Modern Farmhouse Fall Porch

I have had the best time sharing our home dressed up for fall!

I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and each week I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes.

This week it is all about sharing your porch for fall but we have a pretty small front porch in this home SO we wanted to show you our deck dressed up instead.

Our deck is pretty large and it is off the living room and kitchen and it truly is another room of our home!

From the deck we look over the woods of our property and we also see the gorgeous mountains in the background.

This space is where we all gather for morning coffee, time with friends and cooler nights around the fire.

Morning coffee time on the deck is how we start our day around here.

Slippers, robes, blankets, coffee, a newspaper and morning chatter is the typical scene on any given morning.

Our deck was transformed by the two new Rattan Cafe Armchairs and the incredible umbrella over our seating area by Joss and Main!

If you want to give your front porch a makeover Joss & Main is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky winner!

Just share your fall front porch on Instagram with #designtheoutdoors to enter. Good luck!

Now, you have to go see the other porches all dressed up for fall!

 

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Ella Claire | City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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My Sweet Savannah | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild | Miss Mustard Seed

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Jeanne Oliver | Jennifer Rizzo Design | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog

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French Country Cottage | Craftberry Bush

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Big Things Happening! {come and hear our exciting news}

We have some BIG things to share with you and we are giddy with excitement!

Before we begin we wanted to take a moment to thank YOU!

YOU have shown up to workshops, signed up for online courses, purchased our bags, prayed over our business, cheered us on, shared your art, traveled around the world with us and told your stories and shared your heart through photos, art and words.

WE would not be here celebrating today without YOU!

With tears in our eyes and a grateful heart…Thank you!

So, this celebrating is celebrating you too and all the ways our hearts have connected over the years.

We are beyond excited to announce three business changing milestones with you!

Our first exciting news is…

We are so beyond excited to announce that we have signed a book deal with North Light Books!

I can’t give too much of the book details yet but THIS is the book I was meant to write and I couldn’t be more proud of the content and heart behind it.

You will be seeing plenty of peeks over the next months and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Our second announcement is…

We have a gorgeous new creative network coming in January 2017!

We have been working for months on the new site that will be not only beautiful but easy to use, you can shop our products and courses with ease and can share with your friends easier than ever before.  We will transfer all of your courses over so all of your favorite courses will be waiting for you. We will give you peeks as we get closer!  This is a labor of love to thank you for your support and connecting with the courses that we offer.  We feel like we offer the best of the best teachers and content and we want a network that reflects that.

Our third announcement is…

We have reached over 30,000 members on our creative network and we want to celebrate this milestone!!!

Thank you for taking our courses, connecting with the teachers on the site and telling your friends!

How do we say thank you?

We have never done this before!

We only put our courses on sale twice a year but we had to do something big to celebrate so…

All of our currently running online courses are 50% off for the next 48 hours!

This excludes all brand new courses and courses that have not launched yet.

You don’t need a code or coupon. All courses that are on sale have been marked down.

A TON of courses are on sale that have never been on sale before! Yippee!

How can I share all of this and not have a giveaway?

I would love to create a painting just for you!

I will create one painting for one winner ($600 value).

To enter…

* Please leave a comment on this post sharing what YOU are celebrating today(big or small) !

* Share the news, sale and giveaway on Facebook by sharing this post

* Share the news on IG and tag @jeanneoliver #jeanneolivercreativenetwork

* Follow us on Instagram

* Blog about the news, sale and giveaway

* Pin images from this post to Pinterest

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know. Each time you do one of the above you have an additional entry.

This giveaway will close on October 4th, 2016 at 9am MST.

The winner will be announced on October 4th, 2016.

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!

 

***All of these gorgeous photos are by the incredible Cathy Walters***

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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes BEGINS TOMORROW

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it.

When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio.

I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our art on a daily basis and seeing the beauty right in front of us!

I want you to become a tourist in your own town and start connecting daily with the ordinary and familiar in a whole new way…

 

In Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes we will become tourists in our own towns and open our eyes to the photography, sketching, architecture, people, cafes, painting, connecting, history and beauty right in front of us.

In this class we will create abstract landscapes, work with sketching and watercolors, collage, image transfers, charcoal sketches and create mini works of art to create our own Paint Your Town journals when we are done.

The heart behind my art and classes is to encourage practice, use what you have and to create wherever you go. I hope you will join me! This will be the fall that your town becomes your favorite travel destination!

 

Come and take a peek at the content…

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The registration price for Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes is $38, will have over 20 videos and 7 1/2+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on September 27, 2016.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

Painterly Portraits | A Study In Acrylics and Oils {Last day for the early registration price}

I am smiling from ear to ear to share that one of our most popular teachers is back with a brand new online course! Tomorrow is the last day to get the early registration  for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils with Julie Johnson!

Painterly Portraits Course Trailer

 


I encourage you to come along with me if you want to learn to paint. You will learn to paint from your heart, Do you feel like you are missing something? It’s not about talent. It is about applying your love of something that you know is in you. I will help you discover that inner passion of art that has begun to come out in you or you have just realized this is something you would love to discover. Know each of us will have a beautiful and different outcome. You will be loved as I walk along side you. I will break down every step, show you my palette as I paint and see me mixing colors then laying that color down.
I am a artist who loves realism. It’s where I first started as an artist in art college studying illustration. It is important to gain the fundamentals that will make your art strong and loved by others. With those fundamentals we can play!

Playtime with painting is getting loose with our edges, finding texture, light and darks. A beautiful thing will happen, you will find emotion without even trying.
Here are some of the exciting things we will find as we come to the easel.
* The energy from a stroke of paint from our brushstroke.
* Color, tone and mixing colors.
* How to lay down our paint.
* Transparency and opaqueness
* How to find a painterly style
* Loose edges.
* Why I need strong shapes to help my composition.
* How do I sketch with paint?
* Can I create a acute likeness?
* What is a indirect and direct method of painting.
* We will study Portraiture
* How to work from a photograph.

* We will breakdown the face into shapes and planes.

This 7+ hours of content class will be begin on October 24, 2016 and you will have lifetime* access to the class.

The early registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $32.00.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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Supply list

Here is my list. We will be using mostly paint. Please read though and know you can substitute and use what you have on hand. I don’t want you to have to purchase a lot of supplies. We will be mixing our own blacks.
You have the opportunity to use all acrylic for each lesson or all oils. All lessons are interchangeable with what medium you choose.
I will be doing my best to use the same color palettes for both the acrylic and oil paints. It is important to get accustomed to mixing a color palette we will use. During playtime we may venture into new mixtures.
Acrylic paint supplies
Here is my list of colors. You may substitute brands. Please stay away from: the craft paints as they chalky, full of fillers and don’t have much pigment in them, also avoid anything with the word HUE behind them they are a imitation paint and will not mix good color results..leaving you with mud. I will go back and forth using both heavy body and fluid colors, but you can use either heavy or fluid or both.
Here are my heavy body paint colors from Golden Brand:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ( or the fluid )
Golden Fluid
Napthol Red Light
Anthraquinone Blue (I combine this with other colors to get the kings blue i use in oils)
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Liquitex
Indanthrene Blue
I am a lover of the flat brush. 1.5”, 1” size or 1/2”. I always find them in my hand. I can change the edges and get the wide edge then the thinner edge. But you can use what you like. I will be encouraging you to always use a larger brush. The results; a more painterly painting.
I realize paints can be expensive but I believe it is best to practice with the best materials we can so we don’t get frustrated and give up. It doesn’t have to be hard. Think in terms of a piano that is in tune or out of tune.
Oil Paint Supply list
Here are the colors and brands I use. You do not need to use my brands. There are a lot of yellows and reds out there and the all mix a little differently but it totally ok to use different brands. There are a couple of colors that I find you need in mixing colors. I will asterisk them **. Please stay away from false colors that have the word “Hue” behind them. They are full of fillers and not much pigment. You will not mix a true color and end up with muddy colors. Also know that The student grade “WINTON” on Windsor and Newton brand is mostly filler and little pure pigment…..yes the muddy colors again. Please use the 40%coupon at Hobby Lobby. They carry the Windsor Newton brand.
Paint colors for oils
Windsor Newton Brand
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
**Cadmium Scarlet
**Alizarin Crimson Permanent
**Permanent Mauve
Rembrandt Brand:
Ultramarine Deep ( i use instead of ultramarine blue but you can use the ultramarine blue)
**Transparent Oxide Red
Viridian Green
Transparent Oxide Yellow
Sennelier
** King’s Blue
Palette knifes
some kind of container for turp. I recommend;
Gamsol a 100% pure odorless mineral spirits. The least toxic. The only thing I use to clean my brushes.
Viva towels the most absorbent and the paint doesn’t get all over my hands.
I prefer a glass palette. But you can use whatever you like. I got mine from a consignment store I use in a picture frame.
Brushes:
Again I love flats. I use Rosemary and Co Brushes. The Michelle Dunaway set. http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
If you get this set you will have everything you will need. Brushes are like the reed to a clarinet. They take a lot of the work of painting. I will put together my favorite list for you.
Substrates
Here you have a diverse group of choices. You can choose so many different surfaces from a smooth portrait grade linen by Ray Mar, to a gessoed primed birch cradle panel. I have been staying away from the canvas panels you will find at your hobby Lobby or Michaels store. Why, because they pull at my paint making painting hard. I could still use them if I coated them with gesso and sanded them 3x’s. I have fallen in love with the cradle boards and linen. I don’t use linen often, but when I do it always gives me goose bumps because its simply divine. Pick out any size you would like to work on. I will go into more on substrates in the class.
If you have questions please ask.

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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A Free Chalkboard Art Video!

Good Morning!

We are busy around here finishing up all of the videos for Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes that will begin next week. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks that are coming very soon!  I hope you will be joining me.   You can watch the course trailer HERE.

I wanted to let you know that we have just added a free Chalkboard Art video (you know how we like to give you those!).  Come on over and watch!

Remember, all you have to do is follow the link, click the plus join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.  You will find the video along the right hand side of the page under “course content”. Click Free Chalkboard Art  Video and enjoy!

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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Fall Tablescape | Into the Woods We Go

This post is sponsored by AllModern

Fall begs for gathering and I think the most beautiful and inviting spaces can be created outside.

We have been having the most fun creating cozy spaces and “rooms” throughout our land and today I am sharing our newest space for the Farmhouse Holiday Series hosted by Ella Claire.

I wish I could take you along on all of the trails that we have created off of this space and throughout all of our land but I hope that you will come to our studio soon and walk them yourselves.

We would love to gather with you in our studio, home and land.

This past weekend we hosted a live workshop in our studio and this is the space we created for all of the students for lunch.

Lighting makes any space and I am swooning over the impact the AllModern String Lights have created in our outdoor room.

I will have to show you how gorgeous they look at night very soon (probably with friends, pizza and wine)!

I love mixing modern and vintage and rustic and elegant.

Mixing styles and textures makes a setting or a room interesting and inviting.

My sister gave us the wood slices from her land and we complimented them with our wedding china and the AllModern Wine Glasses.

Want to know a trick I have been doing? I have been using other pieces from the AllModern Daphne Gold collection and using them as candle holders. I have them sprinkled around the house and on this fall tablescape. I never use scented candles on the table and this allows the candle holder to be a gorgeous container with the candle and to dress up the table.

We also will never be cold this fall in the evenings because of the bronze AllModern Outdoor Heater.

This has allowed us to have dinner and cocktails with friends in the evenings and keeps the temperature warm and cozy.

You all know how excited we are about our apple tree:-) and we have been using the AllModern Wooden Bowls and our apples as centerpieces in the house and on the tablescape.

All of the leaves, pine cones, branches, flowers for the table were clipped and collection from our land. That is truly the gift of fall!

Bringing together the branches, china, sheepskin, gold wine glasses, wood slices, candles and the lunches in kraft boxes from our local French Pastry shop Dream Pastries was so fun to create.

Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series and letting me show you my fall tablescape!

Now, you HAVE to go see what everyone else has been creating…

Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Ella Claire | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver | Love Grows Wild

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City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Rooms FOR Rent | Dear Lillie

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Shades of Blue Interiors | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Liz Marie Blog |

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Jennifer Rizzo Design | Craftberry Bush |

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap

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Mondays Aren’t So Bad! | Two Brand New Courses Starting on Monday

I know how to make your Monday morning so much better!

We have two awesome online classes beginning early on Monday morning and each are so full of good stuff that it can only make your Monday feel like…well, a Friday:-)

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Back in February I was having dinner with a few good friends in California and I couldn’t keep my eyes off one of my friend’s necklaces! It was exquisite, interesting and a work of art. It had been wrapped a few times around her neck to make it shorter and she quickly took it off so I could examine it. The whole piece was full of intricate attention to detail. We were even able to wrap it around our wrists and create the most beautiful wrap bracelet.

Well, I tracked this jewelry artist down and I am excited to tell you that Eclectic Beaded Crochet Jewelry with Robin Dudley-Howes is begins on Monday!

On trend and so boho chic, learn Robin’s method to make these stylish crochet beaded wraps, NO crochet experience necessary! These fun pieces can be wrapped several times around the wrist or be worn as a necklace.

In this course Robin will show you step by step how to make simple to elaborate crocheted jewelry. She will also have some fun bonus material on how to make your own one of a kind pendants, tassels and charms to add to your crochet jewelry.

This course is for everyone! The first few videos will go over supplies, tools and the thought process of choosing what to use for your wraps. Robin will show you step by step the basic chain stitch, which is the foundation for all of the jewelry in this course and great practice for those who have never crocheted. Once you have that down you’re ready to move on to a one wrap, one bead bracelet. The next project will be how to make her popular mixed bead wraps using several sizes of beads, fiber and findings as well as her signature “bridge” stitch. From there she will show you how to add chain and different types of connectors and as a bonus you will also learn how to make one of a kind heart with wings charm and tassels. Once you get the hang of making these wraps, you’ll be addicted!

The registration for this one week course (4+ hours of content) with lifetime* access is $42.

To learn more or to register click HERE.

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Watch the course trailer below…

 

One of our most popular courses has been the Studying Under the Masters series. When homeschool teacher, online course creator and public speaker Alicia Hutchinson suggested we bring the course to KIDS I was thrilled!

Studying Under the Masters for KIDS is a class that my children and I have been anxiously awaiting to begin and we are so excited to make this course a part of our next few months.

For children, art isn’t about rules and critiques. Art for kids is about expression and creating and fun! Creating art with kids is like opening the most fantastic Pandora ’s Box of possibilities. You never know how they will express themselves through art. Going back years and years to some of the most beloved Masters of art is a great way to intrigue children about different forms of art, different styles and different mediums. When young people used to aspire to be artists, they would take on the apprenticeship role under Masters of art. I want your kids (and you!) to come along with me and become apprentices to some of art’s Masters!

Studying Under the Masters for Kids was created to teach children about art, history, techniques, and how to learn from and be inspired by great artists. In this three-week course, we will visit three artists who created art in different time periods and places on the map.

 

We’ll go to Japan and learn from Katsushika Hokusai and his use of woodblock prints, how he could magically capture the movement of water, and study his beautiful landscapes.

We’ll travel to Switzerland and study about Paul Klee. We’ll learn from his love of color theory, mixing mediums, and how his geometric shapes took on fluid movement.

And we’ll explore Austria and the great Gustav Klimt. We’ll study his most famous paintings, learn about his love of shapes and mosaics, and how one of his favorite mediums to work with was quite extravagant!

Each week, you’ll learn about a different artist. A video will introduce the artist, show many pieces of art by him, and we’ll learn some interesting trivia along the way too. After we’ve learned a bit about the Master, you’ll watch another video about that artist’s famed technique—printing, watercolors, mosaics, and more. When your child has gotten a grasp for the techniques we’ll move into the fun stuff—the projects! We’ll create lots of beautiful pieces of art inspired by our teachers—art to hang on the wall, to decorate with and even to wear!

Ways To Use this Course:

  • Invite the kid’s friends over and have an “Art Week.” Choose one of the artists and create art all week with your friends!
  • Use as a unit study. Check out books from the library, go online and watch videos and fully immerse yourself into the life of the great artist. When you’re creating art like him, you’ll have such a personal experience!
  • Use in your homeschool for a month or more of art classes.
  • Create a wonderful one-on-one time with your art-loving child and create art together—make it a special date!

 

Who is this Course for?

Art should be enjoyed at all ages, but because this course goes pretty in-depth about the lives of artists and their specific techniques, it’s probably geared more towards older kids. My suggestion would be ages 7-12. We will be using supplies at times that won’t be suitable for little, tiny hands. If you have younger kids, you can always get them their own box of art supplies and they can create with their own supplies near you. Having both boys and girls myself, I try to be sensitive to not making our art projects too girlie. I was conscious of this when creating this course and it is definitely suitable for boys and girls alike. There is one project where we will be creating jewelry, but this would be a great gift for Mama or your son could make a more “masculine” version of the project.

What will I get with this course?

When you sign up to take this course, you’ll be receiving lifetime access to all the video content—over 7 hours. You’ll get a Student Notebook with information about each artist, spaces to take notes, book lists, art supply lists, and more. You’ll receive video content on many great art projects, tips on storing kids’ art, and videos on help with creating art with kids—even if it’s not your strong suit!

I so hope you will join us in Studying Under the Masters for Kids! It was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see what your children come up with! See you in class

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The registration price for Studying Under The Masters For KIDS is $52, will have 7+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on Monday, September 19, 2016.

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

*as long as we manage this site