holiday traditions…

love my mom's vintage pieces, especially this angel...

Last year, the holiday season passed in a blur. Losing loved ones does not leave one in the mood for celebration and festivities… This year I’m feeling a bit different. We lost my aunt unexpectedly last month, and this holiday … Continue reading

art journaling…

I’ve drawn, painted, and collaged in notebooks as long as I can remember. Now it’s called art journaling…whatever you call it – I still love it!

Last night I gathered my new not-yet-used Pam Carriker stamps, my beloved PITT artist pens, two of my own handmade stamps, gelli prints, paints, Mod Podge (Hard Coat is THE best!) and got to creating…

haven't used my sketchbook in a while...

haven’t used my sketchbook in a while…

using my new Pam Carriker stamps for the first time...

using my new Pam Carriker stamps for the first time…

used celery stalks to make these roses...

used celery stalks to make these roses…

instead of cutting them, I tore out roses I wanted to use...

no scissors needed – I tore out roses I wanted to use…

added strips of gelli prints...

added strips of gelli prints…

rediscovered this butterfly stamp I carved a while back...

rediscovered this butterfly stamp I carved a while back…

I also carved this hearts stamp...

I also carved this hearts stamp…

adding touches of silver to wings...

adding touches of silver to wings…

colored pencils over stamped paint adds color texture and contrast...

colored pencils over stamped paint adds color texture and contrast…

'She's finding her wings'...as yet unfinished...

‘She’s finding her wings’…as yet unfinished…

’til next time…

beautiful rain…

we finally got rain here, so I spent some time outside in between rainfalls and did an unplanned photo session.

I LOVE the rain – every looks beautiful after a rainfall…

geraniums...

geraniums…

garden shot after rainfall. susie carranza studio

after the rain. susie carranza studiopotato bush after a rainfall. susie carranza studioSt. Francis statue after a rainfall. susie carranza studiogarden shot after a rainfall. susie carranza studiogarden close-up after a rainfall. susie carranza studiogarden shot after a rainfall. susie carranza studio

beautiful old birdhouse...

beautiful old birdhouse…

Susie's Garden sign, made by my best friend Annette...

Susie’s Garden sign, made by my best friend Annette…

fallen petals...

fallen petals…

peekaboo...

peekaboo…

Canela's not happy when it rains...

Canela’s not happy when it rains…

rain selfie! (sort of...)

rain selfie! (sort of…)

sat in my parked car, in my pjs, and enjoyed the rain...

sat in my parked car, in my pjs, and enjoyed the rain…

beautiful raindrops!

beautiful raindrops!

the week in photos…

signing and varnishing my mini ornaments before sending to their new homes...

signing and varnishing my mini ornaments before sending to their new homes…

ready to kick things up a notch! ordered Artful Blogging by Stampington & Company...

ready to kick things up a notch! ordered Artful Blogging by Stampington & Company…

beautiful sky, November 2014.

beautiful sky, November 2014.

"El Corazon" nicho ornament, $12 in my Etsy shop. www.susiecarranzastudio.etsy.com

“El Corazon” nicho ornament, $12 in my Etsy shop.
www.susiecarranzastudio.etsy.com

doing some hand stitching while watching Gone With the Wind...

doing some hand stitching while watching Gone With the Wind…

autumn in California: colorful leaves, 80 degree weather...

autumn in California: colorful leaves, 80 degree weather…

scent of blooming jasmine is here...

scent of blooming jasmine is here…

WIP: hand stitched skull fabric ornaments (thanks JoAnns for extra fabric!)

WIP: hand stitched skull fabric ornaments (thanks JoAnns for extra fabric!)

’til next time…

my new 2014 ornaments!

here are all of my new miniature, wood nicho ornaments! no two alike, $12 each.

most of them are listed in my Etsy art shop, except for the two Frida ones, you can find those at our website www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

if you see any you like, act fast! again, no two alike, and I won’t be making any more…

’til next time…

one-of-a-kind wood nicho ornaments, $12 each. ©susie carranza studio

one-of-a-kind wood nicho ornaments, $12 each. ©susie carranza studio

what i’ve been up to…

it’s been a while since i’ve blogged…

every time i tell myself i’m going to blog consistently – life happens.

the end of october brought with it the first anniversary of losing my sister patty

then, on november 2nd, my mother unexpectedly lost her sister, josefina (my Tia Chepa). once again, we were faced with the loss of a loved one right before the holiday season.

i won’t go into emotions right now…i’m just dealing with making sure my mom’s okay and that she not get ill, as she did when we lost my sister. she’s still recuperating from that…

i’m just getting back to work again. on a personal level, i am not thinking of celebrating holidays right now. from a business level – life goes on…shops remain open…

this past week or so i’ve been working on Christmas ornaments. i just listed some to our website – i’d love for you to check them out!

wood ornaments by Susie Carranza for www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

wood ornaments by Susie Carranza for http://www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

pot of marigolds with mini serape & heart milagro...

ornament: pot of marigolds with mini serape & heart milagro…

ornament: Frida with El Venado Loteria card...

ornament: Frida with El Venado Loteria card…

ornament: large orange rose with miniature clay pottery...

ornament: large orange rose with miniature clay pottery…

ornament: Frida with wing milagros & flowers...

ornament: Frida with wing milagros & flowers…

for these and lots of other handmade art pieces, please go to http://www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

i’ll also be adding new items to my Etsy art shop and Etsy supply shop in the next few weeks. please support the handmade community and original artists this holiday season! ❤️

(i bought the raw handmade wood ornaments i used here from Terramaya on Etsy – make sure to check out her shop!)

’til next time…

Olvera Street’s Muerto Artwalk…

This past Saturday, Lawrence and I went to Olvera Street’s first ever Muerto Artwalk. We took the Gold Line, which gave me the opportunity to see beautiful Union Station in downtown Los Angeles again…

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my first Tap card! isn’t it pretty?

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I love Union Station…

it was a beautiful day for an artwalk...

it was a beautiful day for an artwalk…

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artist Jazzy Jazz at Olvera Street’s Muerto Artwalk (LOVE her artwork!)…

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we had lunch at La Luz del Dia…

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we had lunch on the beautiful patio, surrounded by bougainvilleas and little birds…

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see the little birdie? it was eyeing my chicken tacos…

loved watching the dancers...

loved watching the dancers…

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my lovely friend, Theresa Armas, of Skulls and Stitches...

my lovely friend, Theresa Armas, of Skulls and Stitches…

Lizzy Hernandez of Inspira, displaying her jewelry at Hecho con Carino on Olvera Street...

my friend Lizzy Hernandez of Inspira, displaying her jewelry at Hecho con Carino on Olvera Street…

Lizzy and me...

Lizzy and me…

my husband Lawrence with our friend & artist Annette Armas...

my husband Lawrence with our friend & artist Annette Armas…

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setting was perfect for all the great artists they had present…

the Armas family of CJ’s Angels (beautiful people & awesome friends!)…

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heading back to Union Station to go home…

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Union Station…

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shopped! Items from Jazzy Jazz, Inspira, and Arte de mi Familia...

shopped! Items from Jazzy Jazz, Inspira, and Arte de mi Familia…

items from CJ's Angels, Terra Maya, Lupe Flores, and Hecho con Carino...

items from CJ’s Angels, Terra Maya, Lupe Flores; shirts from Hecho con Carino…

(You can find all these artists on Instagram!)

We had a really good time! Got to see our artist friends, met artists I only knew through social media, and did quite a bit of shopping. I had been contacted about participating as a vendor, but we decided we couldn’t commit to any shows with my mother-in-law in and out of the hospital at the time. I’m hoping next year we’ll get the chance again!

’til next time…

my 30 paintings in 30 days…

if you’ve read my previous posts, you know I took part in a ’30 paintings in 30 days’ challenge in the artists’ group HeARTspace on Facebook (created by artist Jeanne Bessette). the challenge ended yesterday and I’m proud to say I completed the whole challenge!

I won’t lie – sometimes I didn’t post one photo each day. with both my mom feeling under the weather (again), then my mother in law being hospitalized (again), my mind was often occupied with other things and I couldn’t get myself to finish artwork in front of me. but I played catch up, staying up late when needed. one day I posted four (or five?) paintings all in the same day in order to catch up!

here are all 30 pieces. I still consider a couple of them to be unfinished, but the purpose of this challenge was (I think) to dig deep into our creative selves, paint consistently and purposefully, and see what we learn about ourselves in the process.

I’m still marinading over what I learned about myself, my work, and where I want to go with it. (another blog post for sure!)…in the meantime, here are group shots of all the pieces. Look for much better individual photos to come, as well as most of these new pieces being available for purchase! 😉

’til next time…

paintings 1-15 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge...

paintings 1-15 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge…

 

paintings 16-30 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

paintings 16-30 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

art therapy is real…

the term “art therapy” and “art saves” is used quite often, or at least it is in the blogs and Facebook pages I follow. I think after certain words or phrases are used toooo often they lose their original meaning. but I can tell you that there really is such a thing as art therapy – and I don’t need a licensed ” therapist” to experience it!

today my plans suddenly changed, and I found my Sunday being free. I was initially disappointed, upset, and felt very much alone…

so what did I do? I art-ed (is that a word?!) of course!

pulled out the largest canvases I currently own (only 11″ X 14″; they’ll have to do), got my most thrashed paintbrush and got to painting…

prepping canvases - susie carranza studio

prepping canvas (music book pages) - susie carranza studio

red paint - susie carranza studioart therapy (WIP) - susie carranza studio

art therapy - susie carranza studio

tissue paper circles - susie carranza studio

art therapy (WIP) - susie carranza studio

art therapy (red & black canvas) - susie carranza studio

…and you know what? it was just what I needed. I can’t control what happens around me, but there’s something about dragging paint around a canvas, ripping up book pages and gluing them down with no plan in mind, spilling drops of paint and creating pools of color – it just feels good.

now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some canvases waiting for me…

’til next time…

 

30 paintings in 30 days: Days 5 through 10…

I’m happy to say that I’m still going strong with HeARTspace’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Day 5: "For Patty", mixed media on 7" X 9" hardboard.

Day 5: “For Patty”, mixed media on 7″ X 9″ hardboard.

Day 6: "Unknown", mixed media on 8" X 10" canvas board.

Day 6: “Unknown”, mixed media on 8″ X 10″ canvas board.

Day 7: "It Never Stops", acrylic paints on 5 1/2" X 7" canvas.

Day 7: “It Never Stops”, acrylic paints on 5 1/2″ X 7″ canvas.

Day 8: "Dream", mixed media on 11" X 14" canvas.

Day 8: “Dream”, mixed media on 11″ X 14″ canvas.

Day 9: "Still Together", mixed media on 5" X 7" wood plaque.

Day 9: “Still Together”, mixed media on 5″ X 7″ wood plaque.

Day 10: "Two", mixed media on 6" X 9" canvas.

Day 10: “Two”, mixed media on 6″ X 9″ canvas.