Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Double Exposure Art Photography

Angel crossed with Ash tree by Janet Keen, Art Photography 

Seagulls crossed with Bunny Grasses

Bunny Grasses crossed with Bunny grasses

Dandelions crossed with Bunny Grasses

Dandelions crossed with Bunny Grasses

Grasses crossed with dew

Grasses crossed with sky

Volcanic Earth crossed with Mt Tarawera

Tauranga Harbour reflections crossed with tree skeleton

Husband crossed with Ohiwa  and gull 

Gull crossed with sky 1

Gull crossed with sky 2

Kereru crossed with Mt Tarawera

Kereru crossed with Mt Tarawera 2

Swan crossed with Redwood Trees

Kea Crossed with Dandelion 

Morepork crossed with Kinleith Mill 

Pelican crossed with Strangler Fig

Swan crossed with reeds

Butcher Bird Crossed with Strangler Fig

Heron crossed with  Noosa Paddle boarders

Pandana's crossed with sunsets

Adelaide sea crossed with Jesus

Miner bird crossed with Noosa paddle boarders 

Lights crossed with Rotorua Museum 

Donkeys crossed with Bunny Grasses

Bunny grasses crossed with Bunny Grasses

Bubbles crossed with grasses 

Lovers crossed with Bubbles 

Janet crossed with angel sculpture. 

Creative Quote of the Day
“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.”
C. JoyBell C.

Mixed media painting and mosaic workshops run from my studio set in a cottage organic bee attracting garden. 
 Phone 07 3463435 or 0273513887 or email for enquiries. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Looking forward to a very creative and arty 2016 year.

Janet Keen Creativity Queen, world  famous in Rotorua
 Mosaic and Mixed Media Artist/teacher

I go out of Rotorua and bring brilliant ideas back for you because the world is full of possibilities and I am an entrepreneur at heart. 
Plus I have attended well over 300 art making courses from other out of town teachers and they have told me all their secrets that I am dying to pass onto you or your kids as long as you pay me. 
 Don't expect me to give it away for free, I'm not a starving artist and I won't work for peanuts. 
 Mosaic making is making a big come back so be ahead of the trend and learn all the top secrets you can't get out of a book or from any other artist in Rotorua

18  years art making years experience
3 years creativity column writing for Daily Post and Weekender
Diploma of Visual Art
 20 years public speaking and presenting experience 
Kind and empathetic.
 Small classes with classy, caring kids
Put down those colouring books, you are ready for the next step on your creative journey. 
  Enrol your child (or yourself) today.

Creative Quotes of the day that inspire me to keep on going. 

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”
Pablo Picasso
“Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?”
Pablo Picasso
“I dream my painting and then paint my dream”
Vincent Van Gogh
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

“All art requires courage”
Anne Tucker
“Everything you can imagine is real”
Pablo Picasso
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist”
Oscar Wilde
“The important thing is to create”
Pablo Picasso

“The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it”
David Hockney
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced”
Vincent van Gogh
“Art is the colors and textures of your imagination”
Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999
“Let me ask you something, what is not art?”

Why wouldn't you pick up  your  phone now or get tapping on your computer keys  to book your kid in for the few special places I have every week in my studio classroom for creative and gifted young artists.  
 If  you  are interested in art  you  are gifted, all it takes is the will and we will collaborate together.    I'm loads of fun, I have a groovy studio, it's not crowded and each person gets their own individually tailored art and creativity programme. 
found art
recycled art
spray paints
cars trucks
 We   will cover the range together. 
Suitable for boys and girls. 
From primary to secondary school 

If you want to have a go I will  help you fly with creativity and happiness. 

Phone  Janet 346-3435
Studio and organic garden 
374 Clayton Road, Rotorua 

In memory of a very talented pupil Teresa, may you rest in peace.

                                            Water colour building 

                          Watercolour flower and beach scene
                                           Coloured pencil flower
                                                 Graphite portrait of Teresa's father

Favourite Quote of the day 

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

After school kids and young adults painting and mosaic classes enrolling now

After School Art Classes starting  from second week in February 
( For one hour )

Studio opening hours
Monday 3.30 to 5.30
Tuesday 3.30 to 5.30 
Wednesday 3.30 to 5.30 
Friday 3.30 to 5.30

Exclusive classes with small numbers for gifted children. ( if you are genuinely interested in giving art a go you are gifted) 

Good quality, long lasting materials used. 
In an organic garden with patient and fun teacher. 

Experience over 18 years. 
Diploma in Visual Art
Certificate in teaching

Call Janet Keen 3463435
Or email
Text 0273513887
Hurry numbers limited enrol your child today, bring him and her around to my studio to see. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Decoupage morning workshop in the studio of Janet Keen Rotorua

Are you looking  for a  flexible business, set in an organic cottage garden to run special creativity workshops for your group or for you  on Saturday mornings or for the whole day,  tailor made especially for you? 

If so  we can provide  classes on garden mosaics , beginners acrylic paintings, decoupage, vision board making, poetry writing and illustrating, beginners flower photography and water colour painting and any other creative class that you may request. 

 Classes are bespoke and small and you therefore have a lot of attention. 
Class sizes are set for a maximum of 10 people and the minimum of one person. 
 Classes are varied, anyone is welcome as long as they want to have a go. Children, adults, company groups, community groups, schools, you name it we can cater for it.
Prices on application. 

 Here are some pictures of a small workshop we ran  for some Farmers wives from Te Awamutu, just recently. 

 It was a beginners decoupage workshop and we had a lot of fun.

To secure your booking
 Phone 07 3463435
Text 0273513887

 I am also available to travel to your school or workplace. 
Contact me and  I  can put a package together for you. 

Gift Vouchers for Christmas available. 

Art produced by decorating a surface with cutouts and then coating it with several layers of varnish or lacquer

Creative Quote of the Day  
Every day is a fresh canvas ( John Paul College motto for 2016, what an inspiration :) )


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Matariki Star making with paper, promoting creativity in Rotorua schools

I made this lesson for a column for the Rotorua Daily Post. 
This is because  I have been celebrating Matariki now for five years and I  have asked people if  I can be paid to be involved.
 So far I haven't had any firm offers but I am a visualiser so I assume it will happen by next year. 
My idea is to run creativity and art lessons for Maori students in schools and to have exhibitions. 
The first idea is to have them all make stars with paper that they have designed in Maori patterns.
 Then they have to write me a four or five lined poem about what it means to them to be a star. 
The each person has to go up to the front of the class and recite their poem. 
Then it ends with a shared meal and some music and a display. 
Then others in the school both Maori, Pakeha etc  can be invited to also make stars, so that it is an interactive and inclusive activity that  embraces diversity. 
This lesson was thought up by me because I  am an exceptionally creative teacher and my ideas are endless and brilliant. 
The challenge now is for schools in Rotorua to recognise this an employ me to run a programme of creativity.
 I am looking for regular work because I  want to travel to Italy to see the mosaics. 
My phone Number is 346-34365
My email is

So I am waiting for people to contact me so I  can fit them into my shedule. 
 I am also wanting to go overseas teaching creativity classes so I am open to offers. 
I also want one of my lessons or some to be featured in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  

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Creative Quote of the Day. 
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cherry Blossoms and Janet

Rotorua has a beautiful Cherry Blossom park filled with Tui in Spring

Going up there and blending in with the blossoms makes you feel renewed

It's nice to remember these times in the middle of winter when it's cold rainy and barren. 

 Inner city Rotorua Photography safari's with Janet Keen for Women
$45.00 per hour per person. 
Group discounts by arrangement
Phone 07 3463435
Or email

Creative Quote of the day
I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.