Christmas 2014…

No matter who you are,

no matter where you are,

I hope your holiday season is one

filled with love, peace, and hope.

2015 is coming – may it be awesome for all of us!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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!

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

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.

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…

check out my husband’s new Etsy shop!

hey again…

after the experience we had a few weeks back (remember my last blog post? opportunity knocked – we answered!) i think my husband was inspired to get back to creating more work – and he decided to open HIS own Etsy shop!

his shop opened this week; he only has a few pieces, but each one is unique, mixed media in style, and if i say so myself – very cool.

here are some pieces created by Lawrence. let me know what you think – and then head over to his Etsy shop, Art by Lawrence Aguilar. it’s still in the very beginning stages, but we’re working on it…and remember, Lawrence also has work available at our website Arte de Nuestro Corazon.

who knows, one of you reading this may be his first Etsy customer! 😉

’til next time…

angel shrine, Lawrence Aguilar"La Dona" by Lawrence AguilarDOD mixed media cross, Lawrence Aguilarmosaic cross by Lawrence Aguilarmosaic cross by Lawrence Aguilar"El Jefito", Lawrence Aguilar"El Jefe Musico", Lawrence Aguilar

 

i’m still here!

canvas stack WIP

okay, so i’m not great at this blogging thing – yet. i just realized that it’s been over a month since i’ve posted here. i’ll try to do better! i won’t bore you with the details of internet problems and a non-working camera. i’ve gotten accustomed to taking all my photos on my iPhone, and it’s really convenient – i just need to work on taking and editing better photos…

just wanted to share some of what i’ve been up to. i HAVE been painting A LOT lately – finally! i’m getting back into the groove and loving it. the top photo shows a stack of canvases with finished backgrounds (most from my gelli printing sessions) that were just waiting to be finished. i’m working my way through the stack one by one…

forever: mixed media original

this 8″ X 10″ mixed media original is one of my new favorites! titled “forever”, it’s a gelli printed canvas with acrylic paints, recycled papers (love to reuse and recycle!), and hand drawn touches. it will be available in my Etsy shop later today!

Love knows no boundaries: mixed media original

“Love knows no boundaries”, another 8″ X 10″ mixed media original, started with a map of the Pismo beach (California) as the background, then layers of texture with acrylic paints, Sharpies, and recycled papers (hearts are cut out from gelli prints). (this one is available in my Etsy shop now.)

heart with wings: original canvas

stay tuned for more new artwork! 🙂

i’ve also been destashing supplies i’m no longer using (again!). i’ve been giving a lot of thought to this art business i think i’m in, and i’m come to the realization that i need to FOCUS. i want to try SO many creative things, i want to do it ALL – painting, drawing, beading, hand stitching, collaging – you name it, i wanna do it. which is fine, but if i want to sell my work successfully i think i need to focus on my strengths.

so – my Etsy supply shop is getting filled with items i’m no longer using: stamps, ribbons, paintable items, miniatures…you need to see for yourself!

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newest items added to my Etsy supply shop

Etsy supply shop collage

Etsy supply shop collage (from Instagram)

that’s all for now…hope your May is off to a great start!

’til next time…