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Watercolour painting class pictures from my pupils at Rotorua Arts Village in February/ March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

All of the people on the course were beginner watercolour painters.

  I was really pleased with their accelerated progress.
Many people completed the homework  I set them  each night which really improved their results.

Thanks to everyone for making such a great effort and thanks to Rotorua Arts Village for the studio space.
Thanks to Imogen Crispe at the Rotorua Wekender for such a well

Macro Photography...creative way to view the Autumn Garden

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Organic Gardening has its advantages, especially when you want insect models for your macro photography.

 So what if a few of my leaves have holes in them?
Being kind to the planet, I like to think I'm doing as much as I can within my sphere of influence.
And that's what  it's all about isn't it?
Together we can achieve more.

I don't even mind a few aphids on my roses.
They provide food for


Friday, March 25, 2011

I went to a local performance of CATS,  the musical
Cats are my favourite animals.
 I enjoyed it for the music, the singing, the set design and the chance to get dressed up.
Memories is my favourite CATS song.
It's pretty haunting.

I wasn't able to take any photo's because they were forbidden.

What has this to do with creativity?

I would say that if I make a piece of art tomorrow it

More New Zealand ( Rotorua) Food Adventures.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One of Graham and my favourite Saturday morning dates is to go to Kurau park Food and Vege market  to the Indian stand who has the samosas.
You get 6 Samosas for five dollars.

He has the meat ones and I have the vegetarian  because I try to trick myself that that are healthier.
We walk around the corner to the mineral foot baths and sit down soaking our feet in warm (sometimes piping hot)

What have I been doing creatively recently ? Writing an Apple Essay...

I have been going to an orchard for the past twenty five years called Classic Roses.

                                                                        Dappled Apples

 It's on the Whakatane Highway, just before you get to Hells Gate.

They have the most beautiful, fresh tasting apples, passionfruit and seasonal vegetables in the world.
I love the Braeburns best because they are tangy.

How to teach art, thirteen top tips.

Monday, March 21, 2011

1. Have patience, all people learn at different rates and by different methods. They are either visual, aural or hands on learners.
Teach in all three styles so that you help everyone to understand.

2. Always find something positive to say about every persons artwork, their work is their baby, don't wound them  by being negative and don't ignore them. Do not favour anyone in the class.


Acrylic Painting Class for beginners produces outstanding results...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Thank you so much to editor  Imogen Crispe of the  Rotorua Weekender  for her page three article about my classes and to photographer Steven Parker  for his great photographs.
The story had people streaming in to sign up.

Here are a few of the shots  of the acrylic painting class work that I managed to capture.
Each of the beginners paintings were started

What did I do creatively yesterday? I went on an Audio Visual course with the Tauranga Photographic Society

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I went  to a workshop run by Trish and Alistair McAuslan from the Tauranga Photographic Society on creating Audio Visuals.

                                                          It was a fantastic workshop.
                                   Well paced and easy to understand.                                     

I learned a lot of

Rotorua Artist Janet Keen at Home

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's good about living in Rotorua?

It's only three hours drive away from our biggest city Auckland. (Joke). But seriously...

It's a wonderful place for viewing birdlife, especially around Sulphur Point which is on the  edge of  Lake Rotorua.

                                                   The people are very friendly

There's plenty of  green open spaces with monarch butterflies

Mosaic Paver Making Workshops, enrolling now for 2012 , give me a call today...

Weekend  Mosaic Workshops,
Native New Zealand Bird Paver Making .

Tui, Morepork, Fantail, Pengiun, Wood Pigeon, Kakapo, Kiwi

$200 per person including all materials.
Minimum number required: seven people.
 Get your group together and give me a call to arrange a date. 
You just walk in and walk out and leave the cleaning up to me.

It's fun, it's exciting and it's so good for you to be

Milliande Art Journal pages 21, 22, 23 As promised. Only number 24 to go and I'm done...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

                                 Let's mix and mingle with positive souls...

                                                   Creativity Quote of the Moment 
  In real life I avoid all parties altogether, but on paper I can mingle with the best of them.
Anne Tyler

                                    Let's breathe in fresh, country air

This prompt by Milliande was supposed to be

What have I been up to creatively this week?

This week I decided to try doing portraits every day or at least draw something every day and I managed to do it.
I have noticed that in the short time I have been drawing,  I  have been improving.
I draw the portraits from next magazine upside down, I have been recommending to all my srtudents that they do this.
It's fun because you don't see the picture until you turn it  the right way up.


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