Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Come sketching and watercoloring with me! We'll explore Charleston, South Carolina.




April 3-7, 2017
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
SKETCHING & WATERCOLOR: ON LOCATION

a destination retreat…
Our Muse: Charleston, South Carolina

The most glorious time of year in Charleston: Spring… with gardens bursting with color! The oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston has a rich heritage as well as vibrant arts and cultural scene. Long and winding cobblestone streets, elegant well preserved mansions; century old churches; art galleries and charming boutiques. A culinary mecca for Southern food done right too and just minutes away from the cosmopolitan charms of downtown Charleston are well preserved plantations and more beautiful gardens where you’ll loose yourself in time among the moss-covered oaks and blooming azaleas. The pages of your journals awash with color, architecture and beautiful gardens a treasure to cherish for years to come!

Charleston, South Carolina has been voted the No. 1 City in the World and No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada in the Travel + Leisure 2016 World's Best Awards! 

Sketching & Watercolor on Location:
Want to learn to draw and paint what you see? Want to create an illustrated journal page of your day, your garden, and your travels? Your days will be spent drawing and painting in a relaxed, fun environment with a group of like-minded travelers. Each day, we’ll go to a charming locale and I will demonstrate drawing and painting with watercolor. She’ll gently guide beginners (yes, I can teach you to draw) and experienced alike to see and capture the details and memories in a straightforward, intuitive approach with pen and watercolor. You’ll create a set of watercolor journal pages as unique as your own handwriting. You’ll bring home a priceless collection of small watercolors depicting your experiences and memories of your trip.

Group Size| limited to 12 Participants

4 Nights Accommodations Luxury Hotel * Welcome & Farewell Dinner * Breakfast Daily * Art Instruction: Jane LaFazio * Private Guided Excursions * Carriage Tour Old Charleston * Private Gardens & Courtyard Tour * Private Charleston Tea Plantation Tour

$3,125.00 (based on double accommodations)
(Single Supplement Add $500.00)    $650.00 Deposit

CLICK HERE for more information or call 617-855-9209 email: info@artsandculturaltravel.com



Saturday, July 09, 2016

from my sketchbook: Bishops Ranch

the cover ~ by Jane LaFazio
I showed you some of my sketchbook from Bishops Ranch in this blog post, with a promise for more.
The cover, above is from a cereal box (like I teach in my online workshop "Cereal Box Journal.")
I created the inside pages of the book from hot press watercolor paper.
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
 This page, below, is the start of the design for the hand carved stamp, in green.
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
This page, below, was a series of drawings, as inspiration for a stamp design, and then some ideas for small stamps.
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
This page, below, is a series of sketches of the things in nature, around the ranch, with an idea to create them in embroidery stitches.
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
These two pages are the stamps the students designed in my workshop.
student's work~ by Jane LaFazio

student's work ~ by Jane LaFazio
Obviously, I could go back in and finish some of the pages, adding more journaling or photos...and maybe I'll get around to that. But for now, this remains a fine record of my time at Bishops Ranch, in Northern California.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A little video of Taos, New Mexico

Last month,  I took my husband to Taos, New Mexico. He had never been, and I wanted to show him the magical place. We stayed at Mabel Dodgle Luhan Inn, where I hold my annual LavenderSage Art Retreat. And we visit Abiquiu and the home of Georgia O'Keeffe. We had a great trip! 

Here's a link to the VIDEO.

I created the book, below, from my sketchbook drawings and the brochure from the fabulous exhibition of Mabel Dodge Luhan at the Harwood Art Museum in Taos. I'll show you the inside of my sketchbook soon.


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Succulent Wreath

detail ~ succulent wreath by Jane LaFazio
detail ~ succulent wreath by Jane LaFazio
detail ~ succulent wreath by Jane LaFazio
I finished this a while ago, and hadn't shown it to you. I just used a variety of felt colors and spontaneously created these succulents with embroider thread and a bit of yarn. The hot glued them to a wreath from the craft store. 
succulent wreath by Jane LaFazio
Speaking of wreaths, check out this one I made a while ago.

Speaking of succulents, check this out.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Coasters. Everyone can use more coasters around house!

Tile Coasters painted using stencils ~ by Jane LaFazio
ceramic paint and stencils ~ by Jane LaFazio
If you live in the US or Canada, you probably have one of those paint-your-own-ceramics places downtown or in a nearby mall. 

I took my stencils (designed by me for StencilGirl Products) and created these fun tile coasters. A week later, I picked them up all fired and shiny! Easy and fun!
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio
tile coaster ~ by Jane LaFazio

Here's a video of the process: 

video

You can find all my JANE LaFAZIO designed stencils here.

I used these stencils for the coasters: 


Pine Cone Woodcut mask for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Eucalyptus for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

Acorns  for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Texas Red Oak for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio
Eucalyptus Blooms for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

Sweet Gum Balls for Stencil Girl Products designed by Jane LaFazio

You can find all my JANE LaFAZIO designed stencils here.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

from my sketchbook ~Bishops Ranch, Healdsburg, California


from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I told you about Bishops Ranch here, and about the "Garden Patch" workshop I taught here

I had a full day to draw and paint, before my students arrived, and I did paint some mornings and after class. Here are some of page of my sketchbook. 
See that second chair from the left?
That's where I sat draw and paint the church, below
~ photo by Jane LaFazio
my pencil, then ink drawing of the church ~ by Jane LaFazio
my view of the church ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
nearly finished church ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
Proseco and Persimmons ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ Jane LaFazio
I did use the inspiration from my sketchbook to add to my 'Garden Patch' art quilt.
from sketchbook to stitch ~ by Jane LaFazio
I brought a sketchbook with me, and filled it while I was at Bishops Ranch. I promise to show it to you soon! I hope to teach there again, and do a "Nature Journal" workshop since there are so many things and vistas to draw and paint on the grounds of the ranch.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

From my workshop ~ Garden Patch ~ student work


inspiration photo by Jane LaFazio
I taught a 4 day workshop 'Garden Patch' at Bishops Ranch in Healdsburg in Northern California and in my last post, I showed you the beautiful countryside of Healdsburg.
We started the workshop by walking the grounds looking for inspiration for our quilts and our hand carved stamps.
students first designed and carved stamps

the mornings ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
My stamp, based on a bird image in the stained glass windows of the church
inspiration everywhere ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Me (in the center) and my students
Here is are the art quilts, created by the students. Most are 12x12 inches.
student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 

student work 
student work 
Pretty fabulous work, huh? I love how each quilt is completely original, even though they are learned the same process and techniques from me.

Next post, I'll show you some of my work and my sketchbook.




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