Lost and Found: An Art Class Coming To Denver


Good Morning!

I have another local art class that I get to share with you and that makes me giddy happy.

This allows local girls and even girls from out of town to attend at an amazing price.

I am honored to have been asked by Holly Kuhn of Old Glory Antiques to teach at the grand opening of their first Monthly Markets!

I will be there on Thursday shopping because most of the coolest things in my home are from Holly’s shop! She has an incredible eye and her aesthetics are second to none.  You will have time to shop a bit on Friday but I recommend if you are interested in really shopping to come the day before.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH  //  9:30 AM – 2:30 PM



“Not all who wander are lost.”  //  J.R.R. Tolkien

Creating art is a constant of adding and taking away, losing and finding yourself and discovering what you are really trying to say with your art. Join me for a one day class of creating as we add layers through paint, charcoal, mark making, acrylics and collage. We will work on two pieces at once to keep our creating loose and spontaneous. This class will incorporate how to create interesting backgrounds, break down how to draw a face or figure, mark making, and collage.

The fee is $125 per student, and students are responsible for providing their own supplies for the class. Here are the required materials:

-2 wood artist panels, canvas or cardboard (at least 6 x 12 but no bigger than 12 x 16)
-set of your favorite brushes (Jeanne likes #4 flat, #2 round, #0 round, fan brush and a large brush for applying gesso, matte medium, backgrounds, etc.)
-small set of acrylics (include your favorite colors AND black, white, a deep red, yellow ochre, raw umber fluid)
-black Stabilo pencil & charcoal pencil
-container for water
-Liquitex matte medium
-clear gesso & white gesso

I would LOVE to spend the day creating with you!

To sign up, click SIGN UP! below and fill out the form. 

Just Dreaming About It Won’t Get You There


In the new year there can be long lists of dreams for the year and maybe even a yearly bucket list.  What I have found to be true is that me just dreaming about something has never led to the actual doing and experiencing.  If I want to learn something, go somewhere, spend time with someone… I have to make a PLAN OF ACTION.

There have been more times than I can count that I had no idea how I was going to make something a reality but I jumped in anyway.  When I know something is important to me, my family or my creativity I get really creative to make it a reality.  That “dream” doesn’t need to stay that way.  What fun is an incredible “dream” if you don’t walk it out and make a plan of action?  That dream can become a reality through planning, sacrifice and just jumping in.  That whole just jumping in is really the first step of action that leads to more action and then something wonderful being accomplished.

I get to travel to some pretty incredible places for my business and to teach art.  I also have traveled to beautiful places just for me or for my family.  I hear many people say to me, “I dream of going there too or someday I hope to have the money to…”.  The thing is that we never know how long we have on this earth and there is never enough money.

I remember the first time I went to France and I remember originally showing my husband the retreat and just KNOWING this trip was for me.  My pretty amazing husband took one look at my face and said, “I don’t know how we will do this but we will figure it out”.  Guess what?  We did!

Going to France that first time and spending time in the south of France and then Paris changed my creative heart.  It CHANGED it!  What if I hadn’t asked?  What if my husband wouldn’t have said that we would figure it out?  That first trip has opened up more trips and relationships.  It has made my world smaller and more intimate.

Did you know that I found one of my closest friends on that first trip to France?  I actually met one of my closest friends that also happens to be a lover of travel, family, art and the Lord!  I now believe with my whole heart that I was supposed to go on that trip to meet HER.  The Lord knew I would need an artist/heart friend that I could grow, travel and create with.  I don’t know what you have been “dreaming” about lately and the things you want to do in your life.

I would just encourage you to take steps of action this year.  Don’t wait.  What is waiting for YOU if you step out and figure it out as you go?

I have some pretty incredible heart, exploring, creative retreats coming up this year.  These are trips of a lifetime.  I will tell you about each of them below.

The thing is if you have an exploring, adventuresome, creative heart you don’t have to go on one of my retreats…just find one!

Maybe you don’t need to travel across the ocean and maybe you just need to open your home, step out your front door, go to a museum or find those women just like you in your community.

I just want you to not regret not doing things that are a part of your heart because the timing isn’t perfect.  It never will be. Believe me..I know. We make it perfect by our actions and sacrifice.

* If you are looking for something creative, here in the United States, historic, full of good food, warmer and within the next five weeks…

You might be interested in joining me in Savannah, Georgia for the first stateside Living Studio Retreat! If you do not sketch or paint please do not let that stop you!  This retreat is for the creative heart. This is for the painter, photographer, writer, entertainer, cook etc.

This retreat is February 23-28th, 2015.  We are staying at the artsy and stunning Brice Hotel!

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

Price is based on double occupancy, $2150. Single occupancy is an extra $550.  Local price for those not staying at the hotel, $1650.

* If you are looking for something creative, in Italy, with time at the pool, incredible food, history, time on the lake, faith based and sure to leave you with your faith and creativity at a new level…

You might be interested in joining Stephanie Ackerman and me along Lake Como this summer for Laura McCullough’s art and faith creative retreat!  Laura knows the town of Bellagio intimately and takes you on a luxury adventure that will leave you dreaming of the food, people, the pool, Lake Como, smells and villages long after you are home. I should know…this will be my third year teaching in Bellagio!

This retreat is July 11-18th, 2015. We are staying at the apartments of the world famous Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni and neighboring Hotel Florence.

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

This retreat is $3250

Attention to detail, people focused, life long friends made… The ONLY way to see Italy is with Laura.  No other time spent will you make friends, feel the cobblestone streets, meet the butcher, the baker and the leather shop owner, all friends of Laura’s, and sip Prosecco under the stars as you thank God for every Italian moment… ~ Lora-Lori Rutt

*If you are looking to explore France in the fall, experience the Paris flea markets, stroll the villages of Normandy, sketch along the beaches, stay and create at a French chateau walking distance to the ocean, tour ancient ruins, experience true French cuisine, be escorted by locals, study local art, visit the markets of the countryside, be invited into a local art studio and so much more…

You might be interested in joining me for The Living Studio Normandy.  I am collaborating with Cat Bude and her husband of Sunday Brocantes at Rabbit Hill to bring you a truly luxurious and inspiring retreat. If you do not sketch or paint please do not let that stop you!  This retreat is for the creative heart. This is for the painter, photographer, writer, entertainer, cook etc.

This retreat is October 9-16th, 2015.

To read more and/or to register click HERE.

This retreat is $3995 double / $5495 single US Dollars

I can’t wait to see what you guys do this year!  I know that so many of us sit on the fence waiting for things to be perfect or for things to settle down or for the money to appear.  Whether your dream is to plant a garden, write more, find creative friends in town, paint, cook, take a class, learn a new language…I hope this year is your year to take stop dreaming and to start doing.

Love you guys!

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Creativity Takes Courage {Danielle Burkleo}



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

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past two 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.


This month we are talking with Danielle Burkleo all about being a mom of young children and running a business, social media, Hope Spoken and adoption.

I love her heart to trust the Lord to lead her and her style is pretty killer too!

I admire how Danielle is really figuring out (way sooner than I did) how to use her creativity, love on her family and be open to where the Lord is taking her.

Go grab something to drink and get comfy…

To watch the video 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 Danielle’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!

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Don’t Let Lies Define Your Identity {Boxes aren’t for you}


While I was growing up I went to a Christian high school that gave out a “Christian Character Award” each year.

I didn’t understand it even back then but I sure as heck knew I wasn’t going to get it.

I always loved Jesus but I talked too much in class, doodled when I should have been listening, laughed really loud (really) and probably had too many opinions about everything.

Even as an adult I would get quiet when women would talk about their prayer schedule or I would see their super duper highlighted Bibles.

Crap, was I supposed to have a color coded system?  I was falling short.  That dang award was still out of my reach.

Was a colorful Bible the proof of my heart?

I knew it wasn’t but I did get uncomfortable if I wasn’t able to instantly find Habakkuk. Serious. It’s in there!

It took spending time with the Lord and hearing HIS heart for ME that helped me to see that I was exactly the Christian woman He wanted and needed.

I talk. A lot. So what!  Look at all the good that talking has done for me! Heck, I have made a career of it it.

My doodling during class TOTALLY paid off.

My love of art is one of the most beautiful parts of my life.

I don’t know what I can say about my loud laughing except people really know I have joy:-) A lot of it!

Just ask anyone that has ever sat near me at any event.  It can be a problem.

The opinions have brought me the most rich and beautiful friendships, discussions, heart for women, love of learning with my kids and the love of sharing my thoughts in my teaching.

Guys, I was never supposed to fit in a box and neither are you!

I hope you will join me for the next 8 weeks for the FREE series Becoming | The Unfolding of You.

I can tell you already that it is going to be good.

Not because I am awesome or the other women are awesome (which they are) but because the Lord is Awesome.

I know. I know. I know that He just wants you to see yourself the way He sees you.

We are going to just have fun.

We just want to be open and real with you guys and maybe something sweet will come out of that.

A few times a week we will have a few talking videos and a few creative videos.

Everything is pre-recorded so you can watch the videos at your convenience.

Did I mention it is FREE. Totally free.

To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

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

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

To register for Becoming | The Unfolding of You

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

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You

4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You

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 for the study to begin on January 6, 2015

Tell your friends!

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You+Me+Art=Next Weekend?


For all of you that have been asking for a local Colorado art class I am excited to share this!

I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on January 10, 2015.

Join me for one day as we bring your stories to life through sketching, charcoal, acrylic paints, vintage book covers and words. We will create multiple pieces of art through creative exercises using charcoal, mark making and paint. We will be bringing your treasures, collections and words together to create a completed painting on a vintage book cover. Bring your favorite items from your own scavenger hunts, words from your collections and we will start a story together.

**This class is for all levels**

“There are times when your creativity begs to be a scavenger, collector and a storyteller. The scavenger in you finds beauty in strips of old wallpaper, the smell of vintage books and the patina in a collection of lost love letters. You take your findings and bind them with string waiting for the moment to bring them out again. The collector in you finds inspiration from music, poetry, paintings, conversations and the tiny beautiful moments of the day-to-day. You take your collection of beauty and tuck it away … but not forever. The storyteller in you takes your treasures and your collections, rearranges them, sorts them and creates them into something new and all your own.”

I will be there on Friday night too to shop, listen to music and grab something to eat.

$175 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a one day art class and a few goodies during class.

I can’t wait to create with you!

**This is an intimate art setting which will allow lots of interaction and one on one time**

You can register below…

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heART Journal Magazine {I am on the cover and I also made an art video}


Good Morning!

I hope you are all having a beautiful start to 2015.

I wanted to pop on over here and let you know that my article, images and videos (that I made just for you guys) was just launched at heART Journal Magazine!

I share a technique article how to make the journal pages on the cover of the magazine and also included a bonus video showing everything!

My art even made the cover which is always super fun and exciting to see.

Thank you heART Journal Magazine for sharing my work and asking me to be in your beautiful magazine.

You can go and purchase the most recent issue and to celebrate my heART Journal Magazine feature

they have given me a free issue bonus code to share with all of you!

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!
Simply download the app on iTunes https://bit.ly/heARTMag or Google Play  http://bit.ly/Heartjournal
Then on your device follow these directions using subscriber code : sharemy11 (case sensitive)
•             Install the App on your device
•             Launch the Magazine
•             On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button
•             Tap on the Current Subscribers button
•             Enter this: sharemy11 (case sensitive)
or go to our cart for a pdf version choose Issue11 and use coupon code sharemy11 in the check out process.

You will now be able to access your free issue.  Remember, the code is case sensitive. For help with the coupon code, email heartjournalmag@gmail.com   This code is good until Feb 15th.  

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CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls Has Just Launched!


Good Morning and Happy New Year!

We are celebrating 2015 with the launch of artist Danielle Donaldson’s brand new class CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls!  Danielle had one of the most popular and loved watercolor and mixed media classes of 2014 on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network and we are thrilled to have her teaching this year too.

It’s time to work small and dream BIG! We’ll start off our week with by building a watercolor storybook from scratch – A big, yummy book with lots of room to illustrate everyday goodness, brilliant layers of water-colors, and colored pencil work.  Next, we’ll explore some of my tried-and-true techniques to help you grow and organize your creative practice in a brand new way. (Insert a few possible a-ha moments and a plethora of sparkly new ideas here.) Then we’ll spend some quality creative-time together imagining up an illustrated (and colorFULL) storybook superstar that you can call your own. But that’s not all! We’ll work through the basics of perspective drawing including color choices, one-point and two-point perspective. To finish up our week, we’ll smoosh all the creative goodness together and fill a page or two with a few of my favorites; a water-colored alphabet, comfy chairs, and a sweet little secret something.

To read more and/or register come on over!

The early registration price is $28!

See you in class!

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