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Finding peace within mixed media Sunday inspiration 9-27-19
Posted Sep 29, 2019

After a crazy week, I approached this piece with a depleted creative well. But as I do every time I create, I ask myself what I need right now, in this moment and just start laying down paint as I process my feelings.

And what I need comes and so does the direction for what I’m creating. Turns out I needed a lot …. because I couldn’t decide what word best fit for my weariness.

Until I saw the word peace and I knew…. I needed some calm in the storm and the only way I know how to do that is to actively be grateful.

Every little thing in this piece has meaning and the background when it started was chaotic, just like me…. This piece was the perfect representation of creating peace and that we can create what we need.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies used: 12×12 mdf board, gesso, Liquitex matte medium, Lukas paint, Studio 71 dioxazine purple, Holbein quin magenta, charcoal pencil, soft pastel, collage paper

Stencils used: Butterflies, scribble marks 1, Mediterranean duo, numbers,

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Sep 29, 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. Elke Kelly


  2. Debbie Mason

    At first glance, I thought the “bubbles” were like resin baubles–LOVE this process!! Gorgeous piece–thank you for sharing!

  3. Leita Brown

    Shawn, I love that you started the background with paint today. That gives me a whole nother perspective on backgrounds. I sometimes struggle with layering my backgrounds and covering up something I really like! You always help me see them in a new way. Thanks so much!

    • shawn

      Thanks Leita,
      I know it’s hard to cover the background, glad I could give you some options. Have fun creating!

  4. Lagene

    Great creation, I enjoyed your inspirational talk at the end!

  5. Carole Morrison

    You “restoreth my soul”………..


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