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You are free to be who you want Sunday Inspiration
Posted Jan 14, 2018

this original is available HERE

I had a lot of fun playing with this one, the movement of the paint and the variety of colors and stencils reminds me of freedom.

The message in this piece is that you are free to be who you want to be. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. There will always be someone on your journey, that as you begin to venture out and try new thing and work hard toward your goals, that will tell you that you can’t do it. That you’re not worthy, smart enough or strong enough, but you must hush those voice and KEEP GOING! You can do it.

No one understand your journey and as I created this piece this quote from Theodore Roosevelt came to mind. Brene Brown quotes in her book “Daring Greatly”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 
― Theodore Roosevelt

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used: 12×18 mdf board, old palette paper and paper towel, collage paper, fluid acrylics, glazing medium,

Stencils Used: Scribbles circles, scribbles squares, scribbles doodle, geometric flowers, geometric web, geometric leaves

See all the new stencils in the shop below!

Scribble squares, scribbles flowers, scribbles flowers 2, scribbles doodles 1, scribble doodles 2, scribble circles, geometric leaf, geometric flowers, geometric squares, geometric triangles, geometric web, paint pour, european lines, cracked

Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 14, 2018
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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. Hannah Coker

    I love all of your weekly inspiration videos, but especially loved this one! Brene Brown is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I love her and have been both comforted and inspired by her work and wisdom. Thank you for sharing your gifts and thoughts with all of us! Really needed this reminder this week! Sending you much love and gratitude!

    • Shawn

      Thank you Hannah! I just love Brene… I always go back to her books when I need a reminder… thank you for sharing the journey with me!

  2. Irma

    Simply stunning what you “whip” up everytime…I LOVE your work!!! And the title?…I needed exactly that as a reminder. Thank you! Hugs – Irma

    • Shawn

      Thank you Irma!


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