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Mixed media abstract “Be Rooted” Sunday inspiration 5-19-19
Posted May 19, 2019

This piece was perfect for the week that I was having. It evokes exactly how I was feeling. The layers of grungy goodness the peaceful colors, the representation of earth and nature… are just healing for my soul.

The loss of my father in law this last week got me thinking about the legacy that I’ll be leaving behind. I really began to ask myself some hard questions and I think that any time we experience loss, change or difficult times that we always do a self-check, or at least I do.

As I wrote in my journal this week, 3 things kept coming back to me as to who I want to be in the world, who I want to be in my kid’s life, in my partner’s life, in my relationships.

1.Showing and giving love

2.having grace with myself and others

3.Be willing to forgive.

All the achievements, work and adventures of life are really nothing if they are not somehow wrapped with those 3 things, they really are just empty efforts. I share more about this in the video.

How do you want to show up in the world? What legacy do you want to leave behind?

We only get on beautiful, hard, adventurous life, how do you want to live it?

Enjoy the video!

Supplies used: 11×14 mdf board, Deco art matte medium, gesso and crackle paint, Deco art media fluid acrylic (prussion blue hue, yellow oxide, burnt umber, paynes grey, raw umber, transparent red iron oxide) palette knife, charcoal pencil, black soft pastel

Tree 3 stencil – This will be on sale this week.

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted May 19, 2019
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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. Karen Atkinson

    You definitely achieved what you set out to do. It’s really nice. Thank you for your message.

    • shawn

      Thank you!

  2. Clari Melchor Bowman

    Dear Shawn,

    This piece is exceptional, it’s ethereal, earthy, filled with a raw beauty, spirit led… It just took/takes my breath away, truly. Oh trees, they are my soul mates, the stories they tell, they fill my heart. Tied up with your loss and the sadness you shared it made me cry. I could write all day here… but for now just thank you!
    Thank you for sharing this despite this painful time for you.
    You’re in my prayers especially at this difficult time.

    Oh and one last thing… and I can’t get it out of my head where you are concerned. Your book, when is your book going to be available? Yes, I know that you haven’t written one yet but I’m hoping that it’s coming this year. Another addition to your wonderful legacy.

    My love & 🤗 hugs 🧡🌻

    • shawn

      You are such sweet music to my soul! Thank you! And It’s unbelievable that you speak of a book because I just wrote TODAY that I want to write a book called Everyday inspiration based from My Sunday Inspirations. What confirmation! Thank you, my friend, Hugs!


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