Dreamtime

I stretched these canvases myself – with a heavyweight canvas.  I added drink coasters for texture then gesso-ed them and coated them with a Martha Stewart interior latex paint called Milk White.  Borders and straight lines, as well as a cat stencil ( the same one I used in the paper collages) completed the compositions.  Oil paint and collage materials completed the paintings.

I love their airy quality.  Oh, and my friend Syracuse artist Michael Moody gave me a bundle of old Scrabble pieces and I configured the text only from those letters.  I only had about three As and an H left over, I think!  That was fun because it made using game pieces part of the game and yet I feel that each painting has a strong element of self-portrait to them, as though the words were meant to be discovered.  They really represent my personal conflicts as I approached the new millennium.  The 18″ x 36″ canvases are $500; the 30″ x 30″ ones are $675.  I framed them with pine slats nailed to the sides, gallery style.

Karen Tashkovski, Adventure, 18" x 36", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500
Karen Tashkovski, Adventure, 18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, Essence, 18" x 36", 2000, $500
Karen Tashkovski, Essence, 18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, 18" x 36", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500
Karen Tashkovski, 18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, 18" x 36", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500
Karen Tashkovski, Hero,  18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, Play, 18" x 24", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500
Karen Tashkovski, Play, 18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, Rescue, 18" x 36", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500
Karen Tashkovski, Rescue, 18″ x 36″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $500

 

Karen Tashkovski, I Do, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $$675
Karen Tashkovski, I Do, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, J, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, J, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Key, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Key, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Q, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Q, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Roi, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Roi, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Vanilla, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Vanilla, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Web, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Web, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Wing, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Wing, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, X, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, X, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

Karen Tashkovski, Zoo, 30" x 30", 2000, oil, latex & collage, $675
Karen Tashkovski, Zoo, 30″ x 30″, 2000, oil, latex & collage, $825

 

 

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