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Embracing the mistakes Sunday inspiration 6-2-19
Posted Jun 2, 2019

What do you do when you envision how a piece will look and no matter how long you fuss with it, it’s just not getting there?

You embrace it! That’s what I finally did with this one. It turned out fine but not anything like the vision and ideas I had in my head.

I fought it and fought it and finally I just embraced it for what it was and where it was going and once I did that…. I could call it finished.

I wanted this to be whimsical but with a bit more vintage feel and well, you can see that it’s just whimsical. And there are so many things that I love about this but it was such a struggle when you have the picture in your mind of what you want and it’s not even close to that picture.

Every time I step up to table to paint I learn something…. and that’s the beauty of creating… and I can be grateful for that, even if what I’ve created is not a masterpiece.

I’m still recovering from what I’m gonna call exhaustion and I could tell when creating this, my ideas were coming slow and my patience was short and I was dreaming of my toes in the sand and the ocean sounds in the background.

Sometimes in life we need to just embrace where we are to move forward, just like this piece. To give ourselves grace and rest when things don’t go as planned. We don’t give up on the idea we had, but we give thanks for where we are and move towards what we are dreaming of.

I share in the video about allowing ourselves to rest when life hands us craziness.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies used: 8×10 mdf board, Liquitex gesso and matte medium, Deco art media fluid acrylic (cobalt teal, yellow oxcide, cerulean blue hue, raw umber) Americana paint (sea breeze, carbon black), Sharpie acrylic paint marker in black and white, Black Posca pen, white gel pen, charcoal pencil, archival ink and makeup brush to stencil with.

Stencils used: vintage postage 2, whimsical font 1 & 2, take me to the water

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Posted Jun 2, 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!


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