Into the Abstract Abyss

everything you can imagine is real

So, ten days into the new year and what have I done to achieve goals?

Um…..

In my defense, a migraine wrapped  its tentacles around my brain today.  There’s always an excuse to procrastinate and I will use that one.  Plus, I left the camera cord at work so I couldn’t upload the student artwork to my school website.  I had every intention of doing that today.

http://www.chittenangoschools.org/teacherpage.cfm?teacher=1596

And I really should watch what I say.  I bragged about being impervious to the cold then we went into a dumb deep freeze with below zero temps and it was soooo coooooold that all I wanted was to be the guy on that commercial with the sweater made of live cats.

hanes-kitten-softness-large-5

I haven’t worked out my issues with Shopify and this website yet.  I’m sure it is a minor glitch but you know how that goes.  Minor turns into major, and things take a ton longer than you think they will.  Really, how do I ever get anything done?  I seriously could not concentrate today AT ALL.

http://karen-tashkovski-visual-artist.myshopify.com/

Are things even happening?  Well, kind of, yes.

*Two of my students won awards at the regional Scholastic Art Awards.  A silver key for one of the encaustic paintings and an honorable mention for one of the cow paintings.

*I was asked to judge an art contest in April for the local chapter of the National League of American Pen Women.  http://www.nlapw.org/  I emailed with the liaison to confirm the date and time, and wrote it in my datebook.

*My blog post, Holding the Key, will be added to the blog on www.professionalartistmag.com.  It will be up some time next week.  The editor saw the blog after I’d posted it to their Linkedin group and thought it would benefit their readers!  I spent a chunk of the day searching my laptop for high resolution images of the pictures and popping the blog into a word document to email it all to her.

*I now have over 500 connections on www.linkedin.com, and more people are starting to endorse me for my art “skills”, as well as commenting when I post links to the various groups I’ve joined.

*I am up to over 3,700 followers on Twitter!  And not all of them are there because of the cats, although a lot of them are, lol.  I’m getting more re-tweets and favorites, which may or may not lead to sales, but it seems like progress. https://twitter.com/karentashkovski

Oh, and movie star Taye Diggs is following me!  That’s my new claim to fame, my new middle name, as in Hi, I’m the artist Karen-Taye-Diggs-is-following-me-on-Twitter-Tashkovski.

Karen Tashkovski, Devices, 1998, 24" x 48", oil & collage, collection of Sophie Tashkovski
Karen Tashkovski, Devices, 1998, 24″ x 48″, oil & collage, collection of Sophie Tashkovski

*I also spent a bunch of time thinking about devices I will use for the Futura series of paintings.  I will start thumbnail sketches soon.  I’m using my painting, Devices, as inspiration.  It is one of only about four paintings that have survived from my 24″ x 48″ series of works from 1998.  I destroyed a number of them for no really good reason except that I didn’t think they were good enough.  Eventually, I will resurrect the canvases with the new series, but it will take a bit longer to work everything out (I have nothing, if not all the time in the world to make it happen).

*I purchased a couple of lottery tickets for the Powerball jackpot.  I could be two hundred million dollars richer by tomorrow morning.  A girl can dream.

Can you imagine?

 

 

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