troubling times…

troubling times...-susie carranza studio

I couldn’t come up with a good title for this post. “troubling times” almost sounds like I’m trivializing the recent events of the world, but I’m at a loss for the right words… Last week, November 8th, was Election Day … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos 2016…

cempasuchil (flor de muertos) - susie carranza studio

November 1, 2016 – Dia de Los Muertos is here. If you know me, or read my inconsistent blog posts, you’ll know that Lawrence and I lived in Diamond Bar about three years ago. We were in the process of … Continue reading

autumn…

I love autumn! The cooler weather (well – cooler for Southern California), the changing colors of the leaves, fall fashion…love it all…

Today autumn found me feeling restless. I’m feeling the urge to go somewhere, be somewhere…

I know that might not make sense. Life is rough sometimes, and lately I’ve been feeling unfulfilled, uninspired, like I’m just going through my responsibilities almost robotically…

Anybody out there understand what I mean?

Autumn is here... - susie carranza studio

Autumn by Susie Carranza

purple pages…

purple pages... - susie carranza studio

Prince passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2016. A true artist, musical genius, and unrivaled talent. He recorded most of his music on his own, played every instrument, sang every vocal. He was truly gifted, and a gift to a … Continue reading

revisiting an old painting (or – art therapy)…

I started 2016 with the intention of seeing more of the positive in my life, less of the negative. Being human, I haven’t been perfect at it but I haven’t done too badly! Then about a week ago I got … Continue reading

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…

not much painting going on…

the past several days have been very busy around here. unfortunately, no new artwork has been created in that time!

this past week, my mother-in-law ended up in the emergency room. she ended up undergoing another angioplasty to open up a blocked artery. so Lawrence and I have been spending our days at her house, keeping a watchful eye…

on a more positive note, renovations are finally under way at my in-laws’ house. a little backstory on that: when my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer in January 2013, Lawrence made the decision that he wanted us to move in with his parents for the time they had left with us. unfortunately, there were other individuals in the house who stood in the way of us doing that in time to live with my father-in-law (we lost him within a month; he passed away February 2013). I won’t get into the details, but I will say that we are FINALLY able to get necessary repairs done to the house, getting us closer to moving into Lawrence’s childhood home so we can live and care for his mom. so we’re also dealing with contractors and renovations! I’m enjoying seeing the work being done – I really wanted to join in and tear down some walls…

so, as you can imagine, I’m not getting much artwork done. today’s the first day I’ve been home for awhile, and it was spent printing out invoices and letting customers know orders were shipped out. I do have some photos to share, at least!

’til next time…

newest pieces: mixed media wood plaques

newest pieces: mixed media wood plaques

on our way to Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Blvd.

on our way to Kaiser Permanente on Sunset Blvd.

lavender hibiscus in my in laws' garden

lavender hibiscus in my in laws’ garden

bougainvillea flower hanging on to Lawrence's shoe

bougainvillea flower hanging on to Lawrence’s shoe

spent most of a hot Friday under this...

spent most of a hot Friday under this…