Fall Kitchen Tour 2017 and Recipe | Fig + Prosciutto Pizza

The neighborhood pool closed yesterday so I guess fall is around the corner! Thank you for joining me for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays as we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces.

We went on a crazy home journey almost two years ago and you can read about it herehere and here.  We had no interest in moving and then here we are. It was 2 years ago this month that we looked at that first home and all of the adventuring began.

We have been in this home for 18 months now and we have worked the hardest to turn an unfinished workshop and garage into our new studio.  We have so many ideas and plans for this home and we have been having the best time making it ours.  Before we moved in we had the whole house painted Nano White by Behr (ceilings, walls, baseboards) and we had the window frames painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. It is amazing what just paint and lighting can do to transform a space.

All of the homes we put offers on were mid century or more modern homes.  We had been wanting this change for awhile and it feels so good to have this new creative energy. Creating comfortable and beautiful spaces within our home for our family and friends is one of my greatest joys.  We have taken our time over the past 18 months to make this home ours and we not in a rush to fill the space.  It has been so much fun to allow this home to organically come together.

Come on in as we foraged on our land for the branches and wildflowers throughout our kitchen to bring the changing season inside. I am also sharing one of our favorite homemade pizza recipes (we cheat a little with pre-made crust). Welcome!

 

 

Our kids were very happy that I had a lunchtime photo shoot. I made four of these and there was nothing left. When you have figs in season you have to add them wherever you can! All of the flavors of this pizza are so good together and don’t forget the lemon zest. I created a recipe for this but I just make them up based upon the flavors I have on hand and what is in season.

 

| We order our cauliflower crust from HERE |

 

As a family we are usually in the kitchen, the living room off the kitchen, in the library/piano room you see in the distance or the back patio.  I love how open this floorplan is and how it allows us to create a space that flows from space to space but also encourages places that encourage resting, reading and talking.

 

I love being able to have my most used serving pieces handy and visible. So many are from artisans or purchased in our travels. We have slowly begun collecting restored vintage French copper pots and pans from Sunday Broncantes. You have to be fast though…they sell out faster than I can usually get to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every child that comes to our home thinks it is the coolest thing ever that we have a real phone attached to the wall. Then we tell them how we used to stretch the cord so far into our bedrooms while we were growing up for the tiny chance of privacy.

 

 

 

Come on over and join the tour. These are some of the best of the best and I am so honored to be included with this incredible lineup. The bonus is that you will have dinner and dessert ideas ready all week:-)

Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild

Craftberry Bush | Nesting with Grace | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner

Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage | French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah

Jennifer Rizzo

and our featured guest this week, Michael from Inspired by Charm

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I am a teacher in WANDERLUST 2018 | Early Registration Just Opened!

 

As a creative that also runs a business I work alone a lot.

This is time I desperately need to stay focused and true to myself.

I also make it a priority to say YES to at least one incredible collaboration a year so I have the beautiful inspiration, comradery, and lavishing that comes from GATHERING with other creatives. I need it as desperately as I need the time alone.

There are many offers that come past our desk and it was so easy to have my YES this year be to Kasia and Jamie of Wanderlust!  I know you have a lot of choices for online courses and I love how different and rich Wanderlust is.

I will be teaching about abstract artist Joan Mitchell! I am so excited I can barely stand it. We will be creating beautiful and bold art inspired by one of my art heroes! I think the best course content comes when the teacher is incredibly inspired.

Come and hear more and meet all of the teachers! This line-up is so fun and inspiring! I am honored to be included with them…

 

Are you interested in art, craft, mixed-media and art journaling? Then Wanderlust 2018 is for you!

Wanderlust is a whole year long journey – an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable) and easy access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered.

Besides the lessons you will also find various Activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art.

Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount from our Partners – leading online art and craft retailers.

Wanderlust 2018 is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Wanderlust 2018 is on sale at the Early Bird only until 31st of December 2017. There are four free videos available on our Community straight away: Introduction to Wanderlust, Colour & Composition, The Basics of Art Journaling and How to use the Community. Plus for our Early Bird Adventurers we have a “Dynamic Paper Painting” class with Kasia and a printable Eliza’s Collage Collection filled with some lovely ephemera.

To sign up or read more click HERE. If you have any questions please ask!

See you in class!

 

Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start my birthdayWEEK on May 5th and just ride it through Mother’s Day.  Genius.

We live about 30 minutes outside of Denver and if I am asked what I want to do on a free day or a special day I will usually choose hiking, making art or heading into the city. For my birthday this year, we went around to some new and other favorite spots around town. It was such a fun day that I wanted to share it with you.

This is the order in which we celebrated my birthday.  We like to do up birthdays custom to each person. This way the person being celebrated feels very seen but it becomes a fun day for everyone else too.

Our first stop was Sonder. My friend Kara Rosenberry had been raving about it and today was the perfect day to try it out. It did not disappoint. The food, London Fog, croissants, and ambiance were spot on. We will be back for sure the next time we are heading to Denver.

The next stop was one of my very favorite shops in the world, Old Glory Antiques. If you see something in our home or shop that you think is unbelievable…we probably got it here.

This shop was a total accident in our day and the BEST surprise! We were headed to another shop a friend had suggested and found this instead. If you are in the area you have to stop at Relevant Goods. Amazing artisans from the area, incredible styling, art, found objects and the owner is warm and welcoming. My new favorite store.

Yes, it was time to eat again. We started with fun cocktails and then tried a ton of different apps and entrees at Devil’s Food.  The winner was probably the chicken and waffles that Kelly got. Insanely good. I don’t think I could eat a whole plate without being rolled out of there was the few bites I had were incredible.

My favorite museum in Denver is the Clyfford Still Museum. His work is changed out regularly and the architecture of this museum is the most beautiful compliment to his work.  If you are lucky you may end up enjoying an outdoor concert in the garden or a smaller ensemble in one of the galleries.

We made a quick stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art to peek at the Basquiat exhibit. We ended our time here with some apps and cocktails on the rooftop cafe.

It was stunning out this day and we enjoyed some time outside Union Station just soaking up the sun, people watching and talking. We then went inside because Union Station is one of my favorite places. So many good restaurants, gorgeous surroundings, fun vibe and when possible I love to pick up some fresh flowers here.

I know you are thinking we can’t eat again but I promise you we could and did. The Kitchen was our final stop. From the moment we arrived, they took my flowers and found a vase, made us some amazing cocktails, let us sit outside for hours and allowed our family to just be. It felt like France. This was the most perfect ending to such a beautiful day.

Thanks for coming along and I would love to hear if you have a favorite Denver spot.

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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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I Am Speaking | Brave Girl Symposium

 

We need some rest every so often from all that’s going on in the world…
Wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere where the topics of politics, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and anything else that could be divisive is off limits for just a few days? A place where we can just be together and talk about soul things? Well that’s what Symposium is! Even though you will be in a room with women from all backgrounds, belief systems, and surrounded by all kinds of diversity…we will only be focusing on how to be good sisters to each other…telling soul-to-soul stories. 
 
I am excited to tell you that I will be one of the speakers this year at the Brave Girl Symposium and this year it is all about our stories.
You know how I feel about telling our stories!
What

Inspiring speakers
World-class entertainment
Art & Creativity
Boutique Shopping
Connecting, Idea-Sharing, Art-Making, Relaxation, FUN
plus the new All Sisters Choir
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(payment plans available)
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When 

 July 6, 7, & 8…plus two free (optional) bonus days on July 5 and 9
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Where

???The Riverside Hotel….on the banks of the beautiful Boise River in Boise, ID.
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Who
YOU! Plus your hosts, Brave Girl Founders Melody Ross & Kathy Wilkins,
with special guests including:
Jeanne Oliver, Yve Evans, Pixie Lighthorse, Kelly Rae Roberts,
Kallie Maughan, Flora Bowley, Margie Romney- Aslett and more!
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Plus several small, optional breakout sessions!

Your Symposium ticket includes access to nearly non-stop live music, talks by inspiring women from different walks of life, special boutique shopping, art-making, music-making, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and so much more!  Whether you come with friends or come alone, come for a life-changing experience!  

To read more or to register click HERE.
I hope to see you there and to hear YOUR story!

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A Color Narrative With Danielle Donaldson Begins on Monday!

Only a few more days until Danielle Donaldson’s newest online course, A Color Narrative, begins!

Guys! It is so stunning and the watercolor geodes had me all weepy they are so beautiful!

Danielle is an incredible teacher and the artists in her courses leave so inspired.

A Color Narrative is a one week online course (4+ hours of content) with lifetime access.

The registration price is $48.

Color tells stories and shares emotion in ways words can’t. In our time together, I’ll help you discover the beauty of each color and the stories they are ready to help you share through your art. We’ll begin by learning how to build limited color palettes that travel well and push you to figure out how to create your own beautiful colors. Once we have built our palettes, we’ll learn to mix a plethora of colors with a series of simple questions and adjustments. Next, we’ll work on some exercises that will reveal the importance of composition in storytelling – painting different kinds of watercolor washes with an emphasis on layering techniques and mark-making. We’ll conclude our time together with a pretty give-it-a-spin illustration project that includes a fancy globe filled with color, imagination and a few of your favorite things tucked inside!

Techniques shared: creating and documenting limited color palettes |color confidence-building | watercolor layering studies | start small-finish big composition practice | mechanical pencil mark-making project | give-it-a-spin illustration project

Come and watch the course trailer…

To register or to read more come on over to our creative network!

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

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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.

 

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Gathering Beauty| A Study in Still Life Painting Early Registration

We have been hoping for a course just like this for awhile.

We are so lucky to have Wendy Brightibill sharing her gifts again with us and this time she is teaching Gathering Beauty | A Study in Still Life Painting.

 

A peek into Gathering Beauty by Wendy Brightbill…

With Spring right around the corner, I am looking forward to the longer days and new life. I often feel a surge of creativity around this time of the year. There is something about the warm sunshine and gentle breezes that calls me to pick up my paintbrush and paint with abandon. With the promise of new life and all things green, I find myself drawn to vibrant color and painting flowers in my artwork. I have this need to gather and document all the beauty around me.

In this course, we will be looking for quiet moments of beauty to document and capture in our creative practice. We will spend time gathering all things beautiful and letting that spill out onto our canvases and paper. I will show you some of my favorite tips for creating a beautiful and unique still life composition. We will explore still life sketching on paper and in art journals. We will play with different mediums to create one of kind paintings and drawings. We will learn how to look with new eyes and really study every day moments. I will share with you all of my favorite techniques for painting floral still life pieces. We will focus on finding our own creative voice and how to express that on canvas.

You can watch the course trailer below:

The early registration price for this 4+ hour online course is $32 with lifetime* access.  The course will begin on April 24, 2017.

If you have any questions 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 on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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