Friday, November 21, 2014

Workshop on the J&J Ranch

Me: demonstrating how to paint a landscape
from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio (5x7 inches

Jill G. Hall, in front of me, was the host of the workshop.
The rest are my lovely students!
I spent a fine day, teaching, last week at the J&J Ranch in Descanso hosted by my good friend, Jill Hall. A wonderful group of students and a gorgeous California fall day!
Some of my students, outstanding in their field. (haha. couldn't resist) 
This is a view of the J and J Ranch.
Check out my teaching schedule for 2015.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Text on Textiles

It's not always black and white ~ detail
"It's Not All Black and White" detail. By Jane LaFazio 
I've just added these three pieces to my JaneVille Etsy shop. All are completely hand stitched.
It's not always black and white
"It's Not All Black and White"  measures 12x12 inches. By Jane LaFazio 
It's not always black and white ~ detail
"It's Not All Black and White" detail. By Jane LaFazio 
It's not always black and white ~ detail
"It's Not All Black and White" detail. By Jane LaFazio 
It's not always black and white ~ detail
"It's Not All Black and White" detail. By Jane LaFazio 
Autumn Pasture
Autumn Pastures (9x9 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Tesoro
Tesoro del Corazon (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dia de los Muertos ~ in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

At  Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery
on Dia de los Muertos 
 ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Here's a very short video of the cemetery in celebration: (Click here if you can't see the video)


from my sketchbook
working in my sketchbook ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
working in my sketchbook ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
working in my sketchbook ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
working in my sketchbook ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
from my sketchbook
My model

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Juan De Dios Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in San Miguel de Allende. Founded in the 1700s. ~ photo by Jane LaFazio


yoga pose in public place mexico november 2014
And a Yoga Pose in Public Places ~ in shadow ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Friday, November 14, 2014

Papier Mache in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache demonstration~ photo by Jane LaFazio
One day, we all walked over to a small, family owned papier mache factory in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Above they are demonstrating how they created the paper shapes from plaster of paris molds. Then, they let them dry and paint them.
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

And two photos of the dolls from our hotel:
papier mache in Mexico
The classic and traditional figures in papier mache at our B&B ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
papier mache in Mexico
papier mache ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

Thursday, November 13, 2014

San Miguel de Allende ~ sugar skulls and more for Dia de los Muertos

Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
marigolds and sugar skulls and figures ~photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
 sugar skulls and figures ~photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
The 'sugar market' in San Miguel is set up for a week or so before Dia de los Muertos ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
 sugar skulls and figures ~photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
yup. little tiny sugar coffins. ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
The 'sugar market' sells beautiful beeswax candles too. ~ photo by Jane LaFazio
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
photo by Jane LaFazio
At our B and B, we set up a community altar for dia de los muertos. I couldn't resist  buying the tiny sugar figures pictured below. The sheep is traditional for this area of Mexico (I'm told) and the two kitties for my beloved JazzCat and Cool Baby, the telephone (since it is certainly dead!) and the plate of donuts because they were so cute.
Sugar stuff for Dia de los Muertos
these are the ones I bought ~ photo by Jane LaFazio

And for more color and some fabulous folk art:
mexican folk art
photo by Jane LaFazio
mexican folk art
photo by Jane LaFazio
mexican folk art
photo by Jane LaFazio
mexican folk art
photo by Jane LaFazio

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico ~ Halloween AND Dia de los Muertos

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
Halloween (October 31) is being celebrated more each year in San Miguel de Allende.
See their trick or treat bags.  (photo by Jane LaFazio)
I've just returned from 8 days in the beautiful colonial Mexico town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I'll show you some of the photos over the next few blog posts.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
SpiderBaby (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
so many kids and families in costume! (photo by Jane LaFazio)
I love being in the jardin for festivals! The city square is filled with smiling families and children, with everyone enjoying the colorful costumes, banners and music.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
 The San Miguel de Allende parroquia is lit up. (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
Papel picado banners across the jardin (photo by Jane LaFazio)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
serious little faces (photo by Jane LaFazio)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
face painters along the jardin doing Katrina skeleton faces (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
elaborate altars along the jardin on Dia de los Muertos (November 2) (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
Images done with beans, and sand and marigold petals and wood shavings (on the altars) (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
Altars for dia de los Muertos (photo by Jane LaFazio)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2014
The jardin is filled with people, altars and music (photo by Jane LaFazio)
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