Are you interested into digging into a subject more deeply with your art? Exploring the nuance of imagery – maybe even the ‘every-day items’ in your home or garden – on a level of intimacy that you can gain only from knowing those items very well? Maybe it is time to get out your pencils and pens and start drawing.
Co-hosts Susan Brubaker Knapp and Vivika Hansen DeNegre have both explored drawing as part of their artistic practice and have looked to guidance and knowledge from artist and teacher Jane LaFazio in their quest to become better at both seeing what is around them and expressing themselves with paper and pen.
Listen in to the Quilting Arts Podcast where co-hosts Vivika and Susan invite Jane LaFazio to join their conversation as an Artist in Residence. Jane shares her unique perspective on art, drawing, and the power of keeping a sketchbook for inspiration.
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Below are a few resources mentioned in the conversation.
- Quilting Arts TV Susan is the host, and Jane has appeared several times on the show.
- The Secrets of Hattie Brown by Barbara Brown Gathers is the book Susan is reading.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport is the book Vivika is reading.
- J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Watercolours is a fascinating look at a painter’s sketchbooks.
- The Sketchbook Project is a digital collection of artists’ sketchbooks.
Artist in Residence Jane LaFazio
Jane LaFazio is a prolific artist working on both paper and cloth and sometimes combining the two. She creates her own watercolor sketchbook to fill with illustrations of her daily life. Jane has been a full-time artist since 1998, and in that time, she has cultivated a wide range of skills as a painter, mixed media, quilt artist, and art teacher. She’s known for her fun-loving, creative teaching style, and providing a relaxed supportive environment in the classroom. She teaches online drawing and watercolor workshops and has led many art retreats internationally. Her artwork has been featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Quilting Arts magazines, in Danny Gregory’s An Illustrated Life, and in numerous books. Jane designs stencils for StencilGirlProducts.com and has been a frequent guest on Quilting Arts TV.
“Do what you love. Know your own bone; Gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” – Henry David Thoreau
Vivika’s continuous line drawing of a salt shaker was one assignment in Jane’s online sketchbook and watercolor class.
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