Monday, July 24, 2017

Kitties and Recycled Circles

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BeBop

My sweet kitties love my recycled circles pillow. (Okay, they really just love being on the sofa with me.) It reminded me to remind you that I have a instructional video download for sale showing you how to make Recycled Circles.

This video shows you some examples of my Recycled Circles.

In fact, I have three different instructional videos:
From Art Journaling to Art

Recycled Circles

Wet Felting

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Madeline Island School of the Arts in Wisconsin

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I just returned from a lovely week at Madeline Island School of the Arts on the shores of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. It's quite beautiful and a perfect location for a real retreat from reality and an immersion in art.



with my friend Suzanne Myers Otto (who happens to be one of my students)

The classroom at Madeline Island School of the Arts
My husband went with me, so it was extra fun!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

from my sketchbook ~ another mini-tutorial using the Lace & Patina Stencil and metallic foil



from my sketchbook ~ using the Lace & Patina stencil by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ using the Lace & Patina stencil by Jane LaFazio
Here's a video tutorial on creating these pages using the Lace & Patina stencil.

video
Lace & Patina stencil designed by Jane LaFaziofor StencilGirlProducts.com


Order Jane LaFazio stencils here.

After you watch the video:
I use this spray gesso in the tutorial.
Spray adhesive and foil.
To apply the foil:
1. place stencil on the watercolor paper
2. spray adhesive through the stencil
3. remove stencil
3. place foil shiny side up, on top of adhesive on the paper
5. iron the foil
6. remove the sheet of foil (the rest of the sheet of foil is reusable)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New stencil! New tutorial! introducing the Lace & Patina stencil

my studio! artist at work ~ photo by Jane LaFazio 
Watch this video tutorial to learn how I created the journal page below.
video

from my sketchbook ~using the Lace & Patina stencil for background texture
photo by Jane LaFazio

Lace & Patina Stencil ~ designed by Jane LaFazio for StencilGirl Products.
I use this spray gesso in the tutorial.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

San Diego ~ one day workshop September 9






Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Value of Drawing ~ one day workshop
With Jane LaFazio
10AM-4PM  $125

in San Diego  
Art on 30th
4434 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92116

Drawing with just a pencil and eraser is so simple and satisfying. It takes the fear out of drawing (I promise!) and you can do it anywhere with basic, inexpensive tools. In this world of mixed media, art can be a never-ending series of layers and color and more layers. Let’s go back to the basics with just a pencil and focus on drawing and shading to capture the contours and dimension of an object. But, let’s do it sketchbook style, meaning relatively quickly and as another tool for your art journal

Join me for a FUN one day workshop, where we will draw from real life objects, learn to see the darks and lights and really work on shading and dimension. I’ll also show you how to add color to your pencil sketches with watercolor. And, we’ll do it all in an accordion book you make yourself in class.



Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Yoga Poses in Public Places ~ 2012-2017

Statue of Liberty Island, New York, New York May 2017
I made a video of my Yoga Poses in Public Places from 2012-2017. (And I forgot these three pics. I'll have to add them to the sequel.)
Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Wisconsin 2015
Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Wisconsin 2016



Saturday, July 01, 2017

From my sketchbooki ~ My Quebec Journal


the cover
For my recent teaching gig in Quebec, with Arts and Cultural Travel, we used my new fave. The Senneilier Urban Sketchbook. I used it for my Ghost Ranch journal too, and I like that you can draw and watercolor on both sides of the accordion book.

Above, I attached a photo of Don and I to the cover.
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
I love adding maps to my journals. Did you know that Montreal's motto has been "Harmony through Diversity" for 200 years! Another reason I love Montreal!
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
The business card is from an excellent Montreal tour guide, Thom Seivewright.

from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
A turkish map fold. (you can look it up on youtube)
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
On the left page, scenes painted while riding on the train. Very quick studies!
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
In Quebec City, these buildings were the view from our room.
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
Flowers from Manior Hovey's garden.
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio
And yes, I met Louise Penny! You can read about our encounter here.
from my sketchbook ~ Quebec by Jane LaFazio

By the way, Arts & Cultural Travel and I are planning a trip to Cuba in 2018. If you'd like more information, add your name to the list here. (Group people-to-people tours are still allowed.)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quebec City, Montreal ~



Quebec City~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Quebec City~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Quebec City is just north of Montreal and a lovely older city with beautiful architecture.

Quebec City~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Quebec City~ photo by Jane LaFazio


My sweet husband, drawing in the morning from our hotel window.
photo by Jane LaFazio

Chateau Frontenac by moonlight, from our hotel window. photo by Jane LaFazio

my sketchbook and my view from our hotel. photo by Jane LaFazio

Cafe au lait in a bowl
Poutine! 


from my sketchbook Ile d'Orleans, Quebec~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Traveling with Arts & Cultural Travel, I did a lesson in this lovely park overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Check out our visit to Montreal on this blog post.
sketching and watercolor on location ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Then we went wine tasting and shared our journals.

Yes! I'll show you my sketchbook in an upcoming post!


By the way, Arts & Cultural Travel and I are planning a trip to Cuba in 2018. If you'd like more information, add your name to the list here. (Group people-to-people tours are still allowed.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Montreal, Canada

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I just returned from another wonderful trip with Arts & Cultural Travel. I was the teaching artist, and 9 fabulous women (and one husband *mine*) came along for the adventure.

mojito makings
The first evening in Montreal, we were treated to a cooking class at Ateliers & Saveurs. It was fabulous! We even learned how to make mojitos. It was really a first class experience.

I love a group cooking class! So much fun, and you learn a lot too. And bond, as you are learning to cut chives without bruising them, and to flambe scallops together.

Here's our group, along with the chef, and his two helpers.
That's our chef. You can see the class set up is really impressive.
eek! flambe scallops!

we made this salmon in class!
After cooking, we all sat down in their private dining room for a delicious meal.
cool chandelier at Ateliers & Saveurs

Montreal
I loved the city of Montreal. We stayed in the old city, and it was clean, safe and with great restaurants on every corner. AND public art and illuminations on many walls of the city. And, it's a very tolerant city, with many religions, nationalities and sexual orientations. Loved it! I would visit again in a heartbeat.

sketching and watercolor in the Basilica in Montreal
After our morning walking tour, of Montreal, I gave a lesson and we sketched and watercolored in the beautiful Notre Dame Basilica.
Four of my lovely students on the train ride to Quebec City
From our too short stay in Montreal, we headed by first class/business class Canadian Rail to Quebec City. First class means, comfy seats, cocktails, wine and lunch are all included! They serve you right in your seat. 
The scenery was all green and rural. A lovely 3 hour ride. 
Yoga Poses in Public Places on Canada Rail

my husband, Don, working on his sketchbook on the train

Me, on the train

arrival in Quebec City!
Next post, we'll explore Quebec City.

By the way, Arts & Cultural Travel and I are planning a trip to Cuba in 2018. If you'd like more information, add your name to the list here. (Group people-to-people tours are still allowed.)

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