My name is Tanya Kashmir Lavache (Tee.Kay.Elle) and I'm a New York based painter and model. As a painter, my work is a product of my imagination and emotions mixed as one. I'm currently exploring new mediums, methods and styles of art to help me strengthen my artwork and break my limitations. As I emerge as an artist I also do freelance modeling. I’ve been modeling for around 4 years now so it’s become a passion of mine. I truly love being a chameleon in front of the camera and transforming into looks most people only imagine in everyday life. My goal as a model is to cover a dozen magazines worldwide and travel around the world. Back to being an artist, I want my art to not only aesthetically please the eye, but also rattle my audiences' perceptions on different situations we live in and/or experience. My main goal as an artist isn't to acquire profit or fame, but to forever connect with the hearts of my audience and leave behind my legacy with every brush stroke I take. This blog is a front row seat into my world, as I strive to become a success!
I miss my mother so much these days, I was looking forward to Mother’s day just to be with her. My sister and I hardly see my mother nowadays because we’re so wrapped up in our lives getting some time with her is rare. For Mother’s Day we tried our best to plan an exciting day for her, so we jam-packed the day with some art, fashion and dinning. My sister was scheduled to work till 5 pm so my mother and I met up and hung out before we all got together to eat.
We started our day off viewing the Super hero exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology that my sister thought we would really enjoy. The exhibit was pretty cool because it was right up my alley. My mother loved it as well, so we had fun being silly by taking some pictures and interacting with the entire exhibit. Continue reading →
I randomly found this video on You tube and loved it. I would like to do a video like this soon, but the reason to why I love these kind of videos and the presence of raw talent being shared. When I was studying art history in La Guardia my teacher who happened to be a feminist pointed out how very talented women in the past were kept under the radar because society didn’t want to acknowledge how amazing they were.They were kept from being in history, because they were females. Some were claimed to be as go as Michelangelo and Da Vinci or better. I have plans to research more about this but that’s all I know for now. With the help of the internet, women can show the world how amazing god made them and that’s the beauty of change. I don’t know what I how would be if I lived in those times. A black and spanish woman in the 1500-1700′s ughh, I’m happy I’m living now and can enjoy the talent of a fellow female artist.
Change is inevitable, you embrace it or you let it become a stone attached to you ankle holding you back from experiencing the joy of life. I use to be that person that didn’t take change well. Every time something happened I felt like my world was crumbling beneath me and it was hard for me to over come the pain. As I became older I would try to avoid any change to prevent getting hurt or feeling too weak to handle it. I realize now I tolerated so much unnecessary drama in hopes to create the peace I expected and anticipated on receiving in return. You make mistakes to learn and that’s the beauty of life. I have learned so much from when I was 20 till now, 24. It’s only a four-year difference but I love myself now more than I ever did before. That’s because I have learned to accept and embrace change. I love how I have learned to appreciate the sweet times even when some turned sour, to question anything I don’t understand and to do as I please regardless of what anyone else thinks or said. I love how I know all of my strengths and how I can use all my experiences to help me each my goals and brighten my future.
I’m not the same person I was when I started this blog and I will continue to evolve after I publish this post, but the greatest thing about that is every new step I take I’m becoming a better woman. I’m becoming the woman I always wanted to be and I’m proud of that 100 %. I’m not that woman posing in provocative attire anymore, I’m not that woman comfortably trusting others anymore, I’m not that woman who reacts off of my emotions anymore, I’m not the woman who gives undeserved chances to others anymore. I’m not the woman who needs to open up my life to media network sites to feel a sense of attention anymore. I’m not the woman concerned with other people and their lives. I’m not the woman who lets other people step on me, disrespect me or take advantage of me any more. I am a strong, intelligent, passionate and changed woman. I am a grown woman and I happy with who I am. It has been a long road to being where I am now, but I’m finally happy.
I’m giving my energy to my work, my company, my family, my love, my future. There is no space for anything negative or less than amazing. If you’re not liking my fruit you can go pick from another tree because I’m doing what I have to do for me! I’m now strong enough to say that because I know who I am and where I wanna be. I found my map and there is no more feeling lost for me. I have a plan and I’m walking with vengeance ! I’m so excited for what’s to come in my life because everything I worked so hard for is going to soon pay off. Everything that doesn’t belong will trickle away and I’m in such a peaceful place right now I know everything that is falling into place is where it’s suppose to be.
Steve Jobs gave a speech at a college graduation before he passed away that basically told people to follow their hearts no matter how foolish it may seem to the outside world and to stay hungry for your passions. To do as you please by you because this life you are living is no one else’s but YOURS!
With everything I have experienced good, disappointing and bad I’m more foolish and more hungry than ever! With that said I’m also dropping the name Tee Kay Elle [ TKL ]. I thought very hard and long about it and it’s time to say good-bye. TKL was what I use to be and what people got use to seeing me as. I’m in an amazing new place in my life and I have matured from that persona. I’m more than a pretty face or a hot body and that is what I want people to discover and know about me. I want my talents and intelligence to engage your interest not my personal assets. Tee Kay Elle was me then, Tanya Lavache is me now. I feel there is no need for an alias anymore, I wanna be known as who I was born to be. I have been “fell off the grid” for a few months but during my time away I was getting my life together and all I have to say now is GET READY. I have a lot of events and projects coming up that I hope and pray you all support and enjoy.
My friend Kathy bought tickets to see the Mets vs the Dodgers with her boyfriend before knowing the Knicks where playing that same night. So because he’s a guy he had to see the knicks game and she was left with an extra ticket. When she asked if I wanted to go I was so excited because I’ve never been to the new [citi field] or old statdium [shea stadium], let alone watched a Mets game. She is a devoted Mets fan and liked the fact she was the one to bring me to my first game.
I went right after work which literally took me 10 mins to get to because I work a stop away. We had some great seats by left field, so we started to watch the game with a beer and some small talk . The Mets weren’t doing too bad, they did have one great inning which I think was the 4th. Over all i enjoy sports so it was a good game reguardless. When we got the munchies we dug into some quesadillas, a burger, mexican corn and some patron margaritas. The game started to run late so we left early so the boys could drive us home. The score ending up being Dodgers 7- Mets 2 but other then the fact that we lost I had a great time!
I can’t believe a year has already went by. It feels like it was yesterday when I was finishing his midnight sky mural over his crib and walking into the hospital room the next day with a goat-tee after coming from work to see Mason for the first time. He has brought so much joy into my family’s life, and even thou I’m not always with him like I wish I can be Louie and Kanielle are great with keeping you in the loop with all the great videos and pictures they text and post on Facebook.
Yesterday was such an exciting day. My boyfriend, sister and I attended my favorite daytime talk show “The Wendy Williams Show”. I watch this show almost every morning and can’t get enough of it because Wendy is so exciting. She always has something juicy to share and her guests love to sit on her couch and spill the beans on their life. I love when she has musical guest because they usually perform, so that was what I was hoping to see yesterday but it was still a great show!
We had to be at the door at 7:00 am so I had to wake up at 4:45 am to try to make it on time to get the LIRR at 5:54 am. I have a problem with being late, so I been trying to fix that problem. Even thou I didn’t make the 5:54 am train I’m proud I did leave my house before 6:00 am, I was only 3 minutes late and that gave me time to get some breakfast.
We didn’t stand on-line for too long which was great and the weather wasn’t too cold which was even better. I was so excited to see Wendy, my boyfriend and sister was making fun of me the whole time. As we waited to be seated in the studio, they were interviewing a few people in the crowd to see who wanted to participated in the “ASK Wendy” part of the show which was the “sex edition” yesterday. That’s funny that would be the topic of the show we go to lol. My boyfriend was selected to speak to Wendy but during the show they didn’t have enough time to get to him because it’s live so that was a bummer.
We still had a good time, once we entered the studio it was like a party. There was a DJ playing all the jams and amping up the crowd as if we were in the club. During the commercial breaks Wendy had a hype man start-up the party every time. He was having people twerk and shaking their bottoms in their seat, this woman from Atlanta was letting the crowd KNOW she could twerk and actually won a prize for her dancing. Wendy had Cheryl Hines from the ” Suburgatory ” show, Stephen Baldwin from “Celebrity Apprentice” and Dr.Mike for the “Ask Wendy” sex edition segment. Wendy also confessed to us that she will be part of Broadway’s “Chicago” show this summer.
After the show was over Wendy spoke to the crowd and thanked us for coming. She was so nice and I thought she was a big lady but she is a lot thinner and prettier in person. My boyfriend sister and I were shocked how different she looked. We had such a great time, I wanna go again! I been to the “Tyra” talk show years back when it was on air with my good friend Jo-anne and I didn’t have near as much fun as I did at Wendy yesterday.
After we left the show and I finally got to take off my heels, we went to Argo Tea, a place my sister was raving about all morning. We decide to kill time with her until she started her class at 1:00 pm so walked to 34th street and discovered a store called “Brownstone” which had all kinds of cool gadgets and fun toys. After having fun playing in that spot, it was time to my sister to head to school. We said our goodbyes and because it was such a nice day my love and I bought some lunch and ate in the square. It was such a pleasant Monday and I’m grateful to have spent it with my family.
Till Next Time! <3 Tee [More Pictures coming soon]
Here’s a Sketch of my right hand Melissa as a happy lol…Evil Queen.
This is the fourth of my promotional superhero / villain comic sketches. Melissa as you all know by now is my number one lady. She as well as I grow up
as a Disney kid . We love all the princesses and seen all the movies. So when I asked her what she would like to be when I started to draw her of course she said a Disney character, only she decided to be a villain. Who’s better than Snow White’s Evil Queen.
Inspired by Ravenna from the movie “Snow White and the Huntsman”, I dressed her up as the evil queen with a bit of her true self in the mix. That’s why I added her favorite boots and gave her a rack to die for…lol
This will be soon framed and hung in her room as well. Interested in being transformed into your favorite hero or villain email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS, writer Joe Keatinge and artist Federico Dallocchio continue to spotlight everyone’s favorite Outlaws by putting Starfire center stage in her own solo adventure! This is so exciting, because Starfire has been one of my favorite characters since I started to read comics. I love her for her personality, because she wears her heart on her sleeve, she’s caring, honest and powerful. She very different from any character I have read about so far and sometimes she reminds me of myself…lol. I wish I could wear that crazy sexy outfit and have her flaming long red hair but that wouldn’t be as flattering on me lol.
In “Without Honor or Humanity,” Starfire travels to a far off planet to liberate a group of imprisoned villagers. But will they be willing to accept her help? Or will Koriand’r cause more problems than she could ever imagine?
Here’s a little from the creators of the new story….“After working with illustrator Ricken on our Arsenal issue, I got the bug to do more with the Outlaws, so getting the immediate opportunity to work with illustrator Federico Dallocchio
on Starfire is very, very ideal,” Keatinge recently told THE SOURCE. “Even better, she’s a character I’ve liked for a long time now, especially in the classic Wolfman/Perez Titans era. Shining a solo spotlight to where she’s at now in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 is something I’m very enthusiastic about.”- Cited from DC.com
I can’t wait to pick up this issue and some more in my box. I have a few to read, I been slacking on picking up my comics since I’m never in the city anymore. Good thing I have a full reading list so April will be packed with inspiration and imagination!
Here’s a few photos of Star fire for those who don’t know her.