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shawn petite
The wild unknown 3-5-23
Posted Mar 5, 2023

I was definitely in the wild unknown when I started putting this together, but I didn’t care.

I got a rush of ideas and practically ran to my table… I forgot to put my apron on and got paint all over my clothes (pretty normal for me), but it didn’t matter because I was so inspired and excited to try to put all my ideas together.

I just started asking myself what if I did this and why not try that and I wasn’t going to let paint on my clothes or the fact that it was late at night stop me from going for it.

It felt like the wild unknown….. would it work? I didn’t know but I knew I had to try.

And I got to thinking about how I want to live my life this way. I want to ask what if and why not more and more and let the curiosity of things get me excited.

I want to be willing to try new things and not talk myself out of them, whether it’s in my art, my relationships, my health or any area of life. I want to take a walk in the wild unknown!

Will you join me? I hope you enjoy the project and always know that you are loved!

The original of “The Wild Unknown” is available HERE.  Prints of this piece are available HERE.

Supplies used:

  1. 11×14 wood panel
  2. Liquitex matte gel
  3. Liquitex white and black gesso
  4. Palette knife, dough scraper, craft sponge
  5. Liquitex acrylic gouache (raw sienna, cad yellow, deep violet
  6. Golden fluid acrylic (van dyke brown, permanent violet, titan buff)
  7. Golden high flow (green gold, sap green)
  8. Nova color paynes gray
  9. Golden heavy body prussian blue
  10. Soft pastel pencils, Generals charcoal pencil, black soft pastel stick
  11. Black pit pen
  12. Copy paper to stain with paint and cut leaves and flowers


  1. Messy Flower Silhouette 2 (I didn’t actually end up using this one)
  2. Just Flowers

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Posted Mar 5, 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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