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Breathing in new beginnings mixed media floral 7-23-23
Posted Jul 23, 2023
Mixed media floral abstract with artist's brush

Today’s inspiration for this piece comes from a fantastic book by artist Petra Thölken. She does the most amazing mixed media backgrounds and abstract paintings. My other inspiration was from my favorite, Morgan Harper Nichols.

Morgan talks about lessons from climbing roses in her book “You are only just beginning”.

I was moved by how she compared how climbing roses bloom at different times throughout the season. That they climb and grow and then bloom…. Just like we do. Some seasons are for growing, letting our roots sink deep, resting and waiting for the next blooming. It really spoke to me and I’ll share more about that in the video.

So I combined my two inspirations into this piece and I’m over the moon in love with it!

The texture and yet the softness… two of my favorite combinations… and so much an example of each of us. Strong and soft. And how beautifully they go together.

I also created two new stencils for this piece– that’s how into the process I was!

I’ll share my fun way of getting texture for this piece and the rest of the story in the video. I hope you enjoy the process. And always know that YOU are loved!

The original “Breathe” is available HERE and prints are available HERE.


  1. Background Words 5×8
  2. Numbers 1 
  3. Paint Circles 5×8 NEW
  4. Modern Flower 5×8 NEW
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Posted Jul 23, 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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