Saturday, July 12, 2014

One Hundred Days Project By Janet Keen, Creativity Queen

For 100 days I want to do a black and white doodle or children's book illustration in my visual diary  about success in a whimsical, happy way. 
Visualise to Materialise is the theme.
I will also include some key words and titles and quotes
Day 17.

To be illustrated by me tomorrow.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Day 16.  It's ok to crank up the music and  just dance.  



Day 15. Don't let anyone pop your balloon.

“Like hot air balloons, all of us are engineered to soar to great heights. Unfortunately, many of us “sandbag” ourselves. We do things, we think things, and we believe things that hold us down. We get insecure, fearful, and jealous. We judge people, think negatively and make excuses for our unhappiness. We become our biggest obstacle. Imagine what it would be like if we got out of our own way.” Anonymous

Day 14. Day dreaming is as important as doing.

“A daydreamer is a writer just waiting for pen and paper.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Day 13   Making time to play every day is so much fun.

Day 12. Many barriers can be broken down by eating together.

Day 11. Travelling around lets you see the world through different eyes.

Day 10. Even if it's only a caravan  in your back yard, it's still a holiday

Day 9. Feed the birds wherever you go and you will always have friends.


Day 8. Be open to unexpected possibilities

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the
excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of

Day 7. Exercise every day, it will make you feel thinner

Day 6. Wear something nice every day, it will cheer yourself and others up.

Day 5. Be kind to animals and they will be kind back.

“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
César Chávez

Day 4. Let your light shine and you will attract it

“Shine with all you have. When someone tries to blow you out, just take their oxygen and burn brighter.”
Katelyn S. Irons

Day 3.  Believe in magic and you will soar

“Children see magic because they look for it.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal    

Day 2. Visualise flying and it will happen

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird   

 Day 1. Plant your seeds and they will grow.
 "Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally" David Frost
Children and adults illustration, painting and mosaic classes enrolling now for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Phone 346-3435 or email  to reserve your space.




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ever wanted your own Pet White Rat or pet pig?

They are lovely and can be muses for artwork, espcially babies, see some piglets from Aria's Farm at the end of this post.  

I have asked adult clients about their thoughts on rats and  most people are saying they don't like them because they spread diseases and are dirty.

But look at this little Alice, she is so sweet and clean and is exceptionally intelligent.

She's so adorable I wish I had one of my own but luckily my pupil Kyryr brings hers to class.

She is a great muse for Kyryr's artwork

She is wonderful at climbing all over her Kyryr, but she is not so uncontrollable that she disappears.

I have posted these pics on facebook and so far they are quite unpopular.

Which is quite surprising that people are not willing to give rats a chance.

Even my editor at the Rotorua Daily Post admits to having and irrational fear of rats.

But this little one  is harmless and so photogenic.
And I'm sure she will feature in many more of Kyryr's illustrations in watercolour to come.
I am thinking of seeing whether she can do her own rat footprint paintings by putting boysenberry juice on her paws and letting her run across a  water colour page.
If elephants and cats can paint, so can rats.
Creative Quote of the day
Harry Emerson Fosdick
  My neighbours' pet pig Kiki gave birth to some piglets a few weeks ago

This is the runt of the litter, isn't
 he quite cute?

The others are large, white and black and glossy

Funny how there is always a runt with pigs.
Good things can come in small packages and it's not about being the biggest and best at everything, it's how respectful you are to all living creatures, no matter what order they are born.
 I'd like to have my own pet pig but we don't have room so I feed my neighbours one and talk to her while I'm in the garden and she always grunts back.
Pigs are very intelligent and good communicators, not to mention quite emotional.
 I do not buy supermarket pork because I don't agree with them being locked up in cages with no room to move.
It's cruel.
I like to see pigs free ranging, but I must admit I could never eat a pet pig, so Kikki is probably safe.
Creative Quote of the day

After school art class, making paintings and mosaics of animals enrolling now for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays after school
3.30 to 5.00 for one hour $25.00 per person per hour including top quality materials.
Phone 346-3435


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rotorua Mosaic and Painting School, After School Classes and Family Mosaic and Painting Classes

1. Are your children the type of people who like making mosaics  and paintings or would like to make them?

 (Or perhaps you are visitors from out of town, you  may own or be staying in a holiday home around the lakes and you only have three hours to spare.)  The minimum charge for a three hour mosaic lesson including materials is $75.00 for school holiday people.

2. Would your children or young adults like to take home something of artist quality so they could hang it on their walls or put it in their garden to show  to family and friends or to give away as presents? 

3. Are your children, sensitive, thoughtful, always drawing at home and relating to the world around them as if it is a magical, colourful place? 

4. Or would your children just like to have a fun, arty, experience in a different place from where they live?

5. Would you like your children to have the  fun and excitement of making a mosaic or painting in a friendly and nurturing, secure and safe artists studio/classroom with plenty of original work and books around for them to be inspired? 


6. Does your young adult have a special pet they want to bring along to the studio as a muse for their paintings or mosaics?

 (This is Kyra and her adorable pet rat called Alice)

(Alice showing off the pencil on watercolour drawing)

If so

You have landed on the right blog so that you can see the quality of work that your children could produce.

  I would have loved to have attended classes like these when I was a child which is why I invented them. 

By enrolling your precious children in a Janet Keen Mosaic or Painting  Holiday Programme they can have  lasting memory that they can appreciate for ever.

6. Please phone 07 346-3435 or email to enrol your special, gifted, challenged, special needs (in fact any sort of child because in my books they are all precious and special). children at my art studio/ classroom at 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua. 

7.Children from 5 and upwards  are welcome.

Visiting children and young adults from other cities like Auckland, Wellington and overseas especially welcome. 

Feel free to contact me, I am happy to answer your questions and tailor make something special for your family (whanau).

ESOL students from all secondary schools are welcome to enrol in a special Kiwi Mosaic and Art making holiday session.

Families who are billeting these students, please feel free to contact me for a special programme.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm for mosaic fish, flower, bird or heart making workshop
 of the July School holidays.
$75.00 per child including top quality, artist grade materials for three hours. 

9. Perhaps you are a school teacher and you want to have a break making a flower mosaic for your garden

 Or you might want to make one for a member of your family
 perhaps for your mothers garden.
Prices on application for an adult to make this type of flower. 

 10. Do you want to come and use my studio space to perfect a technique and ask for some feedback and learn some new techniques?
You can come to my studio every week and I would welcome you because I like people who are prepared to work at something fulfilling

 Sure you can stay at home and do it  by yourself but you will  probably get sidetracked by housework and other jobs.

If  you come to me I can make suggestions and you will be in a really creative, dog friendly  environment

 This work is really beautiful and it represents Keiko's first paintings. She is so talented and such a pleasure to know.

 9. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons  of the July School Holidays  from 3.30pm  to 5.30pm $50.00 per child for Fine Young Artist painting workshops,  including top quality artists grade materials.

10. Expresso bird, fish or heart shape with sparkly Resene paint and beads, ungrouted only $25.00 per child including materials for one hour. 

If the school holidays aren't your thing enrol in after school painting and mosaic making classes for one hour.
$ 25.00 per child  per hour including materials.
We will be making work to go towards and exhibition in the Rotorua Public library in October.

10.Where? 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua, (on the way to Paradise Valley Lion Park).
Very limited places, maximum 6 children per workshop.
Your children will get guaranteed results because they will get plenty of attention in a caring and nurturing environment.


11.  Every child is an artist the problem is how to remain one once you grow up.  Pablo Picasso

Remember email or  phone 346-3435 to make an enquiry to enrol your child and hurry because there are limited places


Call  Janet 346-3435 or email for after school mosaic and painting  classes, $25.00 per child per session.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday after school from 3.30pm to 5pm for one hour. 

 We will be having an exhibition in the library in October so make sure your special child is included.