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Baby goat intuitive mixed media – c. t. member Shannon Beasley
Posted Oct 10, 2018

Ms. Clover – baby goat

Thanks for taking a look at my VERY FIRST Creative Team Member project! I’m so happy to share a little of my intuitive approach to the creative process with you. For me, the only way to make art is in the freedom to come to the journal or canvas open to the process and outcome. For this project, though, I knew that I needed a plan….somewhat. 🙂

I live in a rural area of North West Georgia about 15 minutes south of Chattanooga, TN. There’s no shortage of farm animals in any direction that I go. This spring and summer I’ve really noticed the baby goats and all of their adorable antics when I drive down my street. I love their long ears and little faces, as well as their innocence and simple joy in just being. They have been showing up in a lot of my art journal pages lately.

I chose an 11×14 canvas board for this project because I wanted to frame it and add it to a booth that I keep in a local antique mall. Farm animal art is always a hit in this neck of the woods. I began, as I always begin my pieces, by putting down scraps of paper and color in a random way. I happened to see a video of Shawn’s recently where she began by laying down a variety of stencils for her background. Brilliant!! It is a super quick and easy way to get an interesting background with variety and depth. I have now added this method to my bag of tricks.

From there I pulled up a photo of a local goat that I had snapped this past spring and went from there. I had never thought to use a stencil on a face or an animal before. I found the effect of using it with paint to be very interesting. I decided to take it a step further and used some light modeling paste with the Scribble stencil. OH YES!! I loved the texture and interest that it created.

My method of creating art is often messy and always imperfect. It is a little scary for me to show up in such an authentic way, but it is who I am as an artist. I hope that this video inspires you to approach your art in your own brave and authentic way.

Enjoy the video


You can see more from Shannon here:

IG: mzbeez5


Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Oct 10, 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 Comment

  1. Margaret Kennedy

    What a wonderful demonstration, Shannon! She’s adorable. Thanks so much for sharing!


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