Friday, March 20, 2015

A visit to Tucson Arizona

tucson arizona march 2015
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio (5x7 inches) in my JaneVille Etsy shop now.
tucson
A little sketching and watercolor with a fellow Sketchbook Skool student at the Tucson Botanical Garden.
tucson 1
Arizona

This was my first ever trip to Tucson, Arizona.
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Arizona
I taught a  2 day workshop for PaperWorks (Text and Textiles) and did a talk for their membership. 
Text on Textiles, in progress
In progress ~ text on textiles~ by Jane LaFazio
It's funny. I selected these lovely indigo fabrics (above) to teach the workshop. The colors and this nearly finished work remind of of Japan. During the workshop, Mabel Dean, one of my students, gave me a lovely piece of antique linen from a kimono. Perfect additon to this piece.

But I look at it now and think, why could I haven't done it in the spring desert colors of Tucson! Well, in part, because I'd never seen the landscape of Tucson before. 

Now, I may have to do a Arizona version!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stamp design

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

design and carve a stamp ~ Jane LaFazio
first print ~ Jane LaFazio

a repeating border! by Jane LaFazio
I love designing and carving my own stamps! I'll be teaching this technique a few times and places this year: 
Oceanside Museum of Art  (California)
Art Unraveled (Phoenix, AZ)



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Danny Gregory


Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory
Danny Gregory. Danny is my mentor and my friend. I've been lucky to know him since around 2005. I started reading his blog. I met him in 2006 (pictured below).

from march 2006
Danny and our sketchcrawl in Los Angeles, 2006
He asked me to be in his book, An Illustrated Life, in 2007. 
An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
My husband and I saw Danny in New York City, the last time we were there.
danny and me and don
New York City, September 2013. Danny, me and Don, my husband

Then, in January 2014, he came to my house in San Diego, to film me for Sketchbook Skool ~ beginnings.

Danny Gregory
Danny Gregory sitting in my living room, January 2014,
to film me for Sketchbook Skool ~ Beginnings semester.
Danny's written lots of books, and he's got a new one out called "Art Before Breakfast." I promise you, it will make you grab a sketchbook immediately! Get the book. 

And while you're at it, might as well order my Danny favorites of "An Illustrated Life" and "Everyday Matters" too.

Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cut paper

Paper Cutting ~ in progress by Jane LaFazio
I've been taking a class from Bhavna Mehta. She's an artist whose art form is cut paper. A design, paper and an x-acto knife. I'm really enjoying it and can't wait to use it in my own work. Stay tuned!

my first paper cutting ~ by Jane LaFazio

Monday, March 09, 2015

My process. In Technicolor.


Technicolor Pictographs in progress
work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictographs in progress
work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictographs in progress
work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictographs in progress
work in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
My process, as seen above. Cut it up! Stitch the heck out of it! Sew it back together.

Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (13x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Technicolor Pictograph
Technicolor Pictograph (detail) by Jane LaFazio
I might as well tell you. I'm heading to Cleveland, Ohio later this month to film an instructional DVD for F&W Media (Interweave aka Quilting Arts) tentatively titled "Intro to Wet Felting." I'll be showing you how to do all of this on the DVD!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The American Southwest is always an inspiration for me.

Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail)
Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Red Rock Petroglyths
Red Rock Petroglyphs (14x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Sedona, Canyon de Chelly, Santa Fe, Taos.

Arizona and New Mexico. The beautiful and dramatic Southwest. The colors of those landscapes stay with me. They are so evocative of the history, the heritage, and the deep and rich Native American culture. 

I've been working with the warm colors of red, orange and yellow (oh, I mean carmine, bittersweet, and goldenrod) for quite awhile now. 

My intuitive stitching often leads me to simple circles and sometimes primitive marks.

And that all takes me to the Southwest!
Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail)
Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail)
Red Rock Petroglyphs (detail) by Jane LaFazio
The photos below, are a work in progress. And what do you know, the same color scheme!
in progress
Unnamed and inprogress by Jane LaFazio
I'll show you this when I've put it all together. 
in progress
Unnamed and inprogress by Jane LaFazio

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
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