Thursday, July 24, 2014

3 day workshop

my desk, during the workshop I was teaching
my table of work, during the workshop. ~ Jane LaFazio
workshop in San Diego
my students
I just finished teaching a 3 day workshop in San Diego, through the Athenaeum. It was lovely! Full of local women and some who traveled  from as far as  Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the class. Lots of my online students were there, women I'd never met in person. Just a great group!
july 2014 ath 3 day workshop
Class Photo!
Thanks to my friend and student, the talented Ellen Wery, we always have a class photo taken! (and I'm wearing my Sketchbook Skool t-shirt, of course.)
japanese maple
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I got these two pages completed, with lots more to finish.
watercolor collage
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
My next workshops, in San Diego are Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:00–4:30 p.m. at The San Diego Museum of Art and in Descanso on November 15And of course, a zillion other workshops all over. this summer into fall.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Yellow Bird

Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
detail of "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" by Jane LaFazio
Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
detail of "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" by Jane LaFazio
Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
detail of "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" by Jane LaFazio
Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
 "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" 17x11.5 inches by Jane LaFazio
The latest in my series.
You can see the rest of the series here, here, and here.
Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
detail of "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" by Jane LaFazio
Poke Salad Annie Series: Yellow Bird
detail of "Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Green Bird" by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Channeling Liz Steel (and a bit about Sketchbook Skool)

teacup
from my sketchbook ~ in progress~ by Jane LaFazio. (and Daniel Smith watercolor set)
Lately, I've become more aware of the talented Liz Steel's work. She's on the fackulty for Sketchbook Skool for the 'Seeing' semester. She draws teacups nearly every day, as far as I can tell. I'd thought I'd try channeling her style and subject with a few teacups I got from my 96 year old mother in law. Here's the first.

teacup
from my sketchbook ~ in progress~ by Jane LaFazio.
teacup
from my sketchbook ~ in progress~ by Jane LaFazio.
I'm also using a fountain pen, for the first time. And, well, I thought the ink was waterproof. Guess not!
teacup
from my sketchbook ~ in progress~ by Jane LaFazio.
teacup
from my sketchbook ~ in progress~ by Jane LaFazio.
Of course you know, that I'm also on the fakulty of Sketchbook Skool, for the "Beginnings" semester. Did you know they have t-shirts and stuff available now? And one of the shirts has a drawing of the fakulty (drawn by Jean-Christophe Defline) and my face is on the shirt. Ha! I ordered 4 shirt in different colors! and a coffee mug. Here's the shopping link

This is what I ordered!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Poke Salad Annie Series ~ Poke Weed Heritage

Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Another of my "Poke Salad Annie" Series. This one is called "Poke Weed Heritage." 
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
Poke Weed Heritage (11.5 x 18 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio

Poke Weed Heritage ~ an art quilt
detail ~ Poke Weed Heritage ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'm teaching Free Spirited Free Motion Art Quilting at CREATE in Chicago in Friday, August 15. Of course I can't teach everything I did in this quilt, but I will teach you some of my techniques and method for assembling a quilt like this one. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style online class

https://ruzuku.com/courses/4472/about
Registration is open! 
My popular online class "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style" is open for registration. The classroom will open on September 1, with the first lesson released September 5, 2014. This is the perfect class for beginners to both drawing and watercolor, and an inspiring class for more experienced artists. Click here for all the details on the 6 week class.
5x7" pages from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Recycled Circles!

pink and grey
Recycled Circles ~ work in progress~ by Jane LaFazio
I just returned from teaching a one day workshop in Recycled Circles. It's always a fun class, and as you can see, in the photo below of the student work, it's always a success!
student work
Student work ~ recycled circles workshop
Pink & Orange recycled circles
Recycled Circles ~ by Jane LaFazio
Recycled Circles Pillow
Recycled Circles ~ by Jane LaFazio
pink circles
Recycled Circles (on paper) ~ by Jane LaFazio
I also teach a Recycled Circles workshop with paper as the base, and we use paper and cloth for the circles. There  are a few spaces left in my class at the art retreat Art is You in Petaluma, California on Friday, September 26. Details on Recycled Circles workshop click here.
Art is You in Petaluma
Read about Art is You in Mingle magazine this month!

recycled circles
detail of Recycled Circles (on paper) ~ by Jane LaFazio
Or, you could buy my DVD and learn how to make the cloth version right now! :-)
my new DVD
Instruction DVD will teach you how to create Recycled Circles! Click her to buy the DVD.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

from my sketchbook ~ Kings Canyon Sequoia National Park and the 4th of July


view of the sierras
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio


Montecito Sequoia
Some more photos and pages from Montecito Sequoia Family Summer Camp, where I taught for a week.

mountain lupine
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio


montecito sequoia wild flowers
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio

Montecito Sequoia
No, I won't be giving up my art career for music, anytime soon.
lodgepole pine cone
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio


4th of July4th of July
4th of July
On the 4th of July, Montecito Sequoia has a cool tradition. Guests can build a bark boat (the base is a piece of bark from a tree) and then launch it in the lake at sunset. You can see our boat above and in the lake. I wrote our wishes on the sail.
4th of July
Also on the 4th, dinner and dancing and all kinds of fun at the lake. Below is a super short video (24 seconds)  to give you an idea of the fun! (go to my blog to see the video)


Monday, July 07, 2014

from my sketchbook ~ teaching in Kings Canyon Sequoia National Park

Montecito SequoiaMontecito Sequoia
For the past 6 years, husb and I have gone to Montecito Sequoia Family Summer Camp for one week each summer. I teach sketching and watercolor to the adults in the morning, and then we get to participate in the activities the rest of the day. It's great fun, in a beautiful place with lovely families. 
dancing wildflowers
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio
cone flower
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio

Montecito SequoiaMontecito Sequoia
My sketchbook pages part way through the week.
Montecito Sequoia
We took ukulele lessons during the week, and I definitely see a ukulele (and more lessons!) in my future.

montecito sequoia greens
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio

shades of green
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio

Montecito Sequoia
One of the classes was doing Andy Goldsworthy style art. (above)
lake side in progress
in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
lake side
from my sketchbook and in my ETSY shop ~ Jane LaFazio
yoga july 2014 sequoia national park
And of course I did a Yoga Pose in Public Places!

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