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Public Speaking about mosaics and creativity. .

Monday, February 28, 2011

Last week I was invited by the Ngongotaha Garden Circle to present a demonstration about mosaics.
They were a lovely group of women who have been meeting regularly, once a month for gardening related presentations  and outings.
They enjoyed my talk so much they are going to come for a tour of my mosaic garden next year.
They asked lots of questions.which is always a good sign.
Public speaking

Art Journal Pages

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I have been steadily plugging away at the art journal pages prompted by Milliande which is an online art community for women. Day 24 is the last one in this series and I am glad that I have stuck with it. I will be posting them in the next week so you can have a look and hopefully comment.

I am wanting to keep on  art journaling because I really love it so I am going to try some art journaling

Mosaic classes for beginners Monday mornings. Sign up now for March. Limited to 10 people.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mosaic Classes For Beginners

Dates: Monday or Tuesday Mornings: March /April

4 sessions.

Time: 9am to 11.30 am

Class size: Up to 10 adults

Where: Janet Keen Mosaic and painting studio

374 Clayton Road

Cost: $200.00 including materials which I will supply.

You will make a beginners Fish or bird, mirror and a pot using three different types of tiles.

This is a small class for

Art In the Park Rotorua... Last weekend.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Yes I know it's late but I've been flat out teaching, tidying  and marketing so I have only just had time to process these shots that  I took of Rotorua's annual Art in the Park event which is organised by the Rotorua Arts Village.

I may be making this into an AV when I go to a Tauranga Audio Visual  workshop in March withthe Tauranga Photographic Society.

Maxine Thompson is an award winning

Where did the time go? It's Tuesday already.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Creativity update:
Spent the morning taking shots of the Art in the Park at the Government Gardens. Going to put them on a disk to give to Rotorua Arts Village Manager, Tania. Got a few quirky ones.

Taught my after school kids. It was good to see them back. They  are doing some very creative work.
Taught my  evening watercolour painting class at Rotrua Arts Village. 

Art Journal Challenge 21, with Milliande Let's open doors...

Friday, February 11, 2011

This is a sketch of my front door that I made from a photo with an illustration of an out of control family of dogs. I was commissioned to make this for the cover of Tauranga based  dog trainer Wendy Graydon's  self published book.    I love being commissioned for book illustrations.It's a challenge and it's fun. I have illustrated four books so far. If anyone has an idea for a children's book I

Art Journal Challenge Day 20 with Milliande, Let's go swimming...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Creativity Quote of the Day
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.


Art Journal Challenge Day 19 with Milliande, Let's Eat Fruit...

Creativity Quote of the DayAll good things which exist are the fruits of originality.

                                                                     John Stuart Mill


Art Journal challange, Day 18 Milliande, Let's have lucky numbers...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Creativity Quote of the Day
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

                                                                Maya Angelou


Art Journaling, Day 17, Milliande, Let's be Free

Monday, February 7, 2011

Let's be Free

Water colour painting Class success
I taught my water colour class at Rotorua Arts Village last night. All of my pupils are really lovely and doing great work as well.
I'm going to ask them if I  can put some  of their  works on here for you all  to see. So watch this space.
I have also decided that  I really enjoy being a teacher way more than being a pupil. But I'm going to

Milliande Day 16, Let's Feed Birds

Today I am back onto the exercises with the Milliande art journal challenge where i am creating a journal page everyday in response to her prompts.
This is about women with birdcages hanging off them. It's probably a  piece about flying free and being fed with life which in turns feeds into your art.

Technically I am trying to add more dimension and tones into my work, while still retaining

Waiariki Institute of Technology Introduction to Raku -Fired Ceramics

Friday, February 4, 2011

                                                      Fire with the raku pit.

You put the ceramics into the pit and cover them up with sawdust and dirt. They come out like burned relics.
Very interesting and full of surprises.

2011 I have decided  is the  year to extend my creativity by making a commitment to attend alot of art workshops.

I had heard such good things about Jane

Clay Workshop Waiariki Institute of Technology

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I have been so busy this week with the clay workshop that I have not been able to do any blogging until now. I am way behind with my Milliande art journal  pages but I have done the background for three of them and  I'll have a play on them over the next few days.

I can assure you that I have been extremely creative everyday.

I'll first post you a couple of oil paintings that I did on Cherie

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