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Juliette Crane

I’m an artist, teacher, storyteller and adventurer, here to help you get creative and live your dreams. As often as possible, I paint outside, mostly in the grass surrounded by flower gardens and the tallest trees.


I’m also an avid gardener and enthusiastic cook and would be delighted to have you over for dinner! When I’m not teaching, travelling, and painting in gardens around the world, I live with my bluegrass-singing husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

I’m the creator of a series of online courses that encourage thousands around the world to get creative. From my art play mini course Backgrounds and Layers, to my How To Paint An Owl and How To Paint An Owl 2 courses, for bird and whimsy-lovers, to the mixed media workshops How To Paint A Girl and How To Create Whimsical Animals.

Having fun, learning to let go, and not being afraid to cover up my paintings have become essential to my creative process. I delight in mixing all sorts of materials in my artwork-acrylics, spray paint, pastels, oils, watercolors, origami paper, glitter, vintage sheet music and wallpaper.

My work has been published in Oprah.com, Glamour Magazine UK, Somerset Studio, Somerset Studio Gallery, Mingle, and Artful Blogging and on blogs including Crescendoh, My Owl Barn and Do What You Love just to name a few.

My hope is that in sharing my art and experiences as an artist, others might be inspired to share with the world whatever it is they’re most passionate about and live their dreams.




Juliette Crane
My Story

For years I stopped painting. All of my artwork ended up in the basement or trash, so I thought, “What good is it to paint?” I knew I needed to create for myself rather than a big company, but I never thought anyone would want to see my work.

When I went to college I planned to study environmental biology, but I couldn’t help myself from painting on everything and anything in my dorm room. I found a huge sheet of paper and pasted it above my bed and whenever I could, I’d work on that drawing. When it was done, I started in on a white cabinet. I drew colorful abstract scenes with colored pencils, crayons and markers. I’m sure that giant drawing and cabinet got thrown in the garbage as soon as I moved.

Then in the summer of 2009 I lost my job. It was the first job I ever really loved (as a landscaper). To heal my spirit, I went back to what I adored most as a child – cutting out outfits for characters and making up their stories. My sister-in-law gifted me with a few fabulous vintage wallpaper books, and I fell in love with the colors and patterns. I knew I had to do something with that gorgeous paper. And that’ s what started all of my whimsical paintings.

As friends stopped by and saw my work, they encouraged me to have a local show. I asked at the library and in a few months hung my paintings and hosted an opening. It was mostly friends and family, but little by little people I didn’t know began complimenting and buying my work too.

I’ve had all sorts of jobs- arts and technology journalist, editorial assistant, photographer, gallery manager, graphic designer, floral designer, landscaper, web developer and computer programmer. Nothing ever seemed to fit. But having all of those jobs helped prepare me in different ways for my life as an artist and entrepreneur.




Juliette Crane
My Classes

Painting has always been a healing process for me. Yet I struggled whenever I came to covering up the white space and knowing what to paint.

Having fun, learning to let go and not being afraid to cover up my paintings have now become essential to my creative process. I’ve fallen in love with mixed media painting and out of all of the painting techniques I’ve ever tried, the one thing I always return to is remembering to have fun with whatever it is I’m creating. This brings joy into the process, which inevitably gets infused into your artwork and always makes anyone who sees it smile.

It wasn’t until I snapped in-progress photos of my paintings that I realized every painting has an ugly stage. And at that stage, I’d always get frustrated and feel like I couldn’t finish another painting. That negative self talk completely took the fun out of painting. But once I realized it happened to me every time, I learned to turn off my inner critic.

My hope is that in sharing my creative process it’s easier for you to paint, so you can let go, add color and whimsy to your life and paint in a style that is unique to YOU.

Read more about my courses here.




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I’d be delighted to meet you. The best ways to stay in touch are in the comments of my blog or on Facebook.

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Press
mybarnowl
My Owl Barn
2014 Owl Lovers Calendar
mingle
Mingle Magazine
Fall 2013
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Somerset Studio Gallery
Summer 2013
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Somerset Studio Magazine
May/June 2013
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Somerset Studio Magazine
March 2013
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My Owl Barn
2013 Owl Lovers Calendar
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Smart Creative Women
Fall 2012
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Pasticcio Quartz Zine
Fall 2012
Where Women Create
Where Women Create
Spring 2012
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The Owl Museum
Spring 2012
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Glamour Magazine UK
Winter 2011
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My Owl Barn
Owl Lover 2012 Calendar
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Somerset Studio Magazine
Summer 2011
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Artful Blogging Magazine
Summer 2011
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Somerset Studio Magazine
Jan/Feb 2011
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Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators
Spring 2010
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Design For Mankind
Fall 2009
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Oprah.com
Fall 2009




Interviews
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All I Did Was Listen
Fall 2012
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The Owl Club
Spring 2012
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Seek Your Course
Winter 2012
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A Picture Book Life
Winter 2011
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77 Square
Winter 2011
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Rachel Taylor
Fall 2011
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Crescendoh
Fall 2011
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Willowing
Fall 2011
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Shared Stories
Winter 2011
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Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Winter 2011
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Do What You Love Podcast
Winter 2011
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Rita Maria Gallery
Fall 2010
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Hazelnut Cottage
Fall 2010
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Crescendoh
Summer 2010
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Yesterday On Tuesday
Summer 2010
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Paint Me A Picture
Spring 2010
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Where People Create
Winter 2010




jill locke
“I absolutely loved your class. Loved it. I love the owls that I painted and the process that I went through painting them. I learned so much, and really was able to listen to my own heart in the process. It was a fantastic experience and I would recommend it to anyone who loves to paint!” – Jill Locke



Read Jill’s lovely blog post and see more of her owls here!

Christy Nimeh
“I appreciate the growth that I have experienced from taking this e-course. I really feel like it has helped me learn to love the process, good and not so good. Juliette, was wonderful at awnsering my questions right away. She gave me great tips for the times when I was feeling stuck, to move forward! I would recommend this course to anyone!!” -Christy Nimeh
Julie Nutting
“Juliette’s class structure is simple, easy to follow and visually pretty. I was pleasantly surprised when on week 2, I totally got into painting and letting go….somewhat. If you want to take a fun online class, I would totally recommend hers.” -Julie Nutting



Read Julie’s lovely blog post here!

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