As a poet and artist I often get “wow, I wish I was creative!” or “when do you find the time to create?” These two statements often bewilder me because I believe you don’t have to be the creative type in order to create. Creativity, in my own experience occurs naturally like a flowing stream or a person’s heart beat (interesting examples, huh?). I also believe that creativity is excercised in how we solve a problem or even create a meal. And like everything else it needs to be nurtured.
Finding time to create, well that just seems to come naturally to me and yet I often need a little nudge by way of a prompt. Let me introduce myself, I am j.ajabad (that’s my penname) and I have been blogging here since 2010.
Canvas Poesia is the fusing of poetry+art (poartry)! My blog has a 3-tier purpose: 1.) functions as my personal portfolio (where I post my poetry, art, musings, etc. 2.) a kind of e-zine (my blog is open to submissions of family friendly art, poetry, prose), 3.) Host to a community forum featuring a companion blog or forum hub. It is my hope that this Canvas project becomes a one-stop spot for all your arts needs.
I welcome you to my little blog-based community. Please feel free to grab a cup of your favorite drink (mmm chai tea latte) read and join in on the fun…..
What you’ll find:
Visit the sitemap Canvas Contents for more details.
One Canvas One Soul has since been absorbed by the Canvas Poesia blog. It was a larger scale project at one time but I had to condense it into my blog for a few reasons. You can read about it here. The project was essentially meant to create a community of artists and non-artists alike. Through this medium I sought to unify the different art forms onto one canvas while weaving a tapestry of humanity which in turn would provide common ground for all. It is my belief that, Art in its many hues is the most expressive way to make a statement. Thus through this blog I will strive to continue this goal while leaving room to grow.
Another facet of this project was A.R.T, which stands for Awareness, Revolutions and Tranquility (or evolving interpretations): redefines art, one sketch at a time. This is the “community outreach” if you will and it consists of workshops, galleries and other art related events.
It was most active in the summer of 2011 when I volunteered at my public library and hosted an open mic for poetry and an arts showcase.
This project emerged from a passionate two-fold belief regarding the arts: 1) The arts is one way we understand and relate to other cultures. 2.) Art expresses boldly the contents of the heart and communicates on all levels.
I go by the penname j.ajabad and I have been writing poetry since my freshman year of high school. I also spent much of those years “drawing”. I’ve been blogging on different platforms since about 2000 when I finally decided it would be a good idea to share my work in hopes of receiving some constructive feedback and grow. On my blog journey I had blogs that were a mixture of my poetry and life (Bear Hugz and Ink Stained Poetry) the latter is currently the category I have used for my poetry on this blog. Before 2010, I was looking for a new home for my creative voice and found it here on wordpress. In previous years, I have participated in various poetry forums and or sites including The Starlight Cafe. You can view my older poetry here.
As an artist I currently prefer art journaling because it combines so many mediums into one. I have found a great deal of inspiration on pinterest where I curate tools, tutorials and artwork.
When I am not creating or blogging I spend my time pursuing an education to educate in the future. Most days you’ll see me with a pen in my hair and a cup of coffee or tea.
If you are looking for a forum to network with other creatives where you can share your work, participate in prompts/ games, and more join the Canvas Alcove (“where you can write on our walls!”)
Thank you for stopping by! I hope to hear from you soon! 😀