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shawn petite
Planting and emerging inspiration 1-29-23
Posted Jan 29, 2023

As I continue on my journey today in finding inspiration and this series, I’m thinking about planting.

How once we prepare the soil and plant the seeds…. what has to happen in order for that seed to grow, to emerge from the ground.

We don’t just plant then walk away… we have to water, add nutrients and keep the environment safe.

We wait and we watch over this little seed with expectation.

What if we thought about our inspiration the same way?  We have to plant the seeds of inspiration, there’s action required, not just wishing. We water, create the right atmosphere and then we show up with expectation.

What if we worked as hard to root our inspiration as we would to care for our plant, or family, or job?

Come join me as I take you on my journey today and I hope you enjoy these two projects and get some inspiration for yourself.

YOU are loved!


The original of “The Planting” is available HERE.

The original of “Emerging” is available HERE.

Supplies used:

  1. 14 x14 canvas
  2. Liquitex fluid matte medium, matte gel
  3. Utrecht gesso
  4. Nova color black gesso
  5. Nova color paynes gray
  6. Golden high flow (sap green, shading gray, sepia, transparent oxide, nichel azo gold, titanium white)
  7. Liquitex acrylic ink (muted gray, muted violet, gold)
  8. Golden titan buff
  9. Pan pastels in a variety of colors
  10. Soft pastel pencils, charcoal pencil
  11. Palette knife and a variety of brushes
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Posted Jan 29, 2023
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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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