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The Drawing Board

Notes on Process, the Artist’s Life and Other Relevant Stories

Does It Love You?

Does It Love You?

Reading time: 3 minutes, 52 seconds. “Does it love you?” It’s an opposing question to “Do you love your art?” from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” Artists will say, of course, they love their art, the making of art goes to the very...

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Eyewitness

Eyewitness

I am thrilled and honored to have my work published in EYEWITNESS: Minnesota Voices On Climate Change in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day — a collection of stories, poetry, and art from Minnesotans on their experiences with climate change. This new...

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Listen to Whispers

Listen to Whispers

Photo Credit: Warrior Publications Things come to us quietly, in whispers, as it should be. Most of us recoil from loud noise or when someone or something is shouting at us. But whispers, like serendipity, are something I pay attention to — not in a “woo-woo” sort of...

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The Crown

The Crown

The Crown (top view) 2019 © Kristin Maija Peterson I’m fascinated by the intricate shapes dried native plants morph into at the end of a season. Does that make me a Morticia? She looped of the heads of roses and kept the stems arranged in vases. Does it make me...

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The Tale of Bunny and Fox

The Tale of Bunny and Fox

In between working on large series pieces, I sneak in time to practice drawing subject matter I haven’t tackled before — like drawing animal fur. Given we know the nature of fox and rabbits, the likelihood of these two cuddling up together is straight out of a fairy...

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Group Hug

Group Hug

After a very long hiatus from watercolor, I decided to be brave, break the fast and start oiling rusty know-how and devotion to a medium I love. I find that even with studies, using the best paper (I fell in love with Fabriano after my Dad gave me a few 300lb hot...

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The Other Gimlet (without the vodka)

The Other Gimlet (without the vodka)

Or “This Is What Happens When You Give Me Presents,” Part 2. Dad sent me these small woodworking tools for drilling holes into the framing kits so I wouldn’t splinter the wood when making holds for screws. I had never heard of them before but it turns out they have...

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About Time

About Time

For a very long time, I have been fascinated by how time works. Is time a man-made concept or something that happens naturally? For a lot of people, time is linear. We wake up, we go to work, we come home, we go to bed. In between all that time, a lot of stuff happens...

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