first day of fall…!

Fall is here! I love fall – it’s my favorite season. Love the cooler weather, the changing colors of leaves, even fall fashion. Today fall 2017 introduced itself with a somewhat chilly morning – a comfortably cool 62 degrees.  I … Continue reading

around here…

roses are beautiful in every stage - susie carranza studio

Hello February! Today’s a beautiful rainy day in Southern California, so I can’t take good photos today of the artwork I’ve been working on. Instead I’m sharing photographs of my past few weeks. With everything going on in the world … Continue reading

Inspiration is everywhere…(or: Palm Springs, baby!)

Inspired to draw palm trees - susie carranza studio

Last weekend, my sister Lulu invited me to a Palm Springs getaway. If you knew my sister, you’d know that it was a no-brainer to say “Yes!” with no hesitation. Off we went! We had two nights and three days … Continue reading

starting 2016 inspired…

This new year – dare I say it? – feels pretty good so far. All over social media you see the usual beginning-of-year articles, posts, memes, etc. dealing with new year resolutions. Personally, I stopped doing resolutions a few years … Continue reading

fall/winter 2015…

my parents' beautiful nativity set - susie carranza studio

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2016 finds you ready and hopeful for lots of awesome opportunities and adventures. As for me, this is the year I vow to focus more on my art as a business – and to me, that … Continue reading

creative April…

my work space today - colorful & busy!

April is turning out to be a creative month for me, and I’m loving it! I joined a 30 day challenge for the month – the Creative Sprint. You can follow along on social media by looking up the hashtag … Continue reading

around here…

A few days into 2015 and I find myself hit with a nasty cold…so while I sit here sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and rubbing my watery eyes, I thought I’d share a few photos of what’s been going on around here…

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…

playing photographer…

it’s been hot around here.  HOT.  today it looks like we got a break – it’s only 93 degrees!  no really, it feels much cooler than it has been, so i ventured outside to do something i love to do:  take photos in our back yard.

you’ll notice it’s mainly photos of decor items and container plants.  we rent this house, and haven’t really wanted to plant lots of flowers and plants because we don’t plan to be here forever.  we plan on buying our own home, then we can invest in plants, trees, landscaping…(fingers crossed; hoping it’s a reality soon!)

a gift from my mom…

a gift from my father-in-law…

the back yard is my favorite thing about this house.  it’s big; we’ve hosted lots of parties with friends and families, with one of the highlights being my dad ALWAYS climbing up the stone wall to pick oranges, limes, apples, or nectarines (whatever is in season at the time).  even when i tell him to wait until lawrence or i are nearby to ‘help’ (really, it’s to make sure he doesn’t fall).  he never waits.  never…

my husband calls these yellow flowers ‘weeds’. i like them!

when the weather’s nice out, the yard becomes my photo studio – i drag out a folding table, dropcloths/backdrops (if needed), and boxes of artwork or whatever needs to be photographed for the website or Etsy shops.  i’m still trying to perfect my photos for online posts, so i’m usually out there most of the day…

we have tried to add color throughout – this bench was the standard brown wood color, until i decided to dig into my acrylic paints and give it some life.  it was actually my husband’s idea to paint it ‘Calypso Blue’ (from Americana), a color we both love and use a lot in our work.  i LOVE how the bench turned out!  we found the medallion that’s hanging over the bench at a discount store, and i spray painted it black, making it look like it cost more than it did.  the frame on that table also got painted, but i don’t remember the original color…?

when i have a supply of spray paints – watch out!

i can’t wait to have our own home – i’m dying to paint a mural on a fence – something large scale, colorful, and vibrant!