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The truth will set you free Sunday inspiration
Posted Jul 30, 2017

The truth shall set you free…

I had a dream about this piece and couldn’t wait to create it. There’s so much meaning within this piece for me.

The truth shines the light in the dark places. The truth brings forgiveness and offers hope. Loving the truth about who we are, the good and the bad, brings peace. The truth teaches and helps us to grow in wisdom. The truth helps us to see clearly.

Take the time to search for your truth in your life and your soul.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video


Supplies Used: 12 x12 mdf board, Golden heavy body paint, Liquitex heavy body paint, Deco art fluid acrylic, Liquitex matte medium, Oil pastels, charcoal pencil, Door Stencil

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Posted Jul 30, 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!


  1. Paula Decker Haynes

    Shawn you are a beautiful person not just in looks and size but in who you are and how you give so much to others of yourself. I too have struggled throughout my life with self image issues. What helped me most is finally realizing that God loved and loves me as I am, broken, full of sin and not because I am a certain way. That set me free to know he choose me where I was not having to measure up to a standard. You are beautiful! Thank you for your truthful sharing. I am sure it will be a God send for others.

    • Shawn

      Thank you for beautiful word my friend! Hugs and love

  2. Carole Morrison

    Thank you, Shawn……….being inspired on Sunday is a gift to be sure!! Sending you hugs and love……
    Carole from Chicago

    • Shawn

      Carole you make my Sunday too, with constant encouragement. You have a gift! Hugs and love

  3. Lucy

    I love this piece. The stenciled door is wonderful surrounded by the white and then the drippy colors and a bird flying overhead. It’s is very appealing.

    • Shawn

      Thank you Lucy!

  4. Terri Randall

    Loved this one, not just the painting but also your comments. Being a control freak myself I completely understand..have learned as I’ve gotten older that if it’s something I can’t control, to let it go, if I can, do it in love…and always remember that if I don’t allow others to take part (and not micro manage) then I am stealing their blessing.
    Also thank you for always reminding that we are loved, and I know you know that you are loved also…in His name….

    • Shawn

      Thank you Terri… we are all more alike than we are different… hugs

  5. Dara

    Thank you, always, for sharing your work and yourself!! This is so beautiful! I am in the process of finding my way through my own creative journey, and would like to ask you a technical question: I know you work on MDF and you love to use your handy little charcoal pencil, how do you seal/protect your work to keep the charcoal and pastel, etc., from smudging? Do you use a spray varnish or perhaps a combination of spray product and then brush on? I’m just not sure what the best approach is…

    PS~ It’s so important to pay attention to those dreams that come with such clarity, isn’t it? Thank you again for sharing your ‘inspiration’ 🙂

    • Shawn

      Dara, I spray with Krylon fixatif first and then I seal with a varnish (Liquitex or Golden). Thank you so glad you are sharing the journey!

      • Dara

        Thank you – that helps a bunch!


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