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.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Morocco VIDEO of my trip and sketchbook

I took this in the old city in Casablanca. on the left and what's going on in that lane. I love this photo! There's so much in it! by Jane LaFazio
My husband and I spent 12 days on a tour of Morocco. We visited Marrakech, Casablanca and a day trip to Rabat. I hope you enjoy this VIDEO I made, of my images and the sketchbook I made for the trip.

Music: Kyma Kai Vrahos by Stellios Petrakis 
See the rest of my sketchbook in my VIDEO.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ amaryllis bloom

Amaryllis in bloom

pencil then inked



Oops! that was my fault, smearing the text! oh well, turn the page. By Jane LaFazio

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

Thursday, January 03, 2019

from my sketchbook ~ puffy coat!

Puffy Coat ~ by Jane LaFazio

Puffy coat!

I bought this puffy coat for our recent trip to Philadelphia.
It's much colder there than in San Diego, CA!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2018 in Review

My husband and me in Amsterdam, July 2018

2018 in Review 
It's been a good year. Travel, Art, Teaching. My faves!

Taught: a one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego 
Volunteered: with 4 and 5th graders as they learned ballroom dancing for 3 months

Don and I celebrated 41 years of marriage. 
We traveled to Cuba for the second time. I taught for two weeks, a dozen people (from the US and Canada) each week. We stayed in Havana and were happy to see it hadn’t changed that much in the 4 years since we’d been there. 

Taught: one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego 

Taught: 5 day workshop Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California
One day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego 

Traveled to Don's home town, Seattle, for a visit
Taught: one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego 

Traveled Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Stayed 4 days and tried to paint like Georgia O'Keeffe
Taught: two day workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Artisan Supplies. 

We went on a wonderful Viking River Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to The Netherlands. We ended with 4 days in Amsterdam. We really had a wonderful time! 

I went back to New Mexico to teach my annual 8 day LavenderSageArt Retreat in Taos
Taught one day workshop at San Clemente Art Supply, San Clemente, CA

I traveled to Guatemala with a friend, and thoroughly enjoyed the country, its people and the textiles. 
Bucket list: Goat Yoga class in San Marcos, CA
Taught: one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego 
Presentation: Travel Sketchbooks for San Diego, Book Arts, San Diego

We went to my 50-year high school reunion in the San Francisco Bay Area.  
Taught: a two-day workshop for San Diego Book Arts, San Diego

I was proud to be a teacher and presenter at SketchKon, the first Sketchbook Skool convention in Pasadena, CA 
Taught: one day workshop at Sketchkon, Pasadena
Presentation: Accordion Sketchbooks at SketchKon, Pasadena

Short trip to Philadelphia to visit the Barnes Foundation Museum, Philly Museum of Art, and Brandywine River Museum.


According to my Ravelry (@JaneLaFazio) project page, I crocheted 22 projects. Soon I will photo my stack of shawls and blankets to show you.

Lots of movies, plays and books throughout the year

In my 13 years of a regular yoga practice at RBYoga

Created one new online class: Recycled Circles. Cereal Box Journals continues.

I'm not getting any younger, so Don and I are working on our bucket lists. (Best Art Museums, for example). I'm continuing to teach online and workshops in the United States.

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