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Mixed media abstract & trying Liquitex sprays
Posted Aug 16, 2020

Today I started this piece using black Liquitex acrylic spray. And I have to say I love it! It’s made to use indoors. No order and less harmful!

Then I just started letting the paint fly. I used some new Nova color paints and then wanted to add more texture (of course) so I brought out my Golden heavy body paints for the win!

I also had had a word in my head and on my lips all week…. I just kept telling myself this week. “Focus Shawn, focus…. one thing at a time”

And as I do so many times, well actually always, I looked up the definition of focus and got my message for this piece.

The definition was pretty standard to what I thought it would be until I got to the verb section (action) and it was a message to my heart.

I share more about it in the video. Have fun watching

This original is available HERE and the prints available HERE

Supplies used: 11×14 mdf board, scrap papers from the stash, Liquitex acrylic spray paint, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Nova color acrylic paint (quin magenta, quin purple, fluorescent magenta, indian yellow) Golden heavy body acrylic (prussion blue, permanent violet, indian yellow, quin magenta, nichol azo gold) Winsor&Newton acrylic deep turquoise, Sennelier acrylic teal, Sharpie acrylic marker, Soho soft pastels, Generals charcoal pencil, archival ink pad, palette knife, make up brush

Stencils used: big bold font, crisis cross, numbers jumbled, pattern 1, script fave words.

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Posted Aug 16, 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. Marguerite

    What an amazing message. I loved the way you compared the process of bringing clarity to an issue in your life or to the composition of a photograph with your use of white and gray to simplify and bring focus to this piece. This video just really spoke to me on so many levels – about the need to calm internal clutter in order to move forward on an issue, as well as how simplifying with white and black is the means to bringing focus to an otherwise chaotic, if colorful, background. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nancy A Olsen

    Truthfully at first I wasn’t sure if I would like where you were going with this BUT it all started coming together and wow so cool I love it ! I haven’t tried “painting” with a pallet knife yet but I’m ready now ! Thank you for the inspiration !!

  3. Karen Atkinson

    Very cool. Love how you created the background with all those beautiful colors.


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