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Painting Angelina Jolie...

Painting Angelina Jolie...

I promised I'd pop in and say hi so here I am (LOL).

I'm painting a portrait of Angelina Jolie because she is one of my fave people and the walls in the FL house are still naked. I needed a break from writing my book so I've got Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Barcarolle" on while I sprawl across the futon sketching. It happens to be one of my favorite "romantic piano" songs. It always puts me in the best of moods when I start creating something new.

If you're going to sketch someone as cool, talented and gorgeous as Angelina Jolie you have to do it with mood music. Seriously... I always start with the eyes when contemplating a portrait and you really have to be quiet when you study them because the eyes are the windows to your soul and can express a wide spectrum of silent emotion.

When I pop back in later I'll share some of the pages from my sketchbook with you. It's been a while since I did that and AJ is coming along nicely. I may even compose something later. I'm in the mood for a quiet piano today. Did some punk music yesterday after a production meeting. I'll probably go into the studio and record some noise tomorrow.

In the mean time I have to swop out some of the paintings in our NY apartment and ship them down south. I also owe my gallery some work. I've been slacking in that regard lately. ;-)

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Comment balloon 10 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 18 2011 04:21PM



Oh, I think I read that wrong ... I saw Angelina Jolie and naked in the same sentence!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

As usual - I am so in awe of you!  LOL  I get tired just reading about all you do - frankly, I'm envious of your energy.  ;-)  If your head was clear, we'd be able to see all these little lightening bolts shooting off all over the place within your brain.  I am pretty sure about that.  I'm not even gonna touch the whole creativity part.  LOL

Shoot, I thought I had energy but, next to you, I am a hibernating bear . . . 

Posted by Sandy Fenton, ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes (Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker) over 9 years ago

CTS-HEY girl :)  I'm missed you so much...running wild since I opened my company and that's NO excuse.  I can't wait to see your painting!

LOL@ Richard.  Leave it to a man to see "naked" in head lights, lol.  no pun intended.  ha ha ha

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 9 years ago

Carolyn -  I pretend to write music. But I can't paint. rats. At least I continue to like my music.

Cheers to the Naked....as we all eventually become

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

LOL @ Richard.

She's a mommy now, so am I, so no nude paintings ever again (although ever is not quite the same as saying never - LOL. Psst... I can be bribed with Hagen Daz).

I used to do them all the time but hubby told me when we got married that I couldn't paint nude male models anymore. Being an equal opportunity kind of artist I decided I wouldn't do the ladies either. However, I will admit that there are times I actually miss that part of my old routine. A lot (LOL). My new routine is cool and a lot of fun so I'm not complaining much. I haven't done a full nude since 1995. I guess the people who collect me who actually still have that category of painting are going to now see something kinda significant about that artistic fact. Picasso's blue period. Tann Starr's nude period (LOL). ;-)

Richard, I still have several gorgeous friends from high school and college who are more quirky than I am and made the modeling sessions mad funny while I worked. A couple of them still make me seem quite bland when they get going on a good day (and I have a mouth on me so that's a significant statement - LOL). Especially the BDSM models - OMG - they're hilarious!!! Ever been to a play area and see them strike a pose? They have a scenario and code for just about everything and used to joke that Jesus still loved them as long as they didn't kill anybody. My job was to sketch, paint, take the bloody pictures and not poke too much fun at them in public after we were done (that's all I'm gonna say about them - LOL).

BTW, I have a portrait of you going on too that I never finished. I need to do that before my next run down south. Hubby specifically told me to bring more clothes for the wee people with his favorite painting. I decided I needed to have a favorite painting hanging down there as well so I'm painting Angelina because I adore her. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

ROTFLMAO @ Sandy. I'm ready to draw the cartoon. Seriously! ;-)

Elizabeth!!!!!!! I love you. We have to get together. I am so invading your state with the shorties this summer. Wanna do a sleep over? Let me know. Kudos and congrats on the new business. Looking forward to taking a tour. :-)

LOL @ Claude. Cheers indeed. ;-) Use Finale 2011. You can assign notes to the staff and drag and drop them to fix what you are playing. You can assign instruments and play back what you write. Composing is mad fun when you use computers and a keyboard. When I play on the fly the programs records and writes what ever I do. Check it out. It's awesome! I use it with the kids at home and in the studio.



Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi Carolyn... you are a regular renaissance woman and never cease to amaze me with the scope of your wonderful talents!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Thank you, Steve. The saga continues here: http://actvra.in/5zZ

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

HeY C - Thanks for the cool site. As my hair is shorter....and my teeth are as well ...this site is too cool and plays into my music and alter ego. Excellent ! My living-room becomes my stage....My beautiful wife applauds. Maybe this pleasure is why the big stars are who they are.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Claude, I love hanging out with people who have so many different interests and talents. You can learn a lot and find out really neat ways to get what you want done. My kids are very visual so I'm always looking for tools to help them interface and get instant gratification for their efforts. I'm glad you liked the site because it was a God send for me when I realized I could just create and not worry about being perfect. Being able to edit the notes on the fly and drag and drop additional notes into play is mad fun. Finale is one of the best programs to help musicians improve their craft and compose just about anything you can imagine. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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