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Utopia? It’s really simple
Posted Feb 19, 2017


Sometimes, well most of the time, I think we as humans complicate things. This quote this week was sent to me as a commission piece. Sometimes as I begin the creative process for a custom piece it takes a while to feel what the client is asking for, however that didn’t happen with this piece. The inspiration came immediately. The quote so resonated with me that I thought I would share the process and the thoughts for this Sunday Inspiration.

Life really is simple…. there are a few things that really matter and all the rest of the stuff is just fluff, distraction, fodder… it’s just stuff. There is not “utopia” it doesn’t exsist, life is not perfect and happy. But we can strive to make it the best life we have and if we really think about what makes the best life… For me it is the little things, a beautiful sunrise, friendship, deep connections with others, intimate love and creating. It’s just a few things that really matter. To love and be loved and all the rest is just filler.

So today, remember in the midst of all the “stuff” that you are doing. Take notice of the important things, the little things and cherish them.

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Supplies Used: 18×18 mdf board, Matte medium, collage pak, Acrylic paints, black, turquoise, raw umber, titanium white, gesso, glazing medium, charcoal pencil, fineliner, black acrylic paint marker, stencils (splatters, vintage postage 1 and 2, vintage papers 2, flourish, backgrounds, old world, numbers, let it fly 2)

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Be inspired, Create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Feb 19, 2017
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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!


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