Life In Season | A Book Review

 

Watching friends and peers tap into their deep giftings and then sharing it with the world is very inspiring. I am surrounded by so many men and women that are intentionally showing up in their lives and the impact is far reaching. I am watching friends start non profits, open pottery studios, teach, sell their first paintings, step up to a microphone and speak for the first time, self publishing, publishing…stepping out. It is one of the most beautiful things in my lifetime to see creativity have a platform and to be validated.  I needed it. Maybe you did too.

 

 

Recently my friends Vanessa Hunt and Heather Patterson of At the Picket Fence blog published their first book called Life In Season | Celebrate The Moments That Fill Your Heart and Home. Their blogs are filled with DIY, decor and heart. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that their first book reflects all of that and more. I expected it to be more amazing projects but what has left me with tears each time I have read is the transparency and vulnerability that these pages drip with. Each time I have closed a chapter I have sat with the most grateful heart that I had the moments to read their words, reflect upon the heart of God, to connect once again with women I adore and do see that we all have the same brokenness. I don’t know why we need to be reminded of that. I don’t know why we sometimes think we are the only ones broken and when we see it in others it actually makes them more beautiful…and it does for us too.

 

I love a good surprise and this book is that. This is the book I am reading each morning with my devotional because their words last long after the page. Yes, I will try the recipes and projects but the sweetest surprise is the heart of who these women are and their heart for each one of you when you read the pages.

An excerpt from the chapter Scars

“…Are we capable of seeing the scars in our lives in this way? As trophies of that fight we have won, to be displayed proudly. As memorials to what we have conquered in our own lives.

Can we identify with Jesus as He held out His scarred hands to His beloved disciples, as proof that He was alive? Can we see our scars as reminders of a victory over sin and not something to be ashamed of?”

 

It is just beautiful! The whole book will inspire, make you laugh, cry and encourage you as you love well those around you.  It shares the truth that there is rich joy in all seasons of our lives.

You can read more or order HERE.

 

 

 

Cozy Spaces During the Holidays | The Family Room

The past few months I have had the great honor of being a part of the Farmhouse Holiday Series.

I am a pretty simple decorator in general and also through the holidays.

I hope you can tell by now that I try to be present in each holiday, use what I have, use natural elements as much as possible and my heart is for the gathering of my family and friends over a perfect home.  Years will do that do you. People over perfection.

Today while everyone is sharing their gorgeous family rooms and Christmas trees all ready for holidays I am sharing one of our most cozy family spots in our home.

This space is cozy and where we do school and watch movies.  We don’t get our real tree until after Thanksgiving but I wanted to show a peek into this space.

Please also come back after Thanksgiving and see our whole home dressed up for Christmas.

Have the most wonderful Thanksgiving!

Come and see the other beautiful homes in the tour!  Decorating and styling is their gifting and you are about to be spoiled with Christmas inspiration!

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Ella Claire | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | Dear Lillie

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Jennifer Rizzo | Jeanne Oliver | Shades of Blue Interiors | Love Grows Wild

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Rooms For Rent | City Farmhouse | Liz Marie Blog | Craftberry Bush

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Wild Awakening | 24 Hours Left To Get The Early Registration Price

***24 hours left to get the early registration price of $38 for my brand new online course, Wild Awakening,  that will begin January 24, 2017***

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.

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.  The early registration price is $38.

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

 

Come and Create With Me in North Carolina!

 

Coming together and creating one on one with other artists is one of my favorite things. I have three children at home and my heart is to be with them so it is only the most special studios and opportunities that bring me away from my own studio.

In person I am able to connect in a whole different way than online and we are able to work one on one on your art and even where you want your art to go. The intimacy that a live workshop offers is priceless to me and I hear that back from other artists also. It is always a growth experience for each artist teaching and the artists gathering together.

This coming February I will be traveling to North Carolina to teach at the Donna Downey Studios! This is such a treat for me to be at Donna’s studio but to also be teaching along the East Coast! I know I get asked often to make my way to the East Coast so I hope this makes many of you happy!

THREE DAYS of us sketching, laughing, connecting, sculpting and going away filled up and ready to take what we have learned and discovered about ourselves and investing it into our own work. I love this part of live workshops!  I just walk away filled up and inspired in my own creativity! I hope you join me!

You can make payments (hello!) and start your 2017 with a creative gift for yourself! 

The Details:

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ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED. BREAKFAST, LUNCH, SNACKS, & DRINKS PROVIDED!!

Class size limited…

Workshop Description…

Join me for a three-day workshop all about finding your authentic style and incorporating your story into your work. Our first day together will be filled with some of my favorite sketching exercises and techniques. We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels, paints and more. At the end of the first day you will be surrounded by your portrait sketches and collages and your own story will start to be revealed.

With our other days together we will create sculptures based upon your sketches. You will build your own industrial armatures and I will share easy to follow steps to sculpting your own face. We will embellish our sculptures with plaster and wire to create works of art you will be proud of.

You will go home with sketches, collages, paintings and sculptures that will give you glimpses into your authentic hand in your creativity and where it is leading you.

 

Event Schedule……..

Friday Feb 17th 2017
12:00pm – 5:00PM workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Saturday Feb 18th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 5:00PM workshop
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

Sunday Feb 19th 2017
9:30am – students arrive at studio. Breakfast & coffee served.
10:00am – 2:00pm workshop
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch provided at the studio

I would love to create with you North Carolina!

To read more or to register click HERE.

Holiday DIY Tablescapes | INSTANTLY available course just opened

Good Morning!

We are so excited for the holidays that are around the corner and you have been loving the instantly available courses SO Jen Wagner created Holiday DIY Tablescapes: A Mini Course just for us!

 

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This instantly available mini course features 10 beautiful and fun DIY projects to help your tablescape stand out this holiday season. We will play with hand lettering, gold foil and recreate some of the trending items you are seeing in the stores.

 

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Having friends and family over is one of my favorite things and when I can add a bit of my personality and style into my entertaining I love it even more.

I invite you to join me for this fun and easy tablescape mini course. I wanted to create something that would allow you to dress up your holiday table but also make it easy to go from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond.

Entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful and it is actually a lot of fun if we can take the pressure off of ourselves and create warm and inviting spaces for our friends and family. Making things look pretty is a lot of fun but making your guests feel loved and special is the best part.

-Jen

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This course is instantly available right now!  To read more or to register click HERE.

This course has lifetime access, is 1 hr and 30 minutes in length and is $18.

 

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

The Living Studio Along the Danube {pictures + thoughts}

Good Morning!  We have been back from our big trip along the Danube for two weeks now and it is crazy that something so beautiful and special begins to feel like a dream when you need to jump back into normal life. I think we need a few weeks to re-enter regular life:-)

This was the first Living Studio that we have ever had on a river cruise.  I had a pretty good idea of how our time would go but I was blown away by the service, food, personal touches, art space, excursions and lavishing by the staff and their attention to detail.  If you are going with us on The Living Studio Along the Seine you are in for a trip of a lifetime and you will be spoiled!

I always feel like the most amazing women come together for our workshops and this one was no exception. This group truly embraced what the Living Studio is all about and I saw them time and time again showing up, getting out of their comfort zone and creating out on our excursions. It was so inspiring to see! From our many conversations I know that a beautiful habit has begun and it will be practiced at home.

My husband Kelly and our sixteen year old Jack was able to come on this trip. This was so fun for me to have their support, encouragement and to share this trip of a lifetime with them. To watch as Jack was seeing Europe for the first time was worth all of the sacrificing to get him there. To see his heart expand towards the world, for him to see that we are all not that different, to see kids his age listening to music he loves and dressing like him, to hear him saying again and again, “I could live here” and to know that our son now sees that the world is a little smaller because of this trip.  Kelly and I were once again thankful that we homeschool and that this was a new and beautiful part of his education that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Travel does that. It opens you up, expands your heart and mind and fills you with so much beauty and inspiration. I hope you will consider joining us in the spring for The Living Studio Along the Seine (there are only a few spots left).

Here is a peek into The Living Studio Along the Danube…

 

Our first four days were spent is gorgeous Prague!

Then we traveled to Germany to board our boutique river cruise ship that would be our home over the next week.

We would go through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Look at our view as we made art!

Walking around Passau, Germany.

Each day we could all choose what we EACH wanted to do for our excursions. This made it so much fun to go on a walking tour, to a castle or a bike ride.

Here we were taking a bike tour around Linz, Austria.

After a morning art class Kelly, Jack and I stayed on the ship and rested, watched movies, got massages and made art. It was the perfect was to rest and get ready for more fun the next day.

One of my favorite days was bike riding through the vineyards and orchards. It was a magical day.

Then it was off to Vienna…

One of the sweetest surprises of the trip was the most inspiring art museum in Slovakia. In the middle of nowhere was an architectural masterpiece!

The trip to the museum was a special gift from the ship for just us as a thank you for bringing our workshop to them.

Our first glimpses of Budapest as we sailed into this exquisite city.

No photo will show you how incredible our illumination tour in Budapest was from the ship!

This was our last night together and it was the perfect ending!

I will be back to the Danube for sure!

The next post about The Living Studio Along the Danube will be all about the art that was created!

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Wendy Brightbill INSTANTLY Available Online Course

 

This morning Wendy Brightbill began her two day live workshop in our studio and we have a big surprise!  Wendy has recorded this workshop and we are making it INSTANTLY available right now for you to watch!  3+ hours, $18, instantly available, lifetime access!  Happy Weekend!

Playing Big: A Mini Course with Wendy Brightbill

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Is there something keeping you from playing big in your painting? Are you wanting to push through creative blocks and create the kind of art you see in your dreams? Then join us for Playing Big Abstract Painting Class. This last year I noticed that there was a real disconnect in the art that I was making and the art I really wanted to make. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t painting what I really wanted to paint. So I gave myself permission to really play big! This class is all about taking big risks and putting it all out there. No holding back!!! Working on a large piece of watercolor paper, we will explore color, mark making, style and composition. Get lost in the process and create with abandon.

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class and have an incredible weekend!

Jeanne Oliver

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