Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Basilica San Marco Venice ~ a short video on the inspiration behind this quilt

Basilica San Marco Venice (50x21 inches) by Jane LaFazio $800.

Thought you'd enjoy this video of me talking about my art quilt, Basilica San Marco Venice.

My husband and I visited Venice, Italy, in 2012. It was our first time there. Oh my goodness, I love Venice!! Just an amazing city and you should add it to your bucket list for sure.

I was so inspired, I created this artwork inspired by our trip.
You see this classic architecture element everywhere! 

I love architectural details and am always inspired by them. I created a dimensional shape (using cut up mat board) and then did rubbings using Shiva paint sticks for the colors.
a rubbing created by me, Jane LaFazio
the cloth in progress by Jane LaFazio
detail of the finished quilt Basilica San Marco Venice  by Jane LaFazio

detail of the finished quilt Basilica San Marco Venice  by Jane LaFazio
detail of the finished quilt Basilica San Marco Venice  by Jane LaFazio
My husband, on the balcony of Basilica San Marco,
with the replicas of the horses behind him.
The original, over 1100 year old horses of San Marco inside the church museum
The horses are an iconic image in Venice, so I had to include them in my quilt too.
detail of the finished quilt Basilica San Marco Venice  by Jane LaFazio
detail of the finished quilt Basilica San Marco Venice  by Jane LaFazio 
 Hope you enjoyed a closer look of Basilica San Marco Venice.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Join me in England this year!

The Los Angeles Times named Stratford-on-Avon one of the MUST SEE spots in 2016.

I hope you'll join me, Jane LaFazio, for sketching and watercolor classes in the English Countryside August 3-9, 2016. (Yes, I'll be teaching you to draw and paint if you are a beginner, or I will inspire you if you are more experienced.) You'll learn to capture what you see and do and eat in your travel sketchbook. 

No more coming home from a trip with an empty travel journal!

France ArtWalk 2013

We'll spend 6 nights in a wonderful hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, right on the canal. The first night we'll know each other at our welcome dinner.

As the week progresses, we'll explore (with our sketchbooks in hand) Stratford, the world famous home of Shakespeare. Stratford is nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds; a legendary inspirational setting for our daily art classes and adventures. 

There will be an orientation walk in Stratford, also a one day pass for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, to orient you in your exploration of the cobblestone alleys, shops, pubs, restaurants, and all things Shakespeare.
Danube RiverCruise ArtWalk 2015

A daily program of sketching and watercolor classes will be held in beautiful, on-site locations like Britain's greatest palace and world heritage side, Blenheim Palace. Winston Churchill was born there and now the 12th Duke of Marlborough lives there and will no doubt greet us with open arms. (Well, that is if we happen to see him...) On the way to see the duke, we'll stop at a charming village known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. 
France ArtWalk 2012
We'll also experience a real English tea at Hobsons Patisseries, a boat trip along the canal, and a visit to the town of Woodstock. We can even see a play at THE Royal Shakespeare Theatre, if we choose.

We'll go on a special "Ghost Walk." Led by actors, we'll visit Shakespeare's haunted streets in Stratford complete with tales of ghosts and witches, murder and mystery. We'll probably be too scared to draw in our sketchbooks on that evening!

Dedicated walkers are welcome to join our fabulous tour organizer, Carlo, for optional morning guided walks as she follows the rivers, canals, and meadows. There will be plenty of time on your return for our full daily breakfasts and the day's activities.

On our last evening in Stratford, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together, and share our sketchbooks and celebrate our new-found friendships.
Greece ArtWalk 2015 
August 3-9, 2016
Stratford-upon-Avon $3250 pp double
Single supplement: $399  
Program subject to change and to a minimum number of participants
Limited to just 14 people.

But wait, there's more!
An optional three night pre-tour in London! 
Italy ArtWalk 2014
Arrive early and join us:
July 31 to Aug 3, 2016 for three nights at our London hotel, daily breakfast, London sightseeing tour, and private group transportation from our London hotel to our Stratford-upon-Avon hotel.   
London: $950 pp double, single supplement $350

Italy ArtWalk 2013
After Stratford: The Festival of Quilts, in Birmingham, England takes place August 11-14th. Birmingham is about 1 hour away by train. I'll be going to the festival, but it won't be part of our escorted tour.

As you can tell from the photos from our previous trips, we have a great time with a wonderful, genial group of like-minded souls. Join us! 

click here for more info ART IN ENGLAND
email mybluewalk@gmail.com 

Friday, February 05, 2016

Havana ~ in an art quilt

While my work was on exhibition at a gallery in San Diego, I had a few videos made of me talking about my art. Here's the story of my art quilt: Havana, the video.

Husb and I visited Cuba in January 2012 and here are a couple of photos from that fabulous trip!

Me and Don on a tobacco farm in Cuba, 2012.

The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

I might be holding a cigar in this photo. 2012

Ernest Hemingway's house outside of Havana, Cuba. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012
The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012
In the video, the fabric I used was made from my photos of our trip to Cuba, and printed on Spoonflower.
a cool floor tile, in Cuba. You'll see this in the quilt in my video.
 Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

I took so many photos, I made a little book of our trip here.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

from a recent workshop at Art on 30th

Art filled classroom!

Me and my wonderful students at a one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego. photo by Timothy Schultheis

great classroom! right in the gallery.
Me, demonstrating

The classroom at Art on 30th

work in progress 

created with one of these stencils designed by me for StencilGirl
work in progress 

work in progress 

work in progress 

Ellen finished her stitching a few days later.
work in progress 
work in progress 
Art on 30th, San Diego, is a wonderful place for workshops and I'll be teaching there again. See my teaching schedule for details. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CRAFT NAPA art retreat recap on Video

Pokey Bolton and me.
I taught at CRAFT NAPA this year, the inaugural retreat put on by the fabulous Pokey Bolton. (Pokey is the founder of Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts magazine and Quilting Arts TV.) 

I've taught at many art retreats and this one was outstanding. Pokey put so much love and care into all facets of the event. From the planning, to food, to activities, events, goody bags and even the signage. 

And the students who attended were loving it! Everyone was there to learn and have fun. It was just a delight!

I created two little videos, from the event.
A video of my one day workshop of Sketching and Watercolor at CRAFT NAPA January 2016

And here's a video of the rest of the CRAFT NAPA retreat and the two other classes I taught, Garden Patch and Text on Textiles.

I love this!
The top image was taken at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival in 2009. The one below, at CRAFT NAPA in January 2016. (In the lower photo, that's Melanie TestaJamie FingalLeslie Tucker JenisonPokey BoltonJudy Coates Perez and me.)
I'll be teaching Garden Patch, in a three-day version, at Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, California, June 12-15. Click here for details. 

Garden Patch (14x13.5 inches) by Jane LaFazio 
Garden Patch: Coral and Green (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Winter Garden (12 x 8.5 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Garden Patch: City Blocks (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio
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