Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey Begins Tomorrow!

***Tomorrow the class will go live***

The more I practice my art and the more comfortable I become with my chosen tools…the more I have a deep desire to take them everywhere.

I remember around the time I came up with the idea for The Living Studio retreats that I was missing creative opportunities because I was not prepared.

I had left my sketchbook and pencil at home.

I had wished I had stuffed a small watercolor set in my bag.

I was seeing other people connect with nature or a museum and I deeply longed to change my day to day planning so I never felt like I couldn’t create if I wanted to.

Fast forward a few years and I don’t leave the house without at least a small journal and pencil.

More often than not you will find a traveling “studio” stuffed in my car so when I want to practice I have no excuses.

It has changed my creative heart, my creative practice and impacted the quality of my art greatly.

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I am so thrilled to tell you about a beautiful artist that I have been drawn to because she lives the life of practicing her art.

Meet watercolor artist Michelle Wooderson.

My name is Michelle Wooderson and I reside in very rural Kansas with my husband, two daughters and yellow lab Charlie. I have been around art all my life, starting with helping my mom put together art projects for Bible School when I was very little. I grew up watching her tole paint and make crafts and from there I have loved art ever since. I took every art class up through high school and continued my college education with a degree in Interior Design. I worked jobs drawing floor plans and designing office spaces up until my girls were born. My desire to stay at home was so strong that I became a full time mom. The creative urge was always tugging at me so for almost 20 years I’ve been involved in the paper crafting industry. I also have an online shop which has slowed down some but was always bursting with creative kits I designed. Now that my girls are almost both in college, I have felt the need to find where my next creative journey will lead me. Art was calling me back. The desire to play with paints and pencils again really pulled at my heart strings. So here I am today, creating sketchbooks filled with watercolors and mixed media paintings. I have always loved teaching and was thrilled when Jeanne contacted me about hosting a class. I believe in sharing our journeys with each other. We are all at different seasons of life but belonging to a community and sharing what you love is very special to me. You just never know who might need some encouragement or where you’ll find inspiration along the way. Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” So true.

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Go grab your sketchbook, pencils and watercolors because Michelle is about to take you on a watercolor journey that WILL change your day to day creating and how you interact with the world around you!

You can still register for Close to Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” I believe there is an artist and a desire to create inside all of us. It’s that little push and a little guidance that might be just what you need to get you started or back on your art journey. It’s all as close as your back door. There is plenty of inspiration to be found right around us and for me it’s beautiful landscapes close to where I live. In this class we will evaluate where we are in our creative journey and set some goals for what we want to achieve in this class.

We’ll explore sketching and watercolor supplies and set up a custom watercolor palette and travel sketch kit. We’ll review the elements and principles of art and revisit the color theory and create a beautiful color wheel using your choice of paint colors.

Digging into your supplies and exploring what they can do is the best practice for getting to know your tools. We’ll test out our brushes and tools to see what kinds of brush strokes and mark making we can make. Then we’ll play with the watercolors to see how colors mix and washes and textures are made.

Sketching is key for setting up your landscape scenes. We’ll learn why pencil sketches that show value and composition are so important to create before we ever pick up a paintbrush. We’ll create a value scale that can be kept with your supplies and learn how to select the best scene for our paintings using a viewfinder.

Eventually all the techniques we learned will be put to the test. We’ll start with simple shapes and work our way up to painting detailed but simple landscapes in our sketchbooks, learning tips and tricks along the way for creating skies, clouds, trees, grass and small details that make landscapes pop.

We’ll create watercolor landscapes that are just for fun and experimenting.

We’ll learn how to create a travel sketch kit, pack it all up and head outside. Sketching and painting from real live nature scenes is the best practice we can get.

Lastly, I want to us to learn that practice is art (#practiceisart is my favorite hashtag). We’ll talk about daily practice (or practicing often) and how it will help us grow as artists.

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The registration price is $46 for Close To Home | A Watercolor Landscape Journey. The course will have 5 1/2+ hours of content, all videos will be pre-recorded for your convenience and has lifetime* access.

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 the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

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I Am Teaching In 21 Secrets! { It is available for download now}

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I am honored to tell you that I am one of 24 teachers that will be teaching in the online collaboration 21 Secrets Color, Color, Color this coming September!
Here is a peek into my part of the course…
Limited Palette Play
Jeanne Oliver
Explore our land with me, gather up fun inspiration and then practice using a limited color
palette. Do you ever walk into your studio and feel overwhelmed by all of your supplies? I know
that in the past I felt exactly like that. Over the years I have learned that to practice (and practice
often) that I do my best with a limited number of supplies. I have no excuses and the biggest tip
is that I have become extremely familiar with my tools. This lesson will be about practicing and
focusing more on values, sketching, quick painting and not being distracted with too many
supplies.

The $98 registration cost includes a downloadable and interact able ebook! So cool!  Click on any of the images in this post of click HERE to go straight to sign up.

There is an incredible line up of teachers and you can read it all HERE.

What is 21 SECRETS?
In short, 21 SECRETS is a 150+ page downloadable eBook filled with 25+ hours of
videos, full colored photos, templates, and clear instruction intended to
inspire and deepen the way you approach art journaling.
What makes 21 SECRETS even more special is that you receive all the content at once
— YOU get to pick and choose which workshops to do and when! No waiting around for
your favorites and no need to feel rushed or falling behind — these workshops are
YOURS TO KEEP!
In the Color, Color, Color! edition the teachers were asked to focus their attention
on how color influences their creativity and is an important element in their art
making.

FAQ

*When will you receive their 21 SECRETS eBook?
When tyou purchase 21 SECRETS you will automatically receive a confirmation
email for your order.
*When does the online course go live?
An email with information on how to download the 21 SECRETS eBook will be delivered
to you by 9am PST on Monday, September 26th.
*What do you receive when purchasing 21 SECRETS?
A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 21 art journaling workshops packed with
25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is
yours to keep.
Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and
when. There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be
inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling tools and techniques from the comfort of
your home/studio.
Belong to a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010!
At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in
becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
To read more or to register click HERE!
*This blog post has affiliate links. When you click on those links and purchase a course I get a percentage of the sales. Thank you so much for supporting my art and family!
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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!

 

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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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New Free Art Journaling Video Just Added!

I was realizing that it has been a bit since we have added a free art video and I thought today was the perfect day to change that.

Art Journaling has truly changed my daily practice and I thought that would be the most perfect video to share.

I wanted to give you free access to one of the 33 videos from our art journaling course Reflections: Paint Your Story.

This video is mix of different mediums and techniques with demonstrations in how to incorporate your own unique story into your work.

To access the FREE art journaling video Reflections of Me {My DNA} :

1. be a member of our creative network (jeanneoliver.ning.com)

2. Once you are a member please follow THIS LINK

3. Click the +join in the upper right hand corner and you will have access. The video can be found along the right hand side of the page under “course content”.

Enjoy and thank you for being a member of our creative network!  We adore you!

Jeanne Oliver

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We Would Like To Give Away One Spot To Our SOLD OUT Workshop! {Our Way To Say Thank You}

 

How do we celebrate and say “thank you” all at once?

Our upcoming workshop in our new studio is SOLD OUT (thank you, thank you) and we want to celebrate that but also give a gift to one of you.

We know that it is a luxury to be able to go to a retreat. It is the sacrifice of time and resources to give yourself the gift of an art retreat.

We also feel like this studio, home and land has been such an extravagant gift to us and we want to share it.

We want to give one person the gift of our two day workshop. This will be two days of creating, exploring, unraveling your own story, learning new techniques, beautiful and healthy foods, time with other creatives and the time to go off and be still on our land.

 

 

If you or someone you know could use this gift please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com and tell us a little bit about the person you would like to see win this two day workshop on our new property.

This workshop is open to teenagers and older. If you know of someone that needs to be blessed with two days of creativity and exploring the story they have inside of them we would love to hear about them.

This is for the workshop only ( $495 value) and does not include airfare, lodging, car rental etc.

If you are interested in being on the wait list for the retreat please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

 

We will contact the winner of the two day art workshop by March 24, 2016.

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Our First Workshop in Our New Studio {registration is now open}

It is with a grateful heart, a little bit of butterflies and a whole lot of excitement that we are announcing that registration is now open for our first workshop in our new studio!

Join me in beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado on June 24-25, 2016 for a two day art mixed media and art journaling workshop.

Our new studio is light filled and surrounded by wooded property that lends itself to exploring, creating and relaxing.

You will have opportunities during the workshop to also make your way through some of our wooded paths and find a spot to create.

It is our heart’s desire that your time on our land and studio brings you rest and dreaming.

When you arrive on Friday morning you will be welcomed with mimosas and a light snack as we find our places and meet each other.

All main supplies will be provided for this workshop.

Our days will be filled with mixed media techniques, journal making, exploring charcoals, image transfers, storytelling, collage, art prompts, collaborations, portraits and more.

Each day there will also be time spent in the beautiful land surrounding the studio including our lunch time in the garden.

At the end of day one I hope you will join me for dinner at one of my favorite local restaurants (this is not included) or explore our sweet town and find the perfect place to relax after a full day of creating.

Day two will be filled with more creating as we explore our own stories, patterns, mark making and symbolism in our art.

You will leave this two day workshop with a journal full of your work, new possibilities in your art and hopefully a new eye to the story you can tell in your creativity.

Our time will end with cocktails and appetizers as we say our goodbyes.

While you are in the area we will make sure to point you in the right direction to all of our favorite restaurants, hiking spots and antique stores.

Our town has been ranked one of the best towns in America and we have to agree. I suggest you stay a few extra days to enjoy the beauty of Colorado!

Space is limited.  If you have any questions about the workshop please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com

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Sneak Peek of Week Two {Reflections: Paint Your Story}

All of my courses come from an authentic place of walking through something, discovery and/or personal growth.

One of the biggest lessons I learned creatively in 2015 was that it was time to really tell my story. To hold nothing back and to start letting it spill all over the page. There is art I have never shared and maybe art I will choose not to share. That is your freedom also. Getting your story out and letting it guide your creative process will change your creative heart and the art that you produce.

Your own authentic art is only a story away!

Here is a sneak peek into WEEK ONE!

Here is a sneak peek into WEEK TWO!

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Join me for a two week art journaling online course all about unraveling your own story and creating authentic art that only you can tell.

When I started to see my own stories as being meaningful and significant my art began to change. When I could look back and find my own timeline and defining moments I was able to start digging deeper as an artist and my creating became more of a time of remembering, honoring, forgiving, healing and celebrating. It made me more intentional about where I wanted to go creatively and how I wanted to share it.

Reflections Trailer Video

If you think your story isn’t good enough…you are mistaken.

If you are afraid to tell your story…maybe it is time to find freedom

If you have never told your story…it is time.

If you want to create authentic art that no one else can create…let’s get started.

Some of the techniques being taught: sketching, acrylic painting, charcoal, ink, image transfers, portraits, watercolors, abstract sketching and painting, collage and more.

I will be leading this two week online workshop but I have asked some of my favorite people to join me and share how they document their own authentic stories!

Come and meet the incredible line up of artists!

You will get to learn from each of the women in a step by step art journaling video!

Come and learn more about Danielle Donaldson, Junelle Jacobsen, Sheila Atchely, Stephanie Ackerman and Cathy Walters.

Danielle Donaldson is known for her whimsical and colorful mixed media and watercolor paintings. She is the author of the popular book CreativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.

Junelle Jacobsen brings her love of nature, photography, faith and animals into her colorful creations. She is a mixed media artist and popular teacher.

Cathy Walters is a photographer and mixed media artist. Her animal paintings have caught the eye of many collectors and popular shops. Her newest journey has lead her into art journaling to document daily highs and lows.

Stephanie Ackerman fills her pages with stitching, doodles, watercolors and her signature lettering. Her heart is to connect with women and to share her faith.

Sheila Atchley is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer with a heart for family, faith and women.

I am so honored that they will be sharing in this course.

The registration price for this two week online course is $48.00. This course will begin on January 18, 2016 (but your can join in at anytime) and you will have LIFETIME ACCESS* to the videos.

To read more about what you will learn in the course or to register please click HERE.

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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