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My last journal page in my journal and the last Sunday inspiration for 2020
Posted Dec 27, 2020

I love it when grace and serendipity collide.

This last week I hit the point of exhaustion. I’d put the final touches on the new workshop series and have been burning the candle at both ends for several months.

I just had nothing left in the tank. I was that kind of tired, where you start crying and you don’t know why.

And the thought of putting a Sunday inspiration together seemed impossible. I felt incapable of finding any inspiration to create with.

Then it happened, …. I was cleaning the mess in my studio after creating for weeks for the workshop and putting things away when out of one of my lovely vintage books falls little tiny bits of scaps. One tiny torn scrap said …”waning spirit”… another said “fraction” …. another said “one step forward and one step back”…. another said, “the toil will end”.

I stood there looking at the pieces for several minutes… and tears rolled down my cheeks and I felt that rush of inspiration that could have only come from the divine.

I share more about it in the video, how grace covered me at that moment. It’s a simple page…. the last page in my journal…. on the last Sunday inspiration for 2020, how’s that for serendipity…. But it’s often in the simple moments, the simple creations that we find our joy.

Have fun watching

Supplies used:

Handmade journal, Liquitex acrylic ink (carbon black, turquoise deep, transparent raw umber, muted violet, yellow oxide), Nova color texture paste, Liquitex matte gel and fluid matte medium, Liquitex gesso, Stabilo all pencil, Stabilo woody pencils for marks, charcoal pencil,

Stencils used: scribble marks 1 and simple branches

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Posted Dec 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. Dianne Nash

    God bless. You Shawn. Be at peace.😘

    • shawn

      Thanks Dianne! Always praying for peace. Blessings to you for the New Year!

  2. Brenda Sharkey

    Shawn, thank you for your Sunday Inspiration. I look forward to it every Sunday. I have been painting for only two years and have enjoyed mix media the most. As a Chief Nurse in a small hospital my job is to help support the nursing staff on the front lines. I must give them encouragement and strength everyday. COVID has been hard for them. They have to manage their own fears while taking care of their patients. We were one of the first hospitals to get the vaccine and my CEO asked how did I make it happen. I got on top of it early and quickly I also has an amazing team that works very hard to make the impossible a reality. So thank you for helping me through this year so I can be strong for the people who are the heroes. Brenda

    • shawn

      Thank you for sharing this! You and your staff are true heroes!! Thank you for all you do! And thanks for sharing the creative journey with me! Hugs and blessing for the New Year!

  3. Roberta Sexton

    Love your work and inspirations!
    Thank you and a Blessed New year.

    • shawn

      Thank you Roberta!
      Have a great New Year! Hugs!

  4. cindy mccusker

    Sorry dear one, but this just looks like a big mess to me. You do much better work. Happy New Year and thanks for so many beautiful pieces of art this year.


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