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What if you were free an explorative mixed media abstract 5-29-22
Posted May 29, 2022

I created this piece with so much freedom… something I’ve been working on for a while now.

I experimented with all kinds of different mediums and I got lost in the process.

The meaning of this piece is exactly what I’m working through right now. I wrote in my journal a few weeks back a bunch of questions for myself. It went something like this…

“Why do I make things complicated? Sometimes the answer is simple and I over think it. Why do I feel like I have to live by someone else’s definition of me … of me as an artist, as a business owner… as a mother.. as a maker and creative?

What if I were free to simplify things, truly free to have ease in my life. To let go and choose … easy, calm, rested”

Over the last few weeks, in situations where I start to feel overwhelmed… I ask myself… “What if I were free to…..

What if you were free and what if things were more simple than we make them.

I share about this journey and how it came out in this project. I hope it inspires you, and I share more about it in the video.

Have fun watching and know that you are loved!


This original is available HERE and the print HERE


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Posted May 29, 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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