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Life With Wee People: Creating Art From The Heart...

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Life With Wee People: Creating Art From The Heart...

I owe the Ward Nasse Gallery some new artwork so this morning's conversation is going to be about art from the heart while I show condos and figure out which drawings I should finish and which ones I should let the shorties color for their amusement (LOL). When we went out yesterday I started sketching to explain house features to Noah. When I draw what we're looking at he understands what I mean because I can show him exactly what I am looking and talking about while scribbling away with my pen. His ability to take pictures and my ability to draw what he is taking pictures of means we can communicate on a whole new level. We're swapping ideas through images and I am loving every minute of it. I have to scribble them quick because we have to stop to service clients, but we do have the option to pick up where we left off (and frequently do) so I shall be exercising that option later on when I take them out after school this afternoon. He liked the Tudors so I'm thinking this one would be nice... :-)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

I'm thinking of making an oil painting after I scribble it a few more times before I do a really nice drawing of it. I may turn this one into a water color once I finish inking it. It's Canson canvas paper, has a very nice texture  and holds oil paint and acrylic quite nicely. I do a lot of practice work on these pads and like a quality paper because sometimes, when I least expect it, I actually get a drawing right the first time (LOL).

BTW, today's outside office is lower Manhattan because I shall be working in SoHo, NoHo, Chelsea and Union Square before I break for lunch at 1:40pm and head back to pick up the wee people for our afternoon excursion. Union Square is always a fave WiFi spot for me because I have a thing for Barnes & Noble and Starbucks. My kids love going to B&N and the shorties never turn down milk and cookies at Starbucks. Sometimes, they insist (LOL). It is also a quick run to the Brooklyn Bridge when its time for me to return. I find I make better time cutting through Brooklyn to return to Queens in the afternoons because if you learn to flow with the truck delivery schedules you can miss some major traffic snarls. :-)

Traffic is a pet peeve of the hubby. Mike seems to be enjoying the fact that FL traffic isn't as insane as NYC traffic. My kids love traffic because Stephen is car, bus and truck crazy and Noah is master of our music, games and movies. He loves being in motion, taking pictures while enjoying the electronic perks of home on the road. Stephen has been talking more now that Noah is putting him to "work" and I have been cracking up at some of their brief exchanges. I've been talking to the hubby about getting a Sprint MiFi for the car to share with the South Carlonia and Florida properties so I can take it with me when we go wandering about during vacation. Five devices can log on and that would be stellar for my little group. Since the hubby doesn't want to buy himself a laptop and would rather we hard wire into the modem with a router he is hesitant to do so.

Mikey is a die hard tower man who needs a gaming powerhouse and refuses to budge on the issue. He likes to be stationary with his hard drives while I, on the other hand, am an advocate of the mobile office and love Sprint Air Cards because they work going 60 miles per hour (ROTFL). Yes, I have experimented with them with a little help from my gal pals checking their e-mail and streaming TV plus the wee people love YouTube and Facebook so not having instant Internet access on demand for the shorties et al is playing with tantrum fire (LOL).

While my kids surf the Internet and watch their Amazon Unbox movie collection while we zip around showing properties, having play-dates, Skyping with friends and blogging on the fly, I get to multitask on all sorts of interesting little projects and keep my ADD very happy. Right now I am flipping through my sketchbook waiting for my next appointment to arrive, wondering what my kids are up to at school while chatting with you. If time permits I may sketch a Manhattan cityscape while poking around between assignments.  :-) 

The cool thing about having a mobile office is that you can work from anywhere any time, any place and cycle through projects. Right now I have six sets of keys to some very nice properties for two sets of buyers who work odd hours. I am enjoying my blogging break and I also have my sketchpad to while away the time while I play on-line waiting, waiting, waiting on my next appointment. 

The boys have their own art books and canvas and I am thinking I should hang a few of their latest creations in their room since we're painting the apartment together (among other things -LOL). Noah wrote "The Lion King" on his book shelf and hubby's chest of draws. He also wrote his name on the table. I've been bleaching that for days and tossed out the magic markers (LOL). They were not too happy about me using primer on their wall art but they're gonna have to learn some things should not be written on. 

Client is in. I'm out. Will chat with you guys later after I grab the kids and let them play TomTom. :-)





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Comment balloon 9 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 04 2010 11:47AM


Loved reading your post. I could almost imagine myself in the city. Your drawing is beautiful! I'm a retired art teacher/current realtor in St. Augustine, Florida. Our soon to be 450th anniversary would be a great time to vacation here. :)

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Margo. I may be coming down with the kids to see the relatives in a little while. I've been working on getting an apartment sitter for a few days so I can travel with the shorties. I'm thinking of swapping homes with a friend of mine, then spending a couple of nights with my Father-In-Law. Mikey is down there helping his Dad out and we really miss him.

I taught Stephen how to speed dial his Dad on my cell phone and now my texting tot is a speed dial monster stalking his Daddy (ROTFL). Poor Mikey has to keep stopping what he's doing to take shorty's call five times a day. I keep telling Mike to use Skype so we can video call while he paints the house but he seems to think he wont get any work done because the kids wont ever want to disconnect. He may have a valid point because they are both YouTube crazy. This week end when we go upstate to scope the house where George Washington slept is going to be mad fun because their little friends are going to be on Skype while we tour. Just another reason why I love Air Cards. :-) 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

450th?  Wow, how old are you Margo?  Sorry C, I couldn't help myself.

I love that line of communication you have going with photos and drawings and that drawing is wonderful.  Would love to see your oil painting too.

So do you do commission work from photographs?

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 10 years ago

Tammy, I can create work from anything I see and have done a few portraits from photographs. I try not to do more than 12 oil portraits a year because they are time consuming, but I do a lot of pen and ink work and sometimes will bang out several graphite portraits in one day. I practice a lot on the kids and a handful of close friends. I have them memorized and frequently turn them into all sorts of interesting stuff. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn - The picture is amazing.  Drawing is such an awesome talent.  I'd love to see the oil painting too!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 10 years ago

I love the sketch of the house! The perspective is perfect! =D

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, you amaze me with your multi talents.  You're built in entertainment for your boys!  Love your sketch.  Always wished I could draw.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, the sketch is great but I really enjoyed this post. It just flowed easily for my mind.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 10 years ago

Thank you, Susan. We're doing mixed media together (making a mess but having fun).

LOL @ Lisa. Perfectly crooked is more like it (LOL). ;-)

Lora, I am the first to say I started out doing stick figures just like everyone else. I just kept adding to them until I got better at it so I tell everyone to start where yo are. It will get better if you keep at it. :-)

Thank you, Maria.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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