Last Minute Gifts For Creatives

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I hope you are all having a beautiful month of preparing your hearts and homes for Christmas!

We still have a few gifts that we want to get today and then start getting everything wrapped up and ready for Christmas morning.

If you are a creative or you have a special person on your list with an artist’s heart I wanted to share some last minute gifts sure to bring more creativity into their new year.

1. One of my new vintage fabric purses or art bags!  TODAY is the last day we are shipping before Christmas.

My bags are perfect for carrying around all of your favorite supplies on the go!

2. Water Mixable Oil Paints. One of my favorite new mediums of this past year!

3. My first art class of 2015!  Join me for a local, one day art class! 

I promise lots of messy creating, laughter, connecting, some new supplies to take home and a finished painting.

This is a treat for me to teach so close to home! I would love to create with you.

4. I love my easel and it has been one of my favorite creative purchases.  This is a mid range option.

5. Join in on a one year journaling class fill of amazing teachers and an inspiring community of artists!

I am one of the 25 teachers that will be teaching in this online class.

6. How amazing does this book look?  My friend Danielle Donaldson has her first book coming out this spring and it already has so much buzz around it!

7. Who wants to explore and create in Savannah, Georgia with me? 

While most of the country will be covered in snow we will be creating art outside, talking over a latte and being immersed in the beautiful city of Savannah!

8. I want this so badly but haven’t gotten it yet!  Isn’t is awesome?!

This is a total splurge but soooo cool!

9. I have taught in Italy the past two summers and this will be my last year to teach in Italy for awhile. Laura’s retreats are pure luxury and this one will be even more special.

This retreat will be all about faith and your gifts!  I will be teaching along side Stephanie Ackerman and this will be a life changer. I just know it!

10. You guys know how much I love to decorate!  This book is decorator meets artist.

You will be studying each page and your heart may race:-) Be prepared!

11. Join me on this art retreat of a lifetime!

  I still can’t wrap my head around how amazing this Living Studio retreat is going to be. Who wants Normandy, France for Christmas? ME!

12. The best tabletop easel!  I love mine and really appreciate it as I work on smaller oil paintings.

13. I even have something that is totally FREE and just may change your heart in the new year!

Join me and 20 other women as we study along side you in Becoming | The Unfolding of You.

This free study will be like sitting down with friends and hopefully opening your eyes to who you really are and who you are called to be.

I better go get dressed so I can head out and finish MY shopping:-)

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I Am Teaching At The Vintage Whites Market {this is for you Colorado girls}

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For all of you that have been asking for a local Colorado art class I am excited to share this!

I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on January 10, 2015.

Join me for one day as we bring your stories to life through sketching, charcoal, acrylic paints, vintage book covers and words. We will create multiple pieces of art through creative exercises using charcoal, mark making and paint. We will be bringing your treasures, collections and words together to create a completed painting on a vintage book cover. Bring your favorite items from your own scavenger hunts, words from your collections and we will start a story together.

“There are times when your creativity begs to be a scavenger, collector and a storyteller. The scavenger in you finds beauty in strips of old wallpaper, the smell of vintage books and the patina in a collection of lost love letters. You take your findings and bind them with string waiting for the moment to bring them out again. The collector in you finds inspiration from music, poetry, paintings, conversations and the tiny beautiful moments of the day-to-day. You take your collection of beauty and tuck it away … but not forever. The storyteller in you takes your treasures and your collections, rearranges them, sorts them and creates them into something new and all your own.”

I will be there on Friday night too to shop, listen to music and grab something to eat.

$175 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a one day art class and a few goodies during class.

I can’t wait to create with you!

You can register below…




What Will Savannah Look Like? {Q&A}

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Good Morning!

We have had so many questions coming in about the brand new The Living Studio| Savannah, Georgia that I wanted to just take a moment to answer some questions.

Please feel free to also ask questions on this post and I will answer as soon as possible.

*Will there be structured classes?

Absolutely!  This is a much more relaxed and free form retreat because of all of the exploring and art we make on site but we WILL have structured classes too.

We just won’t be staying in a classroom all day when we have such a gorgeous city to explore!

*What will you be teaching?

I will be teaching how to draw a figure, working from live models and images, working with charcoal, how to create images with a limited palette, painting techniques and we will finish completed paintings also

*What supplies will I need?

Kathy and I will be providing you with some supplies but we will be sending out a basic supply list that will fit in a backpack or messenger bag. It will all be things you already have.  The best part is that if you decide you need something we are staying in one of the most artsy towns around and there are multiple art supply stores.

*What will our days look like?

Just imagine good food, cafe stops, architecture, creating IN the city, shopping, history, more good food, creating together and on our own and just getting immersed in a city and your art!

If you want more of a break down of the day please email me and I will send it over to you.

*What if I live local and don’t need the hotel?

YES!  We want you to come!  Kathy will give you a different price based upon not needing a hotel room.  We would love to have you local gals join us and share your city with us!

*I have food allergies and worry about traveling

Kathy and I do too and that is why we care so much about eating at awesome restaurants.  We need to eat at restaurants that really know what goes into their food and they are able to accommodate.

* I don’t want to share a hotel room with anyone. Can I still come?

Of course!  Kathy will adjust your registration cost to reflect your own room.

*I don’t paint.  Can I still come?

Yes!  We are all creative in some way and if sketching or painting is not your thing I promise you that you will have time for photography, reading, writing etc.  This is a creative time to give yourself to just explore and do what YOU want.

*Do I have to join the group for everything each day?

We have created a beautiful retreat but this is YOUR gift to yourself. If you don’t want to do an activity or class then we both would encourage you to go off and explore this incredible city and do what YOU want.

*What is The Living Studio?

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.

This unique retreat 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.

*Can I read about a previous Living Studio retreat before I make a decision?

Of course!  Feel free to read more HERE and ask any questions you might have.

*How do I register?

Kathy is handling all of the registrations and you can find her HERE.

What questions do you have?  I have only answered some of the questions I have received lately on email.

This would be the PERFECT Christmas gift for yourself or another creative heart.

Are You The Winners of Creatively Christmas?

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Thank you to everyone that shared my friend Jennifer Rizzo’s new book Creatively Christmas!

The book sold out in the first printing and it is now back in stock.

Very excited for Jen and I know her creative head is already plotting a second book.

You can read more about the book HERE.

I am giving away two copies and want to get them out to you right away so you can use the book to decorate this Christmas.

The winners are…

dannylion commented:

Christmas – although beautiful is extremely tough for me these days… I feel that extra “kindness” that Christmas exudes in people… You can experience the excitement of the hustle and bustle, the smells of holiday cookies (even in the grocery store) with the sights and sounds of
Christmas lights and music are just beautiful…

 

There are so many things I love about Christmas. I love serving as lector at multiple Masses on Christmas Day. I am a widow and live alone. I volunteer so that Lectors with families can be at home. I am filled with the feelings of love that comes from embracing the spirituality of the season, the memorialization of the birth of Jesus. I also love the Christmas scene I am creating in my home, it brings me peace and hope.

 

Please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with your address and I will get the book out to you right away!

Thank you!

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Sketchworks Begins November 4th!

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I carry pencils, pencils and a sketchbook everywhere I go.

I never know when I will want to jot down my thoughts or quickly sketch out an idea.

Over the years I have definitely grown my drawing skills but I still know there are so many fundamentals I have yet to grasp and include in my art.

When I was studying about the life of Van Gogh I found it fascinating that he practiced his sketching for years…truly years…before he even began using oil paints.

As I was reading and studying his history of practicing I loved seeing how his years of mark making in drawing actually defined his style in painting!

I am honored by the high quality of teachers that share their gifts on my creative network.

This coming Tuesday is the launch of the two week course Sketchworks {drawing with confidence}.

Artist Angie Redhead will lead you in exploring, understanding and practicing the art of sketching.

Here is a peek into the two week course…

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

- Leonardo da Vinci

The old masters were skilled draftsmen. Having a good understanding of logical art allowed them to deviate from the rules in their own way and create masterpieces.

In this two week online class, we will show you the drawing tools needed to improve and confidently take your art to the next level.

During the first week, we will take you through perspective, the parts of a landscape and how perspective relates to portraiture.

We will also cover the various methods of shading, finding the light source and illustrating highlights.

For week two, we will take an in depth look at the anatomy of the head, it’s proportions, bone structure, muscles and facial planes in order to understand where shadows and features should fall in a portrait.

Week 1

Perspective Drawing
– 1 point, 2 point, 3 point
– parts of a landscape drawing – horizon line, foreground & background
– shading, highlights, etc.
– show how relates to still life, and portraiture
– tips for checking perspective and proportions

Week 2

Drawing the Face/Human Head
– anatomy & proportions
– bone structure of skull
– muscles
– facial planes
– where shadows fall
– difference between male and female faces
– face maps

The course will begin on November 4th and the registration price is $42.

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

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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.

***

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.

***

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

***

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}

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Soul.Full {pretty little ways to bring more SOUL into the day}

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This is turning out to be one of the most creative falls we have ever had on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network!

I believe we have some of the most unique and beautiful online courses out there and I am so proud to tell you that artist Kelly Barton will be teaching this November.

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.

***

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.

***

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

***

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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