Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico

from my sketchbook, Santa Fe, New Mexico

I just returned from a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a lovely town, full of art and food and color!
I thought you'd enjoy a virtual taste of this charming southwestern city.....
Huevos Rancheros at the Famous Plaza Cafe, Santa Fe
Mission San Miguel, Santa Fe, New Mexico
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'm teaching in Santa Fe twice in 2019. Week long workshops held in a beautiful hotel, near the Plaza. April 15-19 (full)  and not even on the schedule yet May 13-17 (Contact MISA directly and ask about my May workshop). I hope you can join me!

Turquoise Jewelry, everywhere in Santa Fe

Collections at the International Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe
guacamole and margaritas

Hope to see you in Santa Fe in 2019!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sketchbook Skool Konvention in Pasadena, California

The first ever SketchKon is a big, unkonventional konventioln devoted to drawing, painting, creativity, and friendship with other artists just like you and me!

November 2-3 Konvention, Pasadena, California.
Check out the schedule. There's so much to do and so many choices!

I'll be teaching 8 Objects 8 Ways on November 1, the day before the convention starts.

8 Objects 8 Ways 

Take my one day workshop before the Konvention starts!

8 Objects 8 Ways 
THURSDAY, November 1 (10am-5pm)  

Hold onto your pen, it’s going to be a full and fun day! Jane will teach you to draw (yes, she will) and paint in watercolor in her fun, easy, intuitive style. Remember, your drawing style is as unique to you as your handwriting, and in this class you’ll be able to try different tools, techniques and styles, to see what works best for you. During class, you’ll draw 8 objects in 8 different ways to create a cool journal page and great record of different techniques.


Included in your registration
Friday, November 3, 3:00-3:50pm
The Traveling Accordion Sketchbook
Don't miss my presentation!
Sketchbook Skool Fakulty member, Jane LaFazio is lucky to be able to travel the world teaching sketching and watercolor. She has found an accordion journal works great to record the sites with a single, displayable book devoted to each location. She will show you her illustrated journals from her travels to Cuba, Quebec, Europe, Sequoia National Park, New Mexico and more. She’ll also extol the benefits of zig zag journals for recipes, everyday objects, and nature. Jane will share her favorite brands and tell you how to make your own accordion journal. In addition, she will talk about painting on location while traveling, her supplies and experiences. You’ll come away inspired to create your own accordion journal, with ideas on what to include in it.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Sketchcrawl in San Diego in May

pretty perfect setting! (photo by Jane LaFazio)
my sketchbook on location (photo by Jane LaFazio)
A sketchcrawl at an art filled winery! The perfect location. Thanks San Diego Urban Sketchers for making this happen.

from my sketchbook (Jane LaFazio)

from my sketchbook (Jane LaFazio)

show and tell with the San Diego Urban Sketchers

San Diego Urban Sketchers at Salerno Winery

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I love Gelli Plate printing!

I'm teaching a one day workshop in San Diego. Details here.

An accordion book video I made with my gelli plate prints

by Jane LaFazio
book by Jane LaFazio
by Jane LaFazio
by Jane LaFazio using one of my stencils from Stencil Girl Products!

Monday, April 23, 2018

from my sketchbook ~ asilomar

A very short VIDEO of the sketchbook I made to use while I was teaching at Asilomar.
from my sketchbook (by Jane LaFazio)
from my sketchbook (by Jane LaFazio)
from my sketchbook (by Jane LaFazio)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Teaching at beautiful Asilomar, in Monterey, California. (video)

Here's a short VIDEO I created, from my recent teaching at Empty Spools in Asilomar. Oh my! We had a wonderful time! (I won't be teaching there next year, hoping to be invited back for 2020.)

Don and I relaxing.......

The gorgeous Pacific Oceans, steps away from Asilomar, where the workshop was held.
Much of the drive home to San Diego from Monterey was beautiful like this. (Santa Barbara County)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Cuba! a video and my sketchbooks

Havana, Cuba (photo by Jane LaFazio)
Two cats. Havana, Cuba (photo by Jane LaFazio)

I was in Cuba for two weeks in February 2018. I taught two groups, a dozen each week. They came from all over the US and we had a fabulous time!
Me and my students. Havana, Cuba

Me and my students. Vinales Valley, Cuba

Here's the 9 minute VIDEO I made of the trip.
Photos and my sketchbook.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Crochet Mania!

My first scarf (Noro Yarn)
I've just (re)learned to crochet. I crochet in my twenties, made a rainbow colored sweater and when I tried it on it was huge! I don't think I ever wore it.
My third scarf (Noro Yarn)

I got the urge to try again, so I took an in person lesson to get started, then a friend helped me a bit more. Now I'm watching YouTube videos and making blankets!
Granny Squares (Caron 1lb yarn)
I am loving it and quite obsessed with it!

Buddy advises on the composition

BeBop approves of the finished blanket
I'm quite proud of my finished blanket, shown in our office/den. I'm already working on another blanket, this one for the bedroom. After all, I just don't too many scarves since I live in San Diego! 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Creative JumpStart 2018!


I'm excited to announce that I'll be 
participating as an artist
in Creative JumpStart 2018! 

If you're not familiar with Creative JumpStart, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear during the month of January 2018. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 
Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. 

just $45


I hope you'll join the fun!

You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $45 (USD) if you sign up by December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.  Videos are released January 1, 2018.

Click here for more information

Monday, November 13, 2017

More photos from France.

Ah, Paris! 
Just a few of the moments on our fabulous trip to France, in September 2017 with The Blue Walk.
Monet's Garden ~ Giverny 
I spent my birthday at Monet's Garden

Monet's Lily Pond

One of the many, many paintings Monet did of his lily pond
our fabulous group at Luxenbourg Gardens, Paris

Drawing at Luxenbourg Gardens, Paris

Our artwork at the base of the sculpture we drew! 
Don and I (bottom picture)
I found the postcard, above, at the Paris Flea Market. Below, my husband and I reenact it!

And below is our team (Jeanette and Lorie) taking the photo and helping with styling.

Musee d'Orsay
Of course we visited Musee d'Orsay, my favorite Paris Museum.
Yoga Poses in Public Places Musee d'Orsay, September 2017

The Paris Opera House

I'd never been to the Paris Opera House. Oh my! truly spectacular. I'd love to go to a performance there someday.

Me demoing IN the Paris Opera House
A painting by Edouard Manet ( 1873)  in the spot where we were drawing above! 

Our group on the River Seine, in Paris

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