Monday, March 02, 2015

Hemingway made me do it.

Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
It's because of Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway. Well, his house. His house in Key West, Florida. 

A hundred years ago (I always say that when I don't want to say really how many years ago it was....it was the 1970s) I visited Hemingways House in Key West, Florida. It was fascinating. But what stayed in my memory was that he had another home. One in Cuba. From that moment, I wanted to visit Hemingway's home in Cuba.
dreaming cuba tobacco fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (12.5 x 8.5 inches)  by Jane LaFazio
Fast forward to late 2011. A local art association was sponsoring a tour to Cuba! I had to go! I mean, we couldn't really afford it, but it was one of those 'gotta do it' decisions. I love to travel and so does my husband. So we went to Cuba in January 2012. 

Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
It was a fabulous and fascinating trip! We loved it. (I covered the trip here on my blog and then created a book of my photos of Cuba here.) The very last day of our trip, I visited Hemingway's house in Cuba. So cool. Very cool.
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
So that's how I came to create this piece, Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields, because as I working on this, with the browns and bits of red and pink, it reminded me of our visit to a tobacco farm...in Cuba.
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
This piece and some of my other Dreaming Series are in my JaneVille Etsy shop now.

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 days in Wisconsin August 31-September 4, 2015

School of the Arts, Madeline Island, Wisconsin

The beautiful prairie meadow Madeline Island campus is the site of the historic Sandstrom Dairy Farm. All but one of the buildings are new
and have been custom-designed for workshops.

Join me! 
August 31- September 4, 2015

Nature Journal workshop ~ Jane LaFazio
5 days 15 students

This fun workshop is open to all levels!


You will spend time outdoors, sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. I will show you basic drawing and quick, intuitive watercolor techniques, which will become the heart of your nature journal.


Using Madeline Island’s flowers, pods, leaves, and rocks, as subjects for your drawings, you’ll also carve original stamps, create monoprints and add collage to your journal. There will be plenty of time to bring your findings back to the studio to draw and paint.


By the end of the week, your journal (the cover made from recycled cereal boxes and fine watercolor paper) will be filled to the brim with color, images and memories of your week on the Island.


REGISTER HERE
Ferry to Madeline Island, Wisconsin

The shore of Madeline Island, Wisconsin
I'm really excited about this 5 day workshop. Why?
  • 5 solid days spent doing and teaching what I love
  • we'll be surrounded by the beauty of nature
  • we'll spend time sketching and watercolor
  • we'll print from nature
  • we'll carve stamps
  • we'll do everything I love!
  • and there will be just 15 students!
Untitled
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
We'll have time to draw the details and to go outside and draw the landscape.

from my sketchbook ~ santee lakes
Landscapes in my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
cereal box book
drawing and painting on a cereal box cardboard ~ by Jane LaFazio
I know, the cereal box cardboard thing may seem weird, but it's really fun, and somehow satisfying to make something beautiful from recycled cardboard.
from my sketchbook
monoprinting from nature ~ by Jane LaFazio
We'll use gelli plates for monoprinting. 
texas red oak and acorns
monoprinting from nature ~ by Jane LaFazio
And we'll combine all the pages we drew and painting and printed into a beautiful handmade book as a treasure of our week on beautiful Madeline Island.

REGISTER HERE for Nature Journal Workshop. Details on accommodations here.

Madeline Island has been described as "one of the great undiscovered treasures of the Midwest." It is located in Northern Wisconsin in the Chequamegon Bay - approximately 90 miles east of Duluth, Minnesota along the southern shoreline of Lake Superior.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dreaming Tuscany in May

Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail)
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail) by Jane LaFazio 
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail)
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail) by Jane LaFazio 
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail)
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail) by Jane LaFazio 
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail)
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail) by Jane LaFazio 
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail)
Dreaming Tuscany in May (detail) by Jane LaFazio 
May is the season for red poppies in Italy.
dreaming Tuscany in May
Dreaming Tuscany in May (12x9 inches) by Jane LaFazio 
I'm really enjoying this new series of machine needle felted hand-stitched pieces! It's truly 'armchair travel' as I sit in my living room and stitch, and think of these fabulous destinations!
Dreaming Lake Como
Dreaming Lake Como (12x8 inches) by Jane LaFazio
These two are in my JaneVille Etsy Shop.
Dreaming Lavender Fields
Dreaming Lavender Fields (12x9 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Thursday, February 19, 2015

San Diego ~ a symposion for women


Women's Voices Women's Visions 
Symposium in San Diego, California

I hope you'll join me for this 3 day event, Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions, at University of San Diego from August 13-16, 2015

I'm on the committee, with my friend Jan Phillips, author and photographer and workshop facilitator and genuine visionary. I will be teaching some workshops along with other artists and business professionals. 


No matter what our attempts to inform, 
it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.



Women’s Voices, Women’s Visions will inform and inspire participants, empowering women to:
  • Combine creativity and activism for social good
  • Think originally and lead creatively
  • Increase their impact on their communities
Come together with other cultural creators, educators, business professionals, spiritual leaders, artists, activists, and writers who are  ROCKING THE WORLD!


Learn more or REGISTER NOW for Women's Voices Women's Visions  
August 13-16, 2015 at the University of San Diego 

$299 Early Bird (Now through May 15th, 2015)

$349 May 16th - August 1st 2015

For more information, including media or sponsorship, contact:
email: Jan Phillips 
Livingkindness Foundation 
email: Lorri Sulpizio  
Women’s Leadership Academy, University of San Diego 
858-571-1417
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The Symposium will raise money for the Livingkindness Foundation.



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Above is a VIDEO (click here to see it on my blog)  of my friend Jan Phillips talking about her Livingkindness Foundation. The foundation is building a school for children who Nigeria. Children who are hungry to learn, but have no teachers. Why no teachers? The teachers live too far away and have no where to live near the schools. Livingkindness foundation is building the school and two teacher apartments. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dreaming Lake Como

Dreaming Lake Como (detail)
Dreaming Lake Como (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming Lake Como (detail)
Dreaming Lake Como (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming Lake Como (detail)
Dreaming Lake Como (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming Lake Como (detail)
Dreaming Lake Como (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming Lake Como
Dreaming Lake Como (12x8 inches) by Jane LaFazio
For sale in my JaneVille Etsy shop.

Lake Como, Italy, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Surrounded by high, often snow capped mountains, its water changes color constantly. Clouds come in fast, from the Alps. From the lake, you can see hundred year old grand villas. The air is clean and clear.
I've been there twice. And still haven't seen George Clooney. :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dreaming Lavender Fields

Dreaming: Lavender Fields (detail)
Dreaming: Lavender Fields detail by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming Lavender Fields
Dreaming: Lavender Fields (12x9 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Just finished stitching on this and added it to my JaneVille Etsy Shop. I've never been to the famous lavender fields of Provence, France, but I was dreaming of them while I stitched on this.
Dreaming: Lavender Fields (detail)
Dreaming: Lavender Fields detail by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming: Lavender Fields (detail)
Dreaming: Lavender Fields detail by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming: Lavender Fields (detail)
Dreaming: Lavender Fields detail by Jane LaFazio
Dreaming: Lavender Fields (detail)
Dreaming: Lavender Fields detail by Jane LaFazio

Monday, February 09, 2015

Blue Milagro

Blue Milagro
Blue Milagro by Jane LaFazio
Blue Milagro
Blue Milagro (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Blue Milagro
Blue Milagro (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Blue Milagro
Blue Milagro by Jane LaFazio
Blue Milagro
Blue Milagro (detail) by Jane LaFazio

Saturday, February 07, 2015

from my sketchbook ~ Georgia

from my sketchbook ~ georgia
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ georgia
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ georgia
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ georgia
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ georgia
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ georgia
detail from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'm teaching a 5 day workshop at Madeline School of the Arts in Wisconsin! Nature Journal: August 31-September 4, 2015. Limited to just 15 people!  

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Magical Sketchcrawl

Yoga Pose in a Public Place
Yours Truly doing a Yoga Pose in a Public Place ~ Queen Califia Magical Circle. 
Nikki de St Phalle sculpture garden
 Queen Califia Magical Circle in Escondido, California
Our wonderful San Diego Sketchcrawl group got together recently at Queen Califia Magical Circle. It's a sculpture garden created by the renowned Niki de Saint Phalle. It's recently reopened in Kit Carson Park in Escondido, California. It's hidden away, and open very limited hours. But as you can see, well worth a visit!
Nikki de St Phalle sculpture garden
Close up of one of the many many sculptures at  Queen Califia Magical Circle.  ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
From my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
From my sketchbook (detail) ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
From my sketchbook (detail) ~ by Jane LaFazio
Nikki de St Phalle sculpture garden
close up of one of the sculptures ~ by Jane LaFazio
Nikki de St Phalle sculpture garden
The center sculpture at Queen Califia Magical Circle ~ by Jane LaFazio
me
selfie ~ by Jane LaFazio
sketchcrawl group
San Diego Sketchcrawlers at Queen Califia Magical Circle
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