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What Lights Your Fire Is An Excellent Question, Liz.

Kew Gardens, Queens County, NY

My girlfriend Liz Moras wrote a spankin' blog entitled, "What do you feel passionate about? What Lights Your Fire?"

ART is my number one choice. That is why I am addicted to eye candy. I am always on the hunt to enjoy a beautiful moment and I believe that is why, as a Realtor and Artist, I have a "thing" for the older neighborhoods. I like mature trees, large lot sizes and the privacy of detached homes. Older homes have interesting character. Sometimes, when I am off on my turtle runs, I have such a hard time choosing my eye candy because there is just so much of it to go around in New York City.

I own thousands of photographs and continue to shoot pictures every single day. I sketch ideas and doddle all of the time. That is not the same as getting ready for a major gallery show and I am definitely overdue for one. Lately, I just haven't been able to schedule as much blogging time or artistic time as I would like because business has been picking up and the little minions have been in rare form, making it nearly impossible for me to play in my paint and fool around with my photography.

I would love to sit and write about everything that I have been up to but I only have a moment (I have an appointment) and I really do want to answer the question Liz posed.

What lights my fire? Art. Definitely art. I love being an artist and am very passionate about my work. Art is my first love.

Reading her post reminded me that I really need to get back into being an artist. I've been neglecting that aspect of my personality for most of the year while building my real estate business as an independent contractor. I do have lots of creative moments (like when I mix a little music and put together a few videos) but sometimes when one has pressing issues a person has to take a break from his or her regularly scheduled program. I've been cutting back on a number of activities (mainly my artwork) because I was concentrating on the market more than my personal preferences. I know it is time for me to reverse that trend and bring a little more balance to the use of my talents. I am determined to seriously start painting again. Liz just lit a fire under my blogger's butt and I am going to get the rest of my pending paintings finished so I can send them off to my representatives at the Ward Nasse Gallery in Soho in time for the new year.

I will keep you guys posted and give you a few sneak previews. I'm actually working on a sketch of this house in Kew Gardens... Gotta run. Don't want to be late for my appointment. ;-)

Thank you, Liz. :-)

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Comment balloon 24 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 03 2008 11:10AM


A quick,simple sketch could be an outstanding personal closing gift...hmmm ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 12 years ago

What a beautiful home. I grew up in Bayside Queens and am looking forward to seeing more of your artwork. Take a pass by my old neighborhood if you have a cance. I have not been back for years. I am to busy enjoying the Florida sunsine!!

Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) about 12 years ago

Sally, what a unique idea!

Lori, I will do a turtle run for you in Bayside and post it very soon. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, What a great post. I too am an artist and real estate has all but killed my artistic dreams. I never have time to do what I TRULY LOVE, for working so hard in Real estate. I can't seem to find the time, especially now. Our market is pretty slow, bad slow actually, and I can't justify doing anything, other than doing something that may bring about a sale. I envy you girl.

I'm so happy for you to be able to do both. I'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see some of your work! Good luck on your show!

Posted by Toni M. Rose, Easley SC Real Estate (Prudential C. Dan Joyner Realtors) about 12 years ago

Carolyn - I'll admit I can't draw or sketch worth a fiddle. I do love photography though. I seem to remember seeing a post about some of your work and it was very good. You definitely have talent... pursue it if it makes you happy!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

I just saw "Gabriella" and "Luke". You are fantastic! You should persue art with all your heart!

Posted by Toni M. Rose, Easley SC Real Estate (Prudential C. Dan Joyner Realtors) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, your artist's eye is evident in the pictures you share with us on A/R. I look forward to seeing other medium. Go for it!

Posted by Fred Chamberlin, Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant (Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA) about 12 years ago

Carolyn - you have a great talent so enjoy it.  I love art but I am not good at it, like you I love eye candy.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Toni. I will post a few to let you guys see what I am up to. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jesse. Creating works of art actually relaxes me. It rarely ever feels like work because I have so much fun once I really start to get into it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Toni, thanks for checking out the link to the Gallery and I am glad you enjoyed my work. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Fred. I've got five canvass out and a few parchments. The kids are watching the cartoon network so I figured I get a few preliminary drawings in to figure out what I want to paint first. I sketch on the parchment to learn my subjects, them draw on the canvas if I think I have an idea where I would like to go.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jennifer. I appreciate your kind words and wish you a lovely weekend as well. Regards, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

run check out my new picture on my blog.  I did it using a cartoon function on photobucket.  this is about as artistic as I get other than the quilting.  cheryl(I changed offices this week & photos)willis

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) about 12 years ago

Cheryl, you changed offices and photos? Oooo... I am so on my way to see what you have been up to, girlfriend. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Find your balance girl, and yes, I know it's not easy with kids, career and so on and so forth.  If nothing else, do it so you can continue to do all the other things you do with love in your heart and a smile on your face.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 12 years ago

Norma, I am working on it. It should prove to be very interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C- Back in Texas (sorry I missed your call).  Kristin and I were running soooo fast in Chicago, my head is still spinning.

I can relate to this post.  One thing that I know about real estate is it can quickly change your priorities (or what you thought were priorities)...but you are at your best when you carve out a little "me" time (I know you know this with mommy time)..but I have to every day remind myself to do a little something for me!

See you soon!

Posted by Sheila Moran, SanAntonioSheila.com, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) about 12 years ago

Sheila, very well said. Looking forward to seeing you guys very soon. It will be my first visit to Texas. Yay! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, you are an artist in your blogs.  All of the great pictures and your creative writing talents are a form of art.  :)

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) about 12 years ago

Hi C...

I told Liz that my passions were photograph and writing too, that's why I am addicted to AR!

Richard Weisser (Wonder why my name disappeared?)

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi C: I am in awe of those who possess such talent as you. I can't draw or paint worth a darn. But I do enjoy shooting photographs and am impressed with your work. Heck, I don't know how you do it all: real estate, photography, art, mother, wife, friend, blogger, and the list goes on. You're a super woman!

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn, I am with you on the art thing, although my art is kindergarten dabbling compared to yours !! I do more than paint, I love creating art with just about anything although my true passion is Jesus Christ, my Saviour. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jane. I appreciate your kind words.

Richard, I enjoy photography and writing as well. :-)

Elizabeth, thank you. I'm trying to have as much fun with it all as I can.

Cheryl G, your true passion is by far the best passion. ;-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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