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“There is beauty in everything, but not everyone sees it” mixed media floral Sun. inspiration
Posted Oct 6, 2019

I love it when I can repurpose an old piece that didn’t go anywhere. It gave just the right interest and texture to this piece.

I also love integrating collage elements into my work alongside painted or stenciled elements. I used my stencils as my guide to get the base, shape and form for the other flowers…… I just love how this turned out!

The inspiration is the quote placed discreetly along the table line “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” It’s hard to see the beauty in difficult times. It’s hard to see the beauty when we’re unsure or new at something, It’s hard to see the beauty in endings

I can tell you I’ve been in all of the above places and more and in the middle of it, I couldn’t see the beauty, the wisdom, the courage, the strength, the lessons.

I can now …… and when those difficult times arrive now, …. I wait for the beauty, I know it’s there and I look hard to find it because I know it will show up.

It shows up in the form of someone’s compassion, a hug, a beautiful painting, a new discovery, a card in the mail, the helpful words of a therapist, a dinner, a chance to rest.

Do you need to find the beauty where you are? It’s there… and it’s usually found in the little things.

Enjoy the video

The original is available HERE and the print HERE

Supplies used: 12 x12 mdf board, gesso, Acrylic paint – golden Paynes gray fluid acrylic, golden vandyke brown, Lukas green acrylic, Amsterdam carbon black, premier titanium white, Arteza cold gray, Deco art media crackle paint, Liquitex matte medium, charcoal pencil in extra soft, black soft pastel,

Stencils used- Large rose, roses and peonies, lace, flower silhouette 6 – These are on sale this week

vintage plant book used you can get it HERE

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Oct 6, 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

    I like the neutral pallet you used for this piece. The grays are so soothing.

    • shawn

      Thanks so much Karen!


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