Joan Jakel Getting Creative in Bali

Joan Jakel Getting Creative in Bali

I am excited to start this week by participating in a Blog Hop. What’s a Blog Hop, you ask? Well, I get to connect with artsy goddess bloggers, give you some insight into my creativity, and provide you with recommendations to check out some additional creative and inspiring blogs. For starters, I’d like to thank Ashlie Woods for asking me to join the Hop. If you’d like to start your week and add a dose of inspiration to your morning coffee, check out her blog at The Beautiful Occupation.

So, the million dollar questions related to my creativity. Here goes….

How does my creative process work?

For starters, I begin any creative project by surrounding myself with inspiration, calling upon my muses and setting my intention for what I want to accomplish during my creative play. I want my creativity to flow from a place of purpose so whatever shows up on the canvas was meant to be called forth. I’ve been working in collage and mixed mediums, so I generally start with a certain color palette that speaks to me. Once I have color enticing me, I start finding objects, words, statements that move me and flow together. I tend to spend a lot of time finding the feeling I want others to experience, so my time goes into reflection, arranging, rearranging and sometimes setting aside to let the creative juices simmer a bit more.

Inspiring Artist Table

Inspiring Artist Table

Start of Collage - Painted Canvas Boards

Start of Collage – Painted Canvas Boards

Collage in the Works

Collage in the Works

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

While my work is original, I like to think it has the essence of all the artists I’ve appreciated over the years. I’ve borrowed techniques and processes and added my own flare. I am a new, self taught artist and one of my mantras is “No Rules!” Sometimes, ignorance is bliss and I can create from the heart without having to worry if it’s artistically correct and following the norms of the art world. I like using objects on my art – particularly jewelry or nature objects, like feathers, stones, or shells. One day I was working on a collage and it was missing something. Suddenly, I had an urge to go to Goodwill where I bought a bunch of unique jewelry for a couple of bucks and added an earring to the piece and voila! It was just what I was looking for.

Eucalyptus Nut and Stone

Eucalyptus Nut and Stone

Feathers & Jewels

Feathers & Jewels

 

What am I working on?

I’m playing with a new collage line that incorporates words or phrases of empowerment. During a recent meditation, I reflected on my lack of good role models when I was growing up and found myself wishing for a mentor to guide me through some of the challenges of youth and adolescent. Suddenly, I was moved to create art to give the empowering advice I would have liked to receive. It was exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will evolve.   I just set up a shop on Etsy as I more solidly find my creative voice and share my vision with the electronic world.  It’s a new and exciting world!

Be Bold Collage

Be Bold Mixed Medium on Canvas Board

Inspiring Canvas Treats

Inspiring Canvas Treats

Words To Live By Collage

Words To Live By Collage

Why do I create what I do?

Passion. My life revolves around passion. I create pieces that move me when I’m moved to create them. I have spent so many years buttoned down in a professional left brain career that I celebrate the ability to free my right brain to play in creativity. I want my art to inspire and empower others to be courageous and follow their dreams. I want people to feel something when they experience my art and to dare follow that stirring to ignite their own passion.

Passion collage

Thanks for checking in.  Stay tuned for a follow up post introducing you to some fabulous artists to keep you hopping on the creative blog trail!  Carpe Diem!