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Finding inspiration mixed media abstract S.I. 5-9-21
Posted May 9, 2021
large mixed media abstract by shawn petite

Finding inspiration

When I was getting ready to paint this large 3’x3′ canvas for something specific this week, I was reminded of what to do when finding inspiration is difficult.

Last week I shared how I had nothing left in the tank and couldn’t find my inspiration and I’d forgotten to follow my own rules for creating!!

After a hectic month and last week not feeling inspired, I took some time for self-care, a little bit of rest, and a lot of reading and journaling.

Finding inspiration comes from being present, from filling my heart and my head with good stuff like books, music, poetry, and writing.

It comes from asking myself what I need, what I love, what I’m grateful for, and taking the time to journal it out. To just write, to write out my frustrations and see where I can find gratitude.

I find my inspiration from seeing what’s right in front of me and mentally or physically recording it.

Everyday experiences or conversations are perfect for finding meaning and joy in our work.

I also find inspiration from my faith & prayer… you might call it meditation or something else.

Then I take what I’ve written, what I love, what I’m grateful for….. all those stories to the canvas or journal page.

When you infuse your story, your words into your work… it becomes a living thing…. it becomes part of us.

And then I try…… I take action… this is one of the biggest steps in finding inspiration. …. take action… just do something…….
Even if whatever we’re creating doesn’t turn out the way we thought…. we’ve grown, we’ve learned something and we’ve taken time to connect with ourselves.

Creating today, just for me was just what I needed to feel rejuvenated (the rest helped too!)

Hope you find some encouragement and inspiration in today’s Sunday inspiration video.

large mixed media abstract by shawn petite
large mixed media abstract by shawn petite
large mixed media abstract by shawn petite
large mixed media abstract by shawn petite
large mixed media abstract by shawn petite
supplies used for large mixed media abstract by shawn petite

Supplies used: 36×36 gallery depth canvas (primed), Chalk paint by Rustoleum in charcoal, Mini roller set to roll out my base coat, Liquitex matte gel, vintage papers and book pages, Larger brushes (1.5″ up to 2.5″) Palette knives- large, Nova color texture paste, Liquitex glazing medium, Decoart crackle paint, Golden high flow in white, Liquitex soft body (muted gray, prussian blue, Paynes gray), Golden fluid acrylic Micaceous iron oxide, Decoart media fluid acrylic in silver, Lukas acrylic in raw umber, Fineline applicator, Decoart Americana acrylic in fawn, 2″ color shaper (silicone brush), Catalyst tool – See most all the supplies here unless already linked above.

shawn petite stencils used for large nixed media abstract painting

Stencils used: Moroccan tile 4, Abstract layers 1 – These will be on sale this week

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Posted May 9, 2021
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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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