Sunday, January 21, 2018

Artistic frenzy

I went into this artistic frenzy these past few weeks with my pastels on Bristol paper. The internal frustration with myself as I struggle to figure things out came out in the pastel drawings.  I even went out and bought matting for them. Now that I have loaded my office/studio space with all this artwork I need to figure out what to do with them since I am literally running out of space to store anything. I still have 5 more to get the matted frames for, once those are done I will post them as well..  It's kind of funny, as you walk in you see a desk full of real estate paperwork on it, and around it, and immediately to the left, across the floor, walls and closet it's full of artwork and art supplies...
I can tidy up the desk, but I really need to sell the artwork.  I applied at a local coffee shop to show my artwork in April, but I received no response.  I suppose it's for the best.  Maybe I can figure out how to use the gadgets on the blog to create a page with paypal buttons.

On another note, I went and showed a property yesterday that I call the "Enchanted House". It felt like it was straight out of a fairy tale. I knew it was beautiful from the pictures online, but it was so much more beautiful in person, and it was 4403 square feet HUGE! The lot was beautiful as well, with trees that gave privacy from the neighbors.  It's located in the small city of Garden Ridge, Texas, and sits in a gated community.  I'm not sure who was more excited to be there, me or the prospective buyers!

Take a look for yourself!  21298 Las Cimas Dr.

So if you want to move to Texas and want a beautiful home for a fraction of the price it would cost in New York...hint, hint. my New York friends. Call me!!!


Okay so here is some of pastels that I matted.


1.  11"x14" matted in 16"x20" 

2.  11"x14" matted in 16"x20" 

3.  8"x10" in matted 11"x14"


4.  8"x10" in matted 11"x 14"  

5. 8"x10" in matted 11"x 14 

6.  8"x10" in matted 11"x 14"  
7.  8"x10" in matted 11"x 14" 

If you want to buy any of the artwork please contact me at dritaharris@yahoo.com

If you want to buy the house email me at Drita@msrpsa.com




Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 and resolutions/goals

So we either make, or not make resolutions for new year.  Set up for failure, or goal setting. This year I decided that I was going to set some goals.

First on the list : Get off the coach and join the gym. I really have no option at this point in my life since I kind of feel like jello.  I need gain some strength and muscle tone in my body, so my body doesn't turn on me.

Second goal: Get my marketing and socializing in order to prospect some clients for my new Real Estate career.  It's been very hard getting out there and getting to know people.  My original goal when I got my license out from the state in late August was to have 2 clients under contract by the end of October. I thought that was doable, but that did not happen. In those short months I did meet some great people by doing open houses, and hopefully I can work with some of them them in the future.  I feel it in my bones that I can be a great Realtor, I just need the chance to be around more people.  That is one goal that I really need to work hard on for the results I desire.

Third: One thing that I know for sure that is good for my mind and soul, is creating art. So my third and final goal for 2018 is to create more art and participate in some local art shows, instead of having all my artwork fill up my studio/office space.

The three goals I have set for myself are HUGE to me.  I wish that whoever reads this and has set goals for 2018 reaches them all, just like I wish it for myself!  Happy New Year!


The 5 pieces are ready to hang for a show:






Each of these vary in size anywhere between 7"x 10" to 12"x12"
I really enjoyed making these pieces!

Monday, December 11, 2017

My First Snowfall in Texas

I have lived here since 1992 and NEVER seen a real snowfall here, until this past week.  The doorbell rings at about 7:30 and it's the 8 year old little girl from across the street announcing to me that it's "SNOWING"! Real honest to goodness big fluffy snowflakes! As I pull on my jacket and boots and run after her to have a snowball fight!  I felt like a kid and was so excited to see snow!!!

The last time I saw snowflakes like this was at the Chicago airport in 2007 on my way back from my mothers funeral in Greece.  I have always loved the cold, snowy weather that winter brings, and love being outside while it snows. 

This was my house the next morning, it really felt like it was December and Christmas is coming!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's winter time in the South

The heat kicked on sometime in the night. The day before the air conditioner was on.  I woke up to to the sound of rain and didn't want to get up.  Too bad we don't have paid "rain" days.  It does feel like winter in Texas today, I actually had to put on my jacket and threw on a scarf for good measure.  I am only really going to the car, and from the car to my office so I would be out in the elements less than two minutes.  The dogs yawned, stretched, looked out the back door and didn't want to be bothered with the cold and the rain this morning, and went back to bed. I gave them a dog biscuit and water, hopefully they won't make to big of a mess by the time I get back home. 

On my real estate ventures I have been meeting a lot of new people and I'm hopeful that we will have long lasting professional relationships.

On the art side, I finished a few glass abstracts and they are all mounted and ready to be hung on the wall.  Now I just need to find the right wall and price them correctly to sell.



 



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Overcome by Emotion

My youngest son was preparing to be part of a wedding this past weekend, shopping for shoes and gifts. On the day that he was suppose to leave to go and spend the weekend for the happy occasion, he calls me in tears devastated... Absolutely devastated.  As a Mom, until you can get past the tears they are crying to find out what happened I about lost it.  I truly lost it when he finally told me.  His best friend and college roommate of two years lost his life. 

No one had a clue what was going on in this young man's mind.   His outgoing personality, bright smile and laughter hid his emotions. He had a bright future ahead of him, he had friends and family that loved and cared for him. Amogh lifted everyone else's spirits, but he himself was overcome by his emotions.

He will be missed. 

Please donate if you can to the memory and legacy of Amogh Kulkarni


 
    

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tranquil.... we all need it sometimes

This past weekend was a busy blur of activity.  Open houses, showings, fused glass, showings, emails, calls,  mishaps and rain...

I have always loved real estate. Helping people find their new homes or selling their old ones, getting them through the process of the contracts, inspections, sometimes repairs, and finally to closing.

The hard part is trying to find clients that are willing to work with a "new" real estate agent.  I am trying. So far I have met some wonderful people, and I hope they will use my services when the time comes.  My husband tells me to keep on keeping on. I am trying.  I know success doesn't happen overnight, and there are hurdles to overcome. I have only been active four months, but as of this moment I have no one to work with.  I am trying. Through emails, post cards, open houses, letters, and phone calls.  This is sales. I am trying. I work every weekend and every evening after my day job ends.  I am trying.  Through this process of trying... I hope something come through. I have been praying a lot too.

I put some art in the kiln over the weekend and when this piece came out, it reminded me to be calm.


   Tranquil... we all need it sometimes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

I was oblivious

Yesterday I was holding an open house that's for sale in a trendy neighborhood, so I had quite a few people come through to look.  The afternoon was a pleasant, sunny day, until one of the people looked down at there phone and asked me if I knew anything about the mass shooting at the church....  I didn't know anything.  I was totally oblivious to what had happened just a couple of hours before and less than an hour away from where I was.   My heart sank.  I couldn't believe that this person could just walk in and shoot everyone down like that. 

When the other shooting took place during a bible study class I was in disbelief that someone could carry out such a hateful act to a group of people that welcomed him in.    Now this gunman took it out on babies, young children, and anyone that was in the way of a bullet.  I grew up believing that a church was a sanctuary and a safe place to be. I was totally wrong all my life... 

I pray for all the families that have lost loved ones....