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25% off and Grateful mixed media Abstract Sunday Inspiration
Posted Apr 22, 2018

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In today’s painting I wanted to paint my gratitude… This however was not my first attempt. The first piece I did, the camera didn’t record… I said a few not so nice words and had to chuckle at myself. Here I was wanting to share about gratitude and I was rolling around in negativity! .. aaannnd, the second piece turned out better than the first.

It was a great lesson in being grateful, sometimes things don’t go the way we planned or life outright breaks your heart and the burdens and brokenness seem unbearable. In the midst of the struggle, if we can find just one thing to be grateful for, it allows for the light to come in to the darkness. It starts the healing, it calms the frustration. Finding gratitude can seem daunting in the hardest of times.. but I have found that in the darkest of days, or the simple setbacks of everyday living, pausing to find gratitude creates a shift in me. One that always takes me to a better place. I hope you find something to be grateful for today!

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used: 11×17 mdf board, Deco art media black & white gesso, Deco art media fluid acrylic (titanium white, titan buff, cobalt teal, quin magenta, english red oxide, prussion blue hue,carbon black, green gold), Deco Art premium acrylic paint (green gold, quin violet, quin magenta, quin Gold, cobalt teal, raw umber, carbon black) catalyst wedge, catalyst spatula, fineline applicator, charcoal pencil, soft pastel in black, gelli prints and made collage papers, Americana glazing medium,

Stencils Used: doodle triangle and geometric flower

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Posted Apr 22, 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. Cathy Johnson

    Love your art. Thank you for sharing the videos and your words of inspiration❤️

    • shawn

      Thank you Cathy!


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