Wednesday, January 16, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ waiting in the airport

Just draw whatever is in front of you.

My husband and I went to Morocco! I'm working on the video from our trip, and of course, it will include the sketchbook from the journey. Meanwhile, a couple of pages from New York, as we waited for the plane to Casablanca.

Rather than drawing people, I chose to draw their luggage....
I still had to work fast, because of people piling more luggage in front of what I was drawing...

Waiting at JFK by Jane LaFazio


My sweet husband was drawing too!




Saturday, January 12, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ persimmons, again.

I love to eat and draw persimmons. By Jane LaFazio
I used a Stabilo ALL pencil to draw these.



And I made another little Moon Bowl from Tonia Jenny's online workshop. (I used my hand carved stamp on this one.)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ a gift from grandma

from my maternal grandmother ~ by Jane LaFazio
lots of details.....
drawing something precious to you is priceless. by Jane LaFazio

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ geraniums and vegetables

Geraniums by Jane LaFazio
I always draw from real life.


drawing rather than cooking

always do the shadows last

What? I cooked twice in the same month! shocking! by Jane LaFazio


Saturday, January 05, 2019

ONLINE class: Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal



Is open for registration! $125 for a 6 week class. 

The classroom opens on January 21 and the first lesson is released January 25, 2019

REGISTER NOW 

There’s no substitute for learning to draw from real life objects, and that’s what we’ll do each week. Jane will teach you her quick and intuitive method to drawing and watercolor. Then each lesson will be an assignment or suggestion of what to draw, and some new techniques and theme to enhance your illustrated journal entries. Working in a 9x12” (suggested size) journal, you’ll be drawing every week, often working on one page for a few days, designing the page as you draw. This is the class to take your art journaling to the next step.
(This class is geared for students who have had some experience in drawing. If you're new to drawing, take my Sketching and Watercolor: Journal Style first.)
Each week you'll receive an email with a link to new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you'll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from. There are videos and examples from Jane's sketchbook to support the lessons. Just like in a real classroom, you'll be able to see fellow students sketchbook pages and will be able to comment and praise their work and they'll be able to see your pages too (as long as you post them!). And you'll get honest and gentle critiques on all your work from Jane.  (The step by step pdf lessons are yours to keep and the classroom will close 3 weeks after the last lesson is released.)

Recent comments from my online students:
Hi there! Jane, thank you so much for a fantastic class. I have taken many art classes online before but never has the instructor offered real time feedback. I found your feedback (and the fact that you give feedback) so helpful, both on my projects and to see the tips you offered others. . I enjoyed taking the class real time with so many other artists -- it kept me on track to make sure I turned in my homework on time even though life is busy. 
+++++++++Much gratitude for a great art experience! I, along with many others, have never taken an online art class and I found it to be easy, friendly, and a great way to work in my own space at my own pace. Even in my jammies! As a newly retired classroom teacher who started off as an art major more than 40 years ago and then set my art supplies aside, I so appreciate the motivation to just pull out the paints again and get started. I absolutely love your fun, creative and free style! Again, many thanks for the inspiration and guidance.
Week one: Something from Nature: composing a page with multiple drawings of the same theme
Week two: Everyday Objects: drawing and blending with a water soluble pen
Week three: 8 objects 8 ways: Draw objects within a theme, on the same page, using different techniques part one
Week four: 8 objects 8 ways: Draw objects within a theme, on the same page, using different techniques part two
Week five: Stamp Design and Carving
Week six: Collage as a Background
You'll receive the complete list of materials (with links and descriptions) when you sign up, but basically you'll need a sketchbook watercolor paper, watercolors, a watercolor brush, and a permanent ink pen, pencil and eraser, glue, a water soluble pen, water soluble pencil, collage papers, and optional stamp carving to and optional stamp carving tools and absorbent ground. Don't buy the stuff until you get the actual materials list.


Thanks so much Jane for being a fabulous teacher and also to my classmates who also inspire, encourage and teach me!  Of course I learnt techniques and tips for art, which I was expecting... What I was also reminded of so much was the wonders and treasures of the world ...and the preciousness of each day!  (That is my nice way of saying as I watched flowers and leaves bloom and wither it was a constant reminder of the cycles of life and how tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us!!)
      I really appreciate the structure of this course - a set time frame, so I can focus on making art a priority for 6 or 7 weeks. (I know my commitments and myself to know that an anytime or whole year class would result in procrastination and delay)  Also the connection and feedback from you Jane and other classmates.  Also the many images of inspiration you provide of your own work and the great fast and informative tutorial videos.  And the downloads I can keep!

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I also  want to thank you "again" for providing the opportunity to learn and partake of your well structured and presented lessons, (class) Your class provided the opportunity for each one of us, if inclined, to interact, share, learn and to be amazed by our peers.  There is the "social bonding" that also takes place in your classes, which you  encouraged and I thank you for that.
What did I learn?  In a way the learning sneaks up you.  There are so many ways that occurred for me.  The lesson structure, the actual application of the techniques, your critiques, critiques from my peers and the opportunity to read your critiques and peer critiques of all our work.  Also learning from the oops moments. ha  This class helped me develop better composition, drawing, colour balance, actual journaling and mixed media skills. (Putting it together in one page or more.)  I had many aha moments, with each lesson I attempted.  I think overall aha is that I want to continue making mixed media journal pages.   

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Thanks, Jane, for another great class. I really enjoyed learning some new techniques for collage and making those stamps. I plan to do more. I appreciate that you find the time to comment on each person's work and offer helpful hints. I learn from ALL of your comments and also from seeing everyone's work. I have recommended your classes to all of my friends. I also appreciate your detailed instructions in the pdf format. It's so easy to print them out to keep and use for reference. 

I hope to take a class in person someday. You are an excellent teacher and I plan to take more classes in the future. 

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