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Tender and strong – Determined 11-14-21
Posted Nov 14, 2021

So three weeks ago… I created a simple journal page that came from my prayer time and journaling……and in the process, something happened…..

I broke through… the wall of depression, frustration, self-doubt, and a weight that I had been carrying… for months.

And through this process, I’ve created a series to pour out all those things into my work.

I’ve not been able to express the weight of the last two years and all the parts of running a business in a pandemic… and then enduring loss… and then more loss through flood water…. it all felt like too much…  I was ready to give up… and my people… those who knew I couldn’t do anymore… spoke strength and courage into my being…. (YOU need to get you some of those people!)

But I kept going (with help)…I limped along. But I kept going…This piece is titled determined…. and scribbled on the piece it says… I’m determined to find my way back, to bloom again…. 

I share all about what determined can look like, it can look like rest, or asking for help or talking to a therapist… we all do determined differently…. a little at a time, and we keep going.

I hope you’re inspired and encouraged by the video. … YOU are loved!


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Stencils used (these will be on SALE this week!):

  1. Flourish
  2. Mediterranean Minis
  3. Numbers 2
  4. Scribble Marks 3
  5. Swirls
  6. Swish and Splat
  7. Vintage Bellflower

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Posted Nov 14, 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. Gez

    Dear Shawn,
    You are an inspiration because you are authentic and true to yourself.
    Your genuine kindness and care shine through. Thank you!

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much, that is my goal to be as authentic as I can. So glad your here and sharing the journey with me!

  2. Debbie F

    Love your series! My favorite is “strength”. Gorgeous. Thanks for the tip on creating a series. I’m working on my first series and am rather stuck on where to go next with piece 2 (of 3). Looking to piece 1 for elements to bring into piece 2 may help move me. Thank you, Shawn.

  3. Evelyne Wasselin

    Great piece, I really do love it ! Thank you Shawn for the warm words of the conversation. They help me going on. Have a very good week.


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