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!

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30 paintings in 30 days – day 1…

It’s been a month since I’ve blogged…I know, I’m ashamed to even call myself a blogger. but I swear I have the BEST intentions: I will blog regularly, I will create/paint/draw/etc. regularly…then stuff (life!) happens.

right now, Lawrence and I are in the process of fixing up his childhood home, (renovating, updating, cleaning) in preparation for the two of us to move in and care for his mom. once we hired contractors for a complete reno of the kitchen (last month), things started moving forward really fast!

so – besides painting rooms in his childhood home, I’ve been feeling sorely lacking in the field of ‘artist’, until I was faced with a painting challenge…

on Facebook, I’m a member of an artist group, HeARTspace, overseen by artist Jeanne Bessette. I must admit, up ’til now, I haven’t been very active in the group. I do check in daily and read others’ posts, but other than sharing my work twice in pop-up galleries, I’ve been pretty quiet. when Jeanne posted over the weekend that she wanted to challenge anyone interested in a 30 day, 30 paintings challenge, I thought “how cool!” then came up with lots of reasons why I couldn’t do it.

the success other artists spoke about already having was intimidating

i can’t create 1 painting a day – I’ve got tooooo much going on!

my work won’t be good enough

etc. etc. etc.

well, I did some soul searching Sunday night – about lots of stuff in my life right now. a conversation with a good friend last week got me thinking about where my life was headed. (you know one of those friends you’ve had FOREVER, you fall in and out of touch, but when you talk again you realize how much he really knows you? yeah, one of those friends…) he questioned if I was okay with all the changes happening in my life right now. he left me with “it’s never too late. never.”

never too late to make changes. to speak up. to move forward in the direction I want to end up.

I sometimes feel like parts of my life are out of my control, especially now. and I’m not sure what to do about it. but I realized that the one thing I can control is my art.

if I create. when I create. how I create. what I create.

so – I can continue blaming what’s happening in other parts of my life for what’s happening in my art life, or I get off my creative ass, step up, and just CREATE.

i can move towards my art.

monday when I saw the post asking for the first painting of the 30 day challenge, I ignored my inner critic and stepped up. and I painted. and drew. and I shared my first painting in the challenge, thus signing up for the 30 days.

and felt happy and in control. yes…

30 paintings in 30 days challenge

30 paintings in 30 days - WIP

30 paintings in 30 days (uni-ball Signo)

 

"Sunflower in the Rain" by Susie Carranza

“Sunflower in the Rain” by Susie Carranza

my first painting: “Sunflowers in the Rain”. I used an 8′ by 10′ canvas, with a gelli printed background. I also challenged myself NOT to use my beloved Sharpies or PITT artist pens, instead using my new white uni- ball Signo pens. (which, by the way, I LOVED! all my blacks pens and markers have some serious competition now!)

this challenge will also help my blogging, since I plan to share my 30 paintings here.

stay tuned…

 

 

around here…

here in California we’re FINALLY enjoying some rain!!!  it’s funny how dramatic newscasters here are – other parts of the world are dealing with terrible weather, especially snow storms. here, as soon as ANY rain is in the forecast it’s “STORM WATCH!”

i’m embarrassed for us sometimes (lots of times)…

anyway, just wanted to share some of what’s been going on around here…

morning coffee 2.25.14

i’m a big fan of coffee (favorite: Nescafe!). i have lots of “good morning” pics on my instagram and facebook pages showing my first cup of coffee for the day…

spraypainted tote bag, WIP

one of my latest projects is a new collection of tote bags. i’m enjoying making my own fabric spray paints (love this blue!); can’t wait to see how they turn out! (stay tuned…)

sketchbook page 2.24.14

latest sketchbook page. julie balzer is one of my favorite artists, and she came out recently with a line of face stencils. this was my first time using my stencil. i loved it (although i did feel like i was cheating somehow by not drawing the face myself)!

Etsy supply shop/new itemsand finally – i’ve been adding LOTS of new items to my Etsy supply shop – so many new cool supplies for all my fellow creatives out there!

’til next time…

the week in instagram…

are you as hooked on instagram as i am?!  you can find (and follow, if you’d like!) me at instagram.com/susiecarranzastudio

bare feet in grass

bare feet in grass

earrings: feathers and arrows

late night: making earrings just for fun

pretty paint water, "dream" heart ornament, Jacquard textile colors

pretty paint water, “dream” heart ornament, Jacquard textile colors

Yogi tea wisdom

Yogi tea wisdom

dandelion

dandelion: make a wish

putting items in Etsy shop on sale

putting items in Etsy shop on sale

cloudy february skies

cloudy february skies

photo booth on my iMac

photo booth on my iMac

my parents' geranium plant

my parents’ geranium plant

happy birthday to my husband, Lawrence

happy birthday to my husband, Lawrence

finally - much needed rain

finally – much needed rain