Saturday, June 25, 2016

Adult Art pupil of Janet Keen, Ruth Hughes, a selection of her work, please enjoy, she is excellent pupil to have.

Acrylic glazes. copper leaf  and Indian Ink 
Acrylic glazes, Indian Ink and copper leaf. 

Acrylic glazes, Indian ink and metallic leaf

Mixed media and acrylic paint 

Mixed media, stamps  and acrylic paint 

Acrylic paint and machine sewing on paper. 

Acrylic paint 

Acrylic paint on board

"Taking painting lessons with Janet Keen has changed my life, I love it." Ruth Hughes

Winter is the perfect time to take up a hobby. Come along to my studio for a four week course in mosaics, painting or photography. 

Limited spaces. Monday to Wednesday Mornings. 9.30am to 11.30am
And Fridays 9.30am to 11.30am

Phone 0273513887

Weekend workshops by arrangement. Email me for a quote. 

At the painting and mosaic filled gallery and studio of Rotorua artist/ teacher and aertistic photographer, Janet keen
374 Clayton Road, Rotorua

I am happy to travel out of town  and out of New Zealand depending on time considerations and numbers. 

Creative Quotes of the day
“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent van Gogh

“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

A fine work of art - music, dance, painting, story - has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”
Robert McKee

Auckland adventure, Carmen Jones Eatery, Bar and Lounge

Last weekend we had to go to Auckland to my mothers 80th birthday party  lunch on the Sunday, so my husband Graham and I went up and stayed in a lodge near the domain and went for a photo safari adventure along Karangahape road on the Saturday afternoon. 
We came across a lovely cafe called Carmen Jones Eatery Bar and Lounge 

                             and stopped for a cup of tea

 Look at this gorgeous glass it came in. made the tea taste divine

I was so taken by the artistry of the cafe that I took a lot of photos and have made double exposures out of them to make them look more arty, rather than straight photos. 
 The cafe was so warm inviting with a snuggly open fire and glowy colours with beautiful art prints and originals on the walls . 
I met the owner who designed it. 
She was vivacious, really friendly and originally from Taupo. 
Next time I  go back to Auckland we are going to  stop and have a 
 meal because the menu looked very appetising. 
 The staff were friendly and beautiful, the furniture eclectic and something to celebrate. 
 You'd be tempted to stay there all day. 
I love cafes that look like art shops or even upscale living rooms. 
It's only been open  for about 8 months and I'm sure it will be very successful . 
I wish them all the best. 
It should get an award for the decor. Just wonderful. 
Thank you so much for inspiring me.
 I felt like I was in Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Greece all at once. 

I would love to exhibit some of my work in a cafe like this 

 Art and prints on the walls mixed with textures from the walls. 

Lovely waitress

 Lovely waitress crossed with texture from the table, double exposure. 

 Double exposure Cup of tea in nice glassses crossed with texture of a table

Double exposure of texture of walls with texture of table 

Double exposure of art on the walls with  texture of table 

Art, mosaics, photography workshops available. 

Phone:           0273513887

See my shots on facebook and viewbug. 

Creative Quote of the day 
Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed... I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself. Delia Smith
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“Photography is a love affair with life.”

Charlie Waite

Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed... I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself. Delia Smith
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Women's Beginners Photography Tuition. One on One in Rotorua, New Zealand

You  want to become a better photographer?
You have been bitten by the bug from using your phone to take shots and you want to upgrade to a DSLR?
Let me guide you through this process because I went through it five years ago. 
I wish I then had someone like me who was prepared to offer one on one advice. 
 I would have saved a lot of money and time. 
 It would have been so much easier and faster. 

One on one tuition only $35.00 per hour from my home studio. 

Tuesday through to Friday mornings from 9.00 am
It is recommended that you book  two hour sessions to start off with for the first six weeks.  
Then come weekly for six weeks and I  will set you projects and homework. 
We will go on  mini- photo safari's and walkabouts from my home area on foot.  
We will look at your photos and  I will help you to improve them, using positive  and helpful language so that you are encouraged. 
Canon DSLRS only as I know  how to get the best out of these cameras and I  would recommend them. 

These are my some of my award winning photos.


Angry Sky Mount Maunganui 

  Gary Cats Eye

There's smoke at the mill, Kinleith 

Shags crossed with view from my front gate. 

Call Janet at 3463435 or 
Cellphone 0273513887

I have thousands of photos I can show you but really it's not about me it's about you. 

Creative Quote of the day
“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to
carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me
at that moment.”- Elliott Erwitt

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Waiotapu thermal volcanic romantic, artistic Photography adventure by Janet Keen.

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
Oscar Wilde,
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
William Shakespeare,
Twelfth Night

“True love is rare, and it's the only thing that gives life real meaning.”
Nicholas Sparks,
Message in a Bottle

“When love is not madness it is not love.”
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

"You are my best friend, my human diary and my other half. You mean the world to me and I LOVE YOU."

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment."
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

 "One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love." 


"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
Albert Einstein

“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

 "Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet."

The poetry of the earth is never dead, Keats. 

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you ... I could walk through my garden forever."
Alfred Tennyson

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear."
Oscar Wilde

"The heart wants what it wants. There's no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that's that."
— Woody Allen

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
— Rachel Carson

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
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“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
— Ansel Adams
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. Edward Abbey
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“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
— Matsuo Basho

"The Earth is what we all have in common."
— Wendell Berry

“We must go and see for ourselves.”
— Jacques Cousteau

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein

“Let us direct our desire for a better world into the earth itself.”

— Carol L. MacKay

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 "To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything." T. Tolis

Janet Keen Creative Artistic Photographer 

After school art classes enrolling now for next term. 
Warm up your winter by being creative with me. 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday and Fridays from 3.30pm

Adults mosaic, painting and photography for beginners classes, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. 
Weekends by appointment. 

Phone 073463435
0r 0273513887

Let me take you on a volcanic photographic safari, prices on application. 

Creative Quotes of the day 

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
Victor Hugo
4. "All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love."
Leo Tolstoy
5. "And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God."
— Les Miserables 
6. "I'm much more me when I'm with you."

— (Unknown)