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creating mixed media that brings me joy Sunday inspiration 9-27-20
Posted Sep 27, 2020

I’ve fallen in love with this piece! I had so much fun creating it and that was the whole point.

This week my inspiration came from another book that I’m reading “Exponential Living” by Sheri Riley.

It was just a few simple words that seeped into my soul. Well, it was actually the title of the chapter – “Happy is a choice, Joy is a lifestyle”….

Sheri says…. “One of the most liberating discoveries you can make is that happiness is a choice. Each and every one of us (unless we are chemically handicapped in some way, such as by addiction or mood disorder) has the power to make the choice to be happy on a daily, hourly, minute by minute basis.” Sheri shares how peace is the key.

I knew I wanted that to be my inspiration and went round and round to figure out what to create to express it.

I finally stopped and asked myself… “what would make you happy right now Shawn”… and well… this is what happened.

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

This original is available HERE and the prints are available HERE

Supplies used:

11×14 mdf board, Nova color – gesso, matte gel, white texture paste,

Lukas acrylic – raw umber, burnt umber, English red deep, light ochre, iron oxide black, light grey, indigo

Americana acrylic – Avocado, slate grey, cobblestone

Arteza acrylic metallic – silver, bronze, pearl

Gallery and Soho soft pastel

Liquitex acrylic ink – transparent raw umber

Charcoal pencil and white china marker


Fall leaves, farmhouse pitcher, tin bucket, mums, cotton stem 2

Closing signature

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Posted Sep 27, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    Wow ! This has given me so much inspiration ! I love it ! Thank you so much I can’t wait to give it a try !!

  2. Paula

    Shawn this is beautiful. 🥰

    • shawn

      Your so sweet! hugs!


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