Tracy Verdugo Has A Brand New Online Course On Our Creative Network! | Early Registration Just Opened

We have the most wonderful surprise for you!

Animal Antics with Tracy Verdugo has just opened for early registration! It is such an honor to host a course by Tracy and we can’t wait to share more sneak peeks.

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” ~George Eliot

I think we can all agree that animals bring a deep richness to the human experience. Whether it’s the healing gift of a warm, purring kitty, the unconditional, exuberant love, waggily tail and smiling eyes of a puppy or the deep wild, wisdom of a majestic horse, animals speak to me in a myriad of ways, and I ALWAYS have something to learn in my encounters with them.

Please join Tracy for this one week class where we will find inspiration from our animal friends, explore techniques and creative processes to expand our imaginative approach to art, and play with acrylic inks, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage and more to create multiple works on both paper and board.

Together we will explore ways to find inspiration for our animal themed art, methods to create a narrative within our work and ways to connect with our audience by using our own experience and stories.

We will look at the value of quirky imperfect little animal characters and the messages they can convey and I will share with you the value of working in series and how I have developed that in my own practice.

We will do all of this together in lashes of vibrant color and loose gesture, and as always in my classes and art, seeking the magic that comes when you allow yourself to be free of self judgment and comparison, open to happy accidents, and smack, bang in the middle of flow and possibility!

 

Come and watch the course trailer!

The early registration price for this one week course (4+ hours of content) is $32 and has lifetime access. To read more to to register come on over to our creative network.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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”.

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

 

Wild Awakening | Painting Big With Expressive Freedom Begins In ONE WEEK!

My first online course of 2017 is Wild Awakening and it begins on January 24th. I don’t remember the last time I had so much peace over a course. I think it is because the whole course is about playing, having fun in your art, finding freedom in your own path and methods, and breaking through boundaries we set on ourselves. We will be creating abstract and realistic pieces, stretching our comfort zones, create to music, paint and stitch on vintage grain sacks and create fun series in our work. I am bursting at the seems to share it all with you!

Each course I create I feel is my favorite course because it is where I am at and where I want my art to go and it shares my heart for how I want to express myself creatively. I have felt one of the biggest shifts in my own creativity within the past year and finding my own story has created the most beautiful awakening in myself and in my art.

With so much joy and anticipation I want to announce my newest online art course that will launch January 2017! I would be so honored to have you join me for Wild Awakening: Painting Big With Expressive Freedom! The art in this course is the art that is making me giddy and joyful and leaves me smiling ear to ear.

Join me for a two week painting and mixed media course all about painting bigger, finding creative freedom, telling your story like never before, breaking out of your comfort zone and creating art that you have dreamed about creating.

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You can watch the course trailer below…

 

 

When I started to honor my own story and to find the marks, symbols, palette and strokes that resonated with me I started making art that brought joy like never before. I felt free. It truly became a creative awakening.

I will share how I take ideas from sketches to the canvas and how to start when you don’t have any ideas at all. I will teach how to stretch your own canvases and never be limited by the size of your art again. We will incorporate huge image transfers, collage and painting, vintage ephemera, creative substrates and projector work. We will make bold marks and let creativity lead us.

We will take all of the ideas you already have or that are just under the surface and bring them to life in a whole new way.

We will create using abstract storytelling, figures and even still life. We will incorporate movement and marks that I know will bring new growth to your work too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This course will be 10+ hours of instruction and the videos will have lifetime access. Theregistration price is $52.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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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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Our First Workshop In Our Studios For 2017 | Be Present Workshop With Jeanne Oliver

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT***

Please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com if you would like to be placed on a wait list if there are any cancellations.

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on May 26-27, 2017 for a two day art workshop.

Our studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing.

You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create.

It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.

 

When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other.

All main supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Our day will be filled with art prompts and techniques to help us all be present and connect with our worlds daily through our creativity. We will create our own journals using rust dyed fabric, watercolor paper, vintage ephemera, stitching and more. We will practice contour sketching and watercolor techniques, stamp carving and mark making to create abstract and realistic images.

Each day there will also be time spent in the beautiful land surrounding the studio including our lunch time in the garden.

At the end of day one I hope you will join me for dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore our sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

 

|Some of the women at my last art workshop in our front yard|

Day two will be filled with more creating as we take some of our smaller works of art and create one larger abstract painting incorporating our painting, mark making, vintage ephemera and stitching.

You will leave this two day workshop with a journal full of your work, new possibilities in your art and hopefully a new eye to the ways you can connect more with the world around you.

Our time will end with cocktails and appetizers as we say our goodbyes.

While you are in the area we will make sure to point you in the right direction to all of our favorite restaurants, hiking spots and antique stores.

Our town has been ranked one of the best towns in America and we have to agree. I suggest you stay a few extra days to enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

Space is limited. If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

You can register below or request an invoice.

 

 

 

Building a Creatively Made Business | Your Business and the New Year

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A brand new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your business goals and to take the time to see what changes can be made to make THIS the year where your business and creativity grows like never before.

I am sharing 5 tips to get your business off to a beautiful start in the new year…

 

-Family First

The beginning of the year is the perfect time for my family to sit down and re-evaluate our schedule, what we want to change and how we can better hear and see each other. Since my first Building a Creatively Made Business online class I have been sharing that your business goals and family goals need to run parallel and build each other up. The hope and goal is that the strength in each helps to have success in each.   If they are fighting against each other one or both will fail. This takes honest conversations, compromise and sometimes getting help where you need it. If you have others in your life that are impacted by your business I encourage a family meeting to hear the pulse of what you hold the most dear.

 

-Let Something Go

Building and running a business is a hard and tiring job. It takes an honest (and healthy) person to admit where they are falling short and could use some help. Sometimes this can be big things that you are not experienced or strong in and other times it is the jobs that not only you can do.   Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.   I know that when you are still building your business it can be hard to pay others to do some of the things where you are not skilled. We have paid someone from the very beginning to help with our blog and website design and our branding. We couldn’t afford NOT to have someone help us in this area. It has made all of the difference. Over the years we have needed help with household things that we were not getting to. We have also had contractors and artisans create for us, help with shipping, design work and admin work. We need them and if we want to create the family that we want we have to let something’s go.

 

-Honor Your Word

We have all said yes to things that we didn’t want to do and it kept us from doing the things we really desired. It kept us from doing the things that we were made for. This is big stuff. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Meaning, that if you say yes make sure you give it your all. To do that, you have to say no to most other things. What did you say yes to in 2016 that you should have said no to? What did you say yes to that you wanted to do but because you said yes to too many other things you did a poor job? If you are going to grow your business you have to know where to put your energy and when you do it it should be with your whole heart. Saying no just may set you free in 2017.

 

-Collaborate

Do you have a person in your business world (or outside of it) that you have been dying to work with? What do you have to lose? They can say no and you try another person. What if they say yes! Some of my most joyful and creatively expanding work has been collaborating with other artists and business men and women I admire. Working with others has brought financial and creative success again and again. I have also learned business lessons that I would have missed without the collaboration. Collaborations also get you out of your head and out of your comfort zone. Priceless.

 

-Do Something Scary

It is never perfect when you start, there is never enough money to do everything and you have to make the time to pursue your calling. These are just truths to life and business. I know you have something scary that you want to do this year BUT….No, jump in. It won’t be perfect, you won’t have it all together, if you want it bad enough you will find the money and you will make the time. Do something scary this year. Guess what? You then learn by doing that scary things are only scary for a short time and you walk through them and do the next scary thing. When you look back you will see years of walking through scary things that turned into collaborations, expansion, big art, travel, being vulnerable, authentic relationships, adventure….the list goes on. Just one thing. Pick just one thing this year and see the beauty that comes out of doing scary things.

 

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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.

You may want to schedule a business consultation if…

*You have been dreaming about a business idea and don’t know where to begin

*You are feeling stuck in your current business and want to brainstorm how to revive your creative business

*You feel overwhelmed by your current business and need to say no to some things so you can say yes to your true passions

*You want direction with blogging, your website or social media

*You want help creating a consistent look and feel within your brand

*You are not sure what your brand is and how to define it

*You just need fresh eyes on your business

*You have questions about collaborations

*You want to find out how to get published and how to get your work seen

*You need another creative who has been there and is there to bounce ideas off of

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

Celebrate Milestones

The Big Picture

Q & A

Say No To Say Yes

Creative Business Consulting

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Early Registration Just Opened! | Danielle Donaldson’s A Color Narrative

I have the most colorful news to share tonight!

We have just opened early registration for Danielle Donaldson’s newest online course A Color Narrative!

Guys! It is so stunning and the watercolor geodes had me all weepy they are so beautiful!

A Color Narrative is a one week online course (4+ hours of content) with lifetime access.

The early registration price is $32.

Color tells stories and shares emotion in ways words can’t. In our time together, I’ll help you discover the beauty of each color and the stories they are ready to help you share through your art. We’ll begin by learning how to build limited color palettes that travel well and push you to figure out how to create your own beautiful colors. Once we have built our palettes, we’ll learn to mix a plethora of colors with a series of simple questions and adjustments. Next, we’ll work on some exercises that will reveal the importance of composition in storytelling – painting different kinds of watercolor washes with an emphasis on layering techniques and mark-making. We’ll conclude our time together with a pretty give-it-a-spin illustration project that includes a fancy globe filled with color, imagination and a few of your favorite things tucked inside!

Techniques shared: creating and documenting limited color palettes |color confidence-building | watercolor layering studies | start small-finish big composition practice | mechanical pencil mark-making project | give-it-a-spin illustration project

Come and watch the course trailer…

To register or to read more come on over to our creative network!

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

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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 this site

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Creativity Takes Courage | The Grow Hope Foundation

For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series Creativity Takes Courage.

Our creative network offers free videos, new online courses and interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past three years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners.

You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage.

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This month we are talking with Kimberly Taylor of The Grow Hope Foundation.

Kimberly Taylor shares about finding her purpose on a trip to Uganda that didn’t go as planned. She talks about the courage it takes to walk in our callings, even as we discover that not everything is going to be easy and not all parts of it are our super power. Being a mom to 4 boys, there was a cost to starting Grow Hope, but Kimberly talks about how finally being fulfilled and satisfied with her work changed the temperature of her home and the benefits far outweighed the cost.

We are talking all about purpose, calling and the impact it can make in yourself, family and the world. Come on over!

Some quotes from this interview:

  • As a woman you feel like you need to do something that has purpose even if you are not bringing in an income
  • I wasn’t taking into account my actual skill set. I was just taking what looked like it would be really fun. I was always looking for something that would give me purpose
  • There came a time when I was like “wow, I’m not searching for anything anymore
  • No matter your calling, parts of it are not your superpower
  • Just because you know what you are supposed to do, doesn’t mean it’s easy
  • That hope will spread. Hope keeps growing slowly. Slow and solid
  • Women change the world!
  • It is to the benefit of EVERYONE that women find something that speaks to their heart

 

 

The Grow Hope Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people in rural Uganda improve their lives through education, skills training and mentorship.  We provide a well on our educational compound “Tusubira Village” which gives people access to clean water and we teach community members how to improve their health through good hygiene and sanitation,  as well as farming skills in order to improve their nutrition.

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To watch the video on our creative network you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Kimberly Taylor’s Video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

 

 

Radiant Watercolor Portraits | Last 24 Hours To Get The Early Registration Price

 

We have the most gorgeous watercolor portraits online course beginning NEXT month!

You have 24 hours left to get the early registration price of $28 for Radiant Watercolor Portraits with Christie Drahnak.

Simple tools and extraordinary techniques to create stunning portraits.

“Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life… a mirror of one’s own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful.” – anonymous

Come and watch the course trailer…

About the course from Christie Drahnak…

In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces. Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium. I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water.

We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies. I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer. We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist. We will complete a minimum of 3 gorgeous watercolor portraits together. I will share my favorite techniques and supplies.

Radiant Watercolor Portraits will begin on February 6, 2017 and will have 4+ hours of lifetime* access content. The early registration price is $28.

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

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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 this site