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Hope abstract heart Sunday Inspiration
Posted Dec 10, 2017

This original is available HERE


I read this week about how when we offer up hope, that we’ll also receive hope as well. When we connect with others and share our stories, we let other know that they are not alone and that we understand. = HOPE.

Even when we are feeling hopeless or down when we connect and share…. we are helping ourselves. There is an attitude shift when connection happens with others and guess what?… Hope happens

When I thought about hope… I wanted to create something that was bright and happy and I think I achieved it.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video


Supplies Used: Deco Art Premium paint, Deco Art Premium extender, Deco Art Premium matte medium, Palette knives, Sennelier Oil Pastels, ledgers collage pak, vintage birds collage pak, 12×12 mdf board

Stencil Used: Flower drawing

New – Vintage bird collage pak:

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Dec 10, 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. Carole Morrison

    Shawn, this piece of art is stunning!! The peaceful heart, with the bird clinging to it, rising out of a “busy” background (which I perceive as our chaotic world), is hope personified!!! This gorgeousness speaks volumes to we, the onlookers!!! I believe that you were channeling the poet, Emily Dickinson. The speaker (Dickinson) describes hope as a bird (“the thing with feathers”) that perches in the soul. There, it sings wordlessly and without pause. The song of hope sounds sweetest “in the Gale,” and it would require a terrifying storm to ever “abash the little Bird / That kept so many warm.” The speaker says that she has heard the bird of hope “in the chillest land— / And on the strangest Sea—”, but never, no matter how extreme the conditions, did it ever ask for a single crumb from her.

    Your words spoke the same thing, Shawn…….when we offer a good word, a smile, that’s hope!!! Thank you, my friend……..enjoy a wonderful day!! Carole

    • Shawn

      Carole,… thank you! I always see hope as a bird, partly because of Emily Dickinson’s poem, it’s one of my favorite!
      You are such a good soul… thank you for you encouraging words!


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