Creativity Takes Courage {Bre Doucette of Rooms For Rent}


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 Bre Doucette of Rooms for Rent!

The word on the street is this that the two of us girls can TALK. Shocker!

We had the best time talking about business, home, family, creating, passions, faith and gifts.

This girl has awesome stories of stepping out in faith and being blown away by the results.

If you love to hear about small beginnings (and isn’t that most of our stories) and where they can take you we would love to have you join us…

To watch the video you just need to be registered at (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 Bre’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!

Jeanne Oliver Creative Network Catalog and a HUGE giveaway!


**This giveaway is now closed and winners have been announced below.**

Each online course, collection and retreat has truly become a labor of love.

This is an investment of so many that I truly love and admire. It has never been just me.

As we were creating this digital catalog to share with all of you I looked at page after page of some of my favorite artists and they were teaching on our creative network.

It is humbling and honoring and exciting!

Our network has over 46 courses and 48 gifted and generous artists and it is growing each month!

Over the last several years we have watched our online creative network grow to almost 24,000 members!

We have so many plans and dreams for the years to come but we couldn’t have done any of this without YOU!

You have bought our collections, taken our courses, shared with your friends and traveled to connect in person.

We are forever changed by YOU!

We have been working on a digital catalog so you can browse our online courses and have an easy way to share them with your friends.

We have worked hard to bring you the…

Jeanne Oliver Creative Network

Art and Lifestyle Catalog

Fall/Winter 2015



We often work hard and then move onto the next big thing without celebrating milestones and accomplishments and I don’t want to do that this time!

To honor where we began and where we hope to go we wanted to celebrate with some fun giveaways!

I guess we can call this a little online party and we hope you will invite everyone you know!

* We are giving away THREE COMPLETE ONLINE PACKAGES of all of our online courses valued at over $3000

**The winners**

Missy Brooks commented:

Amazing giveway!! I have taken so many courses and keep coming back because it is evident that they are labors of love and divinely inspired. Jeanne’s courses are always rich in content (and awesome teachers), opening a new world to me each time! So much so, that like a really good movie, I revisit them frequently to absorb new info I missed the previous round!! That makes for a valuable investment!


Jennifer Thomas commented:

i have taken several courses on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network, but one of my favorite courses is Becoming, The Unfolding of You. It is a course that is still impacting my life, months after the course’s beginning. I am looking forward to taking Scribble Art, a course which starts in September.’


Paula V commented:

I’ve only discovered the site about a month or so, and have signed up for several classes so far one of my favorites is “studying under the masters”. I’m not all the way through the lessons, only finished 1 artist, but Ah-amazing! Danielle Donalsons creative girl class was super cool too!


Congratulations!  Please email us at and we will get you all of your online classes!

* We are giving away ONE $300 Dick Blick Gift Card

**The winner**

Elisabetta commented:

Posted on instagram, and cross my fingers! Thanks a lot for this wonderful giveaway!!


Congratulations!  Please email us at and we will get you your gift certificate!


* We are giving away FIVE gallery wrapped canvas prints (your choice) from the Jeanne Oliver collection valued at over $300

**The winners**

I would love the opportunity to win (am actually aiming for one of your art pieces). I’ve learned so much from you and your amazing network of artists. I hope to meet you someday and express to you, face-to-face, what a wonderful and delightful inspiration you’ve been.


Hello, Jeanne!
I am so happy because I’ve found this amazing network you created. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I already enjoyed some of the free classes and I am learning a lot in Studying under the masters 3. This is an fantastic course with tons of important information. I want to take as many courses as I can, especially the Pattern Play course. I hope you can reach more and more people from all over the world. Congratulations on your work.


Kathryn commented:

I took the class Becoming The Unfolding of You. This series was a life changer and encouraged me to embrace my creative neurons that had become lethargic and almost disappeared in the drudgery of work. Oh, I really could go on and on BUT, I will tell you that I am now the proud owner of yarn, knitting needles, art paper, colored pencils and charcoal markers……the cob webs are gently lifting and beauty is sprouting. THE CREATIVE NEURONS ARE FIRING. She may have been resuscitated ( I am a nurse thus the medical speak!!) Thank you Jeanne for your passion, vulnerability and willingness to share your becoming. God bless you.


Konstanze commented:

I signed up for the mobil art course and so looking forward to this! You network is so great! Thank you!


onegoldensun commented:

i can’t wait to go to Amsterdam in 2016 with Jeanne and Kathie! What a fun giveaway! So many good things here.


Congratulations!  Please email us at and we will get you your gift certificate!


* We are giving away ONE Jeanne Oliver Designs Gift Certificate for our shop valued at $200

**The winner**

Melinda commented:

I have taken various courses here and am looking forward to the handlettering one coming this fall! This lovely community has been such a gift of inspiration, beauty and courage nudging to try new things! Thank you!

 Congratulations!  Please email us at and we will get you your gift certificate!



* We are giving away ONE spot in the SOLD OUT Danielle Donaldson workshop here in Denver this month!  You will also receive a signed copy of her newest book Creative Girl! This package is valued at over $200


The winner is…

Sheila Earhart

I’ve taken several of Jeanne’s classes & was fortu ate enough to take one in person in February of this year at Old Glory Antiques! It was fabulous! I myst say though, of all of the art classes I’ve taken anywhere by anyone, my favorite by far is “The Journey of Letting Go; Creating Beauty from the Ashes.” As Jeanne knows, this class was life changing for me! Thank you again for that, Jeanne!

(this is made possible by the generous donation of a student)

Everything we are giving away is valued at over $4,000!

To enter to win one of the above please leave a message on THIS post sharing about a course you have taken on or share a course you hope to take on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network!

For additional chances at the giveaway you can…

* Share our new digital catalog on Facebook

* Pin this post and/or catalog to Pinterest

* Talk about the giveaway and/or new catalog on Instagram and use the hashtag #jeanneolivercreativenetwork

* Follow us on Instagram at jeanneoliver

* Blog about the new catalog

* Share this post on Twitter

EACH time you share about new course or please come back and let us know.

Thank you for sharing the new catalog!

{the winners will be announced on August 25th}

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Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover


It has been awhile since we had updated our Maddy’s room and wouldn’t you know it that in the meantime she has become a young lady!

Her last room update was vintage linens, sweet colors and her favorite color at the time…turquoise.

As we were pulling together ideas, colors and patterns of what direction to go we were looking to Maddy and what is authentic to her the whole time.

What fun is an awesome room if the person that it is for doesn’t feel comfortable in it?!

Don’t go for the perfect room for you…make it the perfect room for them!

Here is the before (pretty darn adorable if you ask me)…

And here is the after…

We are all in love with Maddy’s new space and most importantly SHE loves it.

Maddy is really loving the full bed, a place for her guitar, the record player and the clothing rack (duh, I want one too).

It took awhile to find all of the pieces and I know it is still a work in progress and she makes it her own.


Wall Color: Inkwell by Sherwin Williams

End tables: Target

Lamps: Target

Sconces: Urban Outfitters

Sheet Set: Pottery Barn Teen

White Linen Bedding: West Elm

Books: Anthro

Candle: Anthro

Jewelry Dish: Alisa Burke

Bed: Land of Nod

Curtains: Tapestries we converted to curtains from Urban Outfitters

Dresser Knobs: Anthro

Pillows: Target, Urban Outfitters

Record Player and Records: Urban Outfitters

Desk: Target

Makeup Cart: IKEA

Clothing Rack: Urban Outfitters

Posters: Urban Outfitters

Wild and Free: Urban Outfitters

Light Fixture: IKEA

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Documented Life Project Art Video {Creating with Ephemera}


Good Morning!

Thank you so much for joining me!  I am so honored to be a part of such a talented group of teachers and students.

I am excited to be the featured artist for the Documented Life Project and today I am sharing my videos!

I have just returned from teaching in Italy and one of the classes I taught I thought would be perfect for this challenge.

I adore vintage ephemera and it is really the main thing I purchase during my travels and I cherish every little scrap.

There is something dreamy about the texture and patina of vintage papers and it is a beautiful way to reuse gorgeous colors, text and penmanship of the past.

Before we get started I wanted to share a little tip about journaling and introduce myself…

Let me introduce myself!

{With Jeanne Oliver}


Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART ONE

{With Jeanne Oliver}


Documented Life Project Art Video {Ephemera} PART TWO

{With Jeanne Oliver}



Step by Step Instructions

1. Cover your substrate with clear gesso and let dry

2. Sketch with your charcoal pencil, damp paintbrush and white gesso.  Add Stabilo as needed.  Just have fun and experiment with these mediums as you move them around with the water.

3. Once your sketch is dry you can begin adding your torn vintage papers with Liquitex Matte Medium.  Make sure you put the matte medium on your paper and seal with the matte medium.

4. Add a few pieces of vintage book pages to the neck and face following the steps in #3.

5. Paint the background and while it is wet mark into it with the back of your paintbrush or if it has dried mark into it with your exacto knife.

6. Mix a basic skin tone with titanium white, yellow ochre and crimson.   Add neo color II to the face to create more depth.  I like payne’s grey, yellow ochre, crimson and flesh.  These move around beautifully with just a bit of water. If you add too much don’t worry and just lift off with a dry rag or wet wipe.  Dry between each layer to prevent your colors turning into brown.  I always think a little extra white paint (or white gesso) above the eyes at the end makes a face more interesting. Remember that less detail is definitely more.  Experiment with letting your brain pull the pieces together and not feeling like every little detail of the face needs to be included.

7. A few tips to remember: hold your brush back and loose, let go of the details, turn the music up and just have fun:-)


Original Image

Jeanne Oliver Copyrighted Image-This is for personal use and practice only

Breakdown of the Face Image


* Journal

* Water brush

* #4 Round Long Handled Paintbrush

* Charcoal Pencil

* Black Stabilo Pencil

* White Gesso

* Clear Gesso

* Liquitex Matte Medium

* Bulldog Clips

* Porcelain Stacking Bowls

* Mechanical Pencil

* Heat it Tool

* Paint (background color, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Crimson}

* Neocolor II (payne’s grey, white, yellow ochre, crimson, flesh}

* Vintage Ephemera

Thank you so much for the amazing team at The Documented Life Project for asking me to be a part of your series!

I would love to have you check out my creative network with over 40 beautiful online courses!

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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Creative Girl and a Book Giveaway | Way to Go Danielle!


Sometimes you see a person you adore work their butt off and create MAGIC!

That is exactly what my girl Danielle Donaldson has done!

It has been one of the most exciting things to see one of the most talented women I know create her first book.

To celebrate the release of Creative Girl (currently a #1 best seller on Amazon) I am giving away one copy of the book.

Can you hear a woop woop all the way from Colorado?

To enter:

1).  Leave a comment on this post sharing what you love about Danielle’s work

For additional chances you can…

2).  Go follow Danielle on Instagram

3). Go sign up for Danielle’s newsletter on her blog

4). Pin this post to Pinterest

5). Blog about this giveaway and Danielle’s new book

6). Share this giveaway on Facebook.

Each time you do one of the above come back to this post and let us know.

The winner will be announced on July 28, 2015.

Danielle, thank you for sharing your art, humor, sarcasm and friendship with me!

I love you so!


If you love Danielle’s work and want to learn from her I am proud to say that you can take her popular courses on our creative network!

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. Danielle’s classes are Creative Girl: Shenanigans in the Classroom and Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.


This giveaway is now closed!

The winner is…

I discovered Danielle’s work when I signed up for one of the Creative Girl classes. I love the whimsical, dreamlike quality of Danielle’s work. And what a lovely person she is! Watching the videos was like having a friend over for coffee. Thanks so much for the giveaway–fingers crossed ;)!


Congratulations!  Please email us at with your shipping information.

All prizes must be claimed by August 10, 2015

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What A Good Woman Does {and other thoughts on the subject}

Sometimes a song is so powerful that as it plays you see a moving picture going through your mind.
Maybe you see your own story or maybe you see the story of another.
Either way I know that each of us have been in a situation where the air was knocked out of us and in a moment everything changed.
Where we began again.
Moved on.
Did it scared.
Felt lost.
Wondered how you got here?
Had no answers.
Longed for it to all be over.
Sought peace.
Felt trapped.
Wanted to fight for truth.
Held a secret.
Was tired and wanted to give up.
These past few years we have been standing beside precious people as they have walked through darkness.
In the midst of the days you never prepared for… you don’t know that the light comes.
It does.
You still have a voice.
You still have breath in your lungs.
You laugh again.
You figure it out.
You start again.
You find YOU.
You make mistakes.
You ask for forgiveness or forgive.
We are all beautifully broken and our storm comes at one time or another.
To the men and women that we love so much, you haven’t lost your voice.
What a Good Woman Does
Joy Williams
I can’t carry the weight of this war
I can’t do it anymore
Everyone’s wounded, nobody’s won

Hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Don’t feel sorry for yourself
You’ve got everything you want
Everyone’s watching you pick up and run

To hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Ooh, a good woman does
That’s not what a good woman
Ooh, that’s not what a good woman does

Can’t carry the weight of this war
I won’t do it anymore

Hear me
I haven’t lost my voice without you near me
I can tell the truth about you leaving
But that’s not what a good woman does

Ooh, a good woman does
That’s not what a good woman
Ooh, that’s not what a good woman does

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…


I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create.

Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged.

Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote to me how much my workshop meant to her and her creative process…

“Jeanne Oliver is not just an art teacher, she is an artist’s teacher. Jeanne doesn’t just show you how to replicate the beautiful art that she creates, she teaches you how to create your art as an artist. When retreating with or studying under Jeanne, her art is not your primary inspiration, her way of creation, her way of being as a living artist is. Learning to make art with Jeanne is learning to develop yourself as a uniquely gifted artist. Jeanne teaches the art of becoming an artist, that is most clearly her purpose and call.”  -Cara

I have to tell you that when I read those words my hear was FULL because I have never just wanted to teach someone to make art just like me…I have wanted to help others to find their own way creatively and make art!

Your art can be writing, gardening, photography, decorating, storytelling, painting, cooking and the list goes on and on.

I am so excited to share that I have two very special art retreats that are coming up next year.

There is very limited space in both retreats!

Won’t you consider joining me next year and making time to connect with your creative self? It is one of the most priceless gifts I have ever given to myself.


The Living Studio Amsterdam

May 10-17, 2016

The Living Studio Along the Danube

A river cruise

October 9-19, 2016

Watch a short video to get a taste of our luxury yacht…

What is included in your 10 night/11 day stay

*This itinerary includes the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780

  • 3 nights hotel in Prague at the InterContinental or Hilton Old Town (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
  • Transfer from Prague to the ship in Vilshofen
  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Most staterooms offer French balconies or revolutionary Twin Balconies
  • A sketchbook and portable studio with all of the art supplies you will need to make the Danube your Living Studio
  • Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
  • Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
  • Life enriching tours and excursions daily
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library and English language TV stations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Terry bathrobes and white-on-white plush bedding in all staterooms
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise
  • Multiple dining venues on select vessels
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner on board
  • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music
  • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours
  • Services of professional Cruise Manager
  • All English language on board in a non-smoking environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
  • Transfers between hotel and ship are included with the purchase of cruise and land package; airport transfers are included with the purchase of airfare from AmaWaterways
  • All local taxes

*This does not include airfare


Join me: October 9-19, 2016 /October

In US dollars: Starting at $3767 per person / double occupancy

You can upgrade your cabin for a fee and also add on the land portion of exploring Prague for an additional $780.

The room included in this package is cabin E (there are only a few available at this time) for $3767.00 per person and you can upgrade your cabin to include more square footage and/or a balcony for prices ranging from $4,066.00-$6,966.00 per person.  To view all cabins click HERE.

Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $1,000

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you
Final payment due May 12, 2016

If you are interested in The Living Studio | Danube River Cruise please email Jeanne Oliver at to answer any questions and/or to place your deposit on this once in a lifetime art retreat.




Thank you for taking at a peek of two of my only art retreats that I will be teaching in 2016!

I hope you will join me and create with me as we explore in Amsterdam or along the Danube.

Both of them are a dream!