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You get to choose a beautiful story, redoing an old painting 6-9-24
Posted Jun 9, 2024

Today I’m continuing my quest to redo old paintings. Today’s project looks nothing like it did when I started. I love the deep rich colors and all the depth from the old layers.

I kept some of the things that I loved from the original layers and decided to create a new story with the new layers.

My inspiration came from one of my oldest inspirational quote books. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

That’s what I’ve tried to do most of my life. Make the ending better than the beginning. Many of us don’t start with the best of stories… but we get a choice at how we walk the path of our life and make a beautiful (or better) ending.

I’ll share more about my inspiration and the process in the video. Have fun watching and always know that you are loved!


Supplies used:

  1. 11×14 wood panel
  2. Liquitex gesso black and white
  3. Liquitex fluid matte medium & matte gel
  4. Golden paynes gray
  5. Golden high flow – gold
  6. Acrylic paint – unbleached titanium, olive green, green gold, burnt sienna, quin magenta
  7. Collage paper
  8. General’s charcoal pencil set, graphite stick, Koh-i-noor pastel pencil set, Stabilo all pencils, Soho urban artist soft pastels
  9. Credit card, fan brush, 1″ flat brush, 1/2″ flat brush (flat brush set), small fine line brush
  10. Scissors, ruler, sanding block


  1. Rambling Eucalyptus
  2. Scribble circles
  3. Journal writing

This collage sheet is available in the Free Subscriber libray

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Posted Jun 9, 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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