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The journey of courage Sunday inspiration
Posted Oct 15, 2017

I love the simplicity of this piece. The blues are so dreamy!

Creating from a place of meaning and capturing a turning point makes for the best art. I will share more below.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video

In case you need a reminder everyday to take the first step, let go of the fear and know that your beautiful journey awaits this original and prints are available

Supplies Used: 12×12 mdf board, matte medium, Golden fluid acrylics, prussian blue hue, phtalo blue hue, cobalt teal hue, titanium white, silver. Liquitex basic acrylic burnt umber and mars black, Soho acrylic paint in terra verte, americana acrylic in avocado, tissue paper and scraps of paper.

Stencils used: vines, night sky, trees 2

Fear is a crazy powerful thing…. It can warn us of danger or stop us in our tracks. It can keep us from trying new things and will tell us that we are not good enough, strong enough or smart enough. It tells us that we can’t do it, whatever “it” is.

What if you took one step to show fear who’s really boss? What if you said enough is enough? What if you climbed the steps, made the call, created the thing, started the plan? What if in the scary first steps on overcoming, you found excitement and a new found joy?

You will never know until you try.

This last trip I had to do a lot of self talk about my fears. At one point as I leaned out over the railing of the steps to take a picture of my progress, I thought I was going to throw up. I was shaking all over and had some mini panick moments. But I just kept repeating to my self, “you can do this, you are strong enough, be brave”

Everyone’s brave moments are different, this might not seem like much to anyone else but it was HUGE for me.

Where do you need to let go of the fear and step out?

The above pic is of the view at the top of the scaffolding walk of the Boston harbour

Above, the start of our gorge walk.

The above two pics are to give you an idea of where we were, I clung to the side wall a lot of the walk, but isn’t this gorgeous! I would have missed this if I would’ve let fear take over.

I stopped to take a pic of my progress… Always make a memory of what you’ve accomplished, so you can go back and remember that you did it! Notice the not so sure look on my face…. I was shaking so bad I almost couldn’t get a pic.

The reward, seeing this beauty! The reward, confidence. The reward knowing I can face my fear. The reward, sharing this experience with those that I love.

My love, you can do it, face your fear, let go of the old tapes that play.  It might be scary, you might shake and miss a step but the reward is waiting for you!

Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved!



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Posted Oct 15, 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. Laura Spano

    What a beautiful, inspiring blog post. Thank you for sharing this part of your journey.

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much! Thanks for sharing the journey

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much!

  2. Clara Melchor Bowman

    Oh these wonderful pics Shawn! How brave you were. The reward for your courageous ‘get out of my way fear’ was the beauty that surrounded you. I would love if you could maybe create a piece to convey the wonder of that last pic of the waterfall. Love & hugs Shawn. Thank God for you. Xxx

    • Shawn

      Thank you and that’s a great idea about the waterfall!

  3. Helen Gullett

    Love your joourney art piece today. Inspiring and encouraging.
    Thank you for sharing the process video.
    And… what a beautiful trip to the waterfall 🙂

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much!

  4. memalagene

    AWESOME creation, thanks for your encouragement to face our fears!

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much! and thanks for sharing the journey

  5. Lorraine Cooper

    Thank you very much for sharing especially your private family time, it’s nice to get to know our mentor.
    I would love to do a walk through the valley etc. but when I was younger I thought I had all the time, then it was not to long for long service and retirement, and then unfortunately I have lost the ability to see with one eye and central vision only in the other and I have to use a wheelchair.
    So the moral of that story is don’t put off family time it is so very very special time to spend. I am lucky to have my grand daughters who love pushing grannie but I would love to walk. I can’t so I stop worrying but I will paint forever it is just better than medicine.
    Thank you again for giving so much for free and I wish you the simplest of gifts enjoy your time and continue to work with many thanks Lorraine


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