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Like dust I rise! Donna Downey curator piece
Posted Jan 29, 2018

This piece is so dimensional… the texture and layers are just so yummy! This 18×18 was so much fun and has lots meaning. The quote is from Maya Angelou, she is one of my favorite authors/poets. It reads “You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt but still like dust I’ll rise, I rise, I rise”

So often we can come against adversity and others that try to discourage our dreams.. And this work is served as an reminder to keep going… never ever, ever give up!

Also….. The winner of the “Poetry of the Earth” giveaway is Jana Boettcher! Congratulation Jana… and thank you all for liking and sharing!!!

Enjoy the video


I love using modeling paste, crackle paste and the pumice gel, I try to not think about where I’m putting it so that I can have unexpected texture in some surprising spots. Also watering down some of your paint works well when working with all this texture, it allows the paint to settle in the cracks and and around the paste.

Supplies Used: 18×18 wood panel, scraps of vintage paper, Large #17 palette knife smaller palette knife # 5, charcoal pencil, cardboard scraps

Golden Mediums: gesso, crackle paste, modeling paste, coarse pumice gel, matte medium, glazing medium

Golden heavy body paints: Titanium white, teal, quinacridone blue violet, alizarin crimson hue, Yellow ochre, quinacridone crimson, neutral gray, carbon black

Golden Fluid acrylics: pyrrole red, cobalt turquois, yellow oxide, raw umber, quinacridone magenta, Phthalo green, permanent violet dark, paynes gray, Phthalo Blue

Donna Downey Stencils: keyhole splatter, star, scribble script, 

My stencils: mandala, scribbles, scribble squares, scribble circles, cracked

Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved

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Posted Jan 29, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    I love your style !!

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much Nancy! hugs

  2. Clara Melchor Bowman

    Hi dear Shawn,

    Hope you’re well & happy. Well…gosh, this piece brought me to tears. The layers of beauty, the layers of pain & suffering…and there she was, still standing, risen more powerful and yet gently she shines. Thank you, thank you for this! I needed it, needed to feel hope. And thanks to the wonderful Maya.

    Bless you Shawn.

    Much love & hugs
    Clara 😊💛

    • Shawn

      I love it when someone gets it… gets the depth of the layers and the meaning… thank you for seeing with your heart…! We all need this hope and encouragement from time to time through out our journey… You are loved!


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