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Brag Book…. student work from workshops
Posted Feb 28, 2015

Joan Jakel shares her creations from video 1 and 2 of Beyond the Basics.

Joan says about herself… I am an entrepreneur at heart which has manifested in the roles of business attorney, artist and author. I am the mother of 2 furry pets. I am an avid yoga practitioner. I am most alive running mountain trails. I am a great cook. I am a good friend striving to be an outstanding friend. I am a lover of wines and world travel. I am excited to be on this journey and enjoy the unfolding of the gift of life. I am an adventurer and have decided to live the life that truly moves me, not the one that has defined me. My greatest pleasure in life is empowering people to follow their dreams and turn them into realities. I live in paradise and wake up in gratitude every day savoring the beauty of my surroundings in Napa, California.  Carpe Diem!

You can see more of her creativeness on her facebook page.

It just makes me smile every time I see new creations from my videos or workshops… it makes my heart happy!  Joan…. thanks for sharing!




Those were three pieces that Joan created…. and now here is a bit of her process…. I love the first picture …. that’s me on the computer … hehehehe!






That was fun! send me your pics and process from any of my video/ workshops, I would love to share it!  Thanks again Joan!

if you would like to check out the Beyond the Basic video series you can do that HERE

Have a creative day…. You are loved!

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Posted Feb 28, 2015
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


  1. Joan Jakel

    What a treat to see my pieces on your site! I have arrived! Thank you for creating your fabulous web video tutorials. As soon as I started the first video, everything resonated with me and your instruction took my creativity to the next level. I had such a great time with you at my art table, surrounded by household items you recommended and created to my heart’s content. While these are painted on canvas, I scanned them and turned them into prints and created cards to send out and surprise my friends. It’s been a huge hit and the love is definitely flowing. Thank you for generously sharing your gifts and talents and your brilliant heart. To all of you reading this post, give yourself the gift of taking Shawn’s online web classes and feel your heart soar and your talents grow.
    Carpe Diem!
    Joan Jakel

    • Shawn

      Joan…. it’s always so great for me to see people inspired by what I do… it is good for my soul. Thanks for your kind words and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Hugs and love!


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