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Taking risks and what to do when it does go the way you planned 8-20-23
Posted Aug 20, 2023

Today is all about taking risks. And how it didn’t go as planned.

I shared this week about looking for inspiration for abstract florals and found only a few that spoke to me. One was Georgia O’Keeffe’s work.

There were many things I liked and many that I didn’t but I decided to take a risk and be curious as I have all year because curiosity always leads to new discoveries.

And this one sure did. I did a practice mock-up in my journal (which I share with you) and then I took that play time to a larger canvas. And it went all kinds of wrong. To the point that I scraped all the paint off and started over.

So what do you do when things don’t go as planned? You have a couple of options. Abandon the work, accept it as it is, or start asking yourself questions.

I chose the questions because I know that all of this is teaching me something.

Taking risks is never easy, and we have to be willing to not be good…. to get better.

But I’d rather take the risk than play it safe. I’ll share more in the video. I hope you enjoy the process… Always remember YOU are loved.


Supplies used:

  1. 14×14 canvas and my handmade journal
  2. Liquitex gesso
  3. Liquitex matte gel
  4. Golden paynes gray
  5. Copy paper (for letter papers)
  6. Acrylic matte paint (olive green, titanium white, unbleached titanium, burnt sienna, teal, prussian blue, prism violet
  7. Soft pastel
  8. Palette knife, charcoal pencil
  9. A variety of brush sizes


  1. Artsy font
  2. Urban design
  3. Grunge font
  4. Bold big Font

I said that I would use the labels collage pack but I didn’t. But I will still offer it for sale this week


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Posted Aug 20, 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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