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shawn petite
Creating intuitively and finding the why 4-21-24
Posted Apr 21, 2024

In this project, I was following my intuition, feeling my way through each brush stroke and mark. Playing, relaxing and just being present, allowing myself to close out the world and just be.

I’m also reminding myself about why I create, and why I show up week after week to share what’s inspiring me. This all started because I was reading Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why”.

The why of what we do will keep us motivated…keep us searching, learning and growing.. in art and all the other areas of life…

I’ll share some of my why’s and more of how this piece comes together in the video.


Supplies used:

  1. 14×11 wood panel
  2. Liquitex fluid matte medium
  3. Liquitex gesso black and white
  4. Acrylic paint – unbleached titanium, cobalt teal, dark teal, quin magenta, burnt sienna, olive green,
  5. Lukas yellow ochre
  6. Grumbacher raw umber
  7. Fine line applicator 20 gauge
  8. Airbrush medium (for fineline applicator)
  9. General’s charcoal pencil set, Koh-i-noor pastel pencil set, Soho urban artist soft pastels
  10. 1″ flat brush, fan brush
  11. Collage paper
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Posted Apr 21, 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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