Time to Gather + Rest

One of the sweetest creative gifts I have given myself is to honor my gifts with practice and also the times I have gathered with other creatives and honed my skills, took the time away and made my creativity a priority. I often don’t realize how fast we are moving or how much we are pushing each day until I schedule breaks, creating and time with friends. I would love to invite you to the last two workshops in our studio of the year. Time to gather, rest, create and practice. Let us take care of you for a few days and it is our hope that you will leave with fresh inspiration and the magic that happens when we gather.

Sacred Undoing with Wendy Brightbill Live Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Wendy Brightbill in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on October 20-21, 2017 for a two-day art workshop.

Still Life Painting
How often do we truly stop and let ourselves be undone by the beauty surrounding us? In this workshop, we will attempt to capture the essence of a moment through still life painting. Texture, color, lines and brushstrokes all tell a story. Still life painting is all about capturing a moment and invoking that feeling through paint and lines and texture. I want you to throw all the traditional rules of still life painting out the window. Let yourself be undone.

Join me for a beauty packed two day workshop filled with sketching, mark making, collage and messy play. We will explore the basics of still life painting, such as lines, value, and composition. We will explore color and texture in depth, learning how to create bold, loose, chunky florals. We will practice abstract painting and fill our art journals with sketches, lines and marks. We will work on loosening up our style through abstract painting. At the end of our time together, we will pull all of that together to create a unique still life floral painting on a large canvas.

To read more or to register click HERE.

 

Inquire Within with Stephanie Lee Live Workshop | Jeanne Oliver Studio

Join Stephanie Lee in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on November 10-11, 2017 for a two-day art workshop.

Encaustic Workshop!
YOU ARE HERE TO CREATE – LIFE, ART, LOVE, PURPOSE, NEW THOUGHTS, JOY, STORIES. LET’S CLEAR AWAY ANYTHING THAT GETS IN THE WAY OF THAT.
In this workshop, we’ll build up a foundation of plaster + paint to identify the pace of your creative flow and how to get out of your own way to fully extract the inspiration available to you from the season of life you are in, right now.
We will start with creating studies in texture and various rich and interesting surfaces ready to receive paint. We will then explore color and shape, light and shadow, personal symbols, and story-telling through imagery and mark making. Mindfully working with and against the materials to create dynamic compositions, we’ll employ the power of personal inquiry to invite your singular creative voice to show up with courage and clarity.
All this plaster and paint expression will be finished with luminous layers of wax that we will texture further for depth that can’t be achieved any other way. When the workshop is over, you will have many pieces in various stages of completion, including some done and ready to hang.

Through the ebb and flow of the workshop, we will also study your workflow patterns as an artist (internally and externally) and experiment with slight adjustments you can easily make to feel deeper satisfaction and trust when you’re at the easel.

To read more or to register click here.

 

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. We hope to see you soon in the studio!

-Jeanne Oliver

Wendy Brightbill INSTANTLY Available Online Course

 

This morning Wendy Brightbill began her two day live workshop in our studio and we have a big surprise!  Wendy has recorded this workshop and we are making it INSTANTLY available right now for you to watch!  3+ hours, $18, instantly available, lifetime access!  Happy Weekend!

Playing Big: A Mini Course with Wendy Brightbill

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Is there something keeping you from playing big in your painting? Are you wanting to push through creative blocks and create the kind of art you see in your dreams? Then join us for Playing Big Abstract Painting Class. This last year I noticed that there was a real disconnect in the art that I was making and the art I really wanted to make. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t painting what I really wanted to paint. So I gave myself permission to really play big! This class is all about taking big risks and putting it all out there. No holding back!!! Working on a large piece of watercolor paper, we will explore color, mark making, style and composition. Get lost in the process and create with abandon.

To read more or to register click HERE.

See you in class and have an incredible weekend!

Jeanne Oliver

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Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils {early registration has just opened}

I just got back from speaking about Product Launching at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an incredible time and I will be sharing more soon!  I am also going to record my talk so if you are wanting to grow your business you can watch if you were not able to make it to the conference.

I am smiling from ear to ear to share that one of our most popular teachers is back with a brand new online course! Early registration has just opened for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils with Julie Johnson!

I encourage you to come along with me if you want to learn to paint.  You will learn to paint from your heart,   Do you feel like you are missing something?  It’s not about talent.  It is about applying your love of something that you know is in you.  I will help you discover that inner passion of art that has begun to come out in you or you have just realized this is something you would love to discover. Know each of us will have a beautiful and different outcome.  You will be loved as I walk along side you.  I will break down every step, show you my palette as I paint and see me mixing colors then laying that color down.

I am a artist who loves realism.  It’s where I first started as an artist in art college studying illustration.  It is important to gain the fundamentals that will make your art strong and loved by others. With those fundamentals we can play!

Playtime with painting is getting loose with our edges, finding texture, light and darks.  A beautiful thing will happen, you will find emotion without even trying.  
Here are some of the exciting things we will find as we come to the easel.
* The energy from a stroke of paint from our brushstroke.
* Color, tone and mixing colors.
* How to lay down our paint.
* Transparency and opaqueness
* How to find a painterly style
* Loose edges.
* Why I need strong shapes to help my composition.
* How do I sketch with paint?
* Can I create a acute likeness?
* What is a indirect and direct method of painting.
* We will study Portraiture
* How to work from a photograph.

* We will breakdown the face into shapes and planes.

This 7+ hours of content class will be begin on October 24, 2016 and you will have lifetime* access to the class. 

The early registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $32.00.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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Supply list

Here is my list.  We will be using mostly paint. Please read though and know you can substitute and use what you have on hand.  I don’t want you to have to purchase a lot of supplies.  We will be mixing our own blacks.
You have the opportunity to use all acrylic for each lesson or all oils.  All lessons are interchangeable with what medium you choose.
I will be doing my best to use the same color palettes for both the acrylic and oil paints.  It is important to get accustomed to mixing a color palette we will use.  During playtime we may venture into new mixtures.
Acrylic paint supplies
Here is my list of colors.  You may substitute brands.  Please stay away from:   the craft paints as they chalky, full of fillers and don’t have much pigment in them, also avoid anything with the word HUE behind them they are a imitation paint and will not mix good color results..leaving you with mud.   I will go back and forth using both heavy body and fluid colors, but you can use either heavy or fluid or both.
Here are my heavy body paint colors from Golden Brand:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ( or the fluid )
Golden Fluid
Napthol Red Light
Anthraquinone Blue (I combine this with other colors to get the kings blue i use in oils)
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Liquitex
Indanthrene Blue
I am a lover of the flat brush. 1.5”,  1” size or 1/2”.  I always find them in my hand.  I can change the edges and get the wide edge then the thinner edge.  But you can use what you like.  I will be encouraging you to always use a larger brush.  The results; a more painterly painting.
I realize paints can be expensive but I believe it is best to practice with the best materials we can so we don’t get frustrated and give up.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Think in terms of a piano that is in tune or out of tune.
Oil Paint Supply list
Here are the colors and brands I use. You do not need to use my brands.  There are a lot of yellows and reds out there and the all mix a little differently but it totally ok to use different brands. There are a couple of colors that I find you need in mixing colors.  I will asterisk them **.  Please stay away from false colors that have the word “Hue” behind them.  They are full of fillers and not much pigment. You will not mix a true color and end up with muddy colors.  Also know that The student grade “WINTON”  on Windsor and Newton brand is mostly filler and little pure pigment…..yes the muddy colors again.  Please use the 40%coupon at Hobby  Lobby.  They carry the Windsor Newton brand.
Paint colors for oils
Windsor Newton Brand
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
**Cadmium Scarlet
**Alizarin Crimson Permanent
**Permanent Mauve
Rembrandt Brand:
Ultramarine Deep ( i use instead of ultramarine blue but you can use the ultramarine blue)
**Transparent Oxide Red
Viridian Green
Transparent Oxide Yellow
Sennelier
** King’s Blue
Palette knifes
some kind of container for turp.  I recommend;
Gamsol a 100% pure odorless mineral spirits.  The least toxic.  The only thing I use to clean my brushes.
Viva towels  the most absorbent and the paint doesn’t get all over my hands.
I prefer a glass palette.  But you can use whatever you like.  I got mine from a consignment store I use in a picture frame.
Brushes:
Again I love flats.   I use Rosemary and Co Brushes.  The Michelle Dunaway set.  http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
If you get this set you will have everything you will need.  Brushes are like the reed to a clarinet. They take a lot of the work of painting.  I will put together my favorite list for you.
Substrates
Here you have a diverse group of choices.  You can choose so many different surfaces from a smooth portrait grade linen by Ray Mar, to a gessoed primed birch cradle panel.  I have been staying away from the canvas panels you will find at your hobby Lobby or Michaels store.  Why, because they pull at my paint making painting hard.   I could still use them if I coated them with gesso and sanded them 3x’s.  I have fallen in love with the cradle boards and linen.  I don’t use linen often,  but when I do it always gives me goose bumps because its simply divine.  Pick out any size you would like to work on.  I will go into more on substrates in the class.
If you have questions please ask.

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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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Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting {begins on Monday}

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting begins on MONDAY!

Come and see a trailer of the art that will be made in this course…

 

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 registration price is $46 (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

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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”.

*as long as we manage this site

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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

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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”.

*as long as we manage this site

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The Artist’s Magazine (We are giving away 2 subscriptions)

I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I will be leaving for Italy again in four weeks!

I am so excited to create with so many women along Lake Como for the first The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}.

So many amazing businesses have stepped along side me to sponsor this event.

The Artist’s Magazine has provided one issue of their gorgeous magazine to each of the women coming to Italy and they have so generously given me two subscriptions to give away.

This magazine is one of my very favorites and I was so honored that they wanted to be a part of the art retreat.

The Artist’s Magazine is a part of the North Light family and you can also explore their Artist’s Network and find so much inspiration.

To enter for the subscriptions …

* please just leave a comment on this post sharing where you find creative inspiration

For additional chances…

*Like the business page of The Artists Network on Facebook

*Follow them on Google+

*Follow them on Pinterest

*Blog, Facebook, Tweet, Pin or share on Instagram this giveaway

Each time you do one of the above please come back here and let us know for an additional chance in the drawing.

I will announce the two winners on Friday!

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Plaster and Wax 101 {portraits illuminated from within} just started TODAY!

It is not too late to join in the fun.

I also wanted to remind you that Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 {you’ll never know what is possible until you begin} begins tomorrow.

I am honored that this time around I am joined by the amazing Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed) and Jennifer Rizzo.

All of the videos are per-recorded so you can watch them at your convenience at any time over the next year.

To read more or register click HERE or you can pay below.

If you have already registered and you did not sign up directly on my jeanneoliver.ning.com network you have been sent a welcome email with directions on how to access the course.

This email can sometimes end up in spam so I am also posting it here.

Thank you for registering for Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0. Please register at our creative network jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free). Once you have registered please give us 72 hours to manually add you to the course. Once you have been given access please go to the main page of Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.

**If you register on the Jeanneoliver.ning.com site with a different email than the one used for payment you MUST EMAIL US with the change. We search your account with the original email.**

Here is the direct link to the course http://jeanneoliver.ning.com/group/building-a-creatively-made-business-2-0

Welcome to class and we are so glad you are joining us.

If you have followed the directions above (and we have already manually added you) please follow the last steps to access the class.

Thank you for being registered on Jeanneoliver.ning.com.

Please go to the main page of Building a CM Business 2.0, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.

Direct link to class: http://jeanneoliver.ning.com/group/building-a-creatively-made-business-2-0

You will find all of the current content along the right hand side of the page under “Course Content”. This is where you will find your video content each week, supply lists and teacher bios.

Welcome to class and we are so glad you are joining us.




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