Positivity is something that I talk about a lot. I speak about it so much because it has worked to help me through very dark times in my life. I recall a conversation with my surgeon in 2012 (before my cancer operation).

He told me that the biggest determining factor between cancer survivors and those who do not survive, is an outlook of hopefulness and positivity. I survived, so I believe that it is a beneficial practice. Being positive can lead you on a direct path to happiness; and by happiness I mean a general contentment with the here and now. To be happy does not mean that you must be ignorant to suffering; however, even in moments of loss, we can still appreciate and have gratitude for what remains. Here are my... 5 Reasons why happiness is a choice

I wrote this piece with the intention of helping artisits who are newly establishing their work on platforms like Instagram.

As an artist, I have seen immense growth on Instagram through posting my artwork and videos. In February of 2020, my account had around 300 followers. Less than one year later, (January 2021) my following has grown to over organic 1,800 followers. When I say organic, please know that I am referring to the method of gaining followers without paying for them through 3rd party websites; not organic as in food. Although, I am sure an Instagram sandwich would taste delicious.

All fun aside, take a look at my YouTube video filled with great tips for 5 Reasons Why Your Art is Not Reaching its Best Audience.

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In 2020 I started a new section of Art by Konu where I featured artists who embodied the spirit of a person who is living out their artistic passions.

I started this because I walk the same road in my own life; having left one version of my life behind to pursue a life closer to what I knew would make me happier.

For this month, I created a short interview with a fellow emerging artist from Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. His inspiring designs in digital painting are something to be experienced. Check out my YouTube video interview of Sylvester R. Gough Jr. (Sylvestergough65) in the Community spotlight page by clicking here.

The interview takes place in a new format I created called Art Confidential with Stephanie Konu. I hope you enjoy it- although my voice is a tad bit raspy! I promise to warm up with a hot cup of ginger tea for the next video.

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