Thank You To The Sponsors and Supporters Of Our First Workshop!

 

I still feel like I dreamed about our first workshop in our new studio!  It was even more amazing than I could have imagined. The women, the energy, the food, the art created.  I am still processing the whole weekend and the reality that we have a huge new studio where I can work and women can gather.  I can’t wait to tell you everything very soon!

In the meantime I wanted to take a moment to thank the incredible women and local businesses that helped make our first live workshop over the top!

 

Months before the retreat I was contacted by Lori Byrne, of Farm Fresh Style, asking me if she could gift each woman coming to the retreat with a pair of handmade earrings. I was so overwhelmed by her kindness and I honestly couldn’t believe that someone would offer this act of kindness to all of the women.  When her earrings arrived I was even more in love with her heart and her art!  I have not stopped wearing my earrings and if you can ever purchase some for yourself you will not regret it. That they came all the way from Nova Scotia is even more cool! Thank you Lori!  Your heart has encouraged me to show more random acts of kindness.

 

Artist Kara Rosenberry gave each women a pack of her beautiful note cards!  Kara puts her heart and soul into her art and business and to have her art a part of our first retreat was so special to me.  Kara is a local artist and we first met while selling at a show one very hot and sticky summer day.  I loved her humor, style and heart right away. Thank you so much Kara for being so generous with all of the women!

 

Lunch and dessert the first day was provided by our local French bakery Dream Pastries.  When the women all arrived we had fresh croissants, French butter, jams and mimosa waiting for them. Dream Pastries went out of their way to make sure that the women had the freshest croissants that morning and later delivered all of their beautifully wrapped boxed lunches. That afternoon we were spoiled with gorgeous French pastries.  Thank you Dream Pastries for helping to make our first day so delicious and special!

 

The evening of the first day of the workshop we all gathered at our families favorite local restaurant Union American Bistro.  They accommodated our large group beautifully and as always the food and service was amazing. We love this restaurant for the high quality of service and they go out of their way to accommodate our food allergies.  We also love the staff and you have to love a place that always remembers your cocktail orders:-)

 

After dinner we walked over to The Barn where we were greeted with wine and a beautiful spread of fruits, crackers and cheeses.  They so graciously opened their doors after hours just for us!  We all felt so special and it just made me love these hard working women even more.  Thank you so much to all of the business owners that stayed late that night to lavish all of us!  If you come to Castle Rock, CO you have to stop by The Barn for new and vintage items.

 

Our event wouldn’t have been the same without artist Jen Wagner making sure that all of the little details were taken care of. This is my thing and something that was really hard for me to put in the hands of someone else while I was working all day. Jen did a beautiful job with the little and big things and lavished the women with beautiful and delicious meals. And wouldn’t you know it…each platter, bowl or drink had the prettiest hand lettering.  Thank you Jen for not only making sure that the food was beautiful but you had a smile on your face the whole time over two long days! We love you!

 

Thank you to all of the women and business owners that helped make our first workshop so beautiful and extra special!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

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If you are interested in joining us in our new studio in Castle Rock, CO for a live workshop I would love to have you join us August 12th with watercolor and mixed media artist Danielle Donaldson. Come and read all about it!

 

 

 

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Studying Under The Masters For KIDS! {registration is open}

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.

Come and read more about this course that will begin on September 19, 2016 and will be lead by Alicia Hutchinson.

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 kids’ 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 early registration price for Studying Under The Masters For KIDS is $38, will have 7+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

The course will begin on September 19, 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

 

Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey {registration just opened}

The more I practice my art and the more comfortable I become with my chosen tools…the more I have a deep desire to take them everywhere.

I remember around the time I came up with the idea for The Living Studio retreats that I was missing creative opportunities because I was not prepared.

I had left my sketchbook and pencil at home.

I had wished I had stuffed a small watercolor set in my bag.

I was seeing other people connect with nature or a museum and I deeply longed to change my day to day planning so I never felt like I couldn’t create if I wanted to.

Fast forward a few years and I don’t leave the house without at least a small journal and pencil.

More often than not you will find a traveling “studio” stuffed in my car so when I want to practice I have no excuses.

It has changed my creative heart, my creative practice and impacted the quality of my art greatly.

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I am so thrilled to tell you about a beautiful artist that I have been drawn to because she lives the life of practicing her art.

Meet watercolor artist Michelle Wooderson.

My name is Michelle Wooderson and I reside in very rural Kansas with my husband, two daughters and yellow lab Charlie.  I have been around art all my life, starting with helping my mom put together art projects for Bible School when I was very little.  I grew up watching her tole paint and make crafts and from there I have loved art ever since.  I took every art class up through high school and continued my college education with a degree in Interior Design. I worked jobs drawing floor plans and designing office spaces up until my girls were born.  My desire to stay at home was so strong that I became a full time mom.  The creative urge was always tugging at me so for almost 20 years I’ve been involved in the paper crafting industry.  I also have an online shop which has slowed down some but was always bursting with creative kits I designed.  Now that my girls are almost both in college, I have felt the need to find where my next creative journey will lead me.  Art was calling me back.  The desire to play with paints and pencils again really pulled at my heart strings.  So here I am today, creating sketchbooks filled with watercolors and mixed media paintings.  I have always loved teaching and was thrilled when Jeanne contacted me about hosting a class.  I believe in sharing our journeys with each other.  We are all at different seasons of life but belonging to a community and sharing what you love is very special to me.  You just never know who might need some encouragement or where you’ll find inspiration along the way.  Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” So true.

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Go grab your sketchbook, pencils and watercolors because Michelle is about to take you on a watercolor journey that WILL change your day to day creating and how you interact with the world around you!

Registration has just opened for Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” I believe there is an artist and a desire to create inside all of us.  It’s that little push and a little guidance that might be just what you need to get you started or back on your art journey.  It’s all as close as your back door.  There is plenty of inspiration to be found right around us and for me it’s beautiful landscapes close to where I live.  In this class we will evaluate where we are in our creative journey and set some goals for what we want to achieve in this class.

We’ll explore sketching and watercolor supplies and set up a custom watercolor palette and travel sketch kit. We’ll review the elements and principles of art and revisit the color theory and create a beautiful color wheel using your choice of paint colors.

Digging into your supplies and exploring what they can do is the best practice for getting to know your tools.  We’ll test out our brushes and tools to see what kinds of brush strokes and mark making we can make. Then we’ll play with the watercolors to see how colors mix and washes and textures are made.

Sketching is key for setting up your landscape scenes.  We’ll learn why pencil sketches that show value and composition are so important to create before we ever pick up a paintbrush.    We’ll create a value scale that can be kept with your supplies and learn how to select the best scene for our paintings using a viewfinder.

Eventually all the techniques we learned will be put to the test.  We’ll start with simple shapes and work our way up to painting detailed but simple landscapes in our sketchbooks, learning tips and tricks along the way for creating skies, clouds, trees, grass and small details that make landscapes pop.

We’ll create watercolor landscapes that are just for fun and experimenting.

We’ll learn how to create a travel sketch kit, pack it all up and head outside.  Sketching and painting from real live nature scenes is the best practice we can get.

Lastly, I want to us to learn that practice is art (#practiceisart is my favorite hashtag).  We’ll talk about daily practice (or practicing often) and how it will help us grow as artists.

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The early registration price for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey is $28, will have 4+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

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

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Mixed Media Online Course Children of the Wild Begins Tomorrow!

***Tomorrow (June 20th)  Children of the Wild with Kate Thompson begins!***

Kate’s techniques and instructions will open your eyes to new ways to use the tools you already love and use.  Her courses are rich and full of content.

Our creative network has the most beautiful artists and I believe our courses are rich, affordable and some of the most art altering that are being offered today.

 

An artist that has been a part of the popular Studying Under The Masters series is now back with her own course and it is stunning! I am excited to announce that mixed media artist Kate Thompson will be leading Children of the Wild.

 

Come and hear from Kate about this course…

This course offers 8+ hours of videos filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. I created this class to share with you my love for animals and how they have enriched my life.

 

 

There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. The stories were not even developed till after I painted them.

 

 

I really take mixed media art to a new level by using some very unusual applications. I combine watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. I work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness I apply oil bars with a palette knife. It all works, it really does!

 

 

I show you how to develop really yummy substrates for the paintings. One is layers of fabric and lace with gesso all embedded together for a uniformed and interesting surface. Another substrate using vintage ledger papers, stamping stenciling using transparent and matte paints.

There will be several exercises to get familiar with the techniques before working on the finished paintings. I go over basics such as mapping a photograph to understand proportions. How to start a child’s portrait, creating animals in a light hearted manner. So much fun and learning. I really enjoyed creating this class and I have learned some things myself along the way

 

 

Come and watch the course trailer…

Promo from Kate Thompson on Vimeo.

The registration price for Children of the Wild is $46.00. All of the videos have been pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

Children of the Wild will begin on June 20, 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

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting | TODAY is the last day for early registration

TODAY is the last day to get the early registration price of $32 for Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting with Wendy Brightbill!

I have admired Wendy’s work for years and I am so honored that she will be teaching on our site and especially love that she will be focusing on abstracts!

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!

 

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer

 

 

The early registration price is $32 and ends today (over 4+ hours of content), all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch them at your convenience, you will have access to a private Facebook group and you will have lifetime* access to the videos!

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

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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

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Celebrate Milestones

My parents had been married a few years when I was born and with only a semester left in college my mom put it on hold to stay home with me.  I was a senior in high school when my mom finished and earned her teaching degree.  She didn’t walk across a stage and the degree came in the mail. I have thought often about what that felt like to open that envelope and see what she had worked for and earned.  It was a hard time in our family and there was no celebration.  I am sure the degree was tucked away and life went on. I graduated from college four years later and there was no celebration.

It has only been as an adult that I have realized that there were moments and people we should have celebrated while I was growing up. There are moments that need to be celebrated and honored today.  This post is not just about your personal life or just about your business life because they both collide, overlap and build upon each other. So often we can set goals, accomplish them and move onto the next task without stopping and acknowledging the beauty of what just was.

So, as business owners and family life builders how do we honor our lives, accomplishments, family, employees and goals?  If you are aware of who is watching you and learning from you it may make the whole process easier.  If you are a parent you have children watching how you honor your goals and accomplishments. If you are an employer you have employees watching to know what is worth celebrating and you have a direct impact in how invested they feel helping you build your dreams. It should be building their dreams too.  Are they a part of something that is using their gifts or do they just have a job? How you celebrate milestones gives them that answer.

This process has been trial and error for me because it has felt awkward and uncomfortable to celebrate myself because of how I was raised but I am learning to change not only for me but for my children.  This is how we are learning to celebrate in this business and this family:

  • We set short term and long term goals. When they are accomplished we stop and acknowledge what we just achieved.
  • The little day to day goals are sometimes even more important than the huge goals being accomplished. Life is made the most beautiful about all of the little accomplishments being realized.
  • Celebrating can be anything from stopping to read a new book, turning the music up loud and singing, taking your favorite hike, dancing around the office/house, a special dinner, an open house, a book signing, a party. It is acknowledging that people worked together or that you worked hard to finish what you started.
  • It is honoring that it is all a process and that one action is built upon another.  It is looking back and seeing that it is all connected.  It is celebrating that it is rarely an overnight success.
  • It is an opportunity to include those in your life to see what you do.  To allow them the chance to take a glimpse into your gifts and what is being created.  I often hear from business owners how their family and friends don’t understand or acknowledge what they do.  That is OK. This is your journey and not theirs BUT take these opportunities to allow them to celebrate with you and it may help them to validate what you are doing.
  • Know when to celebrate and honor yourself and when to celebrate with the whole team.  Your daily goals being met is just as important so take the time to celebrate with a phone call to your best friend, a walk or run, catching up on your favorite magazine/show, a cup of coffee, quiet time etc.  These are the little things that make your day beautiful and the difference between working for someone else and building your own creatively made business.  Reward yourself because you can!
  • Celebrating is not about spending money. It is about stopping, acknowledging and appreciating what was just accomplished. It is actually about self care and caring for those around you.
  • If you won’t celebrate your own accomplishments…who will?  How will your employees learn to celebrate their goals being met?  In the end you have a business that moves on to the next task and the next task and the next task. You as the employer will burn out and your staff will not have any loyalty or investment in your business and move on.
  • Be content in living in the now!  We can not find contentment in our day to day if we are living in what is next on our list, next accomplishment, next idea.  This is the act of being present and celebrating this day.

 

We have hooted and hollered when we have reached a certain number of members on our creative network, we have had special dinners and prayed over a boy going into high school, we have taken the day off to hike and play and honor a person or goal, we have prayed over our home and what it will be used for, we have sent out special gifts to teachers that have shared so much on our creative network and we have sat down with our creative team and tried to help them reach their own creative goals and not just our own. It is work and it is being intentional. And it has made all of the difference.

We are nine days away from our studio opening and I can promise you that we will celebrate!  Our children deserve that. They deserve the privilege of being a part of something big and seeing what happens when you follow your dreams and work hard.  It is teaching them not only to honor what we are building but what they will build someday.

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If you are interested in building or growing your business I would love to talk with you. I have a small amount of consulting openings each month and would love to share my rates with you and help you build your own creative business. You can contact me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

If you are interested in reading more in our Building a Creatively Made Business Series:

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Our Summer Line Up

For me summer is pool time, catching up on reading, coffee on the back porch, hiking, days in the yard and my art supplies with me wherever I go.

The best thing about a summer online course is that you can take moments to learn and then head out into YOUR world to create.

Summer is too wonderful to only give yourself creating time in your studio.

We have some incredible classes this summer that promise to make this your most creative summer yet!

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Advanced Hand Lettering with Jen Wagner JUST started this week.

As soon as you pay you are instantly in the course.

This course is $48, has 4+ hours of content, lifetime* access and all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

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Beginning June 20th.

A mash up of all of your favorite mixed media supplies will come together in the incredibly anticipated course Children of the Wild by Kate Thompson.

Kate will show you techniques and combinations of supplies that will have you looking at your tools in a whole new way!

This course is $46, has 4+ hours of content, lifetime* access and all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

Children of the Wild Course Trailer

 

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Beginning July 18th.

Everything about Wendy Brighbill’s palette and style is all about color, fun, freedom and expressing yourself.

I love Wendy’s story and how she found her creative path after a traumatic brain injury. As someone that has experience the side effects of a brain injury I know first hand how creating brings calm to my brain and life.

You will not want to miss Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting. This watercolor and abstract course will even bring in a bit of mixed media and stitching.

You still have a few days left to get the EARLY REGISTRATION price of $32 for this course.  The price will go up on June 19th.

This course has 4+ hours of content, lifetime* access and all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience.

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer

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Make creative time for yourself this summer, grab your best friend or include your child or grandchild!

Make creating a daily practice and bring your creativity with you wherever you go.

Summer is too amazing to keep your creative practicing just in the studio.

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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