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!
highlights from 2016 Symposium here
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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.

 

*as long as we manage this site

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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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Last 24 Hours For Early Registration for Tracy Verdugo’s Animal Antics

I wanted to remind you that you have 24 hours left to get the early registration price for Tracy Verdugo’s Animal Antics on our creative network!  Tracy has inspired thousands to step out of their comfort zone and to walk them through the creative process with ease.  She has even inspired one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Gilbert!  I love that!

Tracy cut back on her travel schedule as she focused on her body as she was healing through cancer.  We love that Tracy is taking this much needed time to heal and that she is allowing more of us to connect with her art and teaching online.  This is such a treat to have Tracy here on our site and I know you will adore her, her art and her teaching style.

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“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms” ~George Eliot

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I think we can all agree that animals bring a deep richness to the human experience. Whether it’s the healing gift of a warm, purring kitty, the unconditional, exuberant love, waggily tail and smiling eyes of a puppy or the deep wild, wisdom of a majestic horse, animals speak to me in a myriad of ways, and I ALWAYS have something to learn in my encounters with them.

Please join Tracy for this one week class where we will find inspiration from our animal friends, explore techniques and creative processes to expand our imaginative approach to art, and play with acrylic inks, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage and more to create multiple works on both paper and board.

Together we will explore ways to find inspiration for our animal themed art, methods to create a narrative within our work and ways to connect with our audience by using our own experience and stories.

We will look at the value of quirky imperfect little animal characters and the messages they can convey and I will share with you the value of working in series and how I have developed that in my own practice.

We will do all of this together in lashes of vibrant color and loose gesture, and as always in my classes and art, seeking the magic that comes when you allow yourself to be free of self judgment and comparison, open to happy accidents, and smack, bang in the middle of flow and possibility!

 

Come and watch the course trailer!

 

 

The early registration price is $32 and it will end at 5pm MST on February 21, 2017. To register or to read more click HERE.

The online course will begin on March 20th and you will have lifetime* access.

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

See you in class!

Jeanne Oliver

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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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For All Your Colorado Girls | I Am Teaching At The Vintage Whites Market

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

I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on April 1, 2017.

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$110 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a three hour workshop and all supplies included.

I can’t wait to create with you! You may transfer your registration to another person but this workshop is non-refundable.

You can register below…

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