Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review ~



It was fun to compile these lists! I could have included how many Yoga Poses in Public Places  or how many pages in my sketchbook (dozens) I've filled and how many art quilts I've made (a lot) or how many times I told my husband I loved him (estimate: 703 times) but I wanted to get this out before 2016 begins!



This surprised me, I thought it was more. I used to strive for blogging every other day, but now I'm more like every third day.

I've been blogging since April 18, 2006! and here are my stats:
2014 (138 posts)
2013 (180)
2012 (215)
2011 (247)
2010 (437)
2009 (386)
2008 (281)
2007 (368)
2006 (232)


And to save you from reaching for the calculator, that's 2607 posts!

THANK YOU for reading my blog

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Eleven newsletters to my whole list, once a month (I missed December!)
Five newsletters to my San Diego Only list.

Thank you for reading my newsletters!


Each of my online classes is six weeks of lessons, with the classroom open for a total of nine weeks. I had over 1000 students and I love being able to reach and inspire so many people from all over the world! 

Thank you for taking my online classes!

I created a new, short, work-at-your-own-pace, have-access-forever class, called Cereal Box Journals. I'll open it for registration next month. 

I'm also working hard on a brand new Sketching and Watercolor (Basics, composition and Landscape) online workshop, hoping to release it in May 2016.



I taught for a month in Europe (a river cruise along the Danube River (5 countries) and Greece; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; Taos, New Mexico, Madeline Island, Wisconsin; Minneapolis; Monterey, California; Stamford, Connecticut and Houston, Texas.


I didn't count the days teaching online! 

Thank you for attending my classes and workshops!


This was my third DVD/download instructional video. Always nerve wracking mixed with loads of fun to film with the crew in Cleveland.

Thanks for watching my videos!


I love appearing on Quilting Arts TV, this was my fourth season and adds up to 12 episodes!

Thanks for watching me on TV!




The highlight was my work on the cover of Quilting Arts Magazine, February/March 2015 issue! I had articles about my work in four Quilting Arts Magazines, in Art Quilt Studio, and in Cloth Paper Scissors, and Quilting Arts even did a special Just Jane e-book compilation of all my articles over the years!
I was also very proud to be included in Cas Holmes Stitch Stories book.

Thanks for reading my articles!



Storytelling with Collage ~ Roxanne Evans Stout



Click on the image to pre-order!

Roxanne Evans Stout has a new book coming out. I'm proud to say that I have a piece in the book, created especially for the book. All I can tell you is it's a textile piece...And I really like how it turned out. Can't wait to see this book!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

San Diego: An exhibition (and sale) of my work!

               Follow Jane LaFazio's board An exhibition of my work in San Diego! reception January 16, 6-8pm on Pinterest.  

You are invited! The reception is Saturday, January 16, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run until February 6. If you can't attend, you can see some of the work I'll have on display and for sale on my pinterest board!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Garden Patch: Winter Garden


Garden Patch: Winter Garden (12x8.5 inches) by Jane LaFazio
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 
(detail) Garden Patch: Winter Garden by Jane LaFazio 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The making of a Christmas card ~ a little video

Christmas card and envelope ~ Jane LaFazio
Every year, my husband and I make our holiday cards. One year, he'll do the artwork and I'll do the letter, and the next, we alternate. This year, I did the art, and as you see in the VIDEO below, I carved a stamp from one of my pine cone drawings. Hope you enjoy it!


Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Vegas, Baby


Vegas ~ My husband and me.
Okay, so I'm learning to make relatively quick easy videos using Animoto. So, here's a short VIDEO on our trip to Las Vegas, to see Reba, Brooks & Dunn. And yes, I should have filmed horizontally. Learning! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style ONLINE class open for registration

Daisy in progress ~ Jane LaFazio
Daisy ~ Jane LaFazio
Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style online class

6 weeks $125. First lesson is released January 15, and the last lesson is released February 19. 

Be inspired to record your life, a special trip, or your daily adventures in a loose, quick
journal style format. Jane who is known for her friendly, encouraging teaching style, will
teach drawing and watercolors using a straight-forward, intuitive approach. You’ll draw what you see, capturing the details of everyday objects and the small details of life on
watercolor pages. Everyone has their own drawing style, just like handwriting, and Jane will help you to see and then record what you see on paper. The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome.

(This would make a swell gift. Email me.)




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Yoga Poses in Public Places ~ a year in review 2015

Houston, TX 2015 
(photo by Bonnie McCaffery)

Yoga Poses in Public Places 2015


I've been doing Yoga Poses in Public Places since October, 2011. I'm not exactly sure why I started doing it, but it's been so much fun! It's totally invigorating! I even my my Sketchbook Skool Beginning students do them.


Amorgos, Greece May 2015
Budapest, April 2015

Queen Califa Magic Garden, February 2015, Escondido, CA
July 2015, Keys Creek Lavender Fields, Valley Center, CA
November 2015, San Diego, CA (The as-yet unknown Unicorn Pose)
Danube River, near Prague, April 2015
Acropolis, Athens, Greece, May 2015
See my history of poses here:
Yoga Poses in Public Places 2014
Yoga Poses in Public Places 2013
Yoga Poses in Public Places 2011-12

So, should I create a little book of my yoga poses? A slide show?...Suggestions, please.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Garden Patch:Coral Gardens in progress

Garden Patch: Coral Gardens (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Coral Gardens (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Coral Gardens (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Coral Gardens (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Coral Gardens (detail) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch, at Craft Napa, Friday January 8th, Napa California. Tuesday (12/15) is the last day to register for this class.

I'm also teaching Garden Patch, as a multi-day retreat at Bishops Ranch, in Healdsburg, CA June 12-15.   


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Keeping it simple ~ hand carved stamps and gift wrap

simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio PIN THIS! please.
Here is a VIDEO too!
video

 stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio
simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio

simple gift wrap ~ stamps designed and carved by Jane LaFazio

Here's what I used:





Tuesday, December 08, 2015

My husband's birthday


I usually keep this blog art and travel related, but I just have to share the little VIDEO I made from my husband's birthday party. He turned 70 on December 2, and when I asked him what he'd like to do, he said he wanted a PARTY! 

So, I gave him a party!
Here's the very short VIDEO: 



Friday, December 04, 2015

Creative JumpStart 2016! ~



I'm thrilled to be a part of Creative JumpStart 2016! This is the first time I've done something like this and I'm excited!


It's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2016.

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get 25 downloadable videos from 24 featured artists.  


You get 25 videos for just $45 (USD) for a limited time if you sign up before December 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm (EST)!




I created a brand-new project, based on this year's theme of ART IN TRANSLATION.

I even hired a video-grapher to film my 11 minute tutorial! 
Here are some behind the scenes photos from my studio, preparing for Creative JumpStart 2016


Creating the video for Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
Creative JumpStart 2016 is sponsored by Winsor Newton

I loved using a dip pen for my video for Creative Jumpstart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
My studio, while creating the project for Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
Watercolors ready for Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
Flowers as my subject Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio
Flowers as my subject Creative JumpStart 2016 ~ Jane LaFazio 
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