Children of the Wild with Kate Thompson {tomorrow is the last day to get the early registration price}

***Tomorrow (June 20th) is the last day to get the early registration price for Children of the Wild with Kate Thompson***

I have said this a million times but it is worth stating again!

Our creative network has the most beautiful artists and I believe our courses are rich, affordable and some of the most art altering that are being offered today.


An artist that has been a part of the popular Studying Under The Masters series is now back with her own course and it is stunning! I am excited to announce that mixed media artist Kate Thompson will be leading Children of the Wild.


Come and hear from Kate about this course…

This is a week long course (4+ hours of content) filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. I created this class to share with you my love for animals and how they have enriched my life.



There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. The stories were not even developed till after I painted them.



I really take mixed media art to a new level by using some very unusual applications. I combine watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. I work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness I apply oil bars with a palette knife. It all works, it really does!



I show you how to develop really yummy substrates for the paintings. One is layers of fabric and lace with gesso all imbedded together for a uniformed and interesting surface. Another substrate using vintage ledger papers, stamping stenciling using transparent and matte paints.

There will be several exercises to get familiar with the techniques before working on the finished paintings. I go over basics such as mapping a photograph to understand proportions. How to start a child’s portrait, creating animals in a light hearted manner. So much fun and learning. I really enjoyed creating this class and I have learned some things myself along the way



Come and watch the course trailer…

Promo from Kate Thompson on Vimeo.

The early registration price for Children of the Wild is $32.00. All of the videos have been pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

Children of the Wild will begin on June 20, 2016.




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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.

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Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting {registration has just opened}

I couldn’t wait until morning to announce that we have just opened up registration for Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting with Wendy Brightbill!

I have admired Wendy’s work for years and I am so honored that she will be teaching on our site and especially love that she will be focusing on abstracts!

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!


Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer




The early registration price is $32 for this one week course (over 4+ hours of content), all videos are pre-recorded so you can watch them at your convenience, you will have access to a private Facebook group and you will have lifetime* access to the videos!

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver


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

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Wild and Free Art Journaling is About to Begin {want a peek?}

Licensed artist Cathy Walters will be leading you in the most colorful, freeing and fun art journaling adventure!

Tomorrow Wild and Free Art Journaling will begin!

This one week, instantly available course has over 4 hours of content and using Cathy’s techniques and creative processes it will help you become more free and transparent in your art.

This online art journaling course is going to be so much fun and I KNOW it will change how you document your day to day in your art.

Here is a peek into the art that will be shared and explored…

Begin an art practice that is based upon creating a safe and honoring artistic ritual through paint and play. During this course we will learn how to find your authentic inspiration and how to incorporate the good, the bad and the extraordinary of your life into your work. Baggage…we all have it. Now what do you do with it and how to include even negative thoughts into our journal. You will not leave this course without diving into what will become your personal artistic mantra. This will propel you into daily practice

Cathy has been a friend and creative collaborator with me for years and I am honored to have her sharing her daily art practice on our creative network.

This online art course will have over 4+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

The registration price for Wild and Free Art Journaling is $48. To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class!



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

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions please email us at******

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel.

I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world.

My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things.

We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things.

I have an extremely exciting announcement to make and we have been working on it for awhile now.

For all of you lovers of adventure, history, art and travel…this is for you!

Join me in April 2017 for The Living Studio Along The Seine!

Imagine exploring and creating in France!

We will have structured art classes on the ship and then creative prompts that will encourage you to create in the cities and villages.

THIS is the heart of The Living Studio! It is my desire that you make the whole world your studio.

This is not just for painters and sketchers…this is for all of us!

If you love history, art, architecture, live music, wine tasting, cooking classes, lectures, bike tours…this is for you!

The best part is that you get to choose each day what you do or don’t do. You can participate in the classes or you can lounge by the pool…or both!

The details…

Detailed Itinerary

April 6-15th, 2017

The Living Studio Along the Seine

Arrive in Paris and embark to your luxurious ship. Meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Spend the morning enjoying the scenery along the Seine as you cruise to the provincial town of Vernon. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the town at your leisure. Later, you will visit Giverny and the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet. The artist lived here for more than four decades and immortalized his ponds and flower gardens in some of his most iconic paintings. The ship moors overnight in Vernon. (B,L,D)

After a scenic morning cruise on the Seine, arrive in the old fishing village of Caudebec. You will have a choice of two different tours. The first option is to visit Honfleur, a historic and picturesque port with pastel-colored houses that was a favorite subject of artists such as Courbet, Boudin and Monet. The town’s medieval Sainte-Catherine church, with its separate bell tower, is the largest wooden church in France. As an alternative, choose the “Routes des Abbayes” excursion spotlighting Normandy’s famous abbeys, more than 100 of which once covered this region. You will visit the ruined abbey in Jumièges as well as St. Wandrille, still a working monastery. (B,L,D)

Today, you have the choice of three different excursions. “D-Day Remembered” is a full day excursion to the US sector. Your first stop will be the village of Arromanches, where the remains of the floating harbor used during the WWII landings can be seen. You will have free time to see the museums before visiting the US Cemetery and Omaha Beach at St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Your last stop is the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer before returning to the ship in Caudebec. As an alternative, you can tour the Gold and Juno beaches in the British and Canadian sectors. Your first stop will be the Pegasus Monument in Ranville followed by Canadian cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer. You will also have the chance to visit the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s WWII museum, with a final stop at Arromanches. A third option is an excursion to rural Normandy, which includes a visit to the Pays d’Auge and “Routes du Cidre” (the Cider Road). You will visit beautiful Norman towns and villages, such as Beuvron-en-Auge, Crevecoeur-en-Auge and Cambremer, and tour a Calvados distillery where you may sample apple cider and apple brandy. (B,L,D)

Enjoy a morning walk through the medieval city of Rouen and see the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral, painted numerous times by Monet, and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore Rouen on your own. (B,L,D)

Depart Rouen early this morning and enjoy scenic cruising on the Seine to Les Andelys. An mid-day stroll along the river offers beautiful views of the Seine Valley’s dramatic white cliffs, centuries-old half-timbered houses, and the hilltop ruins of Château Gaillard. This former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart changed hands a number of times during the Hundred Years’ War. Athletically-inclined guests may enjoy hiking up to visit the ruins of this historic castle before we continue our cruise along the Seine. The ship arrives tonight in Conflans. (B,L,D)

Today, you have a choice of two excursions. The first option is to visit Château Malmaison, former home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Your tour includes the Château’s interior, gardens and museum. Alternatively, travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town famous for the Impressionist painters who lived there in the 19th century, such as Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro. Your “Artists’ Walk” tour will include many sites associated with their work, including the Auberge Ravoux, former home of Vincent van Gogh. The upstairs room where Van Gogh died has been meticulously preserved. He and his brother Theo are both buried in the nearby town cemetery. The ship departs this afternoon for Paris, arriving in the evening. (B,L,D)

After disembarking the ship this morning, guests participating in the post cruise extension in Paris will enjoy a panoramic tour of Paris plus a visit to one of the city’s most renowned museums, the Musée d’Orsay, built in a former railway station on the Left Bank. Its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces is the largest in the world and includes well-known works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. After touring the museum, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Today is yours to enjoy however you wish. Explore Paris’ multitude of landmarks, museums, cafes and shops, or choose one of several optional tours. (B)

Your river cruise vacation comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

What is included in your 9 night/ 10 day stay

*7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
*Art classes with Jeanne Oliver
*Daily creative prompts to inspire you to create in new ways while traveling
*You will be provided with your own portable studio so you can create anywhere you go
*”Limited Edition Tours”
*Life-enriching tours with personal headset included
*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
*Unlimited red & white wines from France’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
*Transfer from the ship to the hotel in Paris
*2 nights hotel accommodation in Paris at the Pullman Montparnasse (or similar), including daily buffet breakfast
*Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music
*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 port fees, taxes, gratuities
* This does not include airfare

A peek into life on the ship…

Join me: April 6-15th, 2017 for the Living Studio Along the Seine

In US dollars: Starting at $3807.00 per person / double occupancy

These prices reflect a $1000 discount through April 30th.

To view the ship and cabin choices:


Deposit (non-refundable) due on contract signing $950.00

Payment Schedule:

We will set up a payment schedule just for you

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.

The Living Studio Friday Prompt

We are back with The Living Studio Friday Prompt!

Family life mixed in with moving and working on our new studio has been beautiful, busy, tiring, stressful and exciting.

We are thrilled to have our art prompts back a few times a month to hopefully inspire and encourage your creativity!

To see all of our previous posts please type “Living Studio Prompts” in the search bar and enjoy the previous prompts.


Welcome to the Living Studio Friday Prompt!

Each Friday you will get an art quote and a printable prompt that hopefully will get you motivated to get your supplies out over the weekend and throughout the week.

We will share supply links, inspiring artist stories and art that goes along with the prompt.

I am only able to teach at 1-2 Living Studio retreats a year and not everyone is able to join me for an in person workshop.

I am hoping this is a fun way for us to connect.

My hope is that you will connect with us through our free Living Studio video series online, join the Living Studio Facebook page and share your art and start connecting with other members in your area to get out of your studio and creating art in the studio of your town, parks, cafes and museums.

Welcome to The Living Studio Friday Prompt!

 Click HERE to download your free PDF

Click HERE to download your free PDF

This next week I encourage you to look at the every day as unique and exceptional. There is nothing you look at more and possibly pass over.

It is free, convenient and already in front of you.

Some suggestions:

Your pet, meal, coffee, unmade bed, table, kitchen, coffee pot, plant, living room, car, lamp, couch, paint supplies, tree, sidewalk, books etc.

This week take a moment each day to quickly capture the beauty around you in unexpected ways.

You will be surprised how good you will feel from connecting with your surroundings and honoring your creativity.

I have created a Pinterest board full of inspiration creativity through Paint Your World

I am also including a fun everyday painting demo by Carol Marine.  I know you will want to go grab your brushes after this one…

Danielle Donaldson is Teaching at the Jeanne Oliver Studios! {August 2016}

August in Colorado is pretty dreamy and I hope you will join me at my studio for a one day workshop with watercolor artist Danielle Donaldson.

Come to my home and studio for an art workshop all about lots of light, room to move, color falling off the paper, beauty everywhere you look, good food, lots of laughter and teaching that will grow your art.

Danielle is one of the most talented artists and teachers I know.

You can’t leave a workshop with her and not feel more creative and with techniques you can continue to use in your own work.

All drinks, snacks and lunch will be provided.

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Big Prayers, Too Many Stipulations and Open Doors Anyway


At the beginning of the 2015 school year I asked the kids and Kelly to join me in asking the Lord to allow this to be the year when he did BIG things in our family, in the lives of those we love, those we struggle with, our business and our faith. Such big things that when they happened that it would be clear that only HE would get the glory .

I think it was one of those requests that we didn’t fully comprehend at the time what we were asking for and we had no understanding that when you tell the Lord that you are ready that you need to be ready for HIS plan and not your requests.

We prayed that day over some character and heart issues we felt we have, the lives of some we know that are so far from love and hope and for beautiful and bold growth in our business so we could have a full time or part time assistant. I was very specific in this last prayer. I asked that the business would be blessed so much that we would have a years salary for this future assistant in the bank. I would know it was time to hire full time help (we currently have many contractors that help us run the business) if we had the money in the bank. I asked the Lord for a person like my friend, artist, graphic designer and pretty much jack of all creative trades Jen Wagner. I asked the Lord to find me someone like her. That would be my heart’s desire and the biggest dream I could put before the Lord in regards to our business and the help I deeply needed and desired.

Not a few weeks later did I see that house and our house journey began. This was not anything we had prayed about but it has been one of the biggest blessings of our year so far.  You can read parts one, two and three. But in the midst of seeing house one, and not getting house one we had the first answer to one of my biggest prayers that morning when we were asking the Lord to show up in big ways.

It was right after I was feeling defeated and confused when we didn’t get house one but I had unexplainable faith that something was going to fall through in the other offer and it would still become our home. As I was preparing and packing for my Living Studio Normandy I got a call from my friend Jen Wagner that I mentioned to you above. She was calling to ask me if I had any extra work or any leads because she would be quitting her job in the beginning of the year. I paused and then said, “Jen, I don’t really know how to explain this to you but I have been praying specifically that the Lord would provide me with someone like you. I never thought I would get YOU but I asked the Lord for someone that has creative skills like you do and called you out by name”.

In that moment I wanted to cry because I thought how foolish I was to tell God the rules. I asked for a years salary in the bank to have the courage to step out and hire a new person. I smile now writing this because what faith does that take in God, myself, my business if I have to have a cushion to move forward? Where in the past 8 years of building our business have we had a huge cushion before we felt confident to jump into the next part of the journey? Never. It has always been an overwhelming yes that it was time. And we trusted that the Lord would show up. The customers would show up. We would show up.

So, with not a years salary in the bank to have Jen join our creative team we asked Jen to have faith in us and we were excited to have faith in her and what she would bring to our business. In my world it was such a huge gift and also such a lesson about what stepping out in faith really means and that rarely does it look like a years salary in the bank so no faith or trust is required.



So, without further ado I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our creative team…Jen Wagner. Jen has been working with us for the past 5 months and we have many projects coming up that we are so excited about and that I believe will change the direction of Jeanne Oliver Designs. Without Jen these changes would not be possible.  We just didn’t have the time and energy.

Jen has become priceless in my weekly dreaming, planning and growing of our business. She is my creative sounding board and after I leave my time with her I am inspired, motivated and have made decisions and plans for current and new projects. I knew I needed more help with projects and daily planning but I didn’t know what I was missing in my spirit. When two creative spirits come together and are given the freedom to dream and explore and make your ideas a reality…that is when the magic happens. This magic does not just happen with everyone. It is a truly a gift.

Jen is amazingly talented in her own right and I don’t know how long I will get to have her on our team but I know for whatever time we have together it will be a gift to both of us.

If you are coming to our first workshop in our new studio you will meet Jen and you may see her on upcoming Living Studio retreats. Jen may also be one of the members of our team that answers your questions and helps you out with orders and/or online class registration.

I would love for you to give her a warm welcome! You have all loved my family and me so well and I know you will do the same for Jen.

Check out her work, her words and her music. Like I said…she is a true artist in every sense.



So, here is to being open to what is next, dreaming big with the Lord and learning to not have so many stipulations and rules when I ask the Lord to show up. What big prayers do you have on your heart? What can you bring before the Lord and when they happen only HE gets the glory?

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