We Are Opening Up a Second Weekend | Live WILD AWAKENING Workshop In Our Studio!

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We have just opened up a second weekend to our sold out workshop Wild Awakening!

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 6-7, 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.

 

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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 days will be filled with learning how to honor our create spaces, foraging for alternative mark making tools on our land, learning new techniques to create bigger and more expressive paintings, lots of new marks and layers, stitching, stamp carving, rust dying, loose and intricate details in our work, creating an art series and then taking everything we have learned and creating a larger abstract painting.

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

 

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

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You will leave this two-day workshop with stacks of your paintings and marks, 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.

 

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In The Garden Begins on Monday | A Tunnel Book Course

Good Morning! I wanted to let you know that  In The Garden | A Tunnel Book Course begins on Monday (May 22nd)

We have never had a course like this before and I know you are going to love it!  In The Garden | A Tunnel Book Course with Kelly Hoernig is stunning and I can’t wait for you to read all about it!

This course takes you on a journey of wondrous discoveries. Every single layer we add – texture, color, and detail – leads your artistic eye into another realm of hidden treasure and unchartered territories for your creative muse.

This tunnel book creates mystery, delight and a sense of wonder for all ages. The act of bookmaking, cutting the intricate tunnels then adding the beautiful colors of the garden takes you on a beautiful adventure into the natural world of Mother Nature.

Techniques

Creating the book. Cutting the tunnels. Tone-on-tone stenciling. Building soft acrylic layers with washes of color. Achieving realistic details.

 

 

Aren’t you just in love with all of the layers and intricate details? When I first saw Kelly’s work I knew I had to try to convince her to teach all of us! It is truly stunning.

This one week course with 5 hours of content has lifetime* access and will begin on May 22nd.  The registration price is $48. To read more or to register click HERE.

You can watch the course trailer below…

 

 

 

If you have any questions about the course 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 to all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

Look What We Found | A Few London and Caroline Art Bags

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Welcome to our art bags the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics including vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white ticking, has an adjustable strap, a large zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, an outside pocket for a ruler or larger paintbrushes, an open pocket for pencils etc., a buttoned pocket, four antique brass feet and a cloth divider.

They each close with an antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

***There are only a few of each***

NEW BAGS COMING IN JUNE

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

 

The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for those that would love it I was pretty sure it would change their hearts about their day to day art and even where they live.

This is how The Living Studio was born…

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

The Living Studio combines my love of travel, creating and connecting with other creatives.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

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Here is a glimpse into some the art and words behind the artists that traveled to France with me for The Living Studio Along the Seine.

 

| Sketch and watercolor by Emily Shook |

Jeanne could not have been a more gracious and generous teacher/mentor/inspiration.  To create in such a loving environment with incredible women was exactly what I needed to help me discern what I want to do in life.  It was a jumpstart to begin dreaming and planning a creative existence. One of the most unique art retreats/experiences I have ever done! I plan to do another as soon as I am able! -L.B.

| Lino Cut by Lorraine Bell |

If you want to do it “someday”, give yourself permission to do it today!  This is life changing.  No matter what your age or abilities are you will “fit” in with this group of artists that are amazing people.  Jeanne Oliver attracts the nicest people to travel with.  I am honored to have met and created MY ART with The Living Studio. -T.H.

| Sketch and watercolor by Kelly Hoernig |

I wouldn’t hesitate to heartily recommend a “Living Studio” adventure with Jeanne Oliver and her creative team.  She blends the right amounts of inspiration with practical instruction, without having an overbearing agenda.  She really allows each artist to experience places and spaces on their terms, not hers. -S.A.

| Sketches, paintings and lino cut by Stacy Stultz |

Making the intention to be an Artist in France instead of a Tourist impacted how I saw and experienced everything. I noticed the smell, sounds, sights and was very in tune with the surroundings because I was there as an observer, a curious artist in search of artistic treasures to fill my heart and soul. Jeanne’s classes are always enjoyable and the techniques she shares put you in the moment of where you are and how to get the most out of the Living Studio. This is my second Living Studio and each time it has made me an artist discovering incredible details in a city I didn’t have much knowledge of.  -K.H.

| Painting by Sheila Atchley |

I learned so much! I would say my biggest take away is that there is no bad art, and that everyone must practice to get better! It has encouraged me to make art a part of my life on a regular basis, seeing how little I truly need to make art is encouraging! -A.P.

| Group collaboration sketch |

| My Maddy sketching |

| It was the sweetest joy to turn around and see this again and again |

| Back on the ship and sketching in the lounge |

| Back in my room late at night and creating on my bed |

| Some of my sketches |

| The sun was out so the ship’s deck and making art was the perfect way to spend some time |

Thank you to each person that traveled and explored with me along the Seine! It is always an honor and joy to live this creative life.

If you would like to join me for the next Living Studio art workshop I would love to have you read about Amsterdam and Beyond! You can email us with any questions at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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Building a Creatively Made Business | The Art of Practice

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I was volunteering at a local high school enrichment program and I had the students all day.  We were going to start with sketching and then create sculptures based on our sketches.

I had my supplies out, sketches taped to the wall and supplies at each of their spaces to begin.

As they started filtering into the room I started to notice the mumbling of some of the students. There were words coming past their lips like, “I can’t even draw a stick person”, “Mine is going to suck”, “I don’t do art” or “I am not an artist”.  I was a bit surprised at first but then after listening to them for a bit, I knew what they were doing. They were protecting themselves and announcing to the whole class that they would fail just in case they later felt like they failed. They were announcing to themselves and the class that they were afraid of doing something new.

As I looked around the room, their squiggly bodies and unsure expressions I asked them to raise their hand if they had NEVER played the piano. Hands went up over most of the class.  There was an old upright piano in the corner of the room that I had noticed earlier and it would serve me well over the next moments. I pointed to one of the boys that had his hand raised and he confirmed that he had never played the piano. I then asked him to come over to the old piano and play a little Cold Play for all of us. He looked at me a little perplexed but with this new position as the teacher for a day, I was surprised that he slowly got up from his seat and made his way to the piano. He reluctantly sat down at the bench and just stared at me.

“Go ahead and play something”, I said.

“I can’t. I don’t know how”, he responded.

“What do you mean? Why can’t you play something?”, I asked.

“Because I have never taken lessons”.

“Exactly”, I said as I smiled and told him he could go back to his seat.

The next moments of our class were as much of a lesson for me as they were for all of those teenagers.

Do you remember when you were little you used to run up to those that loved you in your life and proudly displayed your art? Those simple marks you made on the page but you couldn’t wait to share? Around the time we become more self-aware (7-9) you may have found yourself creating one day and casually looking over at your classmate, friend or sibling making art.  It may have been the first time that you noticed that someone was better than you. You looked back at your work possibly ashamed and embarrassed. It wasn’t as good. You crumpled it up, threw it in the garbage and for many people that would be the last time they freely made art.  Maybe this didn’t happen for you until you were in high school or even college. You saw someone better and assumed they just had more talent than you. Maybe they did. BUT maybe were doing something you weren’t. Practicing.

For someone to ask you to play an instrument well when you have never played, taken lessons or practiced would be ridiculous but we expect perfection, excellence and quality in ourselves every day in different areas of our lives without ever showing up and putting the time in. And often when we don’t instantly see the results we want we give up too soon.   When it comes to gardening, cooking, painting, dancing, sketching, photography, running, singing, running a business and so many other examples…we think if you are not naturally gifted in these areas that we are not good in these areas and we give up.  What we are missing is comparing our nonpractice with those that practice.

So what happened with all of those students in my art class? Well, once they were told it was OK not to be amazing the very first time they tried something they all let out a collective sigh of relief and practiced. They sketched, they learned and then most of them made sculptures for the very first time in their lives. They had FUN.  They were even surprised in themselves and proud of what they created.

Maybe you have no interest in sketching, painting or sculpting but this is not about the area of practice but about practice. Don’t give up on a skill or yourself when you haven’t even begun to show up and practice. Don’t let fear push you away from the places in yourself that you want to discover. I won’t lie. It is hard work. It is choosing the uncomfortable over and over again. BUT with practice the uncomfortable starts to become comfortable, freeing and beautiful. Dare I say…fulfilling.  Imagine that! A life that feels fulfilling because you did hard things to learn hard things. Not everything you try will be for you but just think about the areas in your life that will change with PRACTICE! Kind of exciting isn’t it?!

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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:

Your Business And The New Year

Celebrate Milestones

The Big Picture

Q & A

Say No To Say Yes

Creative Business Consulting

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Wendy Brightbill Live Still Life Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

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Join Wendy Brightbill in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 20-21, 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.

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 we hope you will join us for dinner at one of Jeanne’s favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore the sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

Still Life Painting
How often do we truly stop and let ourselves be undone by the beauty surrounding us? In this workshop, we will attempt to capture the essence of a moment through still life painting. Texture, color, lines and brushstrokes all tell a story. Still life painting is all about capturing a moment and invoking that feeling through paint and lines and texture. I want you to throw all the traditional rules of still life painting out the window. Let yourself be undone.
Join me for a beauty packed two day workshop filled with sketching, mark making, collage and messy play. We will explore the basics of still life painting, such as lines, value, and composition. We will explore color and texture in depth, learning how to create bold, loose, chunky florals. We will practice abstract painting and fill our art journals with sketches, lines and marks. We will work on loosening up our style through abstract painting. At the end of our time together, we will pull all of that together to create a unique still life floral painting on a large canvas.

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

 

 

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.

 

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Building a Creatively Made Business | Say No to Say Yes

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When you are building a new business or growing the business you have loved and expanded for awhile it can be hard to know what to give your physical, emotional and financial energy to.

You can read all of the books, take the business classes, talk to your peers etc. but when it comes down to it YOU have to make daily decisions that lead you into a creative life for your business.

I love that Elizabeth Gilbert states that a creative life is not if you are a gardener, painter, dancer, chef…a person that lives a creative life is a person that chooses “curiosity over fear” on a daily basis. Time and time again you choose to not let fear drive your decisions.

Have you ever thought about what fear looks like?  It can look different for each of us but it can be procrastination, perfection, settling, control, inability to make a decision, letting others decide for you and even saying yes to things you really want to say no to.

When you say yes to everything you are also saying no to YOUR gifts, dreams in your heart, goals for your life and creativity and time and energy for your family.  It can be a fear of missing out, the belief that because so many others are doing it that you should too or the desire to please everyone else around you.

I am contacted almost daily with beautiful offers and opportunities.  I have to say no to almost all of them.   Sometimes it can be hard but because I have some boundaries in place about how often I travel away from my family each year, how many online classes I will teach each year etc. the work and decisions are many times already decided for me. I have a very beautiful and full life that is rich with home, family, business, friends and creativity.  I do not say yes to many things I do not want to do. From little to big things I try to be honest with myself, family, friends and business.  I have learned what it feels like to resent saying yes, the energy that robs from me and the disservice that is to the other person.  I love and thrive with a full life but I do not like a busy life.

Sit down with the most important and trusted people in our life and come up with answers to simple questions like…How often do I want to travel each month?  What is my consulting fee? Teaching fee? etc.  You will be surprised with how much easier it is to say no to say yes when you have taken some time to already have answered some of these questions for yourself, business and family.  Once you have done that I would encourage you to take each offer and opportunity that comes your way and ask yourself some questions…

1. Do I even want to do this?Does this offer align itself with me and my brand? Is this collaboration authentic?

2. Do I have the time and energy to give my best?

3. How does this impact my family?

4. How does this impact my peace? Mental health? Physical health?

5. Will I resent saying yes?

6. Does it grow my brand, their brand or both?

7. Am I exposing my brand and business to whole new group of potential customers?  Is it worth the time and energy that this project/collaboration will take?

8. Am I doing this for others or is this the best decision for me, my creativity and business?

9. What can I say yes to if I say no to this?

****I try to never answer right away. Even when I want to jump up and down or when I have no interest I take the offer, go over the above questions and then make a sound decision and not just based upon emotions.****

What have you said yes to in business and in your personal life that you wish you would have say no to?  What can you do next time? What do you need to say no to in your life right now so you can say YES to what is coming?

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

 

 
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