Your Love Is Deep {Your Love is Wide}

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Life has been particularly busier than normal these past months and I do not do busy very well.

Busy makes me feel like I am treading water and just keeping my head above water.

Each morning I try to focus on what really needs my attention whether it be home, business, children, friends, marriage or myself.

These days lately it just feels like everything is needing my attention.  Hence the treading water.

We will figure it out especially with all of the school changes this year but it is taking longer than we expected. Maybe we just don’t handle change well. Who knows.

We have been in such a need for a huge exhale and opportunity to disconnect that we were so excited about the chance to escape to the mountains for five days.

My mom spoiled the whole family with a beautiful getaway to the mountains and it was just what we were needing.

She rented a huge house that held all of us and we had days of hiking, slow mornings, sleeping in, good food, games, art, hot tub and fires.

Today as I was dropping one off to school, taking another to a doctor appointment and then heading back home to record videos this song just connected so deeply with me.

There are busy times in life.

Whether I was a new mommy or chasing after toddlers.

Whether I am homeschooling my children or dropping them all off to different schools.

Whether the business is growing or we are on a new path…I need to rest in the Lord.

I am tired. So tired some days and so many times the rest I need is so much more than physical.

So, if you need rest too I hope you will take a moment, close your eyes and pray for rest…

“Tonight”
(feat. All Sons & Daughters)

Jesus Christ
Will You guide me through this life
Wake me with each morning’s light
And restore my soul’Cause through Your strength
All my fears will fade away
As you lead me in Your ways
I will trust in You

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest
Tonight

All I see
Is Your beauty chasing me
And the love that sets me free
Oh, I’m found in You

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest

Your love is deep
Your love is wide
And I will rest in Your arms tonight
Your love is deep
Your love is wide
I will rest, I will rest
Tonight, tonight
Lay Your peace
Like a blanket over me
And as I lay down to sleep
I will rest in You

Brett Whiteley {sneak peek into week four}

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Good Morning!

Just a quick post to give you a glimpse into week four of Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This week artist Robin Fingher will be studying under the works of Brett Whitely.

Come and join us for a fascinating look into the world of this renowned Australian artist.

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If you are interested in joining us for the newest Masters class we would love to have you!

The course is a six week course but the videos are available for 2 years!

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You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

You can also pay using the Paypal button below…




New Sculpting Course Open For Registration! {create your own holiday gifts this year}

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I am thrilled to announce that Stephanie Lee will be teaching Hand Formed | Simple Sculpting {sculpting with plaster and clay} beginning NEXT month!

This is the perfect time to create special gifts that really mean something special for the holidays.

Stephanie is creating a course that will teach you the basics and beyond and you will walk away with multiple sculptures for yourself or others.

{The images below are just peeks into the kinds of projects being created. More images will be coming soon.}

There are few mediums that I enjoy as much as plaster and clay!

Come and check out the details and get in on the early registration price of $28.99. The course will be available on November 24th and the videos will be available for one year.

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Here is a peek into the course…

“Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.” 
 -Damien Hirst

In this playful exploration of three dimensional form, we will dive into the fundamentals of creating stable and long-lasting sculptures using plasters and clays that are readily accessible, fun to work with, and easily modified to create whatever form you want.

During the week of this jam packed course, we will build multiple projects from start to finish with each project emphasizing different techniques that can all be adapted and modified to be combined with all the other techniques taught in the course. Each project will demonstrate a different armature or foundation construction approach so that you can feel confident in the stability of your beautiful pieces no matter what the final form is. 

Once we have a stable foundation shape, we will explore various finishing and textural effects using paint, carving, sanding, finishing with encaustic medium, and incorporating paper ephemera & found objects. You can expect to get a bit messy but will enjoy that you most of the projects demonstrated can be created from start to finish in a day or less even with no prior sculpting experience.
Share the joy of the journey of this course with children or friends in playful collaboration or dive in the learning as sacred personal creative time to build objects of lasting beauty and joy.

“Art-making is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt” 

To read more or register click HERE.

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

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To register:

1) go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register (this is free)

2) once your account is active you can follow this link to go directly to Hand Formed | Simple Sculpting

3) once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course and ready for class on November 24th.

See you class!

Let’s Celebrate Soul.Full With an Art Supply Giveway {who doesn’t love new supplies?}

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You can still get the early registration price for the brand new online art course Soul.Full {pretty little ways to bring more SOUL into the day!

To celebrate the new course you know how I love a good art supply giveaway!

Artist Kelly Barton will be leading this one week instantly available course.

Think color, exploring, doodling, painting, creating for yourself and others!

Here is a peek into Soul.Full {pretty little ways to bring more SOUL into the day}.

soul.full.

( pretty little ways to bring more SOUL into the day.)

little pockets filled with color and flare.

long ago. dancing in this girl’s memory.

simple. lemonade summers. hot chocolate winters.

this girl telling those stories she collected and stuffed deep in her pockets.

Each day we work. we stress and some days we collapse on the couch exhausted. The next day we begin again. In the lands of the middle there is a girl who craves creativity. color and

story. She finds simple ways to express herself and add color to each day. Art soothes her soul, and the layers of color allow her to soak up the world in a way that adds back in the bits with simple lessons.

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soul.full. a one-week guided field trip that explores how to bring in creativity everyday and new habits that will give you an artist’s nudge and put a smile on your face.

kelly paints to soothe her soul and tell stories along the way.

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Want to hear a little about what we will be creating?

project no1. – chalk

life has become filled with screen time and stale living. it is time to get outside and use the pavement to get creative.

project no2. – soul.intent

creating an organic shape using waterproof pens to outline, watercolors and adding a mantra, quote or intention to the art with pen.

project no3 – soul. notes

snail mail is making a come back! (at last) why not create note cards to send and share with others. it makes the world happy.

project no4. – blossom flags

little blossoms. create cutouts and simple banners to hang. i love how these bring more “sacred” into our life. they are simple touchstones for our day. they remind us to slow down. take a breath. what is important.

project no5. – ornaments

just imagine…a hand painted Christmas tree! these cute ornaments can be used on your tree, garlands or year around hanging in your windows.

project no6. – pretty little blossoms

i love creating my blossoms. inspired deeply by the mandalas i love to create, these have more of a flora twist. we will also discuss fun ways to hang these when they are complete.

project no7. – blossom.lands

a creative fairytale so to speak. we will create tall whimsical blooms that create a canopy over a happy little dwelling or animal.’

project no8. fly

like the pretty little blossoms, only this one will focus on a butterfly!

bonus project: paper dwellings.

a simple collaboration with danielle donaldson.

little paper houses to adorn your own abode.

video one. chalked

a field trip using sidewalks, brick alleyways and fencing to create new canvas, everyday

video two. the creative hang

a chat about finding useful household items to frame and hang art/prints. also included natural canvas and frames, ie, wood slices, twigs and left over decking.

video three: prayer banners

simple and quick ideas on how to string, hang and unique ideas

coloring pages. downloads from me that you can color in, cut out and add to your own spaces

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This is a one week online art course that will be instantly available on November 17th.

The early registration price is $24 and the videos will be available for one year!

To register:

1) go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register (this is free)

2) once your account is active you can follow this link to go directly to Soul.Full

3) once you are on the main page of the course please click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course and ready for class on November 17th.

See you class!

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Let’s talk about the art supply giveaway!!!

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on THIS post letting us know how you add SOUL into your day.

For additional chances at the giveaways you can…

* Facebook about the giveaway and the new course

* Pin this post and/or course to Pinterest

* Talk about the giveaway and/or new course on Instagram and use the hashtag #soul.full

* Blog about the new course

* Share this post on Twitter

 Each time you share about the sale or this post please come back and let us know.

Thank you for sharing the new course!

{the winner will be announced next Thursday}

Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup {my most favorite soup I have ever made}

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Fall = soup.

End of story.

Now that the weather is finally cooling off a bit my inner home loving, nesting heart comes out in full force.

One of my favorite cookbooks that I reach for again and again is Against All Grain.

I like to follow recipes but I rarely stick to them.

I like to tweak the recipes and make them my own.  I think that is the best part about cooking or enjoying anything…you figure out what your touch is.

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{Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Sausage}

2 medium size butternut squash, cut in half length wise, seeded

2 large carrots cut into medium size pieces

1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 pound sage sausage or breakfast sausage cooked and crumbled

4 cups chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1 bay leaf

Garnish: crumpled bacon, sauteed and crispy sage leaves and truffle oil

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Grease a baking sheet with the coconut oil and place the butternut squash face down and all the cut up veggies around it

3. Roast the veggies until tender (35 minutes or so)

4. While the veggies are cooking you can fry up the bacon and cook the sausage until browned

5. Fill a large pot (this is my favorite pot) with your chicken stock and all of the spices

6. Once the veggies are tender scoop the butternut squash out of the skin into the pot and all of the other veggies

7. With an immersion blender slowly blend the stock and vegetables together until smooth

8. Once all of the stock and vegetables have been blended fold in the cooked sausage

9. Let the soup simmer for another 10 minutes and place the bay leaf at this time

10. Garnish with crumpled crispy bacon, a few pieces of crispy sage that has been sauteed in butter and a little bit of truffle oil (this really makes it so don’t skip this)

You can serve with a light arugula salad or sometimes we include some gluten free baguettes.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make it.

Max Beckmann {sneak peek into week three}

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We have been having the most fun the past two weeks in the new Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}!

Week one and two we were immersed in the works and practice of Van Gogh and Picasso.

This week I am giddy to dive into week three with one of my favorite artists teaching under the works of Max Beckmann.

Join Gillian Lee Smith as she explores the self-portraits of German artist Max Beckman.

Here is a peek into week three…

If you are interested in joining us for the newest Masters class we would love to have you!

The course is a six week course but the videos are available for 2 years!

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You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

You can also pay using the Paypal button below…




Making Art With Children {Letting Them Lead}

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My children have been surrounded by art supplies, art books, art on the walls and art museums their whole lives.

Sometimes what they really need is just the freedom to create.

When I put supplies out for my kids and then I walk away to do my own thing I feel that my kids rush through the process instead of really taking their time.

The best thing for me to learn as a mother when it comes to art is to help them practice and really look at what they are wanting to do.

When I sit down with them or talk with them while they create I feel like they are more in tuned to what they are doing.

My hands do not touch their creations.

My ideas do not touch their creations.

It is my job to supply the mediums, explore the museums, talk about works of art they love and don’t love, point out techniques and some suggestions for mediums and let them figure the rest out.

No right.

No wrong.

No suggestions unless they ask for help.

No picking up the brush and showing them how on their work. If they ask for technique help I show them on a separate piece of paper or canvas.

When they get frustrated I am honest about how sometimes I get frustrated and wish my art was at a different place and how we all just have to keep practicing.

I show off their work and display it proudly and we do it all again.

Last week was week one of Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits} and I studied under the work of Vincent Van Gogh.

Ben had such a fun week playing with paperclay and creating Van Gogh and The Postman.

We looked through different works of Van Gogh and he decided to practice using Starry Night.

When he thought he was done I encouraged him to put it aside for a day and look at it the next morning to see if he saw anything else he wanted to add.

He ended up working on it a few more times and really looking at his piece and Starry Night.

He said, “Mom, my painting doesn’t look just like Starry Night but I love it so much!”.

He was so proud of his sculptures and loved, loved, loved painting them while he looked at the originals for color ideas.

We have already dived into week two with Teresa McFayden studying under the works of Pablo Picasso.

I can’t wait to show you what creations come out of Picasso as our inspiration.

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Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist

Usborne The Children’s Book of Art

Vincent’s Colors

Van Gogh: Art Activity Pack

Van Gogh: Getting To Know The World’s Greatest Artists

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars

Katie and the Starry Night

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You can still register for Studying Under The Masters {portraits and self-portraits}.

This 6 week online art course is $62 and the videos are available for 2 years.

To register please click HERE.

For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course?  We currently offering 30 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”.  If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

You can also pay using the Paypal button below…




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Registration has just opened for Lifebook 2015!

You can join 24 other artists and me for all of 2015 for a year a creative journaling, connection, encouragement, and creativity!

Come on over and check out all of the details and get ready for a creative 2015!

I hope to see you in class!

If you sign up using the links on my blog I will receive a portion of your registration fee.

If you are signing up through me I would just love to say thank you!

I can’t wait to see you in class and creative with you during my week in Lifebook 2015.