Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch a book by my friend Deborah Boschert


By my friend, Deborah Boshcert 


Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch

My friend, Deborah Boschert has a new book! 


Here's the description: Make treasured art quilts from bits of cloth, stitched motifs, and painted details. Dip your toes into the world of art quilting with mixed-media techniques, practice exercises, checklists, and work-along projects presented using 8 design guides. This visual, step-by-step guide will help you unlock your own artistic vision as you quilt in a series, finish small art pieces, and incorporate meaningful symbols into your work.

• Tap into your creative muse! Art quilt inspiration, techniques, and checklists presented in 8 easy-to-use design guides
• Uncomplicated, visual guide to fabric collage with practice pieces to help you gain expertise
• Tell your own artistic story with colors, materials, and beloved symbols
YOU can win a FREE copy of Deborah's book by leaving a comment here. I'll randomly select a name by September 30 9am PST. (Check back on September 30, or leave your email address in the comment.) Hard copy to US and ebook if the winner is international.

Why wait? You can buy a signed copy of Deborah's book in her Etsy shop (and the first 50 buyers a piece  of original surface designed fabrics by Deborah.)

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch
Book Release Blog Hop with Video Chats!

September 19: C&T Publishing and Editor Lynn Koolish
http://www.ctpub.com/blog/

September 20: Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine
http://generationqmagazine.com

September 21: Susan Brubaker Knapp
http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com

September 22: Sue Bleiweiss
http://suebleiweiss.com/blog/blog.html

September 23: Lyric Kinard
http://lyrickinard.com/lyric-kinard-blog/

September 26: Lori Kennedy
http://theinboxjaunt.com

September 27: Maria Shell
https://talesofastitcher.com

September 28: Jane LaFazio YOU ARE HERE
http://janeville.blogspot.com

September 29: Judy Coates Perez
http://www.judycoatesperez.com

September 30: Melanie Testa
http://melanietesta.com/blog/

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Sound of Sunshine ~ A library card collage

The Sound of Sunshine (10 x 8.25 inches)
by Jane LaFazio ($125 in my JaneVille Etsy shop)

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio

detail ~The Sound of Sunshine  
by Jane LaFazio 


Sunday, September 18, 2016

LavenderSage Art Retreats~ my journal

front cover ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

that's my name tag
(a photo of Nicolai Fechin, the namesake of the room I stayed in)
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
I just returned from my week long signature LavenderSage Art Retreat in Taos. I taught the student an assortment of art making techniques, and created a journal along with them. 

It is amazing and powerful how much more an illustrated journal can be than just the memory of a place, or 100 photos on your iphone...
Here's my memory of Taos, New Mexico.
Sage stick cactus, in progress~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
I bought the sage stick cactus at the fabulous Taos Farmers Market. It scented my room all week.

Got the 'cactus' at the Taos Farmers Market
 LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
Me demoing to my group at Taos Farmers Market
~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
Speaking of the Farmers Market, I took my group there to soak up the joy and ambiance and to work in their journals on location.

Farmers Market page~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

monoprints ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

Channeling Georgia O'Keeffee ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

monoprints and watercolor~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

juniper in progress~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

my near earrings!~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
I love the page below! My fab new earrings and how much they turquoise resembles the juniper berries.
watercolor and monoprint ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

map and photos and pine cone drawing ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
poem and monoprint ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
 At the Taos Farmers Market, I met the Dream Poet. He'll write you a poem, on the spot, for $5. He asked for a prompt and all I said was "LavenderSage." Here's the poem:
Poem by the Dream Poet~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
 "Clearing the space, and adding dreams to it" 

What a perfect phrase and description of our art retreat....
photo of Dream Poet~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

watercolor & photo~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

page from my journal ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
page from my journal~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio


work in progress at the museum ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
We spent a fabulous afternoon at the Harwood Art Museum. A docent tour, and then I demoed how to draw in a museum, from an artwork. The museum only allowed pencils, so I changed from my usually watercolor.
me, at the museum ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
page from my journal~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

page from my journal ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
demo at the church in Rancho de Taos ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
in progress ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio

San Francisco de Asis at Rancho de Taos ~ LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ by Jane LaFazio
Thanks for looking over my shoulder at my journal.



LavenderSage Art Retreat 2017 registration will open late October. More about the retreat in this blog post.

My online class "Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style" is open for registration. Details here.

I teach a similar workshop, this book structure with watercolor and printmaking, "Nature Journal" at Madeline Island School of the Arts, July 10-14, 2017 in Wisconsin. Details here.








Thursday, September 15, 2016

LavenderSage Art Retreat 2016

LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ 2016 ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Oh my, I had such a wonderful time at my recent LavenderSage Art Retreat in Taos, New Mexico. There was so much to share, I made this little video of the retreat.


You can find out more about LavenderSage Art Retreat here. Registration will probably open in late October for next year's August 20-27 retreat.
LavenderSage Art Retreat ~ 2016


Saturday, September 10, 2016

What do Georgia O'Keeffe and I have in common?

New Mexico skies are gorgeous and constantly changing. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
Listen to what Dan Fogelberg had to say about Georgia O'Keeffee:

Dan Fogelberg's "Bones in the Sky" about Georgia O'Keeffe. 


Did I mention the skies of New Mexico?  (photo by Jane LaFazio)
Yup. and so does LavenderSage Art Retreats

San Francisco de Asis, Rancho de Taos. photo by Jane LaFazio

San Francisco de Asis, Rancho de Taos. photo by Jane LaFazio

Taos Pueblo land. photo by Jane LaFazio

Morada (Penitente), Taos   photo by Jane LaFazio

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