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Flourish to grow luxuriantly Sunday Inspiration
Posted Feb 4, 2018

Flourish: To grow luxuriantly; to grow and thrive; to prosper.

I was needing a break from reality this week. It just was one of those weeks where everything seemed hard. Business stuff, family stuff it just was unsettling in my soul and I could feel the anxiety rolling around in my belly.

I painted this because this is where I needed to go to calm, sooth and heal the uncontrollable bits of life. The word flourish came, just as so many other words have come for art…. by the divine.

I was searching in my box of scrap papers for the background and randomly on one of the papers was the word flourish. It was like suave for my soul. It made me breath deep and say… just flourish Shawn … what else can you do. Then I looked up the definition and I was even more pleased with my word that was given to me.

Flourish: To grow luxuriantly; to grow and thrive; to prosper.

Oh how I want to grow luxuriantly!

Even in the midst of what life throws at us.. we can choose to flourish, to grow and prosper.

Enjoy the video


Supplies Used:

Top background paper from collage pak: sunday inspiration 5-14-17

middle paper cracked, from collage pak: 1-29-17

bottom text paper from collage pak 4-9-17

Fluid, craft and medium body paints: Deco Art media fluids, Americana craft and Studio 71 medium body

Matte medium to put everything down

glazing medium for the umber wash

palette knife for paint skimming

charcoal pencil and black soft pastel stick

Stencils Used:

Wildflower3, Flower gang 5, geometric flower, damask duo, Tiles, Window 1

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Feb 4, 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. Honora Hill

    I love, love, your art.

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much!

  2. Moira

    lovely Shawn. Watching your videos inspires me. I can empathise with your tribulations this week as we have also had our share. No internet, being poorly, all this affecting my mojo too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Shawn

      Thank you Moira… her’s to a new and better, week!

  3. Diana Drache

    Awwwh Shawn, I just finished watching your video and I must say I feel like I was just taken to church! It was so inspiring, I watched the whole video (which I must confess that is something I never do.) It was awesome! You are a true artist in every sense of the word and exactly what I needed to see this week myself! Thank you so much for sharing your time, troubles and talents! It has helped me to not feel so alone in this world today and to reconnect me with my artistic side. I Look forward to learning and sharing more with you, Diana

    • shawn

      Thank you so much…! It’s my goal each time I create to inspire in some way and I love it when a video reaches someone at just the right time. You are loved!


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