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shawn petite
Letting life influence art 6-23-24
Posted Jun 23, 2024

Today I wasn’t planning on doing a painting makeover, but as I passed the redo pile I saw the base and thought it would be a perfect background.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how life really influences my art. My paintings take on the stories of joy, hurt, beauty and adventures I’ve taken.

When we allow our story to flow into what we create, it makes it meaningful and uniquely us. It’s your (my) voice on the canvas.

This year is my year of adventure and trying new things. Making a promise to myself to capture the moments, so that I have this amazing story to tell when I show up to the table.

I share more about it in the video. Enjoy watching the transformation from the old to the new. Always know that you are loved!

Supplies used:

  1. 11×14 wood panel (redo)
  2. Liquitex fluid matte medium and matte gel
  3. Liquitex gesso black and white
  4. Utrecht pro gesso
  5. Acrylic paint – raw sienna, unbleached titanium
  6. Golden high flow – burnt umber, sap green
  7. Matisse fluid – southern ocean blue
  8. Grumbacher raw umber
  9. Liquitex acrylic ink titanium white
  10. Soft pastel stick , white soft pastel pencil
  11. Stabilo all pencil, Generals charcoal pencil
  12. Angle brushes, Fan brush, small round brush


  1. Simple background 6 5×8
  2. Geo minis 8×10
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Posted Jun 23, 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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