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Finding peace like a river simple mixed media abstract 2-27-22
Posted Feb 27, 2022

When I started to create this piece,  I was thinking of using more of the river picture that I had, but as I began working, I felt really free to make it more abstract and just use the pebbles.

It was so peaceful and relaxing, which is where I needed to be after a super busy week and it was also the inspiration behind this.

I just got a new book called Peace is a Practice by Morgan Harper Nichols and the first page of the first chapter was so good that this is what came out.

She quoted one of my favorite old Hymns and talked about finding peace.

That peace can still be found when things are not peaceful, when things are hard… but …. it takes practice.

I share all about it in the video. I hope you enjoy the project. Always know that you are loved! 

This original is available HERE and prints are available HERE.

Stencil used this week – Layered Up 4 Crosses

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Posted Feb 27, 2022
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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. Rita

    Thank you Shawn! This week, with war being waged on an innocent nation, this work and your talk are particularly inspiring. As a photographer attempting to learn mixed media (and integrate words I have been recording over the years in my “Book of Thoughts”) I am doubly appreciative when you incorporate a photograph.

    • Shawn

      Thank you Rita! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the project. What a strange time we are living through, my prayers are with those caught in this terrible war. hugs!

  2. Annie Thompson

    Your words are so kind, this “peace by the river”, watching you, brought peace to my heart.
    Thank you for your gorgeous art work, but also your perspective on what is important, we all need to take the quiet, peaceful moments in our lives, just embrace them with all we have. ♥️🙏♥️🙏

    • Shawn

      Annie, Thank you so much! I hope your are enjoying peaceful moments this week! Hugs!


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