Thursday, June 22, 2017

Quebec, Canada. Manior Hovey ~tea and drawing in the library.

The Library at Manior Hovey

The Library at Manior Hovey
 Can you tell I enjoyed Manior Hovey, in Quebec, Canada? I did indeed. 
The Library is the original library of the  builder and owner (build in 1900) of the home. As you can tell, it's beautiful, with fresh flowers, comfy chairs and a view of the garden. And that stone fireplace makes me want to come back (via helicopter) in the winter.
My husband and tea for two
One afternoon, during our stay, Don and I enjoyed tea and fresh scones with jam and whipped cream. A fine way to spend an afternoon! 
tea for two with scones

 And I worked in my sketchbook.
pencil drawing in progress ~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook~ by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quebec, Canada ~ Manior Hovey. The food!

Don, harvesting kale for his salad
Part of the fabulous experience at Manior Hovey, in Quebec, was the food. We ate in the dining room two evenings (La Hatley), and were served appetizer, main course and dessert. I know this isn't a food blog, but it is an artist blog, and I thought the presentation on every dish was sooo creative and beautiful!
From Seed to Table ~ Potted Kale
Yes, for this kale salad, it came in a pot with clippers! and in the bowl was the dressing and other goodies. Harvest the kale, mix and eat!

Fiddlehead Fern Soup

Charolais Angus Beef

Pike White Boudin

Raspberry Tartlet

Guayaquil Chocolate Cake

Pancakes! And yes, breakfast was equally beautiful and delicious. 
You can check out my previous Manior Hovey posts here and here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Quebec, Canada ~ rest and relaxation at Manior Hovey

Manior Hovey
As you saw in my previous post, we spent 3 nights at Manior Hovey in Southeastern Quebec. It was an amazingly beautiful, elegant and relaxing spot, on the lake. The staff and service was some of the finest I have ever experienced. And as you can see, the grounds were gorgeous. Just 37 rooms, so it was quiet and so relaxing.
Peonies in the Garden at Manior Hovey

Peonies blooming in just one day!

Me, relaxing in an adirondack chair, sketching and watercoloring.

view of the lake, in my sketchbook 

from my sketchbook ~ by Jane LaFazio

My sweet husband, Don.

View of the garden and the lake at Manior Hovey

on Lake Massawippi

sketching and watercolor on the lake
I'll show you my complete Quebec sketchbook, in a later post.

cocktails on the lake at Manior Hovey
Yes, it was a splurge for us! But I'd worked the prior days in Montreal and Quebec City...and well, life is short. Enjoy it when you can!  
Yoga Poses in Public Places on Lake Massawippi, Quebec, Canada 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inspector Gamache and me.

Viva Gamache
So, if you read my blog or newsletters, you know I'm a big fan of Canadian mystery writer, Louise Penny, and her series featuring Inspector Gamache. I had never read mysteries before, but in November, after the election, I needed an escape.

All the books are set in Quebec, Canada.
I've read ALL Louise Penny's books!
So, as any crazed loyal fan would do, when I read about  "Manior Bellechasse" in her book, "A Rule against Murder," and that it was based on Manior Hovey.....and since I was teaching in Quebec anyway......

In Quebec City, we rented a car, and I drove for 3 hours to Manior Hovey. It was spectacular. Simply superb. (More in my next post about it.)

Manior Hovey, in southeastern Quebec.
When, on day two, I happen to walk near the lobby and who is standing there? LOUISE PENNY! 
me and Louise Penny at Manior Hovey!
I introduced myself, told her I'd read all her books, loved her newsletter and her facebook posts. And she was the reason my husband and I had come to Manior Hovey. I even showed her my 3pines pin, on my collar. She was warm, friendly and delightful. 

Amazing huh? 

(She was just there for lunch, for a meeting. She lives about an hour away.)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

from my sketchbook ~ new york city

from my sketchbook ~ 9x12 inches ~ by Jane LaFazio
I was just in New York City (here's the blog post on my trip)  and here's the journal page from that trip.

from my sketchbook (detail) by Jane LaFazio
I taught at one day workshop at the NY Open Center, and demonstrated the pears in class. I added the background, at home, after seeing Klimt's "Woman in Gold." 
from my sketchbook (detail) by Jane LaFazio
 I added the map at home, and yes, I left out some neighborhoods. These are the place we visited while in NYC this time.
from my sketchbook (detail) by Jane LaFazio

from my sketchbook (detail) by Jane LaFazio
 Some of the places we visited.
from my sketchbook (detail) by Jane LaFazio

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

From my Sketchbook ~ Peonies! I love peonies. (and a mini-tutorial)

My husband brought me home some peonies

A loose pencil sketch ~ by Jane LaFazio
my view~ by Jane LaFazio

pencil shading done with a blending stump ~ by Jane LaFazio

another peony~ by Jane LaFazio

the page so far ~ by Jane LaFazio
Peonies don't grow in my part of the country and I just adore them! Thankfully Trader Joe's carries them, but it's a very short season. I felt I needed to capture these in my sketchbook. As you can see, I started with just pencil drawings.

Here's how I did it:
Step one: a loose pencil sketch ~ by Jane LaFazio

Step two: look closely at the darker areas and sketch them in ~ by Jane LaFazio

Step three: use a blending stump to soften and spread the graphite ~ by Jane LaFazio

Step four: completed flower ~ by Jane LaFazio

The page so far ~ by Jane LaFazio

The page so far ~ by Jane LaFazio

But I just couldn't help myself, and had to add some of that gorgeous color. I wasn't sure how it would work, over the pencil shading.
Watercolor right over the pencil ~ by Jane LaFazio

The page so far ~ by Jane LaFazio

The page so far ~ by Jane LaFazio
I really think I could have stopped at just the pencil, or just the watercolor flowers, but I wanted to push this idea and see where it took me. I will definitely try this technique again!
Peony Page ~ by Jane LaFazio (9x12 inches in my sketchbook)

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