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shawn petite
Change is good mixed media floral 10-24-21
Posted Oct 24, 2021

This piece was a little different for me. I wanted to put into this piece how I feel about the change in seasons.

How letting go is good, change is good, and yet, I know for me, I linger in the in-between. Not sure of the future but anticipate it to be good.

There is a tension in me, the good kind, that challenges me to grow.

I created with a lot of colors that I don’t normally put together. I spent very little time on the background (which is very different for me)

I combined summer hydrangeas, fall mums, and fall leaves (small) to represent the seasons.

I played with high-flow acrylics, India ink, matte acrylics, acrylic inks, and soft pastels.

And I used some fabulous vintage papers.

This piece was a giant experiment, kinda like life, like the change we experience when we step into a new season, or new responsibilities, new relationships, new hurt…… anything new.

We’re making it up as we go and that’s OK…. keep going, keep experimenting.

On the vase of this piece, it says change is good…. it is! Sometimes I have to remind myself of that, but then I think about the seasons we experience each year and how summer, becomes fall, fall rolls into winter, and so on.

All the beauty we get to experience because of change.

I hope you enjoy the video….. YOU are loved!


This original is available HERE and the prints available HERE

Supplies used:

11×14 mdf board, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Golden high flow ( sepia, teal, quinacridone red), Bombay india ink (red violet),

Lukas acrylic ( raw umber, Carmel, olive green), Golden acrylic (Burnt Sienna),  Blick matte acrylic (blue red medium, dark green light, sage blue, beige, burgundy, yellow orange deep), Deco Art Americana acrylic (sand grey, , fawn)

Soft pastels (Arteza brand, Soho brand, Gallery brand), Generals charcoal pencil ex. soft, Stabilo all pencils

I sprayed my piece after it was done with a fixative and then with Liquitex professional spray varnish in matte.



Hydrangea Trio, Mums, Fall Leaves (small)


Collage packs used this week: THESE WILL BE ON SALE

Ornate Vintage Wallpaper (printed) (downloadable), Vintage Ledger and Journal Pages (printed) (downloadable)


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Posted Oct 24, 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!


  1. Mary McVay

    So beautiful Shawn! I love the hydrangeas are lovely! It’s okay that you “fussed” with the vase. It all shows through!

  2. Susan Driussi

    Your Sunday videos are something I look forward to every week. You are keeping me motivated. Thank you som much.
    From a fan in Peachland, British Columbia, Canada

  3. Louise

    I love your artistic honesty and your courage in sharing creative vulnerabilities. Thank you

    • Shawn

      Thank you Louise! By our vulnerabilities, we are connected and are more alike than we are different. YOU are loved and thanks for being here.


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