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Letting go… Freedom, Sunday Inspiration
Posted Mar 20, 2016


Boy oh boy, did I struggle this week…. in so many ways! This piece was so soulfully inspired and yet so hard to create…. nothing came easy…. and I’m still not sure I like it… but, this is the reality of creating and life.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video!

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Supplies Used: Deco Art Media Matte Medium, Deco art Media fluid acrylics and Americana acrylic paint, My stencils birds, birds, birds, and fave font. Charcoal pencil, white paint pen. alphabet stencil. book pages for the background. Black and burnt umber chalk pastels


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Posted Mar 20, 2016
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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. Carole Morrison

    Oh, Shawn……..a difficult week for me as well…….burying a life-long friend……I just wanted to go “anywhere” that wasn’t “here”………. As you began coloring your sky….tears began to flow, and your beautiful clouds took me to a beautiful, safe place. Thank you for your inspiration……for sharing your beautiful art……for sharing “you”………I’m so grateful…….Have a beautiful Sunday, and my hope is that you have an effortless week…….calm, peace and joy………
    Sending hugs and gratitude………yes, my friend, you are loved…….
    Carole from Chicago

    • Shawn

      Carole, I just love you! I hope your week has gotten better! Hugs!

  2. memalagene

    WOW! for a slow start for your creativity, you sure excelled in the end! Thanks so much for your amazing process video!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much! hugs

  3. jane w

    thank you Shawn! been watching all your videos and i love them. can you tell me what your paint on? or, i guess where you purchase ? looks like a wood panel.

    • Shawn

      Jane, so glad you are enjoying the videos, I create on 3/4″ mdf board. I cut them to the size that I need. I get large sheets and then cut them . I do sell them in the shop. Hope this helps.

  4. Jacquelene L

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring piece today and your frustrating week. I have been having a similar frustrating week also. The hymn playing is my favorite hymn, “It is well with my soul”, I love that hymn and the story about the writer and why he wrote it. My creativity has deserted me lately, your sunday inspiration is helping me to get back to my art journals, I need them to nurture myself. The birds flying in your piece brought to mind when Jesus talked about not worrying and trusting God, and how the birds of the air are taken care of by God and they don’t worry. I read this a lot when I am anxious.
    Jacquelene L

    • Shawn

      Jacquelene, I love how the birds to you meant trusting… I also love it is well with my soul, it is a go to song when I’m feeling out of sorts!

  5. Sarah Miller

    I think it is very clever, and I feel like I could soar !

    • Shawn

      Sarah, I just love you! Hugs1


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