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Dreamer mixed media girl Sunday inspiration 8-23-20
Posted Aug 23, 2020

In today’s piece, I used colors that were not in my usual color palette with a lot of reverse stenciling.

Working to keep all the papers showing through and making sure to create contrast with the focal point with shading and scribbles.

This beautiful lady came to me when I was thinking about how blessed I am to do what I do, to make a living, and to employ women that then can help their families.

It truly is a dream come true, and I thought about all the people that said I couldn’t do it. That my ideas were silly and would never amount to anything. That I was just a dreamer and would never follow through.

It took me A LOT of years to tune those voices out, but soon as I did…. I realized there have been as many voices that encouraged me and lifted me, actually probably more than the negative.

I say all this not to boast but to acknowledge the blessings, the hard work and to remind you that YES be a dreamer!

Dream big, then dream bigger, take action on whatever it is you want to do, and NEVER let the naysayers and skeptics stop you from trying, moving forward and creating the dreams that you’ve held so tenderly in your heart!

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE and the print available HERE

Supplies used: 8×10 mdf board, collage papers, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Liquitex gesso, Lukas acrylic (teal, magenta, yellow ochre, flesh, mauve) Nova color raw umber, Amsterdam carbon black, Deco art cobblestone, Stabilo all pencil, Generals charcoal pencil (hard, soft, ex. soft) Mechanical pencil. Spectra fix fixative

Stencils used: Dream catcher, faces straight, Mediterranean Mini, Moroccan tile 2 8×10

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Posted Aug 23, 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. Vicky

    She is absolutely beautiful! I love watching you work and hear your prices. Thank you for not letting others steal your dreams and inspiring me with them!

  2. Karen Atkinson

    I love this piece, it is so beautiful. I have wanted to try to draw more ethnic faces, but I am not sure where to start. I guess I should just try and keep trying until I get it right. My mother was like that, always telling me I couldn’t do something for this reason or that. So I ended up getting married at seventeen, having a baby before I turned nineteen, then divorced at twenty. I always tried different crafts and I’m still trying different things. I like your message as usual. Thank you.


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