Thursday, February 28, 2019

still crocheting!

My latest crocheted afghan. 
I used the  Neutral Chevron Blanket pattern, by Rescued Paw Designs and Vanna's Choice Yarn. 
And it's BeBop approved!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Art on Tea Bags.......tiny gifts

Just playing. Ink and watercolor on tiny tags. by Jane LaFazio

A group of friends are doing a tea bag art swap and I needed to make 11 pieces of art on tea bags. This ended up being an easy and perfect theme!

Pomegranate on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio

Lemons  on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio
Orange on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio

Orange on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio

Milagro heart on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio

I painted a patch of white watercolor ground, on the bags, and let it dry. Then I went in with pen and watercolor. Then, I used my sewing machine to stitch them onto a another piece of paper and added the little hand painted tag to go with.
Milagro heart on a tea bag by Jane LaFazio

Friday, February 22, 2019

Milagros! Hand-stitched and embellished.

Milagros ~ by Jane LaFazio

I'm enjoying making these hand-sewn and embellished milagros so much! I'm teaching a one day workshop in San Diego on March 2. Details here. 

I made a little video.

Online workshop on MILAGROS coming soon! Are you on my email list? SIGN UP HERE.

Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America, and parts of the Iberian peninsula.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ more tulips!

Tulips by Jane LaFazio
I've really enjoyed watching these tulips grow!
Buddy and BeBop got out of the way long enough for me to draw the tulips!

Friday, February 15, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ tulips (and cats)



tulips ~ by Jane LaFazio


I drew this in pencil, added a bit of watercolor. Then drew the details with a tombow pen and blended that with a waterbrush. Jane LaFazio

My kitty helpers are always around.

without the background color

tulips on Valentines day ~ by Jane LaFazio

BeBop loves to lay on my husband's jig saw puzzles!

Friday, February 08, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ camellias Hapy

Happy Anniversary to me and my husband! by Jane LaFazio
First camellias of the year.

in progress

My online class "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" is open for registration. Yup, I'll teach you how to draw and paint a flower, in one of the 6 lessons over 6 weeks. Register Now! 

in progress

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Online Class ~ Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style is open for registration!

My most popular class, Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style is open for registration!

The classroom opens on March 3, 2019 and the first lesson is released March 8.  You can read all about the online classroom and how it works here.


$125 for 6 weeks.  I comment on every one of your posts. Yes, I can teach you to draw, even if you haven't drawn since third grade.

See samples of previous student's work here, on pinterest. 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ flowers at Brick n Barn

flowers ~ by Jane LaFazio
Husband, Don and I went to a new place in Valley Center, called Brick n Barn. It's know as the old Betty Crocker estate. It's a beautiful tree filled property with a giant barn full of antiques for sale. And, they have a food truck, on location, with coffee etc. 

We had a lovely morning shopping then sitting outside and working in our sketchbooks. 

drawing and then ink

inking the parts closest to me

Flowers by Jane LaFazio

fun with my husband!

We both worked in our sketchbooks (husband Don!)

Brick n Barn in Valley Center

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Milagros! in felt.

Hey San Diego, I'm teaching this one day workshop at Art on 30th. Details and sign up HERE.

I've been creating some new ones for the workshop:
Milagros by Jane LaFazio

with help from BeBop!

Monday, January 28, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ Balboa Park, San Diego

Sketching and Watercolor in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego, CA by Jane LaFazio

California Tower ~ Balboa Park by Jane LaFazio

Pencil, then ink. 

Erase the pencil

Drawing in San Diego Museum of Art, with a Tombow pen

Camel from China ~ by Jane LaFazio
All these people went to Cuba with me in January 2018.
We had a reunion in San Diego and painted at Balboa Park.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ precious oranges

by Jane LaFazio
I had to document these two oranges, since they are only the 6th or 7th that has grown on this potted orange tree! I know, we should be fertilizing....Maybe that can be my new years resolution?

in progress

pencil in the text first.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Coronado, California ~ reunion with friends

My page from the Glorietta Bay Inn (done over a few days) (by Jane LaFazio)

Husband, Don and I traveled 40 minutes south of our home, to Coronado, for a reunion with a group we'd traveled to Cuba with in January 2018.
The view from our hotel room window
The view from our hotel room window by Jane LaFazio

My page in progress
  (We got chocolate chip cookies and milk delivered to our room every evening.)

Notice the image of the Blood Moon (January 20) in my sketchbook, above.
This is what we actually saw. Artistic License!

Breakfast on the patio of the hotel. This resident seagull was an experienced thief!
That's why I drew him in a WANTED poster on my sketchbook page.

Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado, California
We all stayed at Glorietta Bay Inn. It was John D. Spreckels mansion and he lived there from 1907 to 1926. He also owned, at one time, the Hotel Del Coronado, right across the street.

Coronado is right next to San Diego, and a really charming island and place to stay.

We also took the Coronado Walking Tour, with a guide named Gerri, and it was excellent.

Our gang on the steps of the hotel. We all traveled to Cuba together in January 2018.

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