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Comparison is the thief of Joy – Theodore Roosevelt
Posted Dec 18, 2016


Comparison is the thief of Joy ~~ Theodore Roosevelt

I was talking to another artist this weekend at a show and she kept doubting her talent, and comparing her sales with others, she questioned her choices. I assured her that she needed to stay true to her calling and where her heart was leading her in her creative practice. But I’m not gonna lie, I too, have had those feelings of not being enough, creative enough, of not making the quality or the money of others… it is a yucky feeling… and it can happen so quickly without any notice and too often so many can get stuck in the comparison game. No matter what you do, what ever profession… shucks….! if your a human being… it’s easy to compare. But I want to encourage you that … YOU are special and have gifts that I don’t have and vice a versa … We have all been given our uniqueness… Our special gifts, our quirks, our idiosyncrasies … We need to embrace them and get really, really grateful for them and for our own stamp of self on the world. Being comfortable in our own skin takes practice. But there is nothing more motivating, exciting, beautiful, sexy and alluring than a person comfortable with who they are.  Insecurities come and go and we learn and grow from them but then we let it go.

My friend… YOU are amazing, just how you are ….




Supplies used: **********8×8 mdf board, book pages, vintage ledger page, vintage butterfly, vintage book cover. Golden heavy gel, Gold fluid matte medium, glazing medium, Acrylic paint raw umber, alzerian crimson hue, black, avocado, cobalt teal hue antique white, titanium white. Rusty latch, Charcoal pencil, black pastel stick, krylon spray fixatif, krylon clear acrylic sealer, carpet tacks, hammer, black sewing thread.

This original is available HERE

stencils used *********** numbers, block font, splatters, old world 1


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I hope your Holidays are filled with LOVE!

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved.


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Posted Dec 18, 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. Hope Smitherman

    Your words are so very true, and ones that we all need to hear from time to time. Thank you for that reminder. I think I’l be pinning and sharing this. I hope that’s okay, I think there are others out there that may need to hear this too.

    • Shawn

      Hope, thank you so much… we all need to be encouraged! and thanks for sharing! hugs


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