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The Roundup |Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is there if you have your eyes open to it. Sometimes it will be the little things like the sound of the fountain as I am pulling weeds in the garden, the kids wanting to tell me about their day, an orange and pink sunset, the horses neighing across the road and even beauty found on the internet given by complete strangers. I found so many beautiful little treasures on the …

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Transitions | Our daughter is heading to college

I like schedules, planning, knowing what is coming, and pretty much pretending that I am in control which I know deep down I am not at all. I don’t like change and transitions are hard for me. When there are lots of changes I feel it like a small storm under the surface and I try to slowly navigate the emotions but sometimes I push them aside to deal with another day because…well, they are hard. Sometimes even the most …

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Free Art Lesson | Brave Color Mixing with Hayley Morgan

Join Hayley Morgan for Brave Color Mixing. In this free art lesson you will create your own imaginative palette. In this easy to follow lesson Hayley will show you step by step how to color mix as she also shares more about her own choices and the colors she likes to combine in paintings.  Her color choices are fresh and fun and will grow your own confidence in mixing your own palettes.       The video lesson is free but …

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An Artist in Florence | With Melissa McArdle

In 2018 I knew that 2019 was going to be the last year I led overseas art workshops for the foreseeable future. As much as I loved gathering, teaching and traveling it was the most deep knowing that it was time and I had complete peace about my decision. Then 2020 changed all of our worlds and I was not only grateful that I didn’t have scheduled trips to cancel but it also was a reminder how much I had …

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The Roundup | Beauty Found on the Internet this Week!

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is there if you have your eyes open to it. Sometimes it will be the little things like the sweet change of season happening here in Colorado, the smell of the plants at the nursery this time of year when everyone is beyond ready to play in the garden, the piano being played in our home, an unexpected gift from a friend and even beauty found on the internet given by …

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A Free Art Video | Value Mapping with Debbie Miller

  Value Mapping with Debbie Miller A New Free Art Video   Join Debbie in this free lesson from her first course on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network.   If you love teacups and coffee mugs, love the idea of art as storytelling, and feel inspired when you let yourself reflect on the sacredness of ordinary things, then this painting course is for you.   I hope you have the best time this weekend creating!      

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Free Stitching Series | Embroidery Supply List and Sources

    Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite techniques for stitching faces over on the JO Creative Community page. Each Monday at 2pm MT I will share a different technique and I can not wait to see what YOU create! Stitching faces has become one of my most favorite ways to create and relax. The best part about stitching for me is that it allows me to create without going into my studio. …

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Stitched Faces | Free Tutorials over on the JO Creative Community

Over the next three weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite techniques for stitching faces over on the JO Creative Community page. Each Monday at 2pm I will share a different technique and I can not wait to see what YOU create! Stitching faces has become one of my most favorite ways to create and relax. The best part about stitching for me is that it allows me to create without going into my studio. I can still …

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French Picnic Baskets | Shopping Guide

    Thank you for the beautiful response to the French Picnic Basket video! I loved all of the comments, emails and private messages about the video and also your memories of being at one of our live workshops and enjoying the picnic yourself. Knowing how much beauty means to you always inspires me to never be ashamed that I love things a certain way and it is one of the ways I show how much I care about you …

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Start Where You Are With What You Have | The Art of Gathering

  Over the past 13 + years we have gathered others through live workshops here in the United States and abroad. Whether we have been leading a group making art along the Seine, taking a bike ride through the vineyards of Austria, baking croissants in Paris or opening the doors to our own home, land and studio…gathering has been at the heart of our business and life. We started workshops very simply in local shops and by moving furniture around …

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How We Started Live Workshops | The Art of Gathering

This post was originally shared on May 29, 2013. I never want you to look at where we are now with our business, art or live workshop etc. and not see where we started. I am the biggest believer in starting where we are with what we have! I KNOW that has been the “secret” to growing my gifts, art, and business and it the “secret” to growing yours!     This post was originally shared on May 29, 2013. …

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Make the Ordinary Beautiful | Watch the Video

  Join me in this next video where I talk about little ways to bring beauty to the ordinary in a live workshop.   I am loving hearing from you in the comments and all of your excitement and feedback about our previous videos about our French Picnic Baskets and our Live Workshop Checklists.     Over the past 13 + years we have gathered others through live workshops here in the United States and abroad. Whether we have been …

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Instant Access | Gathered Inspiration Boards with Jeanne Oliver

I am a gatherer. I gather vintage papers, photographs, leftover bits of my own work, words from magazines, color palettes that inspire, foraged finds and composition ideas wherever I can find them. I often use these gathered pieces in my new works but first they often find themselves layered on my studio wall. With simple artist’s tape I begin layering all of the little bits of beauty that I have found. This is how I document ideas, new classes, the …

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Push Past The Ugly | Beauty is Around the Corner

  *Originally published early in our business but such a good reminder I wanted to share again*     One of the hardest things is pushing past the ugly. When we are doing something new or something out of our comfort zone there is often the ugly/hard that accompanies it. I am the biggest cheerleader of my children to practice, try again and push beyond…it can be harder when it comes to me. Have you ever had a hard patch …

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Three More Stencil Idea Videos

Have you wanted to create portraits in your work or art journals? Have you wanted the process to feel easy, fun and even relaxing? Maybe you just want some new inspiration and some new lines to get you started? I am so excited to tell you about my brand new stencils from Stencil Girl Products and how this new tool can say YES to each of the questions above. Last year I was approached by Mary Beth Shaw of Stencil …

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Sketchbook Revival Online Workshop 2021 | A Free Workshop and I am an Instructor

  Imagine waking up every day brimming with ideas, excitement and confidence to open up your sketchbook and start creating, no matter what. The 4th annual Sketchbook Revival Online Workshop is about to start, and it’s all about making this vision a reality.   | Click HERE to join |     | Click HERE to join |   Consider it your invitation to sharpen your pencils, wipe off your palettes, pull out your sketchbooks, and get ready for a fresh start …

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A Brand New Free Art Video with Pam Carriker | Face Mapping

  We have just added a brand new FREE ART LESSON to our creative network!  Today we have released Face Mapping with Pam Carriker. This is a two part video (yes, both are included!) What better way to practice drawing and painting faces than by using the face you see reflecting back from you every day. By using your photo as a reference for mapping details, shading and highlights, a bit of you will shine through each drawing, even if you aren’t …

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My Brand New Stencils Are Here | Come Watch the Technique Video

Have you wanted to create portraits in your work or art journals? Have you wanted the process to feel easy, fun and even relaxing? Maybe you just want some new inspiration and some new lines to get you started? I am so excited to tell you about my brand new stencils from Stencil Girl Products and how this new tool can say YES to each of the questions above. Last year I was approached by Mary Beth Shaw of Stencil …

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Truth in Advance with Stephanie Lee | A Free Inspiration Video

I recently asked Stephanie Lee to be a part of the free Rhythms + Rituals | Finding Intentional Stillness During The In-Between. When her video came in and I was watching it for the first time, I had tears streaming down my face. Her gift of art, words and expressing emotion in whatever she does is one of her many gifts. Her video became a highlight of the whole course and the private messages I received about the impact her …

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My Current Watercolor Palettes | Get the names and links

  A few weeks ago in the JO Creative Community (I would love to have you join the free FB group)I shared the art supplies currently on my cart.  The stars of the show were my two watercolor palettes that are a custom combination of half pans from Ocean Paper and Wildthorne. I had so many requests wanting to know exactly what colors were in the palettes that I made a short video and then labeled each color for you. …

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Be Your Own Santa!

    It can be so easy to shop for those we have the same in common with but sometimes there are others that we love so much but shopping for them is just plain hard. You want to do something nice for someone you care about but you also want to give them something they will LOVE and USE! If you have a creative in your life (or someone that WANTS to learn to create) give them a JO …

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A Moment of Quiet

| Matches  |  Notepad  |  Mug  | Sage  | Blanket | “It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready” said Sarah Kay, poet and teller of the hard truth of the cold end of the year.  Do you feel that?  Like time is running out before you’ve had time to check the time?  I’ve found that during this season, finding time for myself, time to breath, is maybe more important than ever.  But I’ve also found that carving …

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Rhythms + Rituals | A New FREE Series

As we make our way closer to 2021 we want to offer a simple way to gather others that want to start the New Year with intention. With the division of this past year, financial uncertainty for many, and the reality of so many unknowns, I know that this time instead of feeling hopeful for the new year and what’s to come may feel more like the in-between. The waiting period. There were so many unexpected moments in my own …

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What I learned about Creative Business from Jeanne’s Podcast | By Jeremy Reeves of the Goodvoice Group

  In a letter dated October 22nd, 1882, Vincent Van Gogh said to his brother Theo, “the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, but is a succession of little things that are brought together.” And maybe we each know this intuitively, that what we achieve is always an amalgam of ideas, efforts, mistakes, and do-overs: little things all threaded together, forming something that if not yet great, is at least approaching greatness. A painting is a collection of all the …