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Paint Your Town | Mixed Media Urban Landscapes EARLY REGISTRATION

I have been working on a very special project for awhile now and I am so excited to tell you about it. When I came up with the idea of The Living Studio it was based upon the idea and belief that the whole world should be our studio. I have taken people to Italy and France and soon The Danube to create art BUT if we only wait for special big trips then we miss out on growing our …

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Danielle Donaldson Is Coming To Colorado! {join us in our new studio}

Our new studio is waiting for you and we have opened up a few more spots for our one day watercolor and mixed media workshop with 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 …

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Thank You To The Sponsors and Supporters Of Our First Workshop!

  I still feel like I dreamed about our first workshop in our new studio!  It was even more amazing than I could have imagined. The women, the energy, the food, the art created.  I am still processing the whole weekend and the reality that we have a huge new studio where I can work and women can gather.  I can’t wait to tell you everything very soon! In the meantime I wanted to take a moment to thank the …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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A Sold Out Workshop on a Sold Out Ship {one spot just opened}

******ONE spot just opened for this sold out art workshop on this sold out ship****** 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 …

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Studio Video Under Construction {first look at our new studio}

Hello Everyone! Our new doors just went in the new studio today and I thought it was the perfect time to give you a first look at our under construction studio! Hopefully, we will be painting the walls this weekend and the cedar planks will go up on the ceiling next week. We are getting there but still soooo much work to do! Thanks so much for looking and cheering us on!

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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 …

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I am teaching at Donna Downey’s Studio in 2017!

I have been waiting patiently to announce that I will be teaching next year at Donna Downey’s studio! I only travel to teach 4 times a year because I love to be home and with my family. When I travel it is because I KNOW it will be an amazing experience for myself and all of the women coming. I am honored to be teaching at Donna’s studio and I would LOVE to create with you! The Details: Product Description …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

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 …

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Winners Have Been Announced For Our First Live Workshop {Yes, I said Winners}

We recently asked you to enter {or enter for someone else} for one free spot to our SOLD OUT first live workshop in our new studio. We received hundreds and hundreds of entries! We are a few days late of announcing the winner but it was a bigger undertaking than we planned. So sorry for the delay. We read each entry and with laughter, tears and sometimes a heavy heart we have chosen not one but THREE winners! We couldn’t …

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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 …

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Reflections: Paint Your Story Art Journaling Workshop {come and meet the guest artists}

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 …

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I Am Teaching At Camp Create! {tickets go on sale Monday}

I am SOOO excited to announce that I will be a part of Meg Duerkson’s Camp Create! Here are all of the details! We are having Camp CREATE April 6 – 10, 2016! Tickets will go on sale this Monday – November 16 at noon CST.   Here is more about Camp Create in Meg’s words… in 2014 i began dreaming and praying about what kind of place this camp could be… CAMP CREATE: – a place where women could enjoy a longer …

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The Living Studio Normandy {Part One}

  Planning the Living Studio Normandy with Cat Bude was such a blast and just thinking about being back in France made all of the work completely worth it! If I was coming to France I should probably spend a few extra days in Paris, right? I should also play and explore with my friend Junelle Jacobsen, right? I knew you would agree! This is the sweet and simple boutique hotel I have stayed in my past few visits. It …

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Let’s Make Art Together in 2016!

My travel and teaching schedule will be much closer to home next year but I do have a few extra special workshops that I want you to know about! Registration just opened for Sketching and Sculpting and it is almost sold out. Join me for a two-day workshop all about finding your sketching style and then incorporating your style into a sculpture. We will play with charcoal, inks, watercolor pencils, pastels and more and fill a morning with some of …

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Sketching and Sculpting With Me at Studio Cresendoh {create with me in Cali}

  I am thrilled to announce that I will be back at Studio Cresendoh teaching a two day workshop this coming January! Jenny’s studio is intimate, has great light, there is always lots of laughter and it is surrounded by the coolest coffee shops and restaurants. Teaching in her studio is way too much fun to be called work! Come and hear all of the details! Sketching and Sculpting Join me for a two-day workshop all about finding your sketching …

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking}

There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose! I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you. The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.     The …

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When Italy Steals Your Heart {Again}

As I was making my way to my plane at JFK my mind was focused on a sick boy at home, camp details I was missing, empty arms that I wanted to be in and just the tug I feel anytime I leave my family. I had a nine hour plane ride ahead of me with the other teacher and at this point we were basically strangers. By the time I got to my seat Stephanie Ackerman was already there …

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Creative Girl and a Book Giveaway | Way to Go Danielle!

Sometimes you see a person you adore work their butt off and create MAGIC! That is exactly what my girl Danielle Donaldson has done! It has been one of the most exciting things to see one of the most talented women I know create her first book. To celebrate the release of Creative Girl (currently a #1 best seller on Amazon) I am giving away one copy of the book. Can you hear a woop woop all the way from …

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create. Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged. Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote …

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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 …

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A Still Heart and Loud Laughter {Part Two}

I can often be heard saying that I feel peace in the country and alive in the city. I have had multiple international trips where I have purposely chosen to spend time in both the city and countryside…and the combo is magic! My trip began in Gardenstown, Scotland in a tiny fishing village by the sea. I shared a peek into my time in a previous post. When it was time to say goodbye to the sea and our cab …

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The Living Studio Along the Danube {Prague, Vienna, Budapest and more}

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 …

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A Still Heart and Loud Laughter {part one}

It is such a rare and special treat for me to get away to create art just for me.  No teaching. No responsibilities. Just the joy of being still. {A piece I created while in Scotland from my sketches of Crovie and a vintage photograph of two women from the villages} I prefer to travel with my family so to take this kind of time and money for just me is hard too but so needed. I homeschool our children …