Listening | Finding the Quiet {free study starting January 1, 2016}

Last year we were blown away by the response to the free series Becoming | The Unfolding of You

This series was all about seeing yourself as Christ sees you and it was heart changing for so many of us.

We saw over 6,000 men and women join us from all over the world!

This year we had no plans to offer another free series in January because we thought we would be in the middle of moving (that whole story will be coming soon) and some other life stuff but I heard loud and clear that we needed to do it again.

I have learned by now that when you know you need to do something…jump in and get it done! I don’t want to miss out on anything that the Lord has for us and you!

Just like last year we sent out emails explaining the heart behind this year’s series and once again the most BEAUTIFUL emails came back to us!

Guys, so many people let us know that they had been praying and asking the Lord for ways to talk about him, share their stories and to connect with people in a whole new way. Isn’t that the coolest?!

These men and women that are just crazy about Jesus and crazy about you are coming together to share their own journeys and stories!

This year we would love to have you join us for Listening | Finding the Quiet!

Join over 20 men and women for a four week study all about finding the quiet in each day and hearing the voice of God.

If would love to have you watch the series trailer..

The world can be so loud and we desperately need quiet. We need time to think, process, pray, worship, plan, dream, forgive, heal and find direction.  To just be still.   Do we give ourselves this time to be quiet and truly listen to the voice of the Lord?  Are you striving and trying to navigate life in your own strength? Are you tired?  Do you know that the Lord pursues you?  Do you know that he wants to carry your burdens? Do you know that he deeply longs to communicate with you and have a relationship with you?  Are you ready to find the quiet and listen to his voice?

If you don’t make intentional time with the Lord each day will it happen?  Your walk with the Lord is a relationship and relationships only grow when we make time for each other.  Each week you will hear Listening stories from the men and women in this study.  We will be sharing our own journeys of listening and intentionally finding the quiet.

We hope you will join us January 6, 2015 for this free online study!

Come and check out the men and women that will be a part of the Listening series!

Amanda Purvis

Courtney Walsh

Jen Wagner

Ernest Smith

Paige Knudsen

Sheila Atchley

Alicia Hutchinson

Bre Doucette

Cindy Taylor

Amber Newberry

Brandi Pahl

Junelle Jacobsen

Lisa Leonard

Rebecca McCollough

Kennesha Buycks

Aaron Wagner

Leslie Williams

Jenni Bowlin

Lis Dunn

Meg Duerkson

Julie Johnson

Jeanne Oliver

To join this free study you just need to be registered at (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 Listening | Finding the Quiet

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 Listening | Finding the Quiet

4) Click on Listening | Finding the Quiet

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 1, 2016

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Bhome {I am joining the party}

Months ago I was contacted to be a part of the launch of a brand new app called Bhome.

As much as I have social media in my life for my business I have to be honest that I get overwhelmed by too many things coming at me and the idea of learning one more new thing just usually keeps me from jumping into things way behind other people.  The more I was learning about Bhome and the more my friends were sharing about the app I decided to see what all the talk was about.  The more I learned the more I wanted to be a part of it.  ONE app that allows you to follow your favorite bloggers all in one place!  You can easily access their projects, discussions, facebooks pages and even what they are pinning.  This would actually make my life easier to have everything in one spot and to easily access only what I want to see.

If you want to see how this FREE app works Donna from Funky Junk Interiors has created a fun video to show you all the details!  I am very visual so this was so good for me.

Drum roll…Jeanne Oliver Designs is now a part of the Bhome app and it will be such an easy way for us to keep in touch and for you to see what we are working on!

Thank you for Bhome for including me with so many other creatives that inspire me all of the time.  It is such an honor to be asked and to be able to share what we are working on over here.

To celebrate we are giving away one of our Piper Art Bags over on Bhome!

I would love for you to find us on the app, favorite us and connect in this fun and new way!  I promise it will be easy:-)

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My Cozy Fall Favorites 2015

Cozy, eclectic, artsy, warm and comfortable are words I would use to describe how I hope our home feels to my family and friends.

Cozy is the best word and it instant makes me think of comfy pajamas, my hands wrapped around a huge mug of something hot, a good book, the fireplace going, my favorite record playing, curled up on the couch with a fluffy blanket and sweet faces surrounding me.

As soon as the temperatures dip below 80 degrees I am ready to wrap my home, cooking, art and daily practices around the art of fall.

It is truly the beginning of my favorite seasons of the year.

If you have been following me for awhile you know I love to share some of my favorite items each season.

When you look at the lists below just look at the images and then get creative on where you can find the items that can add a little cozy to your home.

I think home should be a sweet mix of scents, sounds and textures.

And as always…I LOVE to hear what you like to add to your homes!

1.  This book has been on my list since I saw it in Savannah during a Living Studio retreat.

Give me all the books!  Books are one of my favorite things in the world and you will see them all over our home.

2. Find the recipes that make your family happy and make them again and again again.

3. Paper!  Oh, how I love paper! I am a paper girl through and through and it makes me giddy in all forms. I have a journal with me at all times so I can sketch and write down ideas.

4. I love a good candle and I even have a cabinet of just candles. This is very true.  My favorite, favorite, favorite scent is Amber & Moss.  My whole house smells so yummy when it is burning.

5. I kind of have a mug addiction. Kind of.  I swear it makes coffee and tea taste even better.

6. Every good room needs to have an easy to grab throw or blanket. We actually have a few piles of blankets and throws in a few rooms.  I hate being cold (and I am always cold).

7. Music is so big in our home and vinyl  is just is another way that we celebrate that.   Do you remember when we were younger and we would sit for hours listening to new music and reading over the whole cover, lyrics etc.?   I am still a big believer that we still need to just sit, relax, read, listen and enjoy…really enjoy the things that make us smile.

8. I know I have told you a million times but I just love THIS pot.  I make everything (everything) in my Staub.  It really gets the most use in the fall and winter. I promise you that even though it is an investment that you will have it for the rest of your life.  Heck, your kids can probably use it too.

9. I know, I know that this is a little frivolous but COME ON…they are soooo cute!!!  I hide them from the kids and will only let them light the candles with the lighters. The matches are all for me:-)

10. Many of you emailed me about some of my clothes from my France trip and most of my clothes are from Target, Anthro, Free People, Urban Outfitters and Tilly’s.  This sweater is from Tilly’s and sweaters are one of the BEST parts of cozy weather!

11. Coffee. Nuff said.

12.  I am a sucker for packaging and awesome scents and this one wins for also being super cheap!

13.  My kids LOVE hot cider and this is our favorite mulling spice.  We get it each year and even use it through Christmas.

14.  Pillows make everything better. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but pillows are the EASIEST and CHEAPEST way to add a whole new look to your space.

15. My favorite linen scarf is from one of my most favorite shops.  If you go to Paris I hope you will pop inside! Layers are another beautiful part about cozy weather and you have so many choices in how you can show your creativity through your clothes and accessories.  So fun!

16.  Cozy weather instantly makes me want to make art. This is a course I have coming up in January 2016.  Whatever thing you love to do I hope you make time for it!  You owe it to yourself to give yourself that thing that helps you relax and find peace.

17.  Flowers or something green are a must in this home each week.  It is my gift to myself every. single. week. I don’t wait for anyone else to do it for me.

18.  Lights and lighting makes a HUGE impact on your space.  Overhead lights are great but don’t forget how COZY table lamps make your space feel.

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Home For The Holidays Sale {make your holidays simple and meaningful}

One of my most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}.

This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love.

I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a discount for the next 48 hours.

For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $39!

*There will be 65 videos. 30 project videos and 35 discussion videos.

These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating

*Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

*Supply Lists and PDFs for each project

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

You will have lifetime* access!

Course Description:

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that this course will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

I promise you that this course will help you look at your home, your traditions, your family and opening your doors in a whole new way!

Won’t you join me in Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}?

The teachers in this course are some of your favorite bloggers (or they are about to become)!

Here is a peek into what you will create in this INSANTLY available online course.

I am so excited to open my doors to friends and family again this year!

Just seeing these photos makes my heart skip a beat and makes me excited to love on those in my life in sweeter ways all year long.

To read more or register 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 (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 offer 49 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

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Reflections: Paint Your Story {our first online course for 2016}

All of my courses come from an authentic place of walking through something, discovery and/or personal growth.

One of the biggest lessons I learned creatively in 2015 was that it was time to really tell my story.  To hold nothing back and to start letting it spill all over the page.  There is art I have never shared and maybe art I will choose not to share.  That is your freedom also. Getting your story out and letting it guide your creative process will change your creative heart and the art that you produce.

Your own authentic art is only a story away!


Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change.  When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating.  It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

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If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

Some of the techniques being taught: sketching, acrylic painting, charcoal, ink, image transfers, portraits, watercolors, abstract sketching and painting, collage and more.

The early registration price for this two week online course is $34.98. This course will begin on January 18, 2016 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (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 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”.

*as long as we manage this site

*as long as we manage this site

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Let’s Make Art Together in 2016!

My travel and teaching schedule will be much closer to home next year but I do have a few extra special workshops that I want you to know about!

Registration just opened for Sketching and Sculpting and it is almost sold out.

Join me for a two-day workshop all about finding your sketching style and then incorporating your style into a sculpture.

We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels and more and fill a morning with some of my favorite sketching exercises and techniques.

We will then create sculptures using industrial armatures.

The whole workshop will be broken down into easy to follow steps so whether you are new to sketching and sculpting or you are an old pro … you will leave inspired and with pieces that you are proud of.

Teaching at Jenny Doh’s studio in Santa Ana is a blast and if this workshop is calling your name I hope you don’t wait too long!


In October I will be leading the Living Studio Along the Danube! This retreat only has one spot left!  If this spot yours?

We will be traveling on a luxury river cruise ship and we will be exploring and creating art from Budapest to Prague.

You have to read all about it!

If you have any questions about any of the retreats please do not hesitate to contact me at

I would love to create with you in 2016!

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Scribble Art Begins On Monday!

Scribble Art with Julie Johnson begins on Monday!

This week I shared a sneak peek into the Art of Home | Modern Simple Living on social media.  Julie Johnson took that image and did her mad scribble art skills with it!

How fun is this?!

We have put together just a PEEK (because this course is so rich in content) of a few things you will be learning.



Julie Johnson is one of the most creative, generous and humble artists I know and I am so honored that she will be launching her first online course on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network!

What is Scribble Art?

For me it was the journey of letting go and becoming loose in my art. I will share my story of drawing and how I found this style and how you can in corporate it in your own work.

Don’t you want to know why a artist puts a line there? Why did they do that? My favorite learning times in art have been when someone answered those questions for me. I am going to do the same for you.

So what makes Art work?

We will study each of the 3 key elements within our lessons on:

*warm up sketching

*continuous line drawing

*directional drawing the importance of the angle

*value sketching

*how to hold our tools

*fast and slow line work

*soft and hard edges

*the all important measuring within drawing

*why should I Squint?

*focal point within my art

*letting the viewer finish some of the artwork for me

*how to paint with charcoal

*how to paint with drawing tools

*learn how to do a Grisaille painting with scribbles


Projects we will be working on:
(many of these projects we will do in more than one medium. )

drawing our art supplies

drawing from nature

drawing flowers

drawing animals

drawing from statues

work on 3/4 profile


drawing hands

drawing hair

drawing the figure

drawing emotion

drawing action

value drawing

painting a Grisaille painting


The registration price for this one week course is $46.99. This course will begin on September 14, 2015 and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (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 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”.


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