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mixed media abstract & working through the process Sunday inspiration 7-5-20
Posted Jul 5, 2020

I started this piece on a 12 x 20 wood panel and wasn’t sure about anything except I wanted to try a larger sized stencil that we are now making available in the shop.

But I wasn’t sure what I wanted or needed and I had this song rolling around in my head for a week. Well, actually it was an old, old, really old hymn that I found myself humming and singing out loud when I was alone. I kept thinking where in the heck did this song come from? Why now?

I hadn’t heard or sang the song in probably 15 yrs…. so weird. But I began to really focus on the words. I sat and wrote them out and asked myself what do I need to hear, what do I need to learn from this song that won’t let go of my brain.

So I decided I had to get it out… paint is out and maybe that would help.

So when I put the brush in my hand it all started to unfold inside of me. Every new layer was part of the words from the hymn.

I titled the piece… “Peace and Praise” and I’ll share more about it in the video

The song – ” Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light”

Have fun watching.

Supplies used:

12×20 mdf board, Liquitex matte medium to seal, Liquitex matte gel to put papers down, Liquitex gesso,

Lukas acrylic paint (teal , yellow ochre) Liquitex basic (neutral gray), Golden high flow (teal), Liquitex acrylic ink (phthalo green, black) Daler&Rowney acrylic ink in sepia

Brayer, black soft pastel

Collage paks used: collage pak 5-14-17 and collage pak 10-20-16 THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Stencils used: New Large 12×12 roses and peonies, large roses, Paris flourish 2, roses and peonies, background words – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

My newest workshop “Journal Journey” came out. There’s still time to get in on the early bird pricing!

I had originally planned to release this workshop later in the year but felt that with everything that’s going on in our nation, that maybe now was the time.

Journaling has always been a special time for me and now more than ever I need to find solace in those sacred pages. And maybe you do too.

Our journals are the place that we can let it all go, feel the things we’re feeling, say the words and just spill.

It’s a walkthrough 4 journal pages start to finish.
Learning to….
-break the blank page
-how color can represent feelings
-how letting go of perfection and embracing the messy page can lead us to the next layer
-how pattern can actually simplify
and so much more!

Earyl Bird Pricing is happening now!

Check it out and sign up HERE

Also this week….. it time! Go HERE to find out how to submit and get all the details.

BE inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jul 5, 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!

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