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shawn petite
The act of noticing to change your thoughts mixed media abstract 1-28-24
Posted Jan 28, 2024

The original is available HERE

This week I planned to do something different. I was struggling with an idea and was really feeling the winter blues.

The weather where I live has been so harsh and cold. We haven’t seen the sun in about a month. First rain, then snow, then freezing ice… ugg. Not to mention the after-holidays calm down or let down.

I just felt like I was on autopilot. All the plans and ideas I had for the first months of my year of adventure… came to a screeching halt. But…..

This morning the sun came out! It’s still freezing cold… but the snow looks like diamonds, flickering, twinkling, and oh-so-beautiful. It’s amazing how something so simple as the sun, can change everything.

And of course, it got me thinking about how I can shift my thinking and feelings by noticing the beauty all around me even in the yuckiness of winter. And how this can apply to all parts of my life, whether it is actually winter or just the winter season of my soul.

So I came into the studio with renewed excitement and decided to throw sparkles around and in my paint so that this piece would sparkle like diamonds too.

I’ll share more about my journey to this piece and I might even share a video of making a snow angel :)!

Have fun watching and always know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 28, 2024
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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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