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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Come and Create With Danielle Donaldson {coming to Denver this summer}

I am so lucky to be surrounded by amazingly strong and creative women.

I guess luck doesn’t have anything to do with it.  I am picky and spend my time and energy building up healthy and loving relationships.

My life is sweeter, funnier, more creative and more sarcastic because Danielle Donaldson is in it!

If you live in the Denver area (or you want to come in for a nice weekend) you are in for a real treat because Danielle is coming to one of my favorite venues to teach a one day workshop.

Join Danielle for a special class designed just for us and based upon her brand new book coming out in July!

Reserve your spot (class size limited).

You can email me at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com and I can send you an invoice or you can pay below.

I can’t wait to join you in class!




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Out Exploring and Collecting

I have talked a lot in my newest online art course to be collectors of everything around you and then transform it into something that is your own.

Nothing can leave me more inspired than a day spend at an art museum.

This past Saturday we spent the day as a family at the Denver Art Museum enjoying the exhibit Passport to Paris.

This exhibit is only here one more week and I highly recommend it.

The best part is that each Saturday that the exhibit is on display the Denver Symphony Orchestra is performing compositions from different French composers.

This Saturday they had we had the great honor of listening to a sextet for piano and wind quintet.

It was so beautiful and I may have gasped a bit at one point.

I am greatly moved by art of any form.

The best part is that my children all play instruments and any time they get to hear the symphony they leave so inspired too.

It was a long day of good food, family, music that moved me to smiles and tears and delicious art.

As were were exploring the museum I had some great discussions with my mom about how we have always introduced art to our children.

I want to have a blog post soon to share with you some of the ways we engaged our children to museums at a young age.

I don’t think a child is ever too young to exposed them to the things you love.

We now have three children that take their time through the whole exhibit as they listen to the audio tour.

I love seeing what art they connect with and I am the luckiest girl that my Kelly has always supported bringing the kids on so many of our adventures.

The next exhibit that will open in March will be Modern Masters and I am beyond excited to see more of my favorite artists.

Be looking for our first local The Living Studio {Denver} to take place around this exhibit.

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I wanted to give you all a peek into week three of Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice}.

The talented Teresa Sheeley is our teacher this week as she studies the work of Cezanne.

My whole family has been loving all of the videos and we about died over Gaudi and his architecture during week two!

I know this week will be so full of art history, inspiration and getting our hands dirty!

If you think you want to be an art dork with all of us …we would sure love it!

 To register click HERE or pay below.

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!

{To register directly on jeanneoliver.ning.com (if you pay on the site you will be instantly in the course) click HERE.}

You can also click the payment button below and we will get you as soon as possible.




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The Living Studio {City Art Walks Around The World}

Last fall as I was walking with Kelly through the Tuileries Gardens I instantly knew what kind of art retreat I wanted to create.

I am not the person that dreams of having art retreats or had even been planning to ever create one.

There are so many beautiful and amazing art retreats that it didn’t even seem necessary….until now!

I wanted to do something different than anyone else I knew.

The idea of creating art with you in Paris started all of this.

I wanted it to include experiences that an artist’s soul longs to do but doesn’t always take the time.

I wanted to take different cities and highlight the art they offer.

I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind.

Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it.

I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the art we experience and exploring based upon the city.

Even though I came up with my idea in Paris I want to start right here in the states.

{Paris will be coming soon}

THIS FALL we are launching The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}

I live right outside Denver so there is no place better to get our feet wet and start!

Last week when I shared a bit about our new adventure on Facebook we were blown away by your response to The Living Studio.

We already have a long list of people that want to join us in creating art and exploring the art in different cities.

Thank you for being excited with us for this next project!

If you want to be included in our mailing list for The Living Studio please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com.

If you would like to know specifically about The Living Studio {Denver} please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com and specify Denver.

We will have a date for you within the next four weeks, reveal some of the beautiful details (we want some surprises) and open registration!

I am excited to share Denver and art with you.

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Work it girl {do your thing on the runway}

Before I get started I wanted to let you know you only have through this weekend to get the discounted registration price for the retreat I am teaching at this coming February!

I will be teaching with Mindy Lacefield in the Seattle area.

Imagine waking up to a NIA class, all day creating, fireside talks and journaling, long walks along the water and through the gardens, time for yourself to think and create and time to connect with other creative souls.

I am excited just writing about it!

Come on….what else were you going to be doing in February that is amazing??? Join us!

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Sorry this is late getting up today.

Last night Maddy and I went to a friend’s house last minute just to tell them that we will miss them when they move.

I was talking with the mom and Maddy was playing with her friend.

Long story short…Maddy stepped on something (probably glass) in their garage and we spent last night in the ER getting stitches.

Poor kid (how many times do we have to say don’t run around in a garage without shoes on??)

She is the most sad about not being able to go to the pool for two weeks.

So in honor of Maddy:-) this post is about fashion, the runway and working it.

Last Sunday we headed to the Cherry Creeks Art Festival.

This is a really nice, once a year art festival that brings artists from around the US to Colorado.

The talent is unbelievable.  Even if something isn’t necessarily your taste  you sit back in awe of the talent.

We went specifically so I could see the new work of Aaron Hequembourg.  I had purchased a small piece of his last year and was happy to pick up another small piece this time too.

I wanted a large one but seeing that it was $3,400 I had to walk away:-)

I love that my children know what they like and pull us in this or that direction to get a closer look.

My heart melts when an artist sees my child’s love of their work and lets them touch and talks to them about it.

Benjamin loves sculptures and was pulling me all over the place to show me.  The boy now has a business card/postcard collection of every artist he liked.  Pretty cute.

I guess it is one of the things I love most about my family.

We embrace whatever we are doing.

I asked to go to the art show and everyone was on board.

Everyone had a great attitude at the show and enjoyed it as if it had been their choice to spend the day looking at art.

After the show we decided to head over to the Denver Art Museum to see if we could still get tickets to the Saint Laurent exhibit.

Of course it was the LAST DAY and I had been meaning to see it for months!

I was not the only loser in line that day trying to get tickets to a sold out exhibit.

We begged and pleaded and they let me and Maddy in.

Kelly and Benjamin were going to explore the art museum while we went to the exhibit (Jack was at camp).

Before our time slot for the exhibit we all hung out in the “fashion studio”.

I would have DIED as a kid in this space.

There were designers working the whole time on a new dress.  You could stay all day if you wanted and see them go from start to finish making apparel.

(Maddy drew this. Isn’t it amazing?)

There were art stations for creating your own designs, areas to create clothing for your dolls, tons of fabric to explore and create with and…….

The runway!

So here is what happens when you give a girl a lot of dress up cloths, fabric and a runway:-)

(all photos taken with my phone and a very fast moving model)

The Yves Saint Laurent The Retrospective exhibit was INCREDIBLE!!!

Maddy and I oohed and aahed the whole time.

We loved the clothes, the photos and the videos.  It was worth all of the extra time we made to see it and it was definitely worth the endless begging we did to get the tickets:-)

Thank you to my family that gave me a whole day of art and design.

Yay me! (picture me clapping like London Tipton)

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If you are in the Denver area I hope I will see you tomorrow for the Horseshoe Market!

This is one of the most incredible handmade/vintage markets in the area (and the food is killer too).

There will be over 115 vendors and the stuff is amazing.

I always spend a bit of the day buying from other artists because the stuff is so high quality.

Print this coupon off for 20% off any one thing in my booth (the prices will already be really good).

See you bright and early tomorrow!!!!

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With the weekend on us I thought I would share three really easy meals I make all of the time.

Fish Tacos

This is one of our favorite summer dinners.

The kids love them and there are never leftovers.

All of my recipes will be gluten free.

Ingredients

Cod fish (I use 2-3 fillets)

Old Bay Seasoning

Corn tortillas

red cabbage (shaved)

Cilantro

Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Avocados (sliced)

Feta Cheese

Limes (quartered)

You can grill the fish but I often pan fry it in olive oil.

It will only take a few minutes and you only cook it enough to be nice and flaky

The rest is just a piece of cake.

I heat up the tortillas and then place the fish on it and dress it up with all of the toppings.

The last step is letting each person squeeze a lime over their tacos.

Easy, easy, easy:-)

Quinoa Salad

I really like making food for myself and my family with fresh ingredients.

Not only is it good for you but it tastes better and it just looks so purdy:-)

I love the colors, the smells of fresh herbs and using fresh veggies.

This recipe has been changed so many times.

I really just use what I have on hand and it works every time.

Ingredients

Quinoa (1 cup uncooked)

Chicken Stock (1 1/4 cup)

Garbanzo Beans (one can)

Cilantro or Parsley

Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Cucumbers (diced)

Red Onion (diced)

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Bragg Liquid Amino Acids

Use any fresh veggies you have on hand.

Cook the quinoa (I cook it in chicken stock instead of water sometimes for flavor)

After the quinoa is cooked just add all your fresh veggies, beans, herbs and mix.

Toss with some olive oil and sea salt and you are ready to serve.

We like to add a little Bragg Liquid Amino Acids to our bowls.

I make this a lot for lunch.

If I make this for a light dinner I include something simple like a few gluten free, rosemary baguettes from Against the Grain.

(you can find the baguettes in the frozen food section of Whole Foods or your natural grocers)

Pasta Salad

I feel like we have tried so many gluten free pastas to find something that doesn’t disappoint.

I have found that brown rice pasta is the best.

We all like the taste and it holds up to any of the recipes we make.

In the summer I love a simple dinner that doesn’t keep me in the kitchen long.

This dinner has to be served outside on the patio:-)

I always include the gluten free, rosemary baguettes that I mentioned above.

Ingredients

Rice Pasta

Olive Oil

Bragg all purpose seasoning

Sea Salt

Container of Organic Girl Super Greens salad mix (I use a few handfuls torn up)

Kalamata Olives (1-2 jars pitted)

Feta Cheese

Red Onion (diced)

Basil (torn)

Artichoke Hearts (cut in half)

Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)

Once the pasta is cooked you just mix everything together and sprinkle with feta.

Come on…how can it get any easier than that?

I hope you have an amazing weekend!

In the next two weeks we will be launching our new line and our new e-course!

We can’t wait to share all the new goodness:-)

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She Works Hard For The Money {So Hard For It Honey}

Friday night Kelly and I packed our children up and dropped them off with my sister and her family for the night.

We weren’t heading away on a romantic weekend alone…..we were heading home to finish getting things ready for the Horseshoe Market in the morning.

I am not an early morning person.

I am not a morning person.

OK…the truth is I don’t even like to wake up!

I usually wake up between 8 and 9.

Some of my friends got a big kick out of me waking up at 4:30am to get to the show in time.

With coffee in hand Kelly and I packed up my Jeep and his truck.

Let me stop myself right here and tell you that any man that gets up at 4:30 am, packs up vehicles and smiles at you too….that man is a keeper!

Our time to set up was slotted for 6:30 and the show started at 9:00.

We don’t do many shows because it is just too hard with the kids still being younger…but I love them!

I love the planning, the hard work, setting up, meeting new artists, meeting new customers, meeting people that read my blog and own pieces from previous collections.

That is truly the highest compliment when a people travels to see you in person!

Thank you to all of you that took the time to come by on Saturday…you always make my day.

This was my first time doing the Horseshoe Market and I heard that the numbers were down from the last show but it had to be the weather.

It was still an amazing turnout but the HEAT was so intense that I don’t know if I would have been walking around a market that day.

The Horseshoe Market had so many amazing and unique artists.

Not only were the booths truly better than most shows in the area but the food was really good too!

Right near our booth were a few amazing food vendors.  This is what the Horseshoe Market does really well.

They had a coffee van (amazing coffee and smoothies), pizza, BBQ etc.  I had GLUTEN FREE pizza for lunch…no joke!

Can you believe that!!

I will go back just for that..lol!

It was sooooo good.

A show is always better with really good food.

We worked so hard and sweated so much!

Once we got home we unloaded our trucks and then I turned around to go pick up the children.

I think I got home around 8pm.

I was pretty much delusional when I collapsed into bed around 9:30.

Kelly said something to me about how proud he is at how hard I work and I mumbled  something to him about his hard work and helping me as I was drifting to sleep.

Thanks again to all of you that made your way to the market!

I had such a great time and I loved doing the show with Kelly.

I think I will keep him..I just hope he wants to keep me!

(Kelly showing off his handy work at hanging the branches.  I just wanted to see the dimples:-) I love this man.)

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What Do You Feel?

Isn’t it amazing how deeply art can touch you?

Within minutes of being at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival I was in a man’s booth and one of his art pieces almost brought me to tears.

Later in the day my sister was able to see an artist that I adore and she called me telling me that she could have cried because her art was so touching.

But art doesn’t just move you to tears.  Art can be repulsive and offensive.  It can be dark.  Art can be joyful.  Art can make you laugh out loud.  It can make you think.  It can definitely inspire.  It can bring peace and it can unsettle.

As I walked through hundreds of booths today I was reminded once again about how many gifts we all have.

Not one of the booths looked like another.

Beautiful, authentic, original creativity coming out of each of the artists.

Here are some of my favorite artists from the day and their links.

Cori Dantini

{I actually went today specifically to meet Cori}

I love Cori’s work and she is so kind.  We are currently redoing Madolyn’s room and I will be buying some of Cori’s prints for her new room.

Lisa Norris

She has some really unique dress collages that I wish I could have photographed.  I didn’t bring my camera because I just wanted to take all the art in.  When I am taking photos I think I miss a lot.

Aaron Hequembourg

I pulled these photos off of Aaron’s website.  His work was exquisite.  If you have a chance to ever see he work you will love it.  Some of his art was what moved me so deeply.  I bought the smallest piece that he was selling:-)  I loved talking with him and hearing about the models his uses and all of the salvage pieces that he incorporates.

Ann Wood and Dean Lucker


I really enjoyed their mechanical pieces.  Their art is so affordable and one of the pieces could be like a card.  They are paper with a mechanical piece that reveals a special message.  So unique and very fun.

Brian McGuffey

Brian’s work had amazing textures and his pieces were bold, whimsical and large.

Beverly Hayden

It is fun to meet an artist that is as fun as their art.  Beverly’s personality is definitely part of the joy of seeing her work.  She let the children touch her pieces which was amazing at a show that we had to repeatedly say, “don’t touch”:-)

Lisa Kattenbraker

I loved Lisa’s booth.  Each piece had the most gorgeous colors and I loved all the children she painted.

Amanda Blake

Amanda’s art is stunning.  Why does money not grow on trees?  My favorites pieces were little tiny 2″x3″ original pieces.  Very fun.

Court Lurie

I really enjoyed Court’s abstract paintings.  I am looking forward to experimenting more with this style myself.

Rick Wright

LOVE!!  I am still kicking myself that I didn’t buy one of his sketches!  So lovely.

So, there you have it…my highlights from the art festival.

I may just head back again on my own to look around longer.

 

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