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Holding The Key

So many bloggers are out there offering positive affirmations to help you make 2015 the best year ever.  Things akin to believing in yourself and following your dreams.  I can’t believe how many advocate quitting your job to follow your passion.

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

Please don’t quit your day job, people.  There is plenty of time to make things happen after work and on weekends.  It’s all about time management.   Art is something everyone should be doing in one capacity or another.  Or maybe I should just say being creative, because that is what the world is looking for – creative thinkers.  Outside the box and all that.

Karen Tashkovski, Rhythm, 11" x  7 1/2", 2001, mixed media paper collage, $50
Karen Tashkovski, Rhythm, 11″ x 7 1/2″, 2001, mixed media paper collage, $50

I have a lot of goals for this year, but I have to say that 2014 surpassed my expectations in so many ways.  I faced fears and made decisions that really changed my life.  I’m proud of myself that I took those necessary baby steps.  I feel like life is just some kind of a roller-coaster ride, and once you realize that you are strapped in, you can just go with the flow.  Let the ride happen.  When you start worrying about stuff, you end up like that guy in Vegas who got stuck on the zip-line and had to be rescued.  It’s great that there are people out there who will always help you when you get stuck, but being a damsel in distress is the stuff of fairy-tales, and in reality, it’s way better when you can just save yourself.  Or better yet, be a person who doesn’t need to be rescued at all.

Echo-4, 18" x 18", 2005, mixed media
Echo-4, 18″ x 18″, 2005, mixed media

Is life a roller-coaster or a dream?  I wrote down some very specific things I wanted for myself this year and they happened within three months.  It was freaky in a way, like I had the skeleton key to the universe or something, which explains why I wasn’t completely successful in bringing everything to fruition (I got a little cray-cray).  This blog and website, putting my artwork out here in cyberspace, getting financial stuff in some semblance of order and other private-life stuff that I’m still trying to process….

Welcome, 9" x 12", 2001, mixed media
Welcome, 9″ x 12″, 2001, mixed media

Maybe I should throw out more desires and see if they boomerang back as a manifestation of more dreams.  I want to sell my art.  I want to fill my passport with stamps to at least three countries in the next three years (France, Scotland and Greece come to mind since they are the ones illustrated in my heart-quilt paintings).  I want to fix the roof on this house before it is beyond repair.  I want to live an even more creative life and spend a lot more time laughing, and making art and…I don’t know.

The Way, 9" x 12", 2001, mixed media
The Way, 9″ x 12″, 2001, mixed media

Maybe I should quit promoting my art altogether and just blog about my cats.  I have spent several hours a day this vacation on all the re-tweeting and tweeting I’ve been doing on Twitter.  I mean hours of contemplating what to tweet that will bring visitors to this website and ultimately sell the art so that I can make more paintings and enjoy the benefit of financial success; be able to live the life I’m sure I want.  Just for fun, I tweeted a picture of my cats – my favorite picture taken months ago, but as you know when you have two cats, it is nearly impossible to get a good picture of both of them at the same time.  They’re very wriggly.  I’ve taken hundreds of shots of them just to get this one good one.  So, I put it out there and it went sort of viral.  The kitty tweet that went around the world or whatever.  Favorited by probably a hundred people and re-tweeted so many times I was like, what-what?  Are you kidding me?

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Now, if I can only get half of those people to purchase some of my cat motif paintings, I’ll be in business.  I will literally have a business.  Lol…you have to laugh.  You really, really do.

 

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Emotionalism at Play

This morning I woke up in tears, the kind typically reserved for when Oprah interviews you.  I guess my life sometimes feels like I’m in a labyrinth, one that seems to be a lot easier for other people to navigate but incredibly road-blockey for me.  I’m sure I’ll find a way to laugh about this later but not now.  The crummy weather day is insisting I remain miserable, sad and hopeless.

The good news is that I’m going to try to bottle the feeling and use it later as an element in a new series of paintings.  I have a vague idea of what they’ll look like – I often tell my students that I tend towards having psychic visions of future work, which helps to focus me during the process of going from thumbnail sketch to reality.  There are no thumbnail sketches yet.  Just feelings, colors, and fleeting imagery.  The planned series will be titled Futura, which is funny that I know that  – the way I knew I would call my cat Jasper before I met him.

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I didn’t have a working title for a series of paper collage works I displayed back in 2004.  I received a grant from Senator John DeFrancisco and subsequently was granted a lot of press on the show that accompanied the artwork.  It didn’t actually work that way, but in reverse.  I made the art a couple years before, secured an art show at Pastabilities restaurant in Armory Square (downtown Syracuse), charged up a storm to frame the art then applied for and received the $1,000 grant (or was it $1,500?  I don’t remember).

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I used to teach at Bryant & Stratton, my second job out of college, in the long-defunct Fashion Merchandising program where as a business college professor, I learned and taught students to write press releases that would get them noticed.  I had a lot of success with my own press releases, frequently getting follow-up articles about my work published in the local papers.

John DeFrancisco is someone I’m following on Twitter.  Yeah – I tweet now.  You can see the link somewhere on the side of this blog post.  It’s https://twitter.com/karentashkovski.  I’m @KarenTashkovski.  I’ve tweeted a handful of times, mainly links to my social media activities – Pinterest, Facebook, here, etc.  I’m learning the whole hashtag culture or as I refer to it – number sign.  And I’m re-tweeting and following back.  Cyberspace is a vast black hole but it has the dichotomy of being a small world as well.  Kim Kardashian (yes, I’m following her – who isn’t?) could easily flick a thumb and retweet to her universe and all of a sudden as a consequence because we’ll become besties, I will be able to identify a Kanye West song (or not, probably not.  I’m more of a classic rock/alternative person).  Hopefully the real consequence will be resulting sales.  People have a lot of power at their fingertips, to friend you, connect with you and know you or at least your on-line persona.

I have a google email now too.  It’s ktashkovski@gmail.com.  I needed it for something, I can’t remember what now – and used it successfully to send Linda Bigness those videos through google docs.  So they should be up shortly on You Tube and on here.  Oh yeah, that’s what it was.  I’m on You Tube.  I have a channel (meant to be said with a posh British accent).  I posted three videos, two of them of my students in my super secret (not so secret) Harry Potter club at school.

The hope with that is to seek a fairy-godmother-wizard person who will pay to send my students and their families to Harry Potter World in Florida.  Oprah, are you listening?  Because I’ve mentioned you twice now.  And if you want to do a surprise interview first, then I will be well prepared.  I have mastered the ugly cry and everything.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQFc9d1i6QGQcQBsimYyWyQ