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Painting workshop at Waiariki Institute of Technology with Tutor Cherie Sayer. ..

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cherie generously shared her  many top painting tricks with her willing class of enthusiastic students.  There were thirteen  people in the class altogether.The others left earlier. These photo's were taken  by me at the end of the five days. I feel like we've all  come on a journey together. I would love to repeat the experience. Taking an art or writing workshop is the best thing you can do

Another day at Waiariki Institute of Technology, Rotorua having fun with oil paint.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

                                                               Class member for a day

                           One of the pupils bought her  little puppy into class..adorable...

Today was great painting on  Cherie Sayer's course because the oil paint was so smooth and buttery it flowed on beautifully and allowed a lot of blending  When I have finished my mini compositions on canvas  I will

Newspaper article about my acrylic and watercolour classes for beginners

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Each person after a six week course will have at least 6 finished pieces of work they can frame or hang up on the wall as a stretched canvas.

Beginners Acrylic Painting Classes

Tutor: Janet Keen

 Qualifications :BA, Dip Visual Arts, Cert Adult Teaching

Dates: Tuesday Nights, February 8th to March 15th (6 weeks)

Times: 6pm to 8pm

Class size: 8 to12 adults

Cost: $130.00 per person,

Page 15, Milliande Art Journal challenge, Let's face fears

This was another composition from the still life in the Waiariki Institue of Technology,  Introduction to Painting Class that I am attending which is being run by Cherie Sayer.
I have made a large acrylic painting of this, again focusing on trying to achieve a convincing tonal range so that the painting has a 3 dimensional quality to it.
This is harder than you think and requires a lot of

Day 14 Milliande Art Journal Challenge...Let's drink Green Tea

 I have  been attending an Introducton to Painting course with Cherie Sayer at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua  this week.
We have been concentrating on value and tonal work from still life arrangements.

It has been fun to immerse myself in painting again with no distactions.

It's been good to connect with other artists and it has been a challenge.

 I have made this post from

Art Journal Page 13 with Milliande, Let's Smell the Roses

Friday, January 21, 2011

Let's smell the roses
                                               Creativity Quote of the Day

                          Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
                                                           Richard Brinsley Sheridan


Art Journal Page 12, with Milliande Let's Imagine...

Let's imagine
Creative Quote for the Day Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will get you everywhere. Albert Einstein
Remember you too can start journaling, it's never too late and you can start any time, you have a year to complete it.

Art Journal Page 11, with Milliande, Let's Focus...

Let's Focus
Creativity Quote of the DayOur thoughts create our reality, where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.Peter McWilliams.
Remember you too can start journaling, it's never too late and you can start any time, you have a year to complete it.


Art Journal Page 10 with Milliande, Let's Explore...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let's Explore
Creativity Quote of the DayIt's better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. Sophia Loren

Remember you too can start journaling, it's never too late and you can start any time, you have a year to complete it.


Art Journal Page 9, with Milliande, Let's observe nature...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Let's observe Nature
Creative Quote of the Day Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
                                                              Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember you too can start journaling, it's never too late and you can start any time, you have a year to complete it.


Art Journal Page 8, with Milliande, Let's nest...

                                                                  Let's Nest

                                                              Creative Quote of the Day
If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain or help one fainting Robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in Vain.

Beginners Acrylic Painting and Watercolour Classes startng at Rotorua Arts Village

Monday, January 17, 2011

These are the classes that I am running at Rotorua Arts Village in starting  Monday May 9th and  Tuesday May 10th.
I have been running them now for the at seven years and they are really fun. You can either treat them as exercises or form a series that you can hang up.

Watercolour Classes, for Beginners ( and people who have been on the last course).

Dates: Monday Nights, 9th May – 20th

Art Journal Page 7 with Milliande, Let's open windows...


                                                                Let's open windows
Being a good songwriter means paying attention and sticking your hand out the window to catch the song on the way to someone else's house

                                                                           Nanci Griffith


Art Journal Day 6 with Milliande, Let's Exercise...

Let's Exercise
Creativity Quote of the Day
Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.                                                                      Carol Welch



What have I been doing creatively for the past five or so days?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Heaps as a matter of a fact.
I've been so busy attending the poetry course in Auckland, then tidying, cleaning and doing journal entries and sorting out my poetry notes that I have only just caught up on here.

I want to post some amazing photo's that I  took in Auckland of Christmas Lights..so here goes.

The world through a camera lens is so creative, you should give it a try if you aren't

Poetry of mine that has been published on Black Mail Press

 The Secret

Does the red or blue
go best with this dress?
He wishes to ask his wife
but it's out of the question,
horsing around in her shoes

He slides his hairy stocking on

He puckers his lips,
Pelican pink or Sultry salmon?
He wishes to ask his daughter,
but it's out of the question,
larking round with her lipstick

The handbag's a no-brainer
with its lyrical trim of

What am I doing creatively today?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

 Poetry Adventure away from home

I have left my home town of Rotorua for four days and I am up in  Auckland.
I am  staying in  Dominion Road, Mount Eden at a  Bed and Breakfast  which is just fabulous.

 If I lived in Auckland I would choose Mount Eden because I like the feel of it. A lot of other artists live here. It has a wonderful volcano; (Mt Eden) within sight. It contains a lot of 

Art Journal Page 5 with Milliande, Let's build bridges...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Let's build bridges

                                                   Creative quote of the day
Sometimes you have to, as I say, build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must.
                                                  Fred Thompson


Art Journal Page 4 with Milliande, Let's transform...

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Let's Transform
Creativity  Quote of the Day Nature often hlds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives. Anonymous 
This represents Day 4 of journaling with Milliande.

If you want to be involved with journaling, joining this group is a good way because you meet like

Art Journal Page 3 with Milliande, Let's Grow...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

                                                             Lets grow in 2011

                                                   Creativity Quote of the Day

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

                                                          George Bernard Shaw



Art Journaling Page 2, with Milliande, Let's shine...

Monday, January 3, 2011

I enjoyed doing the art journaling exercise so much from Milliande's prompts that I did an extra page.
 I am using these pages to propel myself into a new level of positivity.  I want to  visualise growth, success and abundance.
Visualise to materialise is my mission statement for this year.
 Lets fly, lets sing, lets shine in 2011

Remember you too can start journaling in January, its not too

Art Journaling with Milliande, let's fly in 2011... I am committing to do a journaling page for January, it doesn;'t have to be finished then, you can join anytime in the year. Give it a go....

Art Journaling

Day 1. Lets Fly into 2011

 I have been on holiday but I'm back now. At the moment I am doing a journal page every day in January along with women all over the world, using prompts from a mixed media artist called Millande. It's fun and you can join in too. You can find out all about it at...


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