Monday, February 28, 2011

Podcast with Suzi Blu

When I read Pam Carricker’s new book, Art at the Speed of Life, I was struck by what contributor Suzi Blu said about living A Big Life. So of course I had to call her up and ask her about it. To find out more about Suzi and her art, go to her blog.


29 comments:

bohemian art chick said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love suzi Blu. I have followed her life for years. Her words/videos have helped me through some bad times of not having a home and being alone. I really wish she knew how much she has influenced me over the years. Thank you so much for interviewing her. I have signed up for one of her classes,it not really my cup of tea,the petite dolls but omgsh I have learned SOOO much even with the first lesson about shading etc. I love her gypsy wagon decorating ,Ive had to make so many places livable ,its amazing what some colorful scarves and home made art can do. Again thank you for having this crazy ,wonderful artist on here.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what to make of this. She sounds very random and unfocused......like a Mexican jumping bean.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmmm.....I personally love the dead Victorian women images in mixed media. Honoring our feminine ancestors is so important. I'm so disappointed to hear that there seems to be a movement by the newest and allegedly greatest mixed media artists to move away from those images. How boring and sad to only draw images of ourselves and call it art.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this podcast,Rice! I love Suzi Blu,too, bohemian art chick.She always makes me feel happy when I watch her videos. She's a very generous person;She did tons of free journaling videos on Youtube long before she did online classes. I was so happy for her and felt she deserved every bit of the enormous success she had when she started doing her online classes. I think she's so right about making everyday life as beautiful and self-expressive as possible.
~Diana

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Mexican jumping bean description pretty much nails it. Suzi may have a huge following but I think it is all a big scam and gimmick and has absolutely nothing to do with her living authentically. Everyone has a gimmick and hers is obvious. The ditsy, gypsy wagon vagabond who has made a load off of her fake persona.
Betty

Ricë said...

Thanks for listening, y'all. I love it that we all have different opinions and things we love. As long as we're nice, we def. don't have to agree.

sparkleface said...

wow. what's with all the hating?

I love that Suzi Blu is brave enough to share herself and her art with the world. she's very inspiring to me and tons of other people.

if everyone put their energy into being a light for others rather than judging them, the world would be a happier place.

thanks for posting this, Rice.

-sparkleface

Anhelo said...

Well. Most of the greatest artists are the result of society rejecting them. It's how it always works. If you wanna make your parents cry, become gay, or an artist.

"The ditsy, gypsy wagon vagabond who has made a load off of her fake persona" is a common thing to hear about anyone who's getting some sort of success. I personally don't think she's a great artist, I say she's a great person with a great insight who just wants to be happy making art, and who can blame her for that? The advice she's giving is good, it sound, yes, random and unfocused, but it's good, despite she's fake or not.

Now, draw images of ourselves and call it art, boring and sad? that's what Frida kahlo did. Art takes passion, but it takes a lot of money and hypocrisy to be considered as true ART, most of the times.

If you have something to say, that you are sure it's a very valuable truth, why don't you give yourself credit and sign it with your name? Come on people, stand for what you think, and show you're not afraid to say it. That's exactly what Suzi Blu just said in the podcast.

Anonymous said...

love suzi blu cant thank her enough for giving me the courage to make art and be free her classes changed my life!!

Quilt Knit said...

I have followed Suzi Blu since finding Her in December 2009 when I was recovering from 4 Nerve Palsy. I found Her by looking at a new blog for me, that is: Faint Heart Art by Vicki Holdwick. I enjoy the lessons that have kept me going and exploring my Art.
What Suzi does not know about me: My first tremendous award in Art was do to a Mixed Media Art. Though not taught in the manner of today's Mixed Media. It is a tremendous art work. I anxiously await your book Suzi Blu. Thanks so much for the interview Ricë .

Anonymous said...

My opinion is Suzi is not authentic and for being in her 40's is quite flighty. She often contradicts herself in her own beliefs and lives close to the line of con artist. Olivia

mel said...

wow...there are some seriously bitter and hurtful folk wandering through here!

i've only just discovered Suzi Blu and i find her to be an amazing spirit -- she is inspiring all kinds of people to believe in their artistic ability and to put themselves out there to share their beauty with the world. I'm not entirely sure how that could be a bad thing.

as to how someone in their 40's should act...i'd say that's entirely irrelevant and says a whole lot about more about the people making such ridiculous comments...

thanks so much for doing this interview...

AmalineRose said...

why do people have to leave hateful comments? if you don't appreciate Suzi Blu's passion just move on...why be a hater? Who does it serve?

It bothers me that on the internet so many people choose to try and break someone's day when they could try and make it.

SO the wrong decision.

Creative Vices said...

Suzi saved me. I found suzi in 2008 when I was going through a tremendous period of grief and life changing events. Suzi was a light, she gave me the courage to accept myself and her encouraging videos let me explore art for the first time in my life. Thank you Suzi.

Suzi showed me that it is ok to loving myself for who I am, and accept and embrace all of my crazy excentricities.

Suzi was the spark, that lit the light, that illuminated the path I had never seen and sent me in the direction of the most amazing journey of my life.

Anonymous said...

The interview made me laugh. If there is one person who is not authentic, it's Suzi Blu. And you don't have to scratch that far below the surface to see this.

She goes where the money takes her. If that means scrapbooking, even though she hates it with a passion (of course the video where she said 'scrrrrappbooking, I hate it and even hate the word' has long been deleted) she will dive right in.
If you think her comment about using vintage photos was bad, that was just a taster of how she really feels about the scrapbooking community.

Suzi Blu makes fun of exactly those people she claims to want to'save'. Behind their backs, of course, because she will not lose out on any money. Ask the lady who during the 'Vulva'-period was brave enough to send her a picture of herself, covered in paint. Suzi ripped her to bits behind her back.

When called upon this or any of the backstabbing she does, she will lash out, and make life impossible for those who ask critical questions. This is the very reason why the negative comments on this podcast have been anonymous, and why mine is. I don't need the drama. But I also don't like seeing people treat Suzi Blu like a saint when she is anything but.

Anonymous said...

Why are people who have the gonads to disagree and openly state their dislike for someone called haters? Why are they labeled as bitter and hateful folk? It is always a very good thing when ALL opinions are expressed and just because they are different doesn't make them bad or wrong. No one hates Ms Suzi Blu but some here do not believe what she is schlepping and believe it is a big con job. She actually has got it down pretty good with the doggie holding, bohemian wagon, lost waif, tilted head, "I don't know what is going on" look, etc. Suzi has burned a lot of bridges as evidenced in the comments and a Google search will reveal an artist who has some serious enemies. Make your own decision on the issue but never silence anyone's personal opinions on anything. Bravo to Rice for allowing the comments to remain and not removing them. Free speech reins.

Anonymous said...

Yes to all the above, but at least she is consistently un-stable.

Anonymous said...

I still have to say that from my actual experience with her (which was following her on YouTube, reading her blog and taking her first class), I cannot see her as a con artist at all. I've taken several online (and offline) classes and hers has been the best value of the bunch so far. She put an incredible amount of work into it with her videos, worksheets, discussions, individual help, etc. She made the videos available for everyone to download and store on their computer. If anything, I thought she was generous to a fault and too easy for other people to take advantage of. I did google her after reading the comments here and from what I saw, none of the websites and/or the writers looked like credible sources to me at all.
~Diana

Anonymous said...

I still have to say that from my actual experience with her (which was following her on YouTube, reading her blog and taking her first class), I cannot see her as a con artist at all. I've taken several online (and offline) classes and hers has been the best value of the bunch so far. She put an incredible amount of work into it with her videos, worksheets, discussions, individual help, etc. She made the videos available for everyone to download and store on their computer. If anything, I thought she was generous to a fault and too easy for other people to take advantage of. I did google her after reading the comments here and from what I saw none of the websites and/or the writers looked like credible sources to me at all.
~Diana

Anonymous said...

Thumbs up! What resonated with me in this interview was a cohesive message about being yourself. I agree that we are the most talented at being ourselves. Nobody else can do it for us or as well. Janice Joplin made a comment about not compromising yourself because it's all you've got. It is advice I loved dearly. Peace, Julie

bohemian art chick said...

Like I stated in former post I have followed her for years. I have read the good and bad about her.Im not saying she is a saint.All I know is she helped me out alot. I have read about her past but so what alot of people have skeltons in their closets. Big deal. Yes I noticed following youtube stuff she didnt stay on task,not finishing stuff but so what I do that also. Of course she wants to make money. As far as talking about people behind their back, that sucks but it happens alot in real life. I have a limited income,for the most part but I really have learned alot even in the first few classes, if she laughs her ass at me and my troubles so what,for now I know she has helped me. as far as being a convential artist blahh blahh,blahh I think everyone know she isnt a gallery artist ,nor does she claim to be. Ok yeah she was really flighty in this interview but I get the same way when im presured for time or in public. You people who have posted negativly,im assuming you know her personally so you may be right,maybe you were her roomate or whatever its all good. Im not nominating her for sainthood but she is way different then the cheerleader,blonde Pollyanna, mommy with the perfect husband and 3 kids and suv driving type but I like that she isnt because that wouldnt fit in world. I hope I didnt offend anyone with that statement.

Anonymous said...

To: Kathyiam,

I took a moment to read your blog. It appears that Suzi was the right artist at the right time in your life to help you grow as a person and as an artist. That's what I think counts. The other stuff is "small stuff" ...lol. Wishing you well in all that you do and wishing you a wonderful happy future. --- Peace, Julie

bohemian art chick said...

Yeppers lol ,, thank you Julie

Janet keen said...

I love Suzi Blu/ When her book comes out I'm going to buy it. I have only just recently found her in the past 6 months and I have watched all her videos.
My motto is don't say negative things about anyone on the internet because it is not nice.

If you don;t like soemthing just don't pot.
What goes around comes around so treat others with respect andyou will get respected back

Cheers janet Keen
http://janetkeen.blogspot.com

Ps I adore her cute little dogs and cat...anyone who is an animal lover like this gets my vote.

Anonymous said...

I heart puppies. -- Julie

Eveline said...

@Julie:
this 'small stuff' you're referring to has put people in financial trouble, has given their business a bad name because Suzi Blu decided that they were on her ban-list, and left emotional scars on those who thought she was their best friend but instead stabbed them in the back.

People seem to think 'oh it's just the internet, move on...' or 'if you don't like her, don't go to her blog/listen to this podcast', but Suzi Blu has done some real damage.

But hey, if you want to believe her and not listen to those who have been through all this and got burned by her, you're more than welcome. Just don't come crying when she's lashed out at you.

Ter'e said...

When I really need to "smile"......I go to Suzi's site. She always makes me smile! Thank God some of us can have that place to go to that makes us so happy. Suzi does that with her Gigi, her Finnie and her art. Now, if I could just do artwork like she does.............with total childlike abandon and happiness............
GO SUZI GO!!!!!!! Soar............

AmalineRose said...

I quote: "Why are people who have the gonads to disagree and openly state their dislike for someone called haters?"

Why do people who think it is fine to judge others always fall back on the "free speech" ideal?

Are you using your " free speech" to help anyone? to change your life? or is it just useful when you need to jump on the internet and anonymously criticize someone?

Just curious.

Ricë said...

Thank you all for coming by and listening to my podcast with Suzi. I appreciate it, as always. I'm going to close the comments now because, frankly, I think we're done here. While I don't believe in censorship, what I would like you take from this is this: Suzi is my guest here, giving her time to talk to me for a podcast that I put here on my blog for you to listen to if you wish. This is Suzi's gift to me, and mine to you. Neither of us got paid for this. So the courteous thing to do is what your momma told you: if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. The place for any other discussion would be, well, someplace else. Not here. No one is trying to make money here or entice you to do anything except listen. I hate that my guests may come back to check the post I did about their podcast and find unpleasantness. I hate that. If that continues, it may well prove impossible for me to get people to talk to me, you know? They'll decide it's not worth it if they're going to set themselves up for nastiness. So, please, think about where you are. You're here, on my blog, not in some public forum like Facebook or on the blog of someone who's trying to sell you something or get you to do something. There is a place for debate, both pro and con. But it's not here, where I have guests who are doing me a favor by making themselves available for podcasts for you. Be nice to my guests, please.