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shawn petite
Why the layers are so important mixed media abstract 4-10-22
Posted Apr 10, 2022
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The layers on this are just amazing and really make this piece rich and deep. However, getting to the finish line on this one was a journey.

I spent a lot more time on this than I had planned, but I knew I could bring it together. But man oh man did she give me a run for my money!

I was going to talk about love and the quote but the more I worked on this, the more I knew that I wanted to talk about the layers and why they are so important.

I get asked the question at least 3 or 4 times a week, why put papers down only to cover them up? Why stencil an image if it doesn’t show through? Why put down paint if you never see the colors?

I have sooo many answers to these questions… I won’t be able to list them all but I’m gonna give it a try.

1. You have to start somewhere, rarely does a piece EVER go as planned. It can come close but never exactly as I see it in my mind. And I can quickly overthink myself out of even starting, with the fear that it won’t turn out the way I planned. So I just have to start somewhere.

2. Each layer teaches me, it teaches what I like, what I don’t, what color is right. It teaches me freedom to follow my gut or heart. It tells me where to go next. What to expand on and what to let go of.

3. Depth, richness, dimension. Have you ever looked at a piece of art and asked how did they get that look or how did they get there? LAYERS! It suddenly becomes interesting and intriguing.

4. Story… just like in this piece it shifted my perspective and made me think about the layers and the layers of my life.

5. It lets me know that I have work to do to make it whole and complete. It gives me a challenge to see how far I can take it. And gives me wisdom for the next piece of art.

6. I can always do a paint over… a do-over, a rework with more layers to make it what makes me happy.

I could go on for days…. the layers are so very important for so many reasons. And can you see how important the layers of our lives are too? Put your life story in place of creating layers for art and they all apply!

So be grateful for the layers, working through each one!

I hope this project inspires you and always know that you are loved!!

 

The original is available HERE

Supplies used:

  1. 14×18 canvas
  2. Golden high flow acrylic raw umber, carbon black, titanium white
  3. Matisse fluid acrylic paynes gray
  4. Utrecht gesso white
  5. Liquitex gesso black
  6. Lukas cryl acrylic turquoise
  7. Blick matte acrylic green blue medium
  8. Soho acrylic light portrait pink, turquoise, green gold, rose madder, naples yellow, olive green
  9. Grumbacher acrylic Alizarin crimson
  10. Liquitex basics acrylic quinacridone magenta
  11. Golden acrylic burnt sienna
  12. Liquitex spray paint carbon black
  13. Catalyst wedge
  14. Color shaper silicone brush
  15. Brayer, embossing tool for scratching into the surface
  16. Liquitex fluid matte medium

 

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Stencils used: these will be on sale this week

  1. Numbers Grande
  2. Old World 2
  3. Letting Go 
  4. Doodle Lines
  5. Bold Big Font

 

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I hope to see you in the classroom!

Shawn's ending signature

Stencils used: THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

  1. geo minis
  2. arch curvy
  3. boulders
  4. cobble stone
Closing signature

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Posted Apr 10, 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!

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