Monday, March 02, 2015

Hemingway made me do it.

Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
It's because of Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway. Well, his house. His house in Key West, Florida. 

A hundred years ago (I always say that when I don't want to say really how many years ago it was....it was the 1970s) I visited Hemingways House in Key West, Florida. It was fascinating. But what stayed in my memory was that he had another home. One in Cuba. From that moment, I wanted to visit Hemingway's home in Cuba.
dreaming cuba tobacco fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (12.5 x 8.5 inches)  by Jane LaFazio
Fast forward to late 2011. A local art association was sponsoring a tour to Cuba! I had to go! I mean, we couldn't really afford it, but it was one of those 'gotta do it' decisions. I love to travel and so does my husband. So we went to Cuba in January 2012. 

Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
It was a fabulous and fascinating trip! We loved it. (I covered the trip here on my blog and then created a book of my photos of Cuba here.) The very last day of our trip, I visited Hemingway's house in Cuba. So cool. Very cool.
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
So that's how I came to create this piece, Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields, because as I working on this, with the browns and bits of red and pink, it reminded me of our visit to a tobacco farm...in Cuba.
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields
Dreaming Cuba Tobacco Fields (detail)  by Jane LaFazio
This piece and some of my other Dreaming Series are in my JaneVille Etsy shop now.

9 comments:

  1. Jane, how beautiful! The textures, the colors, the composition, so fabulous!

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  2. Wow, wow, wow, colors and textures all stunning. It really does tell a story.

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  3. I love these--and that you were inspired by Hemingway! Gorgeous! xo

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  4. Jane, this series would make a great on line class! Love it and everyone!

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  5. GORGEous ,I so love the textures you have greater and the play of colours .....
    Im still dreaming of visiting Hemingways Cuba house and the B..Vista club .

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  6. i love this! I love your work and the colors and the references to Hemingway. In fact, as an avid reader, I'm going to read something by Hemingway in March!!!!

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  7. Beautiful, Jane...just beautiful!

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  8. Love this piece. I also loved your blog posts about that trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Jane, you constantly amaze me. Drawing, stitching, felting, quilting...and all so beautiful. I especially enjoy this series of pieces you are creating. The colors and the media you use....gorgeous! And you're always so upbeat, always smiling! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, L

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