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shawn petite
Experimenting with expressive brush strokes and texture 10-22-23
Posted Oct 22, 2023

Today, I’m back to my curiosity quest and finding inspiration from artist Joan Mitchell.

I love her expressive brush strokes and texture. Today is all about decision making… learning what I love and what I don’t and allowing Joan’s work to inspire me in finding my own voice and style.

I started this with no idea where it would go and I love how it ended up… I hope you enjoy the project, I also give you a challenge today…. have fun watching the video, and always know that you are loved!


Supplies used:

24×30 Canvas

Paint and medium-

  1. Acrylic paint – unbleached titanium, quin magenta, teal, olive green, carbon black, prussian blue, burnt sienna, prism violet
  2. Liquitex white gesso
  3. Liquitex matte gel
  4. Liquitex acrylic spray paint – turquoise, prussian blue hue, purple


  1. 4″ trowel
  2. 3 Large palette knives
  3. Palette knifes
  4. 2″ brush 1″ brush, 1/2″ angle brush
  5. Soft pastels
  6. Charcoal pencil, wax pencil
  7. Collage papers
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Posted Oct 22, 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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