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Life With Wee People: Little Minion Artists And Ward Nasse Gallery


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Life With Wee People: Little Minion Artists And Ward Nasse Gallery

Yesterday we took the shorties to one of our fave stores on Glen Cove Road to pick up our art supplies so we could go paint in the park. Arts and crafts can be a two car affair depending upon what we're doing. Mikey wanted to get his jog on, so he left first while the boys and I packed our art hamper, grabbed some canvas, loaded the cooler and set off for Cunningham Park.

Three cars full of kids later we settled in for our afternoon playdate with our neighbors (LOL). I enjoy painting in the park with the shorties because it always creates cool aid grins when I sketch people. Sometimes my friends pose. Sometimes strangers get into the mix. Sometimes it turns into an impromptu art class when the boys decide to share their supplies with other wee people. :-)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Stephen discovered T-ball in school so now I have a bat wielding miniature car driving lunatic on the loose when he isn't painting with me. In this case, painting ON me (LMAO).

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Noah is more sedate in his park wanderings and will ride his Razor Scooter all over the place. He spends half his time trying to keep Stephen from playing the Minion Blur with other people's stuff (LOL). Kid is quick. When he isn't being supervised by Noah, poor Mikey spends half of his park time trying to get Stephen to keep track of his toys. Time outs include peeling tangerines, stuffing them with ice cream and reminding them they are supposed to be painting. :-)

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When all else fails, you can distract him with fountain driving. The goal was to get him to drive the cars in circles around the man hole covers. Instead, Stephen decided the track should periodically include a car washing. What better place than the fountain? "No. Drive HERE!" is usually his rebuttal (LOL).

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Kids are great for creating textured backgrounds in large blocks of areas. My shorties love to paint and frequently interject themselves into my gallery projects. Our current project is 30 x 40 so we can work simultaneously or individually if we want. I'm trying to teach them to paint within the lines. We're using paint knives, forks, spoons and brushes to finish this one off. When we're done layering a bunch of colors I'm going to guild it with precious metals. I frequently use copper, gold and silver in my work. I'm going to post some pages from my sketch book later so I can introduce you to the friends I have posing for me.

I gotta run. I need more models and am on the hunt for some new Gallery guide victims (LOL). Sana agreed to let me place her in Art News and The Gallery Guide. I gotta see who else I can line up to be in my next show in SoHo. The boys will be exhibiting with me. Noah's photography will be side by side with my paintings. The three of us will be signing this one when we are done. Stephen may have to make due with a hand print and some squiggly scrawls (LOL). ;-)


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Comment balloon 11 commentsC Tann-Starr • April 07 2010 10:20AM


Carolyn, I can imagine the activity swirling around you when you're painting.  Perhaps the fountain car wash could develop into a real group car wash business.  I'm just saying..  The guilding with precious metals sounds interesting - please share the finished product!

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

Susan, Stephen loves the car wash. Every time I gas up he insists we have to go through the car wash (LOL). Will show you guys how the project is coming along. We have 20 works in progress and are having mad fun creating them. :-)

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

C T-S - you are one amazing woman!  I keep saying you make me woozy with all you do and I am so not kidding!!!  :-/  That painting is absolutely beautiful.  Ummmm - that's not a paint-by-number, is it????  ;-)  JK, of course.

You are also one amazing Momma! 

Posted by Sandy Fenton, ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes (Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker) over 10 years ago

You have two budding Picasso's here, C.  Maybe one day they will be able to keep you in the manner to which you have, or should be, accustomed.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

C, wonderful that the kids are so interested in art, and of course everthing else! I am waiting to see your finished product, looks very cool now!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

I love this, almost finished, masterpiece. You continue to amaze me with your talent, energy and unending creativity! Really think there is more than one of you..impossible to get so much done by one person.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

I love love love this! You are always so busy with your kids and family and life... you amaze me! What a great idea to paint in the park. I'm just trying to get the gumption to try something other than watercolor paints with my kids.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Carolyn... I adore your tales of you adventures with the boys!  I'm with Margaret... "You continue to amaze me with your talent, energy and unending creativity!"  And I'll add love to that mix too!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Very cool painting. And I finally understand the giant wall of colored shapes that's behind you in your avatar picture!

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

Hey Carolyn, what a great day! By the time I got it all in the car I'd be too tired to keep up! Love the art in progress too.... give us a look see when it's all done!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) over 10 years ago

Hi Guys! I have my models lined up for this Saturday and Sunday. Now I have to figure out which ones I'll be meeting where (LOL). Saturday will be three photography sessions. Sunday will be two. I also have a par-tay to figure out with a hand full of loved ones. Seems I'm also gonna have to figure out a which of those I will be attending in and out of state for my 45th (LOL). My kids are gonna O.D. on road trips and birthday cake. ;-)

Sarahgray, I'm gonna give you guys a lot of sneak peeks into the insanity of our painting schedule. It's mad fun. I'm thinking I should throw an ActiveRain partay at the gallery. I do have to plan a reception so why not? Any suggestions for what to name this collection of work? I need to name my show something interesting (LOL) 

Lisa, very cool. I bet the more I share with you the better you'll get my quirky traits (LOL).

Thank you, Steve. My kids are my world. They rule everything (LOL). Because of them I am enjoying my second childhood. They make everything new and are funny as hell. ;-)

Lindsey, my love, it's a huge mess waiting to happen but soooo much fun (LOL). Little people like big canvas because they can see everything, pick a spot and have at it. Stephen scribbled on the walls again so I started painting their room (for the upteeeeeenth time - LOL). I made them both paint over their scrawls and writings. Shorty started a paint fight last night after he decided he liked his scrawls and wanted them on the walls. I was dodging tossed rollers and trying to keep the tops on the acrylic tubes while my hubby was laughing his ass off lounging on the bed chatting about watching me paint to his relatives. I shall have to blog about this in spades because it suddenkly occurs to me he should have helped out (LOL). :-)

Thank you, Margaret, Andrea, Jane, and Sandy. My ADD is very happy (LOL).




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

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