed raver girl in my head in some form or another since eighth grade…. she used to be a wooden doll, if I remember right. 

PSCS6

— 9 months ago with 5 notes
#raver girl  #raver  #rave  #art  #photoshop doodle  #digital doodle  #kati teague  #woo  #pink