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creating without expectation on 100lb Bristol paper Sunday inspiration 1-12-20
Posted Jan 12, 2020

When was the last time you just played? Whether it was in your creative practice or life?

When you had no expectations of how things would turn out. When you didn’t have a plan for the day or your artwork or your journal.

When you just played, read, rested and embraced the surprises.

It’s one of the hardest things for me to do, because I’m a planner, a worker and when I don’t have a task list I feel a little lost.

But feeling a little lost is ok, in fact, it’s needed to create space for dreaming, creating, making mistakes and just being.

Today’s Sunday inspiration is all about PLAY! This piece is so different for me and the words and the title are “Let life surprise you”

It takes courage to embrace the surprises and go with it. In life and our creative time. I used no background papers, created on 100lb Bristol paper forgot a few things, stumbled through and was pleasantly surprised at what fun this was and how it turned out.

Share in the video all about the process and my thoughts on letting go and having no expectations.

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE

Supplies used: 16×20 Bristol paper, collage papers, Lukas Cryl acrylic paints, Lukas cryl liquid in beige (like a fluid) Jerry’s fluid matte medium, Soho soft pastels, Liquitex gel medium to put the heavier pieces down, Arteza acrylic in pink, gesso, General’s charcoal pencil

Stencils used this week – These will be on sale :

vases large, sketched flower 1, numbers jumbled, criss-cross, flower silhouette 2, scribble marks 2

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 12, 2020
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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. Dorinda Sutton

    LUV this piece of art. As always you have done a great job stepping out of your comfort zone

  2. Carrie Erickson

    This was so enjoyable to watch and the finished piece is so beautiful!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much Carrie!


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