Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to me for April 11th

Hello I have just finished my birthday and I had a great day.
I slept in until around 10am
My husband went to work and wished me a Happy Birthday before he left.
 He gave me a desk top computer and also loaded some software onto it for me, which was very kind.

I slept in and got up around 10am. I had a shower and read the paper until 12 noon.
I cooked myself 12 Bluff oysters and had them with 2 pieces of vogels toast and some soda water.

I then went to the supermarket and bought some lollies, chocolates, sparkling grape juice, crackers chips and ginger kisses plus candles and balloons and bubbles for a kids birthday party.

I went to my studio, tidied the working desks up.
Then started spreading out the kids birthday things on the table.
Anneke came and helped me blow up the balloons and set everything out.
Then Ryan and Cecily came.

I let them all have something to eat and then we got into our artwork.
 They made me some birthday artwork and did some of their own.

Annekes father came along with Oscar his son and we all had something to eat and drink.

My friend Jing came as well and gave me a lovely diary.
I didn't eat many lollies and I had a few chips, the adults didn't eat much but the kids got stuck in and little Cecily said it was the best birthday party she had been to.
How cute.

Jing and I went to Kawaha Point and she bought Sushi.
I took a few photos.
It  was nice to be out in the open air with the sunset in a beautiful location.

I came home and opened the card from Graham.

I cooked him a baked potato and warmed up some  Coq Au Vin chicken from the night before.

We drank some really nice expensive wine ( $25.00 per bottle)
I watched coronation Street but fell asleep.
I woke up
watched reruns of it
I then spent the night on facebook celebrating with people who wished me a Happy Birthday.

it was great. I am happy, so happy.

Creative Quote of the day 
God gave us the gift of life. it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Volitaire.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Balloons over Waikato

The spirit of adventure is so intense in some people that they will do anything to get it.
 Spontaneity  with adventures makes them even more fun.
 At seven o''clock in the morning we left Rotorua and went to Hamilton to see the Hot Air Balloons that were being floated over the Lake, Innes Common and out to the University

 One of my favourites was this giant Hummingbird from Australia.
 I was wishing I could float away in one to lands far away as long as I had enough food, warm clothing, camera batteries and camera cards, along with at least one nice person to go with.

I made a mini movie of it with my I-Pad.

This is either a racing car driver or a spaceman.
I liked the idea of a spaceman better.  

I thought this sequence was
                     rather dramatic
Creative Quote of the Week
Who knows if the moon's / a balloon, coming out of a keen city / in the sky - filled with pretty people?
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Favourite symbols.

We each have our own personal symbols, shapes, animals and objects that hold a deeper meaning, or message beyond what they literally are. 

We find these images appearing again and again in our stories, our paintings, our dreams, our photographs, our jewellery, our homes and our lives.

Even though we know they repeatedly appear we can often be unaware of the conversations going on between the important things in our lives and ourselves. We figure we simply like angels, cats, crosses, bird, houses bicycles  or beautiful  girls  but what is it about these things that attract us?

Our collection of symbols are powerful expressions of our spirit. connection to our selves, our aesthetic and also to the Universe. Deepening our awareness of our symbology helps us to be more authentic and in touch witgh who we are and can lead to increased happiness because you know what you need to do to feel more fulfilled.

Create a Symbol Journal or Journal Page
Create a special page or section in your journal where you can gather your symbols. You may find you’d even like to dedicate an entire journal to exploring your personal symbology.

List your recurring symbols in words, drawings, photographs or snippets from magazines. Use what you have on hand and what is easy for you. Don’t let supplies or perfectionism get in the way of the process. Go ahead and draw an owl as best you can. Trust that you and the owl will know one another better; that is the key.

Write about what each symbol means to you.

For example, if one of your recurring symbols is a lighthouse…
  •     What are your memories of lighthouses?
  •     What stories do you know about lighthouses?
  •     What do you associate with lighthouses?
  •     When did you start noticing lighthouses?
  •     What does a lighthouse mean to you?
If you get stuck, do a Google search (e.g. “symbolism of lighthouses” “meaning of lighthouses”). Trust your own reactions to what you discover.
Getting to know your own personal symbology is an ongoing creative practice that will allow you to understand and express your true self in more and more powerful ways.

And if you don’t know your symbols yet, a regular practice of dreamboarding can help you find them. Over time, I have been able to see how again and again certain forms and figures find their way to my boards. This has been my primary tool for connecting with my own sacred symbols.

Some of My Personal Symbols

What are some of your personal symbols? What do they mean to you?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Making Sense of Midlife : A weekend course for women April 12-13 at the Arts Village- Bookings Essential: 07 3489008 or

                          Wende Jowsey  facilitator
We're peri-menopausal or menopausal, in a relationship but not sure where it's going, trying to raise children caring for ageing parents and wondering who we are in the midst of it all...
Sound familiar?
This creative, inspiring course is aimed at women aged 40-60+ who want to trust themselves again.
Intuitive facilitating means I focus on your  life' process using interactive processes, research based tools and information. Topics include natural approaches to peri menopause and menopause, relationship changes at mid-life, finding your authentic vocation and connecting with your spiritual centre.


"The Midlife course helped and inspired me in various ways.
 I was encouraged  to look  and see what I was and what I wanted to become..
I realised that I had many good years left in me yet. I made new friends and learnt that others experience the same emotions I do. I have had experiences I never thought possible. I was given the encouragement to grow and be honest with myself in what I wanted for me." W. King

$120 ( reduced fee for unwaged women please enquire)

Registration: (limited to 16 places) $50 deposit required by April 10th

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Portrait of an artist and her rat in the painting and mosaic studio of Janet Keen, Rotorua, New Zealand.

All sorts of people with different styles of art are made to feel welcome and accepted into my painting and mosaic studio. 
Even their pet rats. 
So far four people have come for lessons and bought their dogs. 
This is the first time I've had a rat pupil
She was really well behaved.

This is Kyra's take on a victorian rat. 
We may be doing other rat illustrations. 
I will post one I commissioned one of my clients to do for me of a rat resting on a couch in my studio. 

Of course now I want a pet rat. 
It's the loveliest feeling to have a rats whiskers caressing your fingers and the trembly sensation of a warm little rats tail running along your hand sends warm shivers up your spine. 
As usual my cat Gary and my husband Graham are not in favour of it so I   guess I'll just have to adore other people's rats from afar. 

Creative Quote of the Day
“The flute of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has never left us and it is essential that we train our ear to detect its false notes because in our case the flute is being played by the rats.”
Dimitris Mita

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 This is my latest pupil Chloe. 

 What a delight Chloe is because she's a deep thinker and very sensitive and loves art. 
Here is her morepork. 
And here is the comment that her mother sent me via the email. 

Chloe was over the moon with her time with you just chatting and being creative.

I haven't seen her this excited in a long time and that pleases my soul. 
She is my special girl  she, can't stop talking about her next class and how she wished she could go every day.

Thanks for spending time with her and being so positive!

Kind Regards,


With Chloe I am setting her homework from childrens illustrated books and we are trying  to put different media on owls. She gave me a lovely card before she even got to class. I feel like she is a person who has been sent to me by God. I am so blessed.