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shawn petite
Be curious – unexpected inspiration 8-28-22
Posted Aug 28, 2022

Each morning for the past few months, I have a cardinal and his partner sit on my fence. They greet me each morning with fluttering and noise and I love it.

This last week, they were up in arms and almost yelling at me each time I went outside…. I realized my bird feeder was empty and that might be the reason.

As I was filling the feeder, I was curious about how the bird seed could be used in my art… or even if it was a serious idea… so I decided to explore a little bit. I’ll take you along the journey this week- from meeting my friends- to birdseed on my table…. and I’ll share in real time how being curious can lead to unexpected inspiration.

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


This original is available HERE and the Print is available HERE



  1. Cardinals
  2. Garden 2
  3. Eucalyptus leaves
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Posted Aug 28, 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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