Hola!    April 26 2011
Just back from our mini art retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It could not have been better! The classes produced amazing artwork, the weather was great, the festivities related to Holy Week were incredible....but best of all was the wonderful group of people who took a leap of faith and came with us for our inaugural trip. Everyone was so nice and considerate....all 28 of us hung out all the time together!! Now that says something! We were one happy family creating art in one of the most charming places on Earth! It was so great that we have already planned a return visit to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (day of the dead)Nov. 1-2 in 2012! Already getting excited just planning our next adventure in San Miguel. This week I am off to Santa Fe...another favorite place....I know I will return home super inspired and ready to create. Speaking of creating, I will be teaching at the CREATE retreat in Costa Mesa May 18-21. Hope to see you there...or in San Miguel! For more information about our next trip to San Miguel, email me or visit Jane La Fazio's site (www.plainjanestudio.com).


Almost April....    March 30 2011
Well it is almost April but I have had a wonderful March because I was in my studio most of the month! I just finished a large mosaic inspired by my recent trip to Israel. Framed it is 4 feet by 2 and a half feet...enormous for me! I am really happy with the way that it turned out because it really captures the essence of my trip there. I was also inspired to start an aboriginal-type piece inspired by my trip to Australia. It is amazing what I can accomplish when I stay home! However, it is the beginning of busy times again with Artfest next week followed by our trip to San Miguel de Allende for our mini art retreat. Looking forward to the adventures that await....


home again, home again    February 10 2011
Back from an awe inspiring trip to Israel. Learned SO much about the culture and the people. I also made so many wonderful and talented new friends. I can't begin to thank Pinki for organizing it and taking such good care of us! I hope to go back one day.... Just wanted to let you also know that we still have room in our San Miguel de Allende art retreat in April...now is the time to sign up for this once in a lifetime opportunity to soak up all of the charm of this beautiful colonial town...and to create art! Does it get any better? Email me for more info....


A Happy New Year    January 06 2011
Well, 2011 promises to be another action packed year filled with travel and adventure! First stop is Israel where I will be teaching throughout the country in various towns. My students will be comprised of members of the Israeli polymer clay guild. This will be an exciting trip as I have never been there before and I am so looking forward to soaking up the history of this ancient area....and to meeting new friends. My sister will accompany me once again as my trusty assistant. That trip is quickly followed by a visit to Austin to attend the Society of American Mosaic Artists annual conference. My mosaic, Katrina, was selected to be a part of the Mosaic Arts International exhibition which will be held at the Mexican American Cultural Center, so that will be exciting. Katrina, is a mosaic with a Day of the Dead theme, so it will be very much at home in this show! And Austin is such a cool city...and weird! I think I will have some time in my studio in March! More later...


The Holidaze!    December 02 2010
Once again it is that time of year, how does that happen!! After celebrating our son's marriage and Thanksgiving, I have found some time to sneak into my studio. I have been working on some new smaller pieces for the Carmel Valley Artists show which is this Saturday. I have posted new work on my site as well. This Saturday evening is the opening reception for Brooch the Subject, a brooch/wearable art show at the Next Door Gallery in South Park. I have a few brooches in the show. Love the theme! Lots of exciting travel is planned for the first half of the year beginning with a teaching trip to Israel in January. I am really looking forward to this trip and to traveling someplace where I have never been. I am also looking forward to our mini mixed media retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For more information, please email me or check the link under the workshop tab. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday filled with family and friends...and all the best in the coming year!


Summer/Fall news    October 19 2010
Okay, September disappeared altogether! The month started off with a trip to Valley Ridge in Wisconsin...an amazing time in an amazing location with the ever lovely Kathy as our hostess. It was a perfect 4 days, aside from running into a deer...or as Kathy said, having a deer run into us. Caused quite a bit of damage but fortunately all of us were OK and so seemed the deer who disappeared into the cornfield. A week later I was teaching in the south of France at Creatives Corbieres with 4 other instructors from the States (and my sister as my trusty assistant). So fun, so beautiful and such nice hosts in Kylee and Andy. The last stop was Normandy, France where we had a wonderful time getting to know Natalie's family, living in her house for 5 days prior to the workshop! Had a fantastic time including a trip to Mont Saint Michel. Natalie was a wonderful tour guide. Then more fun was had moving to the hotel on the beach where the workshop was held. Just a magical time with wonderful new friends. We made it out of France the day before the strike! Whew....what a world wind, now it is time to settle back in and prepare for our son's wedding!


And so the summer ends...    August 30 2010
As summer comes to a close, I would like to thank all of the wonderful students in my many classes over the past month. Our RV "magic mosaic tour" (lol) was wonderful. We started off at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, it was so nice to see old friends and wonderful to make new friends. It was hot, but that didn't stop anyone from enjoying themselves. I took an amazing workshop with Lisa Renner and that was a big treat to myself. Next stop was teaching to the Houston Polymer Clay Guild, though we had a few talented mosaic artists in the workshop as well! Many thanks to Patricia and Jill for putting that together. Next stop on the tour was Austin, you have to love that Keep Austin Weird vibe about the city. We camped in a pecan grove right in the middle of town! Had a fun time teaching at Suzan Germond's incredible mosaic studio. The last stop on the trip was teaching to the mixed media crowd at Stamp Antonio Arts in San Antonio. Carol and Amy went out of their way to extend a warm Texas welcome...it was a fantastic two days of workshops with many talented artists! So now that summer comes to a close, it is on to Fall adventures. First stop in 2 weeks is Valley Ridge in Wisconsin (there is still room!).....stay tuned!


Here and there....    July 25 2010
So I missed June all together!Actually I spent most of June in Argentina which was great fun. Found a few cool doo-dads which will make an appearance in a new piece one of these days. I have added a few new pieces to the gallery. These will be going with me to the Art Unraveled vendor show in Phoenix. So we are heading to where it will be nice and toasty in the summer. First stop is Phoenix and then off to Texas! There is still room available in my Houston workshop. Austin is pretty much filled...and I am waiting to hear about San Antonio. If you have any questions about these workshops please email me. The next few months will be busy with travel and teaching gigs including an upcoming trip to France once again! Hope your summer is terrific.


May Days....    May 19 2010
Not sure how most of May has already disappeared! Life has been crazy busy with travel as I have been to both Santa Fe and San Antonio the past two weekends and will also be visiting San Francisco too. As we head into the summer, things do slow down for me artistically. We will be taking the annual trip to Argentina early in the summer and that will be followed by Art Unraveled in early August. Yikes, Phoenix in the summer! After Phoenix, I will be teaching in Houston, Austin and San Antonio....so a busy schedule for Texas! For those of you who haven't seen the latest edition of Where Women Create-Book of Inspiration, my studio is featured on pages 68-71....Jenny Doh and Jo Packham did a great job of capturing those things that inspire and inform my work.


April Update    April 05 2010
Australia was everything I hoped it would be. We first flew to Melbourne and spent 4 days in the city before being picked up and taken to the retreat. The retreat was fantastic, thanks to all of the people who organized it and attended it. My students were a fantastic group, talented and generous beyond measure. It was nice to make so many new friendships. It was so fun having my sister along as my trusty assistant....and she served an important function manning the tricky ovens! After Melbourne, it was off to Sydney, what a beautiful and dynamic city. It was so nice of Judy Wilkenfeld to be our tour guide on two of the days and show us parts of the city we would not have otherwise seen.....along with a tour of her studio. Also great to travel by train to see my old neighbors who live in a beautiful area outside the city. All in all, a grand trip!Loved the aboriginal art we saw and can't wait to work on a piece inspired by some of it. So now maybe I will have a bit of time in my studio before leaving for Santa Fe in a few weeks. I will be teaching at Stamping Details this Saturday and after that, I don't have any other teaching dates for awhile....whew!