new in shop! original drawings for sale…

"Hummingbird" - original drawing by Susie Carranza

Just  added three all NEW pieces to my Etsy art shop! (Finally…!) Three black ink drawings, done with Micron pens on white drawing paper. Each one comes framed in these beautiful wood frames that I handpainted to go with each piece. … Continue reading

winter around here…

i’ve been seeing SO many beautiful photos all over instagram and facebook of snow storms and snowy landscapes! i’m a bit jealous, since we never get snow around here – i don’t remember it ever snowing in my lifetime.

i was outside the other day checking out the cactus plants, when i got the idea for this blog post. so here i am sharing OUR winter here in sunny California – enjoy!

flowering cactuspotted fuschiawhite geranium flowering potato bushpotted succulentwhite flowerpotted purple beautybougainvilleame and my shadowyup, winter around here right now is flip flop weather!

’til next time…





2014: create every day…

happy new year!  i hope this post finds you happy and hopeful in this first week of the first month of 2014.

i wanted to share the first creative thing i’ve made this year.  i’m part of a Facebook group of artists, The Studio, and the artist who created the group – April Cole – challenged us to create an art badge as a way of celebrating our one year anniversary as a group.  i hadn’t participated in any of the challenges or activities so far and i signed up for this.  who cared that i’d never created an art badge in my life!  we were to post it on our Facebook group page on january 1st.

this is what i came up with.  i covered a chipboard heart shape with a gelli print, and went at it…

art badge for The Studio (FB)…and i love it!

i chose the phrase “create every day” for my badge.  i plan to place this somewhere in my work space where i can see it daily, to remind myself to really create EVERY day.  even if all i can manage is a drawing in my sketchbook late at night, into the early morning hours.


i’m grateful for this challenge.  it made me think about what i want this year to be: creative, colorful, and full of art.

art badge for The Studio (FB); create every dayart badge for The Studio (FB); sun stampart badge for The Studio (FB); milagros***

so, have i been creating every day?  we’re three days into january, and so far, yes.  if you guessed it’s late night/early morning drawings in my sketchbook – you’d be right.  my days are busy right now with personal issues, but i make it a point to stay up late, pull out my Sharpies, and draw.

i have lots of plans for this year. yesterday (due to the personal issues) i decided to temporarily close both my Etsy shops.  my husband (a.k.a. my shipping department!) and i need some time to focus and regroup.  and just breathe!  but it’s only for a short time.  i have my work table going with new projects, lots of ideas jotted down in notebooks – on the first of the year i even signed up for an online course with artist Jeanne Oliver.  i have lots to share and i can’t wait to get new items into the shops!  (if you’d like to see what i’m up to late at night, follow me on Instagram.)

again, happy new year!  and if you have a favorite word or phrase of your own, please share in the comment section!

til next time…

from black and white to color…

i LOVE drawing in black and white.  give me a Sharpie and some white paper (preferably cardstock) and i’m happy!

i posted back in April how a visit to Huntington Library with my husband and my sister inspired me to draw.  and i did draw – a big sun, with shooting rays, some stars, over a cluster of flowers.

then i took it from black and white to vibrant and bold COLOR…


…and i like it!  what do you think?


if you like my work, please follow me on Facebook at Susie Carranza Studio.  i post there regularly.