Friday, July 27, 2007

Art Quilt inspiration

I had the lovely experience of curating an online exhibition at Studio Art Quilts Associates online. Check it out.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Excerpts from the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Here's what Dana Gioia has to say, excerpted from his commencement speech, as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, at Stanford University:

"We need to create a new national consensus. The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society. "

"Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world—equal to but distinct from scientific and conceptual methods. Art addresses us in the fullness of our being—simultaneously speaking to our intellect, emotions, intuition, imagination, memory, and physical senses. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs, or images. "

Makes me feel good about teaching art to kids...and sad that there's not more art instruction in schools.

Read the whole speech here.

susie's quick sketch of me.

Susan Avery Clark did this watercolor sketch of me when we were in Idyllwild recently.

Susie's Oaxacan wood carving.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

fruit stickers

You know why I do this, don't you? (Aside from entertaining myself while I watch TV.) Here

Monday, July 23, 2007


Could BeBop BE any cuter?!


It's located in SE San Diego at 45th and Imperial Ave.

side two

It ended up looking more like 'Finding Nemo undersea adventure' than pomegranates, from this view, but oh well......

side three

The painting was a challenge. I painted for 7 hours on Saturday, and luckily the weather was cool and slightly overcast--Thank goodness. The paint is enamel sign paint and mixes well in the can, but it's hard to blend colors on the surface. It drips, when you're not looking and dries quickly. I'm doing two more small utility boxes in August, and I'll be more experienced for those.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Husb does a very good deed.

While I was painting the utility box, Husb picked up the trash in the area next to me. It's a major bus stop on Imperial Ave, but has no trash can! He's a good man.

Speaking of good deeds, go here and order a 'big fat love' t-shirt or rock. A local guy (Encinitas) started the small company to help pay his medical bills--he has Lou Gerig's Disease.

Utility Box painting in SE San Diego

The all-day project begins. Look how fresh I look. That's because it's 8:30am and I've just begun. This is the corner of Imperial Avenue and 45th, in SE San Diego.

Messy work.

More than half-way finished...

A youthful advisor stopped by mid-afternoon.

I'll post the final photos on Monday, when I go back to finish it. For now, I'll take Advil and rest! I'm pooped!

Friday, July 20, 2007

more from the weekend workshop

My book in progress at Traci's workshop last weekend. I'll post the finished book soon.
Be sure and check out Traci's blog--she mentions our workshop and there's a pic of me at work, and of my Pom series!


Some of the pomegranate-themed collages I created in Traci Bautista's workshop over the weekend. Red is my favorite color to wear, but I usually don't make art in red---I sure had fun with my Pom series!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Local Update

For those of you readers who live in San Diego, here are two updates. I'll be painting the first utility box this Saturday, July 21, starting about 9am. The location is the corner of 45th street and Imperial Avenue (next to the Jackie Robinson YMCA.) I'll break for lunch at noon and then probably be there till 3 or so. I also plan on painting there on Monday, July 23. Feel free to stop by to say hi, offer me iced tea, cold water sprays and general moral support!

And, remember how I raved about Anthology? We went last night to see Kenny Rankin and we reserved a booth on the mezzanine. We shared a bottle of wine, and had dinner. Total cost for the evening $200!!!! Waaaay too expensive for our budget. So, here's my point, if you go (and we will again for Average White Band in November) buy the general admission ticket for the 2nd floor. Eat and drink before you go. Then, order a glass of wine, and maybe dessert while you enjoy the wonderful venue at Anthology.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

caregiver journal illustrations

A couple of times a year, I create a journal for a caregiver for SCRC "A Space of Beauty" program. Here are two little paintings, each on a separate page, for the journal.

Idyllwild weekend

I was so busy in Traci's workshop (9-4 for 3 days) that I didn't get much time to sketch in beautiful Idyllwild.

Idyllwild journal pages

Jeannie made watermelon martinis for us, so my oak leaves are the color of watermelon martinis.

Weekend Workshop in Idyllwild

I spent the weekend with my girlfriends at a Traci Bautista workshop at Idyllwild Summer Arts Program. Pictured are Nancy, ME in my Mundo Lindo t-shirt, Jeannie, Susie, TRACI, and Helen. We had a great time and Traci is an excellent teacher!! I'll post more photos...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Unlock your hand

I bought this at the Mingei Museum gift shop, when I was there last week. (Gosh, I love that shop! I've bought tons of stuff from there.) It's large lock, made of metal and (duh) shaped like a hand. I have lots of hand imagery around my house. I know many people must use their mouths, or feet to hold a pen or brush to create art, and I'm very thankful for my strong hands.

Utility Box Triptych

Here are my three designs for the Southeast San Diego utility boxes I'll be painting this month and next. When I'm done painting them, I'll post the photos of the real boxes so we can all compare. Did I mention the largest of the three is 5-1/2 feet tall! Yikes, what have I gotten myself into?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Here's a shot of me in yoga class this morning. I go 2-3 times a week to RB Yoga, and I love it!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Young Artists

Just a reminder to check my other blog, where I'm chronicling my year long teaching gig with 4th and 5th grade kids.

Ralph's Envelopes

This piece of mine, made from organza and old love letter envelopes, was just accepted into the La Jolla (San Diego) Athenaeum Sixteenth Annual Juried Exhibition. It was selected from 600 entries. The exhibition runs August 4-Sept 1, 2007. Reception is Friday, August 3. Come see it (and me) in person.

utility box design for number two

I did get chosen to paint a utility box, and now they want me to design and paint two more! The largest one will be 5-1/2 feet tall and nearly 3 feet wide. The other two are 32 in wide x 38in deep x 44in high. I'll be starting the largest one on July 21, in Southeast San Diego. Please, if you see me, bring me an iced tea and remind me that it's an adventure to paint a large metal box on a busy street corner! I'll definitely post photos.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

MY house

Some friends and I took part in an URN workshop today. My friend and arts therapist, Kat Kirby, faciliated. Using clay, we created an urn for our ashes for ourselves, our pets, or purely on a symbolic level. Here's my house. Until needed (which I hope is a VERY long time from now) it will contain my wishes and directives on how I'd like my funeral/cremation to be handled.) This clay sculpture will be fired and then I will paint it with acrylic paints. Kat is hosting another workshop on July 22, in Pt. Loma, San Diego. Contact her if you'd like more info.

ashes to ashes- Urn workshop

Here's my Urn in progress. One side reads "Do not fear..." and then Chinese symbol for death.
Pretty deep stuff for me. Early this year, a number of people in my life died, from young (53) to older (86). It was another reminder of mortality, and how it is sooooooo important, for me, to live my life FULLY.

Contemporary paste paper workshop

I took an all day workshop with famed book artist Dominic Riley on Saturday. All day long we played with paint and paper! Here's the 13 pieces of paste paper that I made. I'll use them in my artwork.

paste paper blue

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Mingei Museum in Balboa Park

A hour or so at the Mingei Museum. I could have spent a couple of hours more! Such gorgeous items. The broom collection almost brought me to tears--really! Seriously.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

My Garden

Here's the finished piece, hanging. It's quite cheery!
July 13th note: This piece was just accepted in the juried exhibition "The Color Purple" at Escondido Arts Partnership

A close-up. You can see all the french knots and blanket stitch around the edges.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

work in progress

This will soon be a mobile. Hand-painted timtex, cut into shapes, stitched and embellished. I'll back it and then string them together. It's already week 6, and the final week of the Personal Symbols online class I've been taking. And you can see I got my money's worth! Thanks to the teacher Susan Sorrell!

Monday, July 02, 2007

A Day in the Park: Yoga & Art ~ Sept 1 workshop

My friend Ileen and I just cooked up this offering. WE think it sounds waay fun! Email me if you'd like to know more, or to register.

“A Day in the Park: Yoga & Art”
Ileen Miller (yoga) & Jane LaFazio (art)

Date: Saturday, September 1, 9am-4pm
Cost: $65
Ileen will help you enjoy, explore and participate in breath and yoga poses that will activate and stimulate the creative side of the brain, invigorate the mind/body and center your soul.

And Jane will guide you in sketching and watercolor in your journal in a lovely park by the ocean. (You can bring your own sketchbook and watercolors, or purchase a kit for $16.)

Location: Glen Park, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (San Diego, California)

See Jane’s sketches at right here!
Ileen teaches nutrition, health and yoga at CSUSM

Sunday, July 01, 2007


A small group from our San Diego SketchCrawl group gathered Saturday in Balboa Park. It was a gorgeous day. I was in a 'fast and loose' sketching mode, or....I was just visiting more than I was drawing!

Old Cactus Garden

The Old Cactus Garden in Balboa Park. Rachel told us about it. Now I learn it was created in 1935! Way cool location, with lots of beautiful plants to sketch and photograph.

view of the tower

Sketching and talking and watching at least 5 Quinceanera groups arrive in limos for photo opps at the park.

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