Friday, August 31, 2012

Chicago ~ a wonderful town!

Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

I do love Chicago! I was teaching at CREATE last week and had two days to tour the city. The weather was absolutely perfect! 77 degrees and sunny.
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
We went on the 90 minute Chicago Architecture Foundation River Tour . If you visit Chicago, do not miss this tour. (Last year, we visited the Art Institute of Chicago  and loved it.)
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Chicago
This 4 condo building is right on the river amid all the skyscrapers. I want to live here!  
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Chicago
Chicago ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
helen and me
My good friend, Helen Shafer Garcia was with me and we had a great time!


Chicago
 Millennium Park ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
 Millennium Park is another must see. That's a Frank Gehry building in the lower left corner.
Chicago
 ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Cloud Gate, referred to as The Bean (by artist Anish Kapoor)
Chicago
Yoga in Public Places, The Bean, Millennium Park, Chicago, Ill.
Chicago
little kids playing with their reflections at The Bean 
~ photo by Jane LaFazio
wrights home
Frank Lloyd Wright House, Oak Park, Illinois ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
The next day, I was on my own, and took the train to fabulous Oak Park to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house. Yes, I read "Loving Frank" and really enjoyed it.

wrights home me
in front of Frank's office
wrights window
Frank Lloyd Wright home dining room window ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
wrights bathroom window
Frank Lloyd Wright home bathroom window ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
wrights family photo
Frank Lloyd Wright family photo
wrights dining room moonlight
Frank Lloyd Wright  ceiling light panel~ photo by Jane LaFazio
wrights living room
Frank Lloyd Wright home living room ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
wright designed home
A Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Oak Park ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
The neighborhood of Oak Park is gorgeous, and had an audio tour available, but I didn't have time for it.
wright designed home 2
A Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Oak Park ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
hems living room
Ernest Hemingway's childhood home ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
And a wonderful surprise for me, Ernest Hemingway grew up a few blocks from the Frank Lloyd Writght home.  Since I'd visited (and blogged about) Hemingway's home in Cuba this past January (and his home in Key West, Florida years ago) I was excited to continue my Hemingway home tours! (Yes, I read "Paris Wife" too, but didn't finish it.)

What a difference in architecture and interiors from Frank Lloyd Wright!
hems house 1
Ernest Hemingway's childhood home ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
hems as a kid
Ernest Hemingway on the left, holding a gun! with his grandfather and siblings

Lastly, here's a video I made from Millennium Park.  The band "Dead Can Dance" was rehearsing at the amphitheater.

You can see why I love Chicago!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

oh, did you know I designed some stencils?


stencil, wood icing on gesso board in various states of completion
by Jane LaFazio
I've been having fun trying to use my newly designed stencils in every conceivable way. I started this project here and now I started a couple more.
I start by applying layers of acrylic paint. Pods Stencil
this one had paint, and then I added another layer with my two other stencils and wood icing.
I'll paint it when it's dry.
just wood icing on gesso board. painting is next.
Sweet Gum Ball stencil
just wood icing on gesso board. painting is next. Eucalyptus stencil.
And while I had the stencils out, after I cleaned them, I created 3 more prayer flags.
prayer flags
I realized as I was about to type this, I stitched lightning bugs instead of fireflies. hmm. I thought Sweet Gum ball stencil looked like fireworks in red and blue.


prayer flags
the colors reminded me of water
  
prayer flags
Autum colors with Pods stencil
Stay tuned! (Remember, if you create anything with my StencilGirlProducts stencils, send me photo! Pods, Sweet Gum Balls and Eucalyptus are the ones I designed.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

being a student

first one. with derwent graphitone and a waterbrush
 ~ 4x4"by Jane LaFazio
I'm a student too, don't forget! I had a tiny bit of free time so I tuned in to Pam Carriker's Still Pursuing Portraits for another lesson.
second one. with stabilo aquarelle and a waterbrush

 ~ 4x4"by Jane LaFazio
I don't know why they all sort of look eastern European. Pam says often portraits reflect what you're feeling inside when you draw them. Maybe my distant Slavic heritage?
third one. with caran d'ache technalo 3B and a waterbrush
 ~ 4x4" by Jane LaFazio
These are by no means very good, but it is a wonderful exercise, and I learned a lot. I plan on doing more.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

more fun with stencils........

more fun with my stencils
layered surface design on fabric by Jane LaFazio
I'm going to be filming some episodes for Quilting Arts TV next week. One of them will be on stenciling fabric and guess which stencils I'll be using?! The stencils I designed for StencilGirlProducts.com 
more fun with my stencils
layered surface design on fabric by Jane LaFazio

more fun with my stencils
layered surface design on fabric by Jane LaFazio
I'm stenciling on fabric and organza and then layering the two together and free motion stitching on top.
more fun with my stencils
layered surface design on fabric by Jane LaFazio
and doing some hand stitching. It's a work in progress.
more fun with my stencils
layered surface design on fabric by Jane LaFazio
you can see the stencils I used here and how I used the stencils here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Felt Geodes

felt geodes
felt geodes by Jane LaFazio
I'm working on a collection. I made all these from wool roving. some are beaded on the outside. They're called felt geodes.
felt geodes
cut in half with an electric knife to see what you get 
felt geodes
felt geodes by Jane LaFazio
felt geodes
felt geodes by Jane LaFazio
Fun, but time consuming. Great to do while you chat with friends.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

San Clemente, CA retreat March 2013

may 22
journal page by Jane LaFazio from May 2007
may 22 two 07
journal page by Jane LaFazio from May 2007
Lavender Sage Art Retreats is planning another retreat. Do you even know that I'm part of Lavender Sage, in partnership with my dear friend, Pamela Underwood? We've facilitated retreats together in Austin, Texas, we've got a sold-out one in Taos, New Mexico and now, we've got one coming up in the beautiful beach town of San Clemente, CA. (50 miles from Los Angeles and 60 miles from San Diego). Our "3 days by the Sea" expressive arts retreat will take place March 8, 9, and 10, 2013. You can find all the details here.  
San Clemente retreat location
San Clemente, CA
San Clemente retreat location
our home for the retreat...just blocks from the Pacific Ocean
clemente rocks
journal page from San Clemente, dated June 2009, by Jane LaFazio
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