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Mixed media industrial “Courage” Sunday Inspiration 9-1-19
Posted Sep 1, 2019

This was a fun and quick project… I took a risk and went with the orange butterfly and orange in the background. It’s not my normal color to go to, but it added to the inspiration of the piece.

I love the background with the stenciled areas that are blended with gesso and a grungy wash.

And my gears and clock stencil was perfect for this piece again to add to the story.

I was inspired to create this by a couple of emails that I received from friends and followers that are struggling with fear. Fear so bad that it has frozen them in their tracks.

I have so much empathy because I work from a place of fear every day. I’ve just learned to do “the thing” whatever that is afraid.

And here’s a secret….. everyone is afraid, the most successful or put together people are afraid of something!

I’ll share more about it in the video… enjoy!

THis original is available HERE

Supplies used:

8×8 mdf board, gesso, Liquitex matte medium, a variety of paints (lukas and golden) Archival ink, makeup brush, charcoal pencil, brayer

There is also a free paper from the background in the resource library. If your not a subscriber you can sign up HERE

Stencils used: These will be on sale this week

Mediterranian, pattern 6, old classroom font, farmhouse clock, gears, geo flower

It’s HERE!

Early bird sign up begins now! Only $45.00 …until September 16th after that, the price returns to $57.00

“I was always afraid of painting faces”… does this sound familiar?

Have you struggled with structure, size or shading a face? Or maybe you haven’t even attempted a face because is just seems too complicated or scary.

I feel your pain! You should see the faces I’ve done… yikes!

But after years of practice, I came up with a sure-fire way to get a great face every time! 

And I want to share that with you to save you all the trouble and frustration I went through.

Let me tell you a little more about the workshop and what you can expect.

I believe in practice because when we practice, we can approach the actual project with confidence. And you’ll be familiar with what we’re doing so you’ll be able to put your project together seamlessly.

~I go over the supplies and walk you through some practice of the items that might not be familiar to you…. but are so important to this workshop

~We practice my techniques to getting great faces every time.

~We practice getting the details right on the eyes, nose, lips and chin

~We practice our backgrounds

~We’ll talk about collage, the items you choose and the story you’re telling.

~We’ll play with Stabilo pencils, soft pastels, charcoal, acrylics, and stenciling

~We’ll create 3 projects with three different backgrounds techniques and three different styles of faces.

~Full HD videos with real-time, step by step instruction.

Get more details and sign up HERE …. I hope to see you in the classroom

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Posted Sep 1, 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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