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shawn petite
Building skill in each season 4-16-23
Posted Apr 16, 2023

This week, I’m working from my own painting that I created from my inspiration book – The Art Of Anthropologie book.

We have been on a journey together over the last few months of trying new things.

This is how I learn, stretch myself, and confirm what I love and don’t love.

Usually, I do this behind the scenes, but I thought it would be great to show you the process so that you know I don’t have an endless supply of ideas. That I run out of inspiration too…. but this is what I do to find my way.

This is what I do to build new skills. To bring in what I love to new ways of creating.

I took the blue and the green from my piece that I discovered I loved and brought them together with MORE things that I love!

It’s always one giant experiment and a new season to learn.

I’ll share more about it in the video, I hope you enjoy the project and always know that you are loved.


The original of “Seasons Build Skills” is available HERE and prints of this work are available HERE.

Supplies used:

  1. 11×14 wood panel
  2. Liquitex matte gel
  3. Liquitex gesso black and white
  4. Liquitex gouache burnt sienna
  5. Golden acrylic titan buff
  6. Grumbacher acrylic raw umber
  7. Amsterdam olive green light (or green gold)
  8. Posca pens and Sharpie waterbased pens in black and white
  9. Vintage collage papers
  10. Pencil and black soft pastel
  11. Sanding block to rough up the piece
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Posted Apr 16, 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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