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Grace, Love and Courage, my go to words Sunday Inspiration
Posted Mar 25, 2018

Original is available HERE and prints available HERE

These 3 words are always my go to when I’m needing some encouragement for my soul.

It has been a hard winter for me and I’m not exactly sure why, but what I do know is that I need to be ok with where I’m at and be present to learn the lesson in this season. I have nothing major happening except a lonely soul, and I’m not even sure I can explain that, those are just the words that came to mind.

I’m restless and quiet all at the same time. It’s crazy I know, but, I also have hope, because I know this won’t last forever and that some of my best art and deep dives of my inner world happens in this place.

I just keep reminding myself that I need to have grace with myself and others, love for me, love for the moment, love for others, and courage to not discouraged by the restlessness, courage to keep going, courage to sit with the quiet and listen… listen hard to what my soul needs and what changes will come with this season.

If you are in a similar time in your life…. take my words and use them to bring light and encouragement to your world. And know that this won’t last forever.

Enjoy your Sunday inspiration video

The originals are available HERE. and the prints available HERE

Supplies Used:

3 5×7 mdf wood panels, Vintage papers (Botany collage pak) , Deco art media matte medium, parchment paper, Deco Art media fluid acrylics (Titanium white, Dark grey value 3 Diarylide yellow, English red oxide, paynes grey), charcoal pencil, black pastel,

Collage pak used: Botony flower book (these are just a few of the collage pak)

Stencils used: Magnolia stencils and vintage quatrefoil

Another new stencil in the shop – Vases 1

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Posted Mar 25, 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. Gailie Running Lynx

    Thank you sooo much Shawn for being there for us even tho you weren’t feeling well. I LOVE this 3 piece set. Did you glue the three onto a one-piece backing after you distressed it?? Someday I will use your quote for others and mention you. “Find the Lessons in the Journey.” That is so lovely!! Thank you again!! xox

    • shawn

      Gailie, thank you… No i didn’t glue them to wood… its just the picture I took with the wood background. Thanks for sharing the journey with me. Hugs

  2. Bonnie Ratzloff

    Oh Shawn…too shaky to write all that is in my heart. I’m not running a business, so that can lessen the stress…and “need to!” Grace…Love…Courage all go hand in hand. I’ll share why I say this. Mid-Dec I almost lost my 34 yr battle with lupus.The thought that ran through my mind like a ribbon was…”do they know how much you loved them??!” Wish I could send a hug and make it all ok. I’ll add you to my prayers…have lots of time. Remember, you, too, are loved!! You’re spreading love to everyone!!🙏 🌸🍃 💗

    • shawn

      Thank you Bonnie and prayers right back to you for your journey! Thanks for sharing the journey with me. Hugs and love!

  3. Clari Melchor Bowman

    Hi dear Shawn,
    Well I just love these adorable pieces! Thank you for sharing them. I know that place you’re in at the moment and as I ask for the grace, love and courage to help me through it, I ask for the same for you.

    Hoping that you find peace & joy and blessings as we come into that time where all is new, full of hope. Let’s say goodbye to the old and embrace growth and change.

    Thank you for all that you share with us, we’re so lucky to have you!

    Love & hugs to you Shawn.
    Clari 😊💛🌻

    • shawn

      Clari, I just love your words. I hope for you, me, all of us, that we will find the grace, love and courage too! Hugs

  4. Patti

    Great video and much needed reminders of grace, love, and courage applied to daily living!

    • shawn

      Thank you Patti


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