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Suffering from a creative block, especially when confronted with a big white page or canvas? Here's what you do....courtesy of another artists blog..

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"CannonBall" It

You know when you were a kid how you'd run like a bat outta hell and jump right into that ice cold swimming pool rather than inch into the water one toenail at a time? That's pretty much how I get back to work in my studio after a hiatus. I don't pick an idea or an image and then do a few sketches. I pick an idea or image and I do FIFTY drawings in a row, all in one sitting.

More Altered Art I have created after viewing Sommerset Studio and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines. Altered art is amazing. In the holidays I am going to be doing at least one art journal page a day. Watch this space......

Altered art, this is what I have been creating this morning.

Pink                                                                                 Teal
BlueWhich one do you like best?

It is my dream or should I say goal to one day

Magic Moments

Monday, December 20, 2010

To keep me motivated creatively I often listen to Tony Robbins DVDs.
 I regularly do his hour of power morning "pick me up " exercises and usually do his goal setting workshop at the beginning of each year.
 I have been doing this for the past seven years.

At the end of each year I list all the things I want to achieve for the following year and pick the top three that I want to achieve

Creating fifty mixed media cards thats what I've been doing. Here are just five

                                                          Have a go at writing poetry...

                                                                           Walk in nature....
                                               Plant some butterfly attracing flowers ...    

The hand made cards are coming ...but before this a short commercial break from my favourite supermarket, New World where all the staff are happy and friendly Merry Christmas to a brave New World

Saturday, December 18, 2010

On a Lighter note: Favourite manipulated photo's for the past year...that I have turned into Haiga ( haiku with pictures) ....Please do me a favour and vote for the best...

waiting a bunch of braeburn applesthe scent of pies
                                                                  floating halfway up a ladder                                                                    white tailed spider
Looking  for eggs

Poetry I have created.

Whenever I read stories in the paper about men who murder their wives I always want to scream because of the interviews the media conduct with the perpetrator’s friends and neighbours on television.
 Time and again you read and hear words like “I can’t believe it, David was such a nice, quiet guy, the very last person we thought who would do such an awful thing.”

My answer to this is even most

My favourite posters of people and places that I have created lately...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I have just made a calendar for 2011. Here are the images from it.....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

2011 calendarJanuaryonly one jump away the frog from the pond

                                            the water lilly bursts open at last the sun
                                             waxeye, the weight of

Creativity at Christmas time. What are you doing? I am going to make all my own Christmas cards. They will be mini watercolour originals. Once I have done them I will post a montage of them on here for you to see.

Are you a bird fancier like me? Conservation of New Zealand Native Birds Mosaic Paver Project to celebrate the fragility of birds.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


This represents part of a community art project that I organised this year with parents, teachers and pupils of the Ngongotaha Kindergarten Association.
 I can arrange community projects call me or email me for a quote jkeen@clear.net.nz
                                                             Phone 07 3463435

Mosaic Fish Making Workshop for Beginners, Enrolling now for 2011..hurry limited places

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mosaic fish making workshops are fun and suitable for any age and level of ability. You can be as precise or as loose as you like, I have the tools, I have the techniques. I can show you how to swim with mosaics. Group enquiries welcome.Booking now for 2011Email me at jkeen@clear.net.nz
Creative learning quote of the dayLearning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhereChinese Proverb

 Mosaic Bird Workshop- stained glass and glass tile
Enrolling for next year now... hurry while spaces remain.

 Perfect one day workshop for beginners to give you a taste of how you can fly with mosaics,
Classes run in my workshop or yours.
Hens parties, team bonding , kids parties, empty nesters, school and preschool teacher groups, all  enquiries welcome. 

Please phone for a quote.  Or

Manipulated photo's, using photoshop CS4. Thinking about designs for new crop of abstract paintings.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Alpaca's grazing in a circle

 Waxeye's  melting in the sun

Pelican stretching after a fish dish
Creative Quote of the DayI have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.Louise Nevelson

Creating a series of acrylic on canvas works called Volcanic Cross Sections.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Title: Volcanic  Cross Section 1Medium: Acrylic paint and silica sand on stretched canvasSize: 46cm x 46cm Investment: $450.00 (NZD) plus postage                                                            

Title: Volcanic Cross Section 2
 Medium: Acrylic paint and silica sand on stretched canvas
  Size: 46cms x 46cms
  Investment: $450.00 (NZD) plus postage

 Title: Volcanic  Cross Section 3

My Best Photographic work for 2010......

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Meaning of Mandala          The circle has been of major importance in every culture from the beginning of time.
The mandala is the highest form of the unifying circle, and it is used in magic and meditation around the world.

Why Create A Mandala?
Creating a mandala gives you a focal point.
The act of drawing , painting or

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