Dia de Los Muertos, 2015…

Gorgeous papel picado, entrance to San Gabriel Mission Cemetery - susie carranza studio

Sharing my Dia de Los Muertos weekend in photos… (Please read my post from 2012 – Dia de Los Angelitos… to see our home altar that year.) ’til next time… Advertisements

what I’m working on…

Happy Friday! I’ve been getting back to creating again – finally! Finding time to do what my heart and soul NEED to do is just what the doctor ordered. And I do mean that literally. My doctor said it was … Continue reading

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…

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.

’tis the season – for Dia de los Muertos…

i love this time of year, when there are lots of events and shows celebrating Dia de los Muertos.  i was going to write about it, but realized i already did last year, which you can read at Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Honoring Loved Ones No Longer Here.  i also love creating pieces Dia de los Muertos style, like these hand painted & embellished mini wood coffins.  they’re perfect for keeping on your home altars for your loved ones who are no longer here, with space inside for small mementos or treasures.

hand painted and embellished mini coffins, Dia de los Muertos style

hand painted and embellished mini coffins, Dia de los Muertos style

i’m happy to say that the first three sold quickly after i posted photos on my facebook page – so i created more today:

mini wood coffins, hand painted and embellished Dia de los Muertos style

hand painted and embellished mini coffins, Dia de los Muertos style

here’s just a sampling of some of my DOD (Day of the Dead) work on our website:

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and some from my Etsy shop:

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i learned so much about Dia de los Muertos from Annette Armas (i’ve mentioned her before, Annette of CJ’s Angels and our Arte de Nuestro Corazon business partner).  she creates Dia de los Muertos art like it should be:  beautiful, colorful, culturally-inspired, in a way that honors the tradition of celebrating loved ones no longer here.

check out some of Annette’s work for yourself, and let me know what you think:

work by Annette Armas

work by Annette Armas

Annette and her daughter Theresa also have a gorgeous 2014 calendar out right now, with 14 all new images, all Dia de los Muertos (the calendar is available for purchase right now at Arte de Nuestro Corazon, while supplies last!):

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So – do any of you celebrate Dia de los Muertos?  what do you do?  if you have a related blog post, please share in the comments.  i’d love to see what you’re up to for Dia de los Muertos…

november 1st, dia de los angelitos (the little angels)…

november 1, 2012.  i can’t believe the year is almost over.  can you?

if you follow Day of the Dead tradition, today – November 1st – is dia de los angelitos (day of the little angels).  it is believed that babies and children who have passed away return to their loved ones for the day, to celebrate their lives.

i added lights and more flowers to our home altar today.  (the blue box on the right holds photos and memorial/prayer cards of family and friends who have died.)

the vase reads “In Loving Memory

this light

shines as

a symbol of

a life and love

remembered”

meant for a candle or flowers, we had two of these vases at our wedding 7 years ago, one in memory of Lawrence’s sister, Adrie, and one for my paternal grandmother (Tita).

♥♥♥

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Honoring Loved Ones No Longer Here

Day of the Dead (in spanish: Dia de los Muertos) has become so popular recently that it often both saddens and maddens me to see the term “day of the dead” slapped onto a piece of artwork just because it has a skull or a skeleton on it.  or lumped together with Halloween.  lots of people want to capitalize on the popularity of this tradition but don’t bother to find out what it’s REALLY about.  or honestly, they just think skulls are “cool”.  last year, one online store held a “Day of the Dead” craft contest on their facebook page, where people posted pieces they’d created and the one with the most “likes” won a prize of some sort.  i still remember one of the pieces:  a gravestone, spiders, webs, and pumpkins.  and one scary-looking skull.  Day of the Dead – really?  not so much….

Dia de los Muertos is about honoring our loved ones who are no longer with us.  there is nothing scary, or spooky, or Halloween-y about it.  it’s a beautiful tradition that involves celebrating life, not mourning death.

i did not grow up knowing about Dia de los Muertos.  i honestly don’t remember the first time i ever heard about it, but i know that once i did i wanted to know more.  that was years ago.  today, with so much virtual information at our fingertips, there really is no reason not to know what this tradition is all about, if one truly wants to.

i could try to share what i’ve learned about this beautiful tradition, but there’s an awesome site that did such a great job with this, i’d rather share their page and let you see for yourself.  check out mexicansugarskull.com’s post about the history of Day of the Dead.

http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html

and, if you’d like to check out another link, here’s an interview i did at Crafty Catholic Mamacita back in March.  maria finds artists and crafters on Etsy and interviews them for her weekly “Crafty Mamacita Miercoles” (miercoles = spanish for Wednesday).  she found my shop on Etsy and asked if she could send me some questions for an interview.  (i’m glad i did; maria was very sweet and very professional.)

the last question was about Dia de los Muertos.  you can read my interview here:

http://susiquetzalli.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafty-mamacita-miercoles-asucarr_07.html

my husband and i have an altar set up in our dining room year round.  we started it 3 years ago during the Day of the Dead season and never took it down.  it stays as a tribute to loved ones we’ve said goodbye to yet know we’ll one day see again.  we make a few changes as time passes, adding friends and family who have passed on since we started our altar, redecorating, etc.  i love having a physical place to pause, light a candle, and say a quick hello.

*our altar has artwork from several awesomely talented artists: the large candle on the right is Cathy Ashworth; the skull on the second shelf of our altar is from Cesco’s Muertos; the skeleton-butterfly piece (top shelf) and the skeleton dog (front) is from Theresa Armas; the black skull (left) and blue box (right) is from Annette Armas of CJ’s Angels and Arte de Nuestro Corazon.  the tall candle with the image of flowers (on the left) and the piece in the lower left corner were done by me.

so, tell me – do you celebrate Day of the Dead?  if you do, i’d love for you to share in the comments!