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I Have a Dreamtime

I finally repaired my painting, Dream Time.  I’d lost a couple of the Scrabble pieces because I had it leaning against the kitchen door for the longest time and one or both of the cats must have knocked them off.  My sister found the exact letters I needed at the flea market and gave them to me for Christmas.  Best gift ever.  Because I think that this painting is one of my favorites and now I can share it with you.

Karen Tashkovski, Dreamtime, 2000, oil & collage $500
Karen Tashkovski, Dream Time, 2000, oil & collage, NFS

This was the first piece in the Dream Time series.  I stretched all the canvases myself with a thicker canvas, added collage items – coasters from Empire Brewing Co. and playing cards, and then I gessoed the canvases, added Martha Stewart latex paint in Milk White, and painted them with oil paint.  There was this routine that gave all the paintings harmony, as well as devices like drawing in pencil, but I used a different color scheme in each one.  This one is my favorite because I am in love with its buttery color and how effortless it felt to create it.  It was seriously like a dream the way it all came together.

My favorite paintings are often the first in a series, I guess.  I never noticed that before.

Karen Tashkovski, Pompano Revisited #1, 1996, oil & collage, NFS
Karen Tashkovski, Pompano Revisited #1, 1996, oil & collage, NFS

I keep the above painting in my bedroom and probably will never sell it because it is actually a narrative of one of the last times I returned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL after living there for two years.  The rest of the Pompano Revisited series were variations on the theme – the puzzle piece layout, the shark, the Goodyear blimp; but none carry the same emotion for me as this one does.  And there’s that light Naples yellow again.

Karen Tashkovski, Secret, 2008, mixed media, $200
Karen Tashkovski, Secret, 2008, mixed media, $200

You haven’t seen the next two paintings yet. A few years ago, I took the Talisman series to John Dowling, a professional photographer in the area.  http://john-dowling.com/

He photographed them for me.  That’s why I posted them to Shopify – because they are the best photos I have.  But I’ve changed these two since the photo shoot.

Karen Tashkovski, Find, 2008, mixed media, $200
Karen Tashkovski, Find, 2008, mixed media, $200

In the above painting, I painted the little man figure with the black chalkboard paint.  It was white in the Dowling photo.  I changed the ribbon in Secret.  I keep them both in my bedroom too.  In my defense, there are a lot of walls in my house, all plaster and in need of something to cover their blemishes and cracks.

I also have a dreamcatcher, which may actually work because I’ve only had one nightmare since moving here nine years ago and when I woke up after it, I noticed the thing had fallen off its hook and landed behind the lingerie chest.  Not to be superstitious or anything….

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I have been having the most vivid dreams lately.  Not sure why but they are the kind with a plot, like the entire seasons of Dallas and Knot’s Landing when it turned out that  Pamela had dreamed the whole thing.

(Does anyone remember that Valene Ewing named one of her twins Bobby because he was dead?)

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It’s funny because as viewers we need to accept the premise and then we’re fine with whatever the outcome.  It’s all entertainment.  That’s how I feel about Star Trek.  You just accept that they are able to go to warp drive, accept that they can transport by vanishing and reassembling their molecules elsewhere, accept that even though there are photon torpedoes and phasers set to stun and/or kill, in the end, Captain Kirk and the bad guy or Spock and the bad guy will come to fist-to-cuffs blows and Starfleet will always prevail. (I think you can tell I had a Star Trek movie marathon this weekend?)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSq_UIuxba8

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/star-trek-actress-nichelle-nichols-martin-luther-king-jr-impacted-decision-stay-enterprise-article-1.154674

It seems easy enough to accept the premise of world peace, accept each other for who we are and what we bring to the artistic table (or any table) without having to sleep on it.  But if lucid dreams are really a thing, I want to have a dream dinner with Gene Roddenberry, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Walt Disney.  The ultimate dream team.

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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.

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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?