Monday, February 08, 2016

Join me in England this year!

The Los Angeles Times named Stratford-on-Avon one of the MUST SEE spots in 2016.

I hope you'll join me, Jane LaFazio, for sketching and watercolor classes in the English Countryside August 3-9, 2016. (Yes, I'll be teaching you to draw and paint if you are a beginner, or I will inspire you if you are more experienced.) You'll learn to capture what you see and do and eat in your travel sketchbook. 

No more coming home from a trip with an empty travel journal!

France ArtWalk 2013

We'll spend 6 nights in a wonderful hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, right on the canal. The first night we'll know each other at our welcome dinner.

As the week progresses, we'll explore (with our sketchbooks in hand) Stratford, the world famous home of Shakespeare. Stratford is nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds; a legendary inspirational setting for our daily art classes and adventures. 

There will be an orientation walk in Stratford, also a one day pass for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, to orient you in your exploration of the cobblestone alleys, shops, pubs, restaurants, and all things Shakespeare.
Danube RiverCruise ArtWalk 2015

A daily program of sketching and watercolor classes will be held in beautiful, on-site locations like Britain's greatest palace and world heritage side, Blenheim Palace. Winston Churchill was born there and now the 12th Duke of Marlborough lives there and will no doubt greet us with open arms. (Well, that is if we happen to see him...) On the way to see the duke, we'll stop at a charming village known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. 
France ArtWalk 2012
We'll also experience a real English tea at Hobsons Patisseries, a boat trip along the canal, and a visit to the town of Woodstock. We can even see a play at THE Royal Shakespeare Theatre, if we choose.

We'll go on a special "Ghost Walk." Led by actors, we'll visit Shakespeare's haunted streets in Stratford complete with tales of ghosts and witches, murder and mystery. We'll probably be too scared to draw in our sketchbooks on that evening!

Dedicated walkers are welcome to join our fabulous tour organizer, Carlo, for optional morning guided walks as she follows the rivers, canals, and meadows. There will be plenty of time on your return for our full daily breakfasts and the day's activities.

On our last evening in Stratford, we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together, and share our sketchbooks and celebrate our new-found friendships.
Greece ArtWalk 2015 
August 3-9, 2016
Stratford-upon-Avon $3250 pp double
Single supplement: $399  
Program subject to change and to a minimum number of participants
Limited to just 14 people.

But wait, there's more!
An optional three night pre-tour in London! 
Italy ArtWalk 2014
Arrive early and join us:
July 31 to Aug 3, 2016 for three nights at our London hotel, daily breakfast, London sightseeing tour, and private group transportation from our London hotel to our Stratford-upon-Avon hotel.   
London: $950 pp double, single supplement $350

Italy ArtWalk 2013
After Stratford: The Festival of Quilts, in Birmingham, England takes place August 11-14th. Birmingham is about 1 hour away by train. I'll be going to the festival, but it won't be part of our escorted tour.

As you can tell from the photos from our previous trips, we have a great time with a wonderful, genial group of like-minded souls. Join us! 

click here for more info ART IN ENGLAND

Friday, February 05, 2016

Havana ~ in an art quilt

While my work was on exhibition at a gallery in San Diego, I had a few videos made of me talking about my art. Here's the story of my art quilt: Havana, the video.

Husb and I visited Cuba in January 2012 and here are a couple of photos from that fabulous trip!

Me and Don on a tobacco farm in Cuba, 2012.

The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

I might be holding a cigar in this photo. 2012

Ernest Hemingway's house outside of Havana, Cuba. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012
The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012
In the video, the fabric I used was made from my photos of our trip to Cuba, and printed on Spoonflower.
a cool floor tile, in Cuba. You'll see this in the quilt in my video.
 Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

The beautiful wreck that is downtown Havana. Photo by Jane LaFazio 2012

I took so many photos, I made a little book of our trip here.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

from a recent workshop at Art on 30th

Art filled classroom!

Me and my wonderful students at a one day workshop at Art on 30th, San Diego. photo by Timothy Schultheis

great classroom! right in the gallery.
Me, demonstrating

The classroom at Art on 30th

work in progress 

created with one of these stencils designed by me for StencilGirl
work in progress 

work in progress 

work in progress 

Ellen finished her stitching a few days later.
work in progress 
work in progress 
Art on 30th, San Diego, is a wonderful place for workshops and I'll be teaching there again. See my teaching schedule for details. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CRAFT NAPA art retreat recap on Video

Pokey Bolton and me.
I taught at CRAFT NAPA this year, the inaugural retreat put on by the fabulous Pokey Bolton. (Pokey is the founder of Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts magazine and Quilting Arts TV.) 

I've taught at many art retreats and this one was outstanding. Pokey put so much love and care into all facets of the event. From the planning, to food, to activities, events, goody bags and even the signage. 

And the students who attended were loving it! Everyone was there to learn and have fun. It was just a delight!

I created two little videos, from the event.
A video of my one day workshop of Sketching and Watercolor at CRAFT NAPA January 2016

And here's a video of the rest of the CRAFT NAPA retreat and the two other classes I taught, Garden Patch and Text on Textiles.

I love this!
The top image was taken at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival in 2009. The one below, at CRAFT NAPA in January 2016. (In the lower photo, that's Melanie TestaJamie FingalLeslie Tucker JenisonPokey BoltonJudy Coates Perez and me.)
I'll be teaching Garden Patch, in a three-day version, at Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, California, June 12-15. Click here for details. 

Garden Patch (14x13.5 inches) by Jane LaFazio 
Garden Patch: Coral and Green (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio
Garden Patch: Winter Garden (12 x 8.5 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Garden Patch: City Blocks (12x12 inches) by Jane LaFazio

Thursday, January 21, 2016

my ONE WORD for 2016 (and a give away of Carrie Bloomston's book!)

I found my word. I met Carrie Bloomston at CRAFT NAPA and immediately liked her.

So I bought her book "The Little Spark ~ 30 ways to ignite your creativity" and even though, I feel my creativity is definitely on fire, I got something very important from the book. My one word for 2016.

Carrie wrote:
"We are too forceful and have lost the grace and flow. Conversely, if we are too relaxed and not putting in enough effort, then might be sloppy, lackadaisical, careless, or lazy.

Grace comes from not only being filled with purposefulness and spirit as we work, but also enjoying the moment and being present with the process. Grace is the hinge between effort and effortless.

There is a moment in our creative flow in which we are utterly absorbed, content, focused and present with the moment and everything in it.

Grace comes from within. A balance of ease and grace with work and effort."

Thanks dear Carrie will helping me get clear with my 2016 word.

So now, I want to create something that will remind me of my word all year long. 

Here are some of my ideas:
  • create a journal page
  • paint my word on a ceramic cup (go to one of those paint your own pottery places)
  • order a custom bracelet or ring with my word
  • create an artsy tag for my car rear view mirror
  • get a tattoo
  • create a little stuffed felt pillow with my word
  • carve a stamp and use it
  • make a prayer flag
  • use your word as your computer screen saver (Thanks DA Best for the idea! Now we both have my Grace image above as our screen savers!)
  • make it your password for the year
Do you make something to remind you of your word? Please share your ideas. AND you may win a copy of Carrie's book. I'll choose on winner on Monday, January 25, so check back her on January 26 to see if you won.
The winner of Carrie's book is DA Best! please contact me with your name and address.
(And that is me in the photo.)

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's MY day on Creative JumpStart 2016!

Today is my day on Creative JumpStart 2016! What? If you have already signed up for Creative JumpStart, you'll see my video today! 

I'm very excited to read what you think about my project and my video! I hired a professional videographer to film the tutorial and I am so proud of the result of my 11 minute Creative JumpStart video. I really think you'll learn from it and be inspired to try some of the techniques I share on the video.
Behind the scenes filming my video. BeBop on set!
If you haven't signed up, you still can. Creative JumpStart 2016 is 25 inspirational videos by 24 artists. You can download each and every one of them and keep them forever! And you'll have online access to the videos until November 2016.
A sneak peak at one of the pieces from my video
Winsor Newton products were used in my video

Sign up now for Creative JumpStart now and for $50 you’ll get:
  • A series of 25 technique based videos from 24 artists from around the world.
  • Downloadable videos – download before November 2016 to keep them forever.
  • Information about new creative and innovative products and techniques you might not have used before.
  • Inspiration to jumpstart your own artwork.
Creative JumpStart 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016

French Flight ~ featured in "Storytelling with Collage" by Roxanne Evans Stout

"French Flight" (13x13 inches) $275. by Jane LaFazio
I'm thrilled to be able to finally share this little quilt with you. I created it especially for Roxanne Evans Stout brand new book, "Storytelling with Collage."

Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout 

"French Flight" by Jane LaFazio page 52 in Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout 
I really love this piece. It's made from vintage lace and napkins and an envelope, fabric from Paris, a and a a watercolor I created of a little bird. 
detail of "French Flight" by Jane LaFazio page 53 in Storytelling with Collage by Roxanne Evans Stout 

detail "French Flight" (13x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio
detail "French Flight" (13x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio

detail "French Flight" (13x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio
The free motion stitching is of a peony, (my favorite flower, discovered while I was visiting France) and of a fleur de lis.

detail "French Flight" (13x13 inches) by Jane LaFazio
I got a digital copy of Roxanne's book, which made me even more excited to get a hard copy. It's a gorgeous book filled with Roxanne's unique and sensitive art work. Totally inspiring!

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