Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creating an original print block

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I love carving stamps! It's so easy and immediate and most importantly, original. You can see how cool it looks repeated in a kind of banner.
stamp carving
I taught our LavenderSage Art Retreat students to find an abstract design for their print blocks, you can see my process above.
Taos sketchbook
printed on gelli printed cloth ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
printed on  gelli printed watercolor paper ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
Here's a close up of my straight-to-ink drawing of the
Ranchos Church in Taos ~ by Jane LaFazio
Untitled  from my sketchbook
And here's another print block, inspired by my watercolor of some Taos berries.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Flowers and Feathers and everything nice" art quilt in progress

Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
CREATE Seattle just added another class of my "Free Spirited Free Motion" class. Wednesday, October 22. Join me!
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio
Flowers & Feathers and everything nice
detail of "Flowers and Feathers and everything nice"  ~ by Jane LaFazio

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

from my sketchbook

Taos sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ including a pic of Mabel Dodge Luhan and her husband Tony
 ~ by Jane LaFazio
On the page above, my brother asked, on facebook, if it was a teeny-tiny rug and a huge leaf. Smart aleck! I told him it was art!
Taos sketchbook
watercolor flowers and a bit of gelli plate print ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
watercolor flowers and a bit of gelli plate print ~ by Jane LaFazio
Taos sketchbook
We some some continuous line, straight-to-ink drawings at LavenderSage Art Retreat. It was fun drawing some of the students ~ by Jane LaFazio

Sunday, September 07, 2014

more of Taos, New Mexico

Ranchos Church, New Mexico

San Francisco de Asis Church, near Taos, New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

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Drawing the church, near Taos.
Our LavenderSage Art Retreat went to San Francisco de Asis church, in nearby Ranchos, New Mexico, to sketch and watercolor. You can see why it's one of the most painted and photographed church!
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Ranchos Church

San Francisco de Asis Church, near Taos, New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Ranchos Church, New Mexico

San Francisco de Asis Church, near Taos, New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

taos church

near Taos, New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook  ~ by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ detail ~ by Jane LaFazio
Ranchos Church, New Mexico

San Francisco de Asis Church, near Taos, New Mexico ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Friday, September 05, 2014

More photos of Taos, New Mexico

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Taos, New Mexico ~ by Jane LaFazio
Here are a few more photos from the LavenderSage Art Retreat, in Taos, New Mexico.  
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from my sketchbook ~ in progress by Jane LaFazio

Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn ~ by Jane LaFazio
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Me, in the classroom at Mabel Dodge Luhan HIstoric Inn
Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
Hollyhocks were in bloom everywhere ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ in progress by Jane LaFazio
Chimayo, NM
Chimayo, New Mexico
from my sketchbook
from my sketchbook ~ in progress by Jane LaFazio
Chimayo, NM
Taos, New Mexico ~ by Jane LaFazio
yoga poses in public places august taos 2014
Yoga Poses in Public Places ~ Taos, New Mexico
Our next LavenderSage Art Retreat in Taos, New Mexico will be June 24-July 2, 2015. Add your name to the interest list and we'll let you know more and when registration opens.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

LavenderSage Art Retreat in Taos, New Mexico 2014

Mabel Dodge Luhan Inn
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic Inn in Taos, New Mexico
Taos 2014 LavenderSage
LavenderSage Art Retreat 2014
I'm just home from teaching a LavenderSage Art Retreat in Taos, New Mexico. We had a fine time and I have lots of photos to share! coming soon!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pages in progress

sketchbook in progress
sketchbook in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
Here's some pages in progress from my classes at Art Unraveled in Phoenix.

sketchbook
sketchbook in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
I'm off to Taos, New Mexico to co-teach our LavenderSage Expressive Arts Mixed Media Retreat. (We've got another scheduled for 2015, June 24-July 2.)
Check my teaching schedule for where I'll be the rest of 2014. Hope to see you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thistles in a hotel room

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day two ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
I just got back from teaching at CREATE Chicago (and had a great time!) While I was there, I picked some thistles and set them on the counter in the hotel room. It was fascinating watching them open over the next few days.
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day three ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
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day four ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Oh and I did a yoga pose too, in one of my classes.
CREATE Chicago august 2014
Yoga Pose in Public Place Chicago CREATE August 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

St Francis ~ work in progress

work in progress ~ st. Francis
sketchbook page and art quilt in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I am excited about this! I love seeing pages from my sketchbook come alive in my art quilts! I love leveraging the art from my sketchbook. 

I'm not finished with St. Francis yet, and I'm working on a series of quilts in this same style. (well, okay, I've started my second one.) (I got the wooden sculpture in Taos, NM last year, and as you can see, drew and painted it in my sketchbook.)

I'll keep you posted!
work in progress ~ st. Francis
art quilt in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio
I'm teaching in Chicago right now. My summer-to-fall schedule is crazy busy! hope to see you in one of my classes in Chicago, or Seattle, or Massachusetts, or Taos, New Mexico or San Miguel de Allende! or maybe even in San Diego! You can see my teaching schedule here.
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