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A regular day can be beautiful, collage paks and bright flowers
Posted Oct 22, 2017

This piece just came flowing out of me… chasing away the guilt and ushering peace. It’s always amazing to me how creating art can do that for me.  It also helped me focus on the beauty around me.

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This original is available HERE and the Print on wood in 4 sizes available HERE

Supplies Used: Collage elements for collage paks listed below, medium body and fluid acrylic paint. charcoal pencil and marabu art crayon in black.

stencil used: flower garden

New collage paks in the shop-

school booksledger pages, botony flower book, book covers

book covers

ledger pages

botany flower book

School books

As I began this journey of purposeful living, of stepping outside my comfort zone to grow and learn more about myself and the world around me. I made a plan to try something new each week.

Well, this week got away from me, with the business of the business and a friend coming into town… I suddenly realized that I’d not done anything new this week.

What happened next took be by surprise.

I felt such guilt and really kind of beat up on myself. Partially because I’m a list or a rule follower in much of my life,  if I don’t check the boxes I get that anxiety feeling and the other reason is I have this accountability with you now too.

But I had to stop and give myself a talk, just like I would with you or anyone important to me. I had to remind myself that this journey is not about some list that I have made up in my head,

but this is my heart journey and that should be a freeing thing not burdensome. I had to remind myself that there are lessons, growth and beauty in today. Each day is a blessing and to stop, look around, and find the beauty in the day to day, in filling orders, in creating blog posts in… whatever. And I did! my peace always, always comes from creating and every time I create I learn something new.

I pray that you find your beauty today. That you realize what a blessing today is and that creating a beautiful story starts from being grateful for the small things.

I hope you have a great week!

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved.

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Posted Oct 22, 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. jane

    just beautiful!

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much!


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