Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm teaching kids art classes in San Diego

I'm teaching kids classes at the San Diego Museum of Art starting in January.

Artistic Explorations: Artville at SDMA
Each week kids will get creative with a different material and theme. This class will provide a venue for each young artist to be creative with gentle guidance in drawing, painting and sculpture. Creative problem solving and laughter is encouraged while discovering the joy of making art!

Saturdays, January 24—February 14, 2009
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Ages 10-12
$65 SDMA members/$75
Instructor: Jane LaFazio

Saturdays, March 7—March 28, 2009
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Ages 7—9
$65 SDMA members/$75 Instructor: Jane LaFazio

Register through San Diego Museum of Art here. Or call SDMA (619) 231-1996

birds of a different feather

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Husb serves crab legs, and I will stuff the mushrooms for tomorrow. The tangerine is for a snack.

Monday, December 22, 2008

christmas 2008

Merry Christmas everyone! It was my turn to do the illustration and husb's turn to write the holiday letter. The cards will be in the mail tomorrow!

it's beginning to look a lot like...

it's beginning to look a lot like...


Even BeBop is making a list and checking it twice.

I love tulips!

it's beginning to look a lot like...

Andrea's birthday party dinner--where the debut of my Chicken Verde Enchiladas were enjoyed by all.

chicken enchiladas

Cook, draw, cook, draw, paint, cook. This was a very quick sketch as I prepared enchiladas for the first time--for a birthday dinner party for 10! Thanks to Denise, who suggested the recipe--I'm pretty sure it was a success.

blog followers

See the new gadget on the right of my blog? You too can have your pic there and keep up with JaneVille. Call it a Christmas present to me. (that is unless you'd like to get me that chocolate I mentioned earlier.)

Friday, December 19, 2008

little felteds

I was asked to write a little something about creativity...And what works for me, is to work small. I've created little 3x5 inch collages (from library book registration cards), worked on little 2 inch circles of collaged felt, my sketchbook is about 5x7 inches and here, I've created little (hand needle) felted things about 4x6 inches. Working small allows me to play and explore a direction...And, if the little things turn out, I can sew or paste them together to create a larger piece of art, OR sew them together and cut them apart again and start over. Either way, they don't take too much time or take up too much room and in the interim, they are just cute to have around...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

button box contents

John R. gave me his mother's button box. I had to smile at some of the contents--not exactly all buttons...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mixed Media class starts January 26

Mixed Media with Paper & Cloth San Diego
A 6-week class in San Diego
Dates & times: January 26 – March 2, 2009. Mondays 9am-noon
Class Location: Athenaeum School of the Art Studio in University Heights, 4441 Park Blvd., Cost: $205 non-members/$160 members plus $20 materials fee payable the first day of class. Class description: What’s mixed media? Everything and anything! You’ll paint, collage, draw, print with our own hand carved stamps, sew, glue, even burn---all to make art. This class encourages your own creativity with lots of techniques and ideas. Most everything in the class can be done on a paper surface OR a cloth surface or combining the two. Each week you’ll explore a new technique or theme. Class will be inspirational, positive and fun, with lots of sharing, laughing, and learning from the others in the class. All levels of experience welcome, and previous students can expect all new lessons. Register: (858) 454-5872 or mail or in-person at Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

Thursday, December 11, 2008

4 days in San Francisco

I'm home! Husb and I spent four days in San Francisco visiting family and friends. Note the It's It in my moleskine. It's two oatmeal cookies with vanilla ice cream in-between and coated in dark chocolate. I had to draw it very quickly because it was melting and it was soooooooo good. We bought a case, and brought them home packed in dry ice.

San Francisco

We visited the brand new Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate park. It's incredible! An aquarium, planetarium and a four story rain forest all in an light filled 'green' building. You gotta go see it. It's right across from the gorgeous deYoung Museum, another must see.


sketching and watercolor workshop

I taught my 'Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style' at the California Center for Creative Renewal on Saturday, Dec 6. This is the fourth time I've taught there, and you can see why! It's the perfect location for my class. We had 21 people and everyone enjoyed themselves. The weather was perfect, like 77 degrees. I'll be teaching there again next year, in probably August and December.
NEXT workshop at CCCR is Saturday, August 15., 2009.

sketching and watercolor workshop

sketching and watercolor workshop

"on a clear day, you can see forever...." The view from California Center for Creative Renewal in December!

sketching and watercolor workshop

Twenty one people.

Friday, December 05, 2008

My husb!

Here is yet another reason why I love my husband! I was too sick yesterday to teach Mundo Lindo, so Don filled in with my assistant Lizzie. Here he is with the robot he created in class.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Thanks Lynn Majidimehr for awarding me this Kreativ Blogger award. It's so nice to be noticed in the big blog world. If I've left a comment on your blog, consider yourself nominated.

Utility Box news: Here's a link to a story in today's San Diego Union Tribune about the project.

Art UnRaveled 2009: I'm honored to be teaching there again this coming August in Phoenix. The schedule will go up in January, but I'll be teaching all day August 5: Paper on Cloth Collage. All day August 6: Sketching & Watercolor-Journal Style. From 7am-10am, August 7 on location Sketching & Watercolor-Journal Style.

Lastly, don't forget to put my 2010 Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook trip on your wish list.

Stop the presses. dear Sandy just awarded me a blog award too! Sandy was in my workshop in New York and is a lovely person and wonderful journal artist. Thanks Sandy!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

it's a happy utility box

here's my completed utility box. it's located on Imperial Ave and 55th in Southeast San Diego.

Monday, December 01, 2008

mystery landscape

You know how you work on things for the longest time to try and resolve them. This is one of those projects. I don't think it's finished yet. (It's a landscape, dupioni silk)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

this is what I want for christmas

Chocolate-Covered Parmigiano-Reggiano
NapaStyle From one of the finest confectioners in Italy, it’s a bon-bon of Parmigiano-Reggiano and cream carefully dipped in rich, 60% cacao dark chocolate with white chocolate topping. The flavor is off-the-charts—one of the best taste combinations I’ve experienced in years. It’ll blow your mind—and your guests. Nine pieces per package.

Friday, November 28, 2008

pumpkins 3

These aren't sewn together or on to a background yet. I may make a banner or a wreath...suggestions welcome

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

drawing on the utility box

Remember two years ago, when I painted a couple of utility (electrical) boxes in Southeast San Diego? Well, I'm doing it again. Husb helped me paint the first coat of two shades of blue, then I drew the feathers on with black marker. Next step is to paint the feathers.

painting a utility box

Sixteen different artists were selected, based on their entries, by the Southeast Developement Corporation to paint a bunch of utility boxes. Here's mine on 55th Ave and Imperial Ave. I'll go back on Monday to work some more on it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

an artist date

Yesterday, I spent a delightful two hours walking on Park Blvd, in University Heights, ending with a drawing and an iced coffee. Perfect.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

felt making

Here's the finished piece of felt. I plan to stitch on it and then who knows....

Felting. step one

layering the wool roving to create a design

felting step one

I took a four hour felting workshop at the Mingei Museum in Escondido on Saturday. Jean Degenfelder taught the class, and it was great fun and easy too. I plan to do more of it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 09, 2008

My work at the Oceanside Museum of Art Gift Shop!

I'm thrilled to have my organza pieces in the Oceanside Museum of Art gift shop, especially during the run of the Quilt Visions exhibition.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Mundo Lindo tie dye

Here's the Thursday kids in their fabulous tie dye t-shirts that we made last week in Mundo Lindo the grant funded after-school program that I teach.

You're invited

My friends and I are having an art reception at the Ink Spot in downtown San Diego, and you're invited. Directions here.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

and the winner is.........

Susan in Seattle! Susan has won the copy of Mixed Media Portraits. Susan, email me your mailing address. Of course, you have to promise to show us your self portrait too!!!

BeBop appreciates Tie Dye

Over at Mundo Lindo, the kids have been creating tie dye t-shirts. Last Thursday, we had 21 kids in class and Tuesday we had 12. I had the job of rinsing out some of the shirts. Here's BeBop on a stack of shirts. They ALL turned out great!!!

Showing teachers how to do the kimono lesson

I was honored to be asked to create an art lesson plan for San Diego Museum of Art Educators open house. The lesson was based on a new Kimono exhibition, so of course I wore one of mine. That's me on the right, in the lavendar kimono. (There were nearly 200 teachers at the open house, and they all recieved my lesson plan.)

completed kimono for a lesson plan for educators

Here's the kimono artwork (watercolor, wax resist and collage). The lesson is geared towards 3-6th graders, but the plan has adaptations and suggestions for older kids. Email me if you'd like a copy of the lesson plan.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Book Give-Away!

disclaimer, this self portrait is not in the book.

Cate Coulacos Prato (features editor of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines) has written a Mixed Media self-portraits inspiration and technques invited me to be a featured artist. I'm page 104-107.

As part of Cate's blog tour, she stopped by here to answer some questions:

Me: Cate, I teach an Art Quilt Explorations class in San Diego. We meet
once a month and I teach them a new technique and give an assignment
for them to interpret as they please. Your book has inspired me to ask
them to create self portraits. What should I tell them to get them
thinking about the direction they'd like to take.

Cate: Two things are very important. One is, get over the notion that people will think you're conceited if you do a self-portrait. Famous artists and children do them all the time; they're an exercise, not self-worship. The second is, get over the notion that a self-portrait has to be an exact representation of your physical self. If you want to do that, that's fine--it worked for Rembrandt. And in the book, several artists have addressed techniques for capturing a physical likeness.
But all indications are that even Rembrandt wasn't just trying to capture his own physical image; he was interpreting, experimenting, recording, even playing. Making a mixed-media self-portrait frees you up to interpret the self any way you like. It not only teaches you something about art and form, it teaches you about what's inside you, what you'd like to tell the world about yourself.

Me: I love Kelli Perkins suggestion, in the book, that she took photos around the house of her favorite things and created a quilt from that. What other things might my students do to spark a theme? Like journaling prompts?

Cate: Wasn't that fun? Kelli did a great job with that (there's a quiz in the book to help readers do the same thing). Similar ideas would be: to look at your wardrobe and pick the most prominent color, then start playing with art materials in that color; dump out the contents of your purse or wallet or backpack and use it as a Rorschach test to discover clues about yourself; write down your three favorite quotes--or even your three favorite words--and tell a story about yourself based on your choices. You might keep a self-portrait journal and do one 5-minute exercise a day like these. Then, once you've accumulated some information, go from there.

Me: Have you done a self portrait??? If so, we want to see it. If not,
why not???

Cate: Yes, I did a self-portrait. The editors made me practice what I preach! It's in the book opposite the introduction. I altered a vintage turquoise portable typewriter with buttons and other embellishments and printed one of my favorite quotes from T.S. Eliot about writing onto vintage fabric which I threaded through the carriage. It says a lot about me: I love vintage, I am a writer, I grew up in the same era as that model typewriter (and, in fact, had one just like it), and I express myself through words. Being a communicator is not just what I do, it's who I am.

So now, dear readers. Leave a comment, what do you imagine your self portrait to look like and on Wednesday, November 5, I'll do a random drawing and Cate Coulacos Prato will send you a free copy of Mixed Media Self-Portraits!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

feather fossils

The most recent of my organza shroud series, "Feather Fossils." I hope to get these into a local museum shop. Cross your fingers, I'll know soon. This is 10-1/2 x 13 inches.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I have a zillion things I should be doing, like preparing for my online mixed media class I'm teaching at starting THIS thursday and the monthly art quilt class I teach starts up again tomorrow and...and...but I just had to sit and draw this pomegranate.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I got my copy of Mixed Media self-portraits and it's really a fabulous book with not only lots of great images, but food for thought. The author is doing a blog tour, and she'll be here on my blog (well you know, virtually) on November 3 for a give-away of the book. Stay tuned.

published (and husb too!)

As you can see, the self portrait I created for the book was based on photo booth strips...Check it out, Husb is featured in the photos...

Friday, October 17, 2008

mirror for silent auction

For the past couple of years, I've asked my artist friends to create (decorate) an Ikea mirror for San Diego Brain Injury Foundation fundrasier. We usually get about 20 mirrors, all fabulous and original and totally different. Here's my mirror. The event is going to held October 26, 1-4:30 in LaJolla.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Witch Creek Fire anniversary

One year ago this month, the San Diego's 2008 fires burned soo many homes in San Diego. Over 350 homes in my community of Rancho Bernardo alone. My friend Pamela wrote this article for Vision magazine. Check it out.
It's warm here now, with some Santa Ana devil winds...and it makes everyone on edge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dec 6 workshop in Encinitas

I just found out there's still room in my Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style workshop on Saturday, December 6 in Encinitas.
In the gorgeous garden of the
California Center for Creative Renewal in Encinitas, California
Be inspired to record your life, your trip, or your daily adventures in an illustrated journal as you spend a meditative day drawing and sketching in the healing gardens. Jane will guide you through basic drawing, inking and watercolor painting. You’ll choose simple objects, vignettes or vistas to draw and paint, and then journal your thoughts right onto the drawings.
At the end of the day you will create a small portfolio for your artwork. The class is geared for beginners, but all levels are welcome. Sixteen dollar materials fee includes everything you’ll need: watercolor paper, ink pen and watercolor set with special Niji Waterbrush
Register through Ellen at or phone 760-436-3310. Cost: $95 plus $16 materials fee.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm teaching a workshop in Italy in 2010!

Here is the two page description of my week long workshop Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook in Orvieto, Italy in 2010. Kristi & Bill, the wonderful owners of Adventures in Italy tell me one person has signed up already! (welcome Ursala!)
If you click on these images, they'll enlarge so you can read it.
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